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DRIVER’S POINTS: 20th
OWNER’S POINTS: 10th
OWNER’S POINTS: 17th
March 7 at 4 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 and PRN
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that J5 Tactical will serve as an associate sponsor on the No. 19 Toyota Camry driven by Carl Edwards in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2015 season
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“J5 Tactical is excited to be associated with Joe Gibbs Racing and number 19 Carl Edwards,” said TJ Johnson, CEO of J5 Tactical. “We’re looking forward to our flashlights shining bright in the winner’s circle this year.”
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announces today that Denny Hamlin will fill in for Kyle Busch behind the wheel of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry in this weekend’s NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway and in four subsequent events.
Kyle Busch continues to rest comfortably in his home in Charlotte, North Carolina before rehabilitating from a compound fracture of the right lower leg and left mid-foot fracture, both injuries resulted from an accident during the February 21 XFINITY Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
No specific timetable has been announced for Busch’s return to the race track, however interim drivers have been confirmed to pilot the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota moving forward. JGR teammate Hamlin will compete in the role this Saturday, March 7, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and again March 21 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana (Ca.), April 10 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, April 18 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and May 23 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Hamlin is currently running a full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing in the No. 11 Toyota and was previously confirmed to run in six JGR XFINITY Series events this season in support of other team sponsors. This brings Hamlin’s 2015 XFINITY Series schedule now to 11 events.
In addition, JGR announces that team member Erik Jones will again drive the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in the XFINITY Series next weekend at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway on March 14 and subsequently April 24 at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway, for a total of three race events supporting the No. 54 team. Jones raced this past weekend with the Monster Energy program at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and accomplished a 13th-place finish from a 12th-place qualifying effort.
Jones continues to run a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports and a partial schedule for JGR in the No. 20 NASCAR XFINITY Series Camry. This brings Jones’ 2015 XFINITY Series schedule now to an estimated 19 events.
Also joining the Monster Energy/Joe Gibbs Racing stable of drivers to support the No. 54 Toyota this season is Carlsbad, California native Boris Said. As in the previous two years when JGR named substitute drivers to supplement Busch’s schedule, the 52-year old NASCAR veteran will pilot seven XFINITY Series events with the No. 54 team including Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway on May 2 and non-companion XFINITY series events at Iowa Speedway in Newton on May 17 and August 1, Chicagoland (Ill.) Speedway on June 20, Mid Ohio Sportscar Course on August 15, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 29 and Kentucky Speedway in Sparta on September 26.
Although known primarily for his superior road-course racing abilities, Said has competed in 137 events across NASCAR’s top three divisions, on all types of racetracks. Additionally Said has recorded time in the K&N East/West Series, ARCA, V8 Supercars, Grand-Am Sports Car, American Le Mans, Tudor United Sports Car and other exhibition series races. Said has experienced on-track time with various team owners and with all of NASCAR’s manufacturer partners including Toyota Racing in 2010. In the XFINITY Series Said has registered 23 races and one victory earned in 2010 at the Montreal, Canada event.
“We hate this for Kyle (Busch) obviously and I think everyone is focused on getting him back healthy,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “We can’t thank Monster Energy and all of our partners enough for working with us while Kyle is recovering and certainly it is nice to have Denny (Hamlin) and Erik (Jones) ready to fill in. We’re also excited that Boris (Said) will have the opportunity to drive the car for seven races in 2015.”
“We are excited to be able to have talent like Denny (Hamlin), Erik (Jones) and road racing guru Boris Said to come in and back up Kyle in tough times. Of course we miss Kyle and wish he was out there for us, but we have full confidence in all our guys,” states Vice President of Sports Marketing for Monster Energy Mitch Covington.
Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a fifth-place finish in today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Carl Edwards rebounded from a flat tire to finish 12th, while David Ragan finished 18th and an accident left Denny Hamlin back in 38th despite running in the top five most of the day.
Matt Kenseth started the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the 36th position but quickly climbed through the field and was running 11th when a competition caution waved on lap 25. After a great stop on pit road Kenseth would find himself in the top ten restarting eighth on lap 32. The Dollar General Camry would remain inside the top ten and race as high as third in the opening 100 laps. He would pit from the fourth position on lap 138 when he felt there might be a problem with a rear tire. Kenseth was correct as the tire showed that it was beginning to unravel, but the move initially paid off as he set off a cycle of green flag stops which resulted in the No. 20 Camry taking the lead on lap 142. He would battle a loose handling race car and eventually fell back outside the top five during the green flag run. Kenseth came back down pit road with more tire issues on lap 168 and a caution about five laps later would catch him a lap down forcing him to take the wave around. Fortunately a caution would quickly follow allowing the 20 to come back down pit road for fresh tires and remain on the lead lap. The handling on the Dollar General Camry would continue to struggle back in traffic however and he would run 18th with 100 laps remaining. He would line up 16th for a restart with 70 to go and drove his way back into the top ten and was running eighth with 50 laps to go. Kenseth and crew chief Jason Ratcliff would make the decision to remain out under caution while the other leaders pitted with 25 laps to go allowing him to restart as the leader. He would relinquish the top spot on the restart when another accident triggered a red flag situation. The race restarted with 15 laps to go and Kenseth battled to earn a fifth-place finish.
Carl Edwards started the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota from the fifth position and would enter the pits from sixth following a competition caution on lap 25. He would restart in fourth on lap 32. Edwards would race inside the top ten over the course of the first 100 laps and was seventh at lap 125. The ARRIS Camry was running sixth on lap 142 following a round of green flag pit stops. He would continue to fight for a spot inside the top five and was running fourth with 80 laps remaining. He would line up fifth for a restart with 70 to go and managed to drive into third before another quick caution for a wreck just behind him. Edwards was running fifth with just over 50 laps remaining when a flat left rear tire would force him to pit road. The ARRIS team would give him fresh tires but the process would cost Edwards two laps to the leaders. He would get one lap back when the leaders pitted under green and then Edwards received the lucky dog to get back on the lead lap. He would restart 12th with just over 20 laps to go. He would go on to finish 12th.
David Ragan started his first race for JGR, filling in for an injured Kyle Busch, who was hurt last weekend following an accident at Daytona International Speedway. Busch is now resting at his home in the Charlotte area. Ragan started the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota from the 17th position and was able to gain five positions on the opening 25-lap run before NASCAR displayed a competition caution. He would restart from the fifth position on lap 32. The M&Ms Crispy Camry would drop back outside the top ten and was running 16th on lap 125. He would drop back to run 20th at the halfway mark and would ultimately fall two laps off the pace. He would go on to finish 18th.
Denny Hamlin started the No. 11 FedEx Ground Camry from the fourth position and used a great start to jump two spots into second where he raced over the course of the opening 25 laps before a NASCAR threw a competition caution following overnight rain that washed the track clean. Hamlin would race near the top five for most of the opening 100 laps and drove his way up to second on lap 115. He would lead during a round of green flag pit stops on lap 140 and once the field cycled through stops he was racing in third. He would climb into second on that run and the FedEx crew would put Hamlin out of the pits as the leader on lap 175. He would hold the lead for several laps before sliding back into third. He would line up seventh for a restart with 70 to go but would spin down across the track and then back up into the outside wall. The damage would force Hamlin to take the FedEx Camry back to the garage for repairs. He would return to finish the race but was left with a disappointing 38th-place finish despite leading twice and running in the top five most of the day.
Jimmie Johnson of Hendrick Motorsports captured the win, followed by Kevin Harvick, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Joey Logano and Kenseth was fifth. There were 10 cautions for a total of 54 laps and 28 lead changes among 12 different drivers.