KENSETH & GIBBS A PERFECT MATCH

 “Matt Kenseth, Cambridge, Wisconsin, Home Depot Toyota.” You can just hear it roll right off the 2003 champion’s tongue in the driver’s intro on PRN. Everything about this move of Matt Kenseth to Joe Gibbs Racing looks, feels and sounds right. It’s a win for JGR. The 41-year old brings a steady, calming influence as a counterweight to the emotional Denny Hamlin and the mercurial Kyle Busch. Going all the way back to his days as coach of the Washington Red ...

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GRUBB THE GAME CHANGER

 How much does a crew chief matter? Ask Denny Hamlin and the number 11 team over at Joe Gibbs Racing. On the heels of back-to-back victories at Bristol and Atlanta, the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leader in victories has all the makings of a championship winner with one race to go before the 10-race chase. Crew chief Darian Grubb- who helped guide Tony Stewart to the 2011 championship- has made a difference. After a couple of slower pit stops early on in Sunday night’s Ad ...

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WALLACE MAKES BIG FIRST STEP WITHOUT STUMBLING

"The goals have to be just kind of running up front, hopefully making a name for myself, running top 10.” Mission accomplished. Welcome to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Darrell Wallace Jr. Breaking in without breaking equipment (ok, well maybe a few scrapes and dings, but nothing real major), the graduate of NASCAR’s “Drive For Diversity” program finished ninth and on the lead lap Sunday at Iowa Speedway in his series debut. NASCAR has taken on numerous initiativ ...

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KYLE BUSCH APOLOGIZES FOR SPEEDING INCIDENT

CONCORD, N.C._ Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch apologized for his actions and lack of judgment that led to a speeding ticket of 128 mph in a 45 mph zone on Tuesday in Iredell County, North Carolina. “I’m certainly sorry that it happened and my actions led me to speed,” he said. “It was a lack of judgment and all I can do is apologize to the public, my friends, my fans, my sponsors and everybody, look at this experience as a learning experience, and to move forward.&rd ...

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BEING A PIT CREW MEMBER NOT AS EASY AS IT LOOKS

CHARLOTTE, N.C._ Thursday night’s NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C will see the guys that go over the wall and are on the other end of the radio get their due. On Wednesday, the media had their shot at the pit crew spotlight. With the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 pit crew – the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Champions – showing the way and providing insight into their world of NASCAR, we were able to put ourselves in their shoes. Aside f ...

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RESTARTS POWER KYLE BUSCH TO RICHMOND WIN

RICHMOND, Va._ Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin were the class of the field during Saturday night’s Matthew & Daniel Hanson 400. Leading a combined 273 of the 400 laps, the teammates stretched the fuel mileage and swept the first two spots, giving team owner Joe Gibbs his fifth straight Richmond win. While the two cars were equal throughout, Busch spent the majority of the evening at the front of the field leading 235 laps. However, when varying pit strategies mix ...

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DYNO FIRE NOT CAUSE OF JGR ENGINE WOES

MARTINSVILLE, Va._ The start of the 2011 season for Joe Gibbs Racing engine department has been a bit of a disaster and a far cry from success. The team had two engine issues last week in Fontana, a catastrophic failure in Las Vegas and an engine down 100 horsepower for the majority of the race in Bristol. In addition, they have had three pre-race engine changes due to concern or failures.  Even before the season started, the Gibbs engine department suffered a major setback when an engine e ...

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GIBBS OFFERS HIS THOUGHTS ON FINE

POCONO, P.A. _ Less than a week after learning his driver Denny Hamlin was hit with a fine for questioning NASCAR’s decision to throw debris cautions on the social networking site Twitter, team president J.D. Gibbs spoke with Jay W. Pennell about the penalty and his reactions. “We knew pretty early on,” Gibbs said of the penalty. “My thing was just make sure, it wasn’t so much his ideas or his thoughts, so much as how he communicated them. I think was the big ...

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TOM LOGANO NEEDS TO STEP BACK

When Joey Logano exited his car after Sunday’s Pocono Cup race he wanted to confront Kevin Harvick. Their on-track incident moments before angered Logano. The scene quickly filled with Richard Childress Racing crewmembers, a Joe Gibbs crewmember, the media, and Tom Logano.Guess which one didn’t belong? Now before I go any further let me state that I am a father. I understand fully a parent’s instinct to protect his children. Any Dad worth his salt realizes that his top prior ...

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BUSCH-HAMLIN FEUD ENDS — FOR NOW

CHARLOTTE_ Perhaps the highlight of last weekend’s Sprint All-Star Race was when Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin had a disagreement about a piece of real estate coming off Turn 2. With ten laps to go in the final segment, Busch got a run through the corner and looked to make a move on the outside of his teammate for the lead. Hamlin shut the door, forcing Busch to check up and he caught the wall. The incident killed their momentum and allowed Kurt Busch to make the w ...

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