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Sprint Cup Series Martinsville Speedway

Race Info
Date: October 26
Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN
Radio: MRN

FedEx Freight Denny Hamlin Paint Scheme

M&M's Halloween Kyle Busch Paint Scheme

Dollar General Matt Kenseth Paint Scheme

Off Weekend

Talladega
Race Info
Date: October 26
Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN
Radio: MRN
FedEx Freight Denny Hamlin Paint Scheme M&M's Halloween Kyle Busch Paint Scheme Dollar General Matt Kenseth Paint Scheme

Off Weekend

Race Report: Talladega, Final Contender 12 Race

It was the race that had been discussed since the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase format was announced. Today’s Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, a track known for its hold your breath style of racing and large accidents, represented the cut-off race of the second round with only the top eight teams advancing into the Eliminator Round.

Joe Gibbs Racing entered the day with all three teams still competing for a spot in the final eight. Kyle Busch was second in points entering the day but contact from behind on lap 103 sent him hard into the wall and although his M&Ms team worked valiantly to put him back out on the track he finished 40th and narrowly missed the cutoff. Teammates Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin managed to avoid any major accidents and finished second and 18th respectively to advance into the Eliminator round of eight.

Kenseth qualified the No. 20 Home Depot Toyota in the 13th position but an engine change resulted in having to drop to the back of the field for the start of the race. Kenseth was content running toward the back of the field through the early portion of the race but eventually moved toward the front of the field and managed to lead lap 63 to pick up an important bonus point. The Home Depot Camry would move toward the back of the field once again following a lap 103 caution for an accident that claimed his teammate Kyle Busch among several others. A restart with nine laps to go allowed Kenseth to move forward and he was quickly racing in the top ten while driving in the middle lane of a three wide situation before a caution for debris came out with five to go. He would line up 11th for a green-white-checkered finish. A wreck behind him would bring out another caution and he was eighth for the restart on a second attempt at the green-white-checkered finish. He would drive his way up to finish second and claim his spot into the next round.

Hamlin started his No. 11 FedEx One Rate Deliverminator Toyota from the 38th position was largely content to race at the back of the field through the early going. Hamlin would find an opening to make his way to the front of the field about 30 laps into the race and he claimed the lead on lap 39. He managed to avoid the day’s first two accidents including one major wreck on lap 103 that claimed his teammate Kyle Busch. When the race restarted a few laps later Hamlin made the decision to once again move to the back of the field in an attempt to clear any wrecks in front of him. A restart with nine to go saw Hamlin racing just inside the top 30 before a caution came out with five to go. He would line up 25th for a green-white-checkered finish. A wreck set up a second GWC finish and this time he lined up in 20th. He would go on to finish 18th and secure his position into the Eliminator round of eight.

Busch started the No. 18 M&Ms Halloween Toyota from the 41st position and was content running toward the back of the field in hopes of avoiding the big accident. It appeared that strategy would pay off when Busch managed to avoid any major damage in the day’s first accident on lap 61. The No. 18 Camry would get minor damage to the nose of his car but the M&Ms crew would make the necessary repairs on pit road and Busch remained on the lead lap. Unfortunately Busch wasn’t as fortunate on lap 103 when several cars spun in front of the M&Ms Toyota. He was well back of the initial wreck and slowed to avoid the spinning cars in front of him, but the 3 car hit Busch hard from behind and sent him spinning into the inside wall. The wreck caused major damage to the No. 18 but he managed to drive straight to the garage where the M&Ms team went to work in hopes of getting him back out on the track to make up enough points to secure his spot in the next round of the Chase. A tremendous team effort put Busch and the M&Ms Halloween Camry back on the track with 36 laps remaining. The valiant effort nearly paid off, but unfortunately Busch narrowly missed the cutoff and was eliminated from the Chase. The margin was so narrow that Busch was actually just one point out of the eighth position for the restart on a second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, but the win by the 2 car took away his opportunity to advance.

