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Joe Gibbs Racing: 2014 Indianapolis preview

Kyle Busch kissed the bricks after the Nationwide Series race last year at Indy
Kyle Busch kissed the bricks after the Nationwide Series race last year at Indy
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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series head to “the Brickyard,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the 2014 Super Weekend at the Brickyard, which will also feature the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Indy’s road course. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin are all still seeking their first win at Indy, as is Elliott Sadler, who joins Kenseth and Busch in the Nationwide Series race.

Busch, who won last year’s Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis from the pole, will be back in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry Saturday for his third series start at “the Brickyard.” On Sunday, he’ll be in the No. 18 Snickers Toyota, hoping to improve on his career-best finish of second from 2012. He has seven top 10 finishes in nine starts at the famed 2.5-mile oval.

Kenseth, in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota on Sunday, has two runner-up finishes in 14 starts at Indy, with a total of eight top 10 finishes. On Saturday, he’ll drive the No. 20 Reser’s Toyota in the Nationwide Series, hoping to improve on his seventh-place finish one year ago.

Hamlin will be racing the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota in Sunday’s race, making his ninth start at “the Brickyard.” Hamlin sat on the pole in 2012, coming home with a sixth-place finish; his best finish in his first eight starts was third in 2008.

Sadler, in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota on Saturday, has finishes of 15th and 13th in two Nationwide Series start at Indy. Sadler also has 12 Sprint Cup Series starts there, with a pole in 2005 and a career-best finish of third in 2004.

The Nationwide Series qualifies for the Lilly Diabetes 250 on Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET, followed by the green flag at 4:30 p.m. ET. The Sprint Cup Series qualifies for the Crown Royal presents the John Wayne Walding 400 at the Brickyard on Saturday at 2:10 p.m. ET, with the race going green Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at

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