Kyle Busch and Monster Energy Team 1st at Darlington
Five-Time Nationwide Series Winners Tame the ‘Lady’
Kyle Busch and the No. 54 Monster Energy team won Friday night’s VFW Sports Clip 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. The victory was Busch’s 56th in 252 series starts and the team’s fifth series win and seventh top-10 finish in nine starts this season. Busch accomplished the win from the pole position, the last driver to accomplish the feat, previously doing it in 2011.
For the second time this year, the No. 54 team accomplished a victory from the pole-qualifying position, previously mastered at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA and now Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. Busch started from the pole in Darlington and led the field four times for 107 of the 147-lap event.
Kyle Busch and Monster Energy Team Third at RIR
Richmond Finish Sixth Top-Three in Six Starts for Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) driver Kyle Busch and the No. 54 Monster Energy Camry team gained points and maintained their Owner’s Point Standings lead with a third-place finish at Richmond (VA.) International Raceway Friday night. It was Busch’s sixth top-three finish in the last six starts with his JGR NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) crew this season. The soon to be 28-year-old’s 251st career start in the series, brings his 135th top-five and 169th top-10 finish.
During initial on-track activity Thursday and Friday, the No. 54 Toyota team felt their Camry was strong, showing third-quick in practice one and topping the speed chart fastest in the second and final practice session. Crew Chief Adam Stevens was prepared for changing track conditions during practice and the race, commenting early in the weekend the biggest challenge of Richmond’s .75-mile oval is managing tire wear, especially with varying elements of a morning practice session and an evening race. That sentiment would later be realized.
No. 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team Penalized For Failing Post-Race Engine Inspection Following Kansas Speedway Event
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 24, 2013) – Penalties have been handed down to the No. 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team as a result of rule violations discovered in the post-race engine inspection April 23 at the NASCAR Research and Development Center.
The No. 20 car was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-5.5.3 (E) (Only magnetic steel connecting rods with a minimum weight of 525.0 grams will be permitted; connecting rod failed to meet the minimum connecting rod weight) of the 2013 rule book.
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (April 23, 2013) – Every year in late April across the United States, signs of spring begin to appear all around. Flowers and trees start to come into bloom, the grass begins to grow, the weather becomes warmer – and, of course, Kyle Busch posts a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
The driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) returns to Richmond for Saturday night’s Sprint Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 looking for his fifth consecutive spring event win at the .75-mile oval. Last April, the Las Vegas native brought home his fourth straight spring victory at Richmond to go with four runner-up finishes and an amazing 12 top-fives in just 16 career Sprint Cup starts in Virginia’s capital city.
Busch’s average finishing position of just 5.4 is tops among all active drivers at Richmond, including JGR teammate Denny Hamlin, whose average finish there is 8.1. Busch has completed all but one of the 6,410 laps available to him in his 16 career Richmond starts. Of those laps completed, Busch has run in the top-15 for 6,607 (87.5 percent) of them – second-most among active drivers at the track. Read Full Article →
Busch, Interstate Batteries Team Up for Texas Victory
Dallas-Based Interstate Batteries Scores First Win at ‘Home’ Track
After waiting more than 20 years, Norm Miller and Interstate Batteries finally went to Victory Lane in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
Miller, chairman of Dallas-based Interstate Batteries, got there thanks to the superb drive put in by Kyle Busch and an equally impressive late-race pit stop performed by the Interstate Batteries team.
Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), led eight times for a race-high 171 laps Saturday night to score his second win of the season and first at Texas in the NRA 500. It was also the first win for Interstate Batteries at its hometown track. Interstate had finished third five times, three times with former JGR driver Bobby Labonte (April 1997, March 1999 and April 2000) and twice with Busch (April 2008 and April 2010).
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Veteran NASCAR Driver Mark Martin to Drive No. 11 FedEx Toyota Until Hamlin Returns
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 28, 2013) – Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that Mark Martin will drive the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series while Denny Hamlin recovers from an L1 Compression Fracture suffered during an accident on March 24 at Auto Club Speedway.
“We’ve been real fortunate to have never been in this situation with the need to find someone to fill in for an injured driver,” said J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing. “A lot goes into a decision like this but we are really pleased to have someone of the character and caliber of Mark Martin to fill in while Denny is out. Obviously we’re not exactly sure how long that is going to take, but Mark’s career speaks for itself and our team knows it will have the opportunity to compete for a win every week.”
JOE GIBBS RACING DRIVER DENNY HAMLIN SIDELINED WITH L1 COMPRESSION FRACTURE
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 26, 2013) – Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) driver Denny Hamlin was evaluated today by Dr. Jerry Petty of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates after suffering an L1 Compression Fracture during an accident on the final lap of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
Dr. Petty determined that Hamlin will not require surgery, but will need time to properly heal, which is estimated around six weeks time. Dr. Petty will make the determination when Hamlin will be able to return to racing this season.
No decision has been made on a replacement driver for Hamlin during his absence from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.