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Matt Kenseth Voted First Quarter Driver of the Year

NASCAR’s Matt Kenseth crushed the opposition to win the first quarter DRIVER OF THE YEAR AWARD 2013.

The 2003 Sprint Cup Champion scored twice the points of his nearest rivals in a vote by an elite panel of American broadcasters and journalists

In racing terms Kenseth rolled off the hauler quickly in his first season with Joe Gibbs Racing. In the first quarter ending May 12th he scored three wins (Las Vegas, Kansas and Darlington), two poles and led 781 laps.
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JGR & TRD Statements on NASCAR Penalty

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is aware of the penalty issued by NASCAR today regarding the engine in our No. 20 car used in last week’s Sprint Cup Series race in Kansas.

It is our understanding that one of the eight connecting rods on the engine was ruled too light.

We are working with our partners at TRD on this issue.

In the meantime we will plan to appeal the penalty.

Statement from TRD (Toyota Racing Development)

“During NASCAR’s routine post-race tear down of Matt Kenseth’s race-winning car and engine from Kansas Speedway, one of our engine connecting rods weighed in three grams under the legal minimum weight of 525 grams. None of the other seven connecting rods were found to be under the minimum weight. We take full responsibility for this issue with the engine used by the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team this past Sunday in Kansas — JGR is not involved in the process of selecting parts or assembling the Cup Series engines. It was a simple oversight on TRD’s part and there was no intent to deceive, or to gain any type of competitive advantage. Toyota is a company that was built on integrity, and that remains one of the guiding principles of the company. The goal of TRD has always been — and will continue to be — to build high-performance engines that are reliable, durable and powerful, and within the guidelines established by NASCAR.”

Lee White
President
T.R.D., U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Development)

New Alert™ Energy Caffeine Gum Joins Joe Gibbs Racing and Driver Elliott Sadler

Sadler Gets Behind the Wheel of No. 81 Alert Energy Camry for Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Races in 2013

Wrigley’s new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum will make its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut with Joe Gibbs Racing and driver Elliott Sadler on April 21 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Sadler will pilot the No. 81 Alert Energy Camry there and at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway (May 5 and Oct. 20) for a total of three races during the 2013 race season.

The No. 81 Alert Energy Camry joins an all-star lineup of Mars, Inc. and Wrigley sponsors at Joe Gibbs Racing including Doublemint® gum, M&M’S® and SNICKERS® throughout the 2013 season.

“Wrigley and Mars are proud to continue our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and look forward to working with veteran driver Elliott Sadler,” said Tim Conlin, a senior brand manager at the Wrigley Co., a subsidiary of Mars, Inc. “And we’re especially excited to give NASCAR fans the chance to be among some of the first people to see and try Alert Energy.”

“I’m really looking forward to representing Alert Energy in the Sprint Cup Series,” said Elliott Sadler, driver of the No. 81 Camry. “I’ve been lucky to have a long history with Mars, Inc. and am very excited about working with them again in launching this new product. After trying it, I’m a big fan of Alert Energy gum. With my busy schedule, it helps keep me going from one thing to the next – so it’s a perfect match.”

Alert Energy is a new energy product available for adults 25-49 that lets people control the amount of caff­eine they want on-the-go. Alert will be available nationwide starting in April.

Brian Vickers Will Drive No. 11 FedEx Camry in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Beginning in Texas

Mark Martin Remains Behind the Wheel of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota in Martinsville

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 29, 2013) – Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that Brian Vickers will take over behind the wheel of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the injured Denny Hamlin starting on April 13 at Texas Motor Speedway.

It was previously released that Mark Martin would handle the duties behind the wheel for the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing team while Denny Hamlin recovered from injury. Martin will drive the car in Martinsville, but Vickers will now take over the duties beginning in Texas.
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Mark Martin to Replace Injured Denny Hamlin for Joe Gibbs Racing at Martinsville

Veteran NASCAR Driver Mark Martin to Drive No. 11 FedEx Toyota at Virginia short-track.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 28, 2013) – Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that Mark Martin will drive the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while Denny Hamlin recovers from an L1 Compression Fracture suffered during an accident on March 24 at Auto Club Speedway.

“We’ve been real fortunate to have never been in this situation with the need to find someone to fill in for an injured driver,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “A lot goes into a decision like this but we are really pleased to have someone of the character and caliber of Mark Martin to fill in while Denny is out. Obviously we’re not exactly sure how long that is going to take, but Mark’s career speaks for itself and our team knows it will have the opportunity to compete for a win every week.”
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