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Talladega Race Report

Denny Hamlin captured his first victory of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season with a win in today’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Meanwhile teammate Kyle Busch finished 13th and Matt Kenseth was collected in an accident and left to finish 37th.

Hamlin started his No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota from the back of the field in 35th but chose to make his way forward early in the race. He would take his first lead on lap 32 and led six different times over the course of the race. Hamlin managed to avoid a number of wrecks that eliminated many contenders including one that took out his teammate Kenseth with just over 50 laps remaining. Hamlin was leading late when a caution came out to set up a final two-lap run to the finish. Hamlin managed to use the low lane on the bottom of the track to secure the lead and was at the front of the pack when a caution came out on the final lap to freeze the field and secure his first trip to victory lane in 2014. Read more

Media Day Precedes an Exciting 2014 Season

The 2014 Sprint Media Tour came to a conclusion on Thursday at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, NC. Members of the media were on hand to hear from team owners Joe and JD Gibbs, as well as our drivers and crew chiefs. Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Drew Herring, and Sam Hornish, Jr., met with the media in break-out sessions to answer questions about the upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series seasons. Crew chiefs Darian Grubb, Dave Rogers, and Jason Ratcliff were also in attendance.

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Michigan Results: 15th, 20th, and 31st

Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a 15th-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile Denny Hamlin raced to a 20th-place finish while two late race spins left Kyle Busch with a disappointing 31st.

Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota from the 12th position and was able to work through a few early cautions to move his way into the top ten and was running sixth while battling loose conditions especially into turn 3 and upon exit of turn 4. The handling was difficult to pinpoint because the car would also become too tight when attempting to make a pass in traffic. Kenseth would come down pit road under the green flag around lap 50 for adjustments and great work by the Dollar General crew gained him another spot allowing him to run fourth once the field had cycled through stops. He would race his way into third when another caution came out for a wreck on lap 72. Kenseth was running seventh when the race reached the halfway point on lap 100. He was running ninth when another caution came out on lap 136 when the 88 wrecked. He would line up sixth on lap 139 and used an awesome restart to move into third. While battling on another restart on lap 153, he was forced to go four wide and the backend of his Dollar General Camry would get loose causing him to lift off the throttle lose position back to 10th. Another caution on lap 158 would allow Kenseth to come down pit road with many of the other leaders. Several teams made the call for fuel only and the No. 20 would return to the track in 16th for the restart. The handling on his Camry would become extremely loose making it difficult for him to gain additional track position. He would pit a final time and lined up with four fresh tires in the 21st position with 23 to go. He would manage to drive his way back to finish in the top 15.
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