Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. Motorsports

Joe Gibbs Racing: 2014 The Profit on CNBC 500 weekend preview

See also

Fresh off Speedweeks, Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler will be looking to improve on their finishes at Daytona International Speedway – even if it’s only by one spot, as is the case for Hamlin.

Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry, was just one spot away from claiming the Sprint Cup trifecta at Daytona, having won the Sprint Unlimited and his Budweiser Duel qualifying race, but finishing second in the Daytona 500. At Phoenix, Hamlin has one win and nine top 10 finishes in 17 races, with an average finish of 10.9.

Busch, in the No. 18 Skittles Toyota in the Cup Series, has one win and 11 top 10 finishes in 18 career starts at Phoenix, as well as two poles; his average finish is 13.5. He was looking at a top 10 finish at Daytona before being collected in the final turn “big one,” and wound up with a 19th-place finish. Busch had better luck in the Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona, which he won, as well as the Nationwide Series race, where he finished fourth. Busch will look to continue his good start in the Nationwide Series when he starts the No 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry on Saturday; Busch has six wins, 12 top 10s and six poles in 16 starts in the series at Phoenix.

Like Busch, Kenseth will be doing double duty this weekend. In the Cup Series, driving the No. 20 Home Depot/Husky Toyota, Kenseth has one win and nine top 10 finishes, plus a pole, in 23 starts at Phoenix. In the Nationwide Series, where he’ll be driving the No. 20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota, he has one win and 11 top 10s in 13 starts.

Joining Busch and Kenseth in the Nationwide Series race will be Elliott Sadler in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota, as the team goes for its fourth-straight win in the series at Phoenix: Busch swept both races in 2013, while former JGR driver Joey Logano picked up the victory in the fall of 2012. Sadler has one win and four top 10 finishes in 10 starts in the series at Phoenix, and he’s also made 19 Cup Series starts at the track.

Qualifying for the Nationwide Series Blue Jeans Go Green 200 takes place Saturday, March 1st at 10:10 a.m. MT, followed by the green flag at 1:45 p.m. MT. Qualifying for The Profit on CNBC 500 for the Sprint Cup Series takes place at 4:40 p.m. MT on Friday, February 28th, with the race going green on Sunday, March 2nd at 1 p.m. MT. Keep up with the action at

Check out Paula’s Examiner columns on motorsports:

· Motorsports Travel


· Joe Gibbs Racing

· Kyle Busch Motorsports

· Buffalo Motorsports

Follow Paula on:

· Facebook – Paula Thompson Freelance and Motorsports

· Twitter - @paulat14

· Website –

· Flickr – Paula Thompson Freelance

Contact Paula at



  • Stephen A. Smith apologizes
    Stephen A. Smith: Ray Rice rant was 'most egregious error of my career'
    Domestic Violence
  • Maria Kirilenko slideshow
    Feast your eyes on the former fiance of Alex Ovechkin: The newly-single Maria Kirilenko
    20 Photos
  • New York Yankees fan returns lost Red Sox World Series ring to owner
    MLB News
  • Peyton Manning dancing
    Peyton Manning shows off his formidable dancing skills at training camp
    NFL News
  • Bagwell becoming porn star
    Buff Bagwell has the stuff, but his Vivid dreams have not come true just yet
    Fight Sports
  • Grave defiler identified
    Die-hard Browns fan identified in Art Modell’s grave defiling video
    Crimes & Court