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Joe Gibbs Racing 2014 Sprint Cup Series preview

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Last year, two of Joe Gibbs Racing’s three Sprint Cup Series drivers made the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup, with both Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch finishing in the top four in points. Kenseth, Busch and Denny Hamlin, who won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway last November, are together for another Cup Series season, which gets underway with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, February 23rd.

Matt Kenseth

In spite of losing the championship to Jimmie Johnson by 19 points, Kenseth had one of the best seasons of his career, tallying seven wins and 20 top 10 finishes, in his first season away from Roush Fenway Racing. In 2014, the No. 20 Toyota Camry returns to the track with Home Depot’s Husky Tools and Dollar General on board.

Matt Kenseth statistics:

· Best Cup Series tracks (average finishes) – Kentucky Speedway (4.7 in three races), Texas Motor Speedway (8.3 in 23 races), Michigan International Speedway (9.6 in 29 races)

· Worst Cup Series tracks (average finishes) – Sonoma Raceway (20.7 in 14 races), Talladega Superspeedway (17.7 in 28 races)

· Most wins in Cup Series – Auto Club Speedway (three wins), Bristol Motor Speedway (three wins), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (three wins), seven tracks with two wins each

Kyle Busch

Busch rebounded from a disappointing 2012 season, where he finished 13th and out of the Chase, to finish fourth in 2013. Busch competed in 73 races across NASCAR’s top three series (36 Cup, 26 Nationwide and 11 Camping World Truck Series), winning a combined 21 times (four Cup, 12 Nationwide and 5 Truck) – Busch has proven time and again that the more he races, the better he races. The No. 18 Toyota returns with M&M/Mars and Interstate Batteries among the season’s sponsors.

Kyle Busch statistics:

· Best Cup Series tracks (average finishes) – Kentucky Speedway (5.3 in three races), Richmond International Raceway (7.2 in 18 races), Watkins Glen International (8.1 in nine races)

· Worst Cup Series tracks (average finishes) – Kansas Speedway (23.3 in 13 races), Talladega Superspeedway (21.9 in 18 races), Homestead-Miami Speedway (21.3 in nine races)

· Most wins in Cup Series – Bristol Motor Speedway (five wins), Richmond (four wins), four tracks with two wins each

Denny Hamlin

After missing four races early in the season with a back injury, it took Hamlin most of the rest of the season to get back in the swing of things. He finally broke through to victory lane at the season finale at Homestead-Miami, making it eight-straight seasons where he’s had at least one win. The No. 11 Toyota will receive continued sponsorship from FedEx and SportClips for the 2014 season.

Denny Hamlin statistics:

· Best Cup Series tracks (average finishes) – Darlington Raceway (5.4 in eight races), Martinsville Speedway (8.1 in 16 races), New Hampshire Motor Speedway (9.0 in 16 races)

· Worst Cup Series tracks (average finishes) – Sonoma Raceway (22.9 in eight races), Daytona International Speedway (21.5 in 16 races), Dover International Speedway (20.5 in 16 races), Chicagoland Speedway (20.5 in eight races)

· Most wins in Cup Series – Martinsville Speedway (four wins), Pocono Raceway (four wins), five tracks with two wins each

Keep up with the 2014 season at joegibbsracing.com.

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