The start of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup was delayed thanks to rain that forced the running of the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway to today. When it was over Joey Logano would lead Joe Gibbs Racing with a 17th-place finish, while Kyle Busch would come up just short on fuel to finish 22nd and two separate tire issues would relegate Hamlin to a 31st-place finish.
It was a wild night of racing at Richmond International Raceway with several teams battling in their final chance to earn a spot in The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. When the Wonderful Pistachios 400 was over it was Denny Hamlin who had secured his place in NASCAR’s 10-race playoff with a ninth-place finish. Kyle Busch, who entered the night already secure in his place in the Chase, finished the night in the sixth position, while an engine failure left Joey Logano in 35th.
After the attacks on September 11th, 2001 the No. 36 M&M’S car of Ken Schrader went to Dover with only an American Flag design covering the sheetmetal. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the events on 9/11/2001. To recognize those lost on that day, the M&M’S car of Kyle Busch will run the same paint scheme at Richmond. Enjoy these photos and a timelapse video of the car being wrapped in an American Flag.
Kyle Busch made history Friday night in Bristol, TN by winning this 50th NASCAR Nationwide Series win. In doing so he became the first driver to ever achieve the feat. Teammate Joey Logano wasn’t going to let the win go without a battle. Logano chased Busch down with 5 laps to go and races along side him on the final lap, eventually finishing second by 0.019 seconds! Brian Scott rounded out a great night for Joe Gibbs Racing, finishing 10th.
It was clear from the outset of today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam’s RV Insurance 500 that all three Joe Gibbs Racing entries brought a car capable of winning at Pocono Raceway. Indeed, all three teammates would share the lead through most of the day, but separate late-race incidents would keep each of them from their desired finish. Kyle Busch would lead JGR with a second-place finish, while Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano were forced to settle for 15th and 26th respectively.