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Joe Gibbs Racing: 2014 Watkins Glen preview

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NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series visit the Finger Lakes region of New York this weekend, as Watkins Glen International hosts the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen weekend, Friday through Sunday, August 8th through 10th. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will do double duty this weekend, joined by Denny Hamlin in the Cup Series and Elliott Sadler in the Nationwide Series race.

Busch, in the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota Camry on Sunday, has had some luck at Watkins Glen in the past: two wins and eight top 10 finishes in nine starts at the 2.45-mile road course; he’s also the defending race winner. In the Nationwide Series, Busch has yet to break into the win column, but does have five top 10 finishes in seven starts; he had a disappointing 24th-place finish last year. Busch will be in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Saturday in the Zippo 200 at The Glen.

Kenseth, in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in Sunday’s race, is still looking for his first Cup Series road course win. He has just four top 10 finishes in 14 starts at The Glen, finishing 23rd last season. In the Nationwide Series, Kenseth has two top 10 finishes in five WGI starts; he’ll be in the No. 20 Reser’s Toyota in Saturday’s race, which he hasn’t competed in since 2008.

Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota on Sunday, is also without a win on a road course in Cup Series competition. Hamlin has four top 10 finishes in eight starts at The Glen, including a runner-up finish in 2007.

Sadler, in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota in Saturday’s Nationwide Series race, is also seeking a road course win. In five starts at WGI in the Nationwide Series, he has two top 10 finishes, including a fifth-place finish last season.

Qualifying for the Zippo 200 at The Glen Nationwide Series race takes place Saturday morning at 9:40 a.m. ET, followed by the green flag at 2:15 p.m. ET. Qualifying for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen takes place Saturday at 11:40 a.m. ET, with the race going green Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at joegibbsracing.com.

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