Brad Keselowski won the race followed by Kenseth, Clint Bowyer, Landon Cassill, and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five. There were six cautions for a total of 25 laps and 38 lead changes among 19 different drivers.

The points once again reset with Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth advancing into the Eliminator round of eight in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Ultimately four teams will advance into the Championship round at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Eliminator Round of 8 under the new Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship format will start next Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. Live coverage from Martinsville will begin on ESPN Sunday, October 26 at 1 PM ET (race begins at 2 PM ET). The race will also be carried on Sirius NASCAR radio channel 90.

Nate Bolling Has Surgery for Torn Triceps

Jackman for Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Sprint Cup Series Team
Expected to Return for 2015 Daytona 500

Nate Bolling, the jackman on the No. 11 FedEx Sprint Cup Series race team had successful surgery on a torn right triceps this morning and is expected to make a full recovery in time for the 2015 Daytona 500.

Bolling suffered a torn triceps on the second pit stop Saturday night during the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The surgery was performed by Dr. Patrick Connor of OrthoCarolina.

JGR backup jackman Kenneth Purcell filled in Saturday night for Bolling and will serve as the jackman for the No. 11 FedEx team for the remainder of the season. Purcell is a veteran in the sport and was part of four championship seasons with the No. 48 team.

Race Report: Charlotte

Kyle Busch led Joe Gibbs Racing with a fifth-place finish in tonight’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Meanwhile his teammates Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth finished ninth and 19th respectively in the second of three races in the Contender Round of 12 in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship.

Busch started the No. 18 Doublemint Toyota on the pole and led the opening 13 laps of the race. A competition caution on lap 25 would bring him down pit road and he restarted second. Busch would reclaim the lead after the restart for another 10 laps or so, but gave way to the 24 once again as he raced patiently through the early going of the 500-mile race. The handling on his Doublemint Camry would change several times over the course of the night, but Busch managed to maintain a spot in the top ten. He would restart in the top spot following a great pit stop by his Doublemint crew with just under 100 laps remaining. He would give up the top spot on the longer runs, but Busch was back out front for a lap 250 restart. He was running seventh late in the race following a round of green flag pit stops. Another late caution would set up a green-white-checker finish and Busch managed to drive his way up to earn a fifth-place finish.

Hamlin started his No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota from the third position and settled in to run fourth through the opening 25 laps prior to a competition caution. Early strategies on pit road with several teams taking two tires left Hamlin to restart back a few spots and he would run just outside the top ten on the next green flag run. Hamlin would remain patient while crew chief Darian Grubb and the FedEx crew made adjustments to help him with a car that was tight through the center of turns, but loose exiting the turns. Those adjustments appeared to be paying off over the course of the race as Hamlin drove into the top 10. A great two-tire stop would put Hamlin out second for a restart on lap 272 and he quickly took advantage by moving to the point and leading the next 22 laps. The 4 car would take over the lead with 41 laps to go, but Hamlin would cycle through a final round of green flag stops in the third position. A late caution would set up a green-white-checker finish and the FedEx Camry would get contact from behind that shuffled him back to finish ninth.

Kenseth qualified the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the 22nd position but was forced to start in the back of the field when NASCAR ruled there was an unapproved adjustment on pit road. The setback didn’t deter the 20 team however as Kenseth raced his way into 28th on the opening green flag run prior to a competition caution on lap 25. He would work his way into the top 25 on the ensuing run. Kenseth would continue to slowly make his way toward the top 20, but mostly tight handling conditions would hamper additional progress. The Dollar General Camry would fall a lap off the pace on lap 206, but the team fought back and Kenseth raced his way into the lucky dog position to get back on the lead lap. He would come down pit road for a two-tire stop that gave him track position and he lined up fourth for a lap 272 restart. Kenseth would drive up high on the track in an attempt to improve his position but the 2 car moved in front of him causing the No. 20 Camry to hit the wall. He was able to keep the car on the lead lap, but damage to the right front of the car caused him to drift back in the field. Kenseth would go on to finish 19th.

