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Joe Gibbs Racing: 2014 5-Hour Energy 400 preview

Matt Kenseth is the defending winner of the Kansas spring race
Matt Kenseth is the defending winner of the Kansas spring race
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The Sprint Cup Series heads to Kansas Speedway for the first time this season for the first-ever night race at the track, the 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefitting Special Operations Warrior Foundation on Saturday night, May 10th. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin both have wins at the track, but Kyle Busch has yet to visit victory lane in the Cup Series at the 1.5-mile track.

Kenseth, in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota Camry, is the reigning winner of the spring race at Kansas, and also won the pole for last year’s race. Kenseth has two wins at Kansas, the first coming in fall 2012 with Roush Fenway Racing. He’s still looking for his first win of the season, but sits second in points behind another non-winner in 2014, Jeff Gordon.

Hamlin, who won last weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway, will drive the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota at Kansas. Hamlin won at Kansas in spring 2012, and has completed 99.9-percent of the laps run over the last 11 races (2,881 of 2,885 laps). Hamlin sits 12th in points in spite of missing the race at Auto Club Speedway with an eye injury.

Busch, in the No. 18 Snickers Toyota on Saturday night, has just two top 10 finishes at Kansas in the Cup Series, with a top finish of seventh in 2006 with Hendrick Motorsports. Last season, Busch finished 38th and 34th in the spring and fall races, respectively, and he’s crashed out of the last three races at Kansas. Busch will also be driving his own Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota Tundra in Friday night’s Camping World Truck Series race.

The Sprint Cup Series qualifies Friday, May 9th at 5:30 p.m. CT, with the 5-Hour Energy 400 going green at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday, May 10th. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.

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