Kevin Harvick won the race followed by Jeff Gordon, Jamie McMurray, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch rounded out the top five. There were eight cautions for a total of 39 laps and 32 lead changes among 14 different drivers.

Kyle Busch is second in the current point standings in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Busch is only six points out of the top spot, while Hamlin is seventh and Kenseth is in ninth. The field will be trimmed to the Eliminator Round of 8 following next weekend’s battle at Talladega Superspeedway. Logano and Harvick automatically advance courtesy of their respective wins last week in Kansas and tonight in Charlotte respectively. Busch is 27 points in front of the cut off and Hamlin is 17 points to good, while Kenseth is just one point out of the eighth and final spot. Ultimately a final Championship 4 will race for the Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship will be at Talladega Superspeedway for the final race of the Contender round under the new Chase format. Live coverage from Talladega will begin on ESPN Sunday, October 19 at 1 PM ET (race begins at 2 PM ET). The race will also be carried on Sirius NASCAR radio channel 90.

Yamaha extends Joe Gibbs Racing partnership and welcomes two new riders to the Family

Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA is pleased to announce the extension of our relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGRMX) through a new contract that will see the successful team race YZ450Fs in both the AMA Supercross and Outdoor series for at least the next two years. On top of that, Yamaha is proud to welcome two new riders to the Yamaha JGRMX family.

After an illustrious amateur career, Justin Barcia started off his professional career with a bang, winning the AMA Rookie of the Year award in 2009. He followed that early success with two 250SX East Coast Championships. That same success followed Barcia when he moved up to the 450 Class, as he won two 450SX Supercross races in his first season and took home the 2013 AMA 450 Class Rookie of the Year award. Already a proven winner with an intensity that is unrivaled, Barcia is looking forward to the start of the 2015 Season.

“I have met everyone over at Joe Gibbs Racing and already feel like part of the family, I am excited to start riding and training for the 2015 season,” said Justin Barcia, who has been recovering from ankle surgery earlier in the season.

Joining Barcia on the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX team is perennial underdog fan favorite Weston Peick. A long-time Yamaha rider Weston had a breakthrough season in 2014 and looks forward to carrying that momentum into the 2015 season now that he’s back on a YZ450F.

“I couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds for the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX team. With Barcia and Peick under the tent and the improved 2015 YZ450F at their disposal it should be a very exciting year,” said Yamaha Motor Co. Racing Division Manager, Keith McCarty.
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2014 Joe Gibbs Racing Fall FanFest Scheduled for October 10

Joe Gibbs Racing Fall FanFest will be held this Friday, October 10, from 9 AM to 1 PM at its team headquarters in Huntersville, NC.

JGR drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Elliott Sadler, Darrell Wallace, Jr., and Daniel Suarez are all scheduled to sign autographs at staggered times throughout the morning. In order to receive an autograph, fans must have a wristband for each respective driver. Beginning at 8 AM on Friday morning, 300 wristbands for each driver will be distributed in separate lines. No wristbands will be required for Wallace and Suarez who will be on hand to sign from 9 AM to 11 AM.

The complete driver autograph schedule for Friday is as follows:

9 AM Elliott Sadler
9:30 AM Kyle Busch
10 AM Matt Kenseth
10:30 AM Denny Hamlin
9-11 AM Wallace, Jr. and Suarez

The third annual JGR Fan Fest Car and Motorcycle Show will be from 9 AM until 1 PM (registration begins at 7 AM and judging concludes at 11 AM with awards presented at 1 PM). Categories for the show include street rods, muscle cars, original class, custom, motorcycles, pick-ups, best engine and best in show. Participants can preregister at http://joegibbsracing.com/carshow.

For more information and directions for JGR Fall FanFest please go to our website at http://joegibbsracing.com/fanfest.