NASCAR Hall of Fame: Joe Gibbs
Joe Gibbs has won throughout his entire life. The three-time Super Bowl champion football coach started Joe Gibbs Racing in 1992 and has led the organization to four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series titles.
2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Owner Standings
MORE: Monster Energy Series owner standings " Camping World owner standings Pos. Owner Car No. Points Ldr Nxt Race Wins Stage Wins Playoff Pts Attempts 1 Roger Penske 22 330 0 0 0 3 3 7 2 Joe Gibbs 20 277 -53 -53 2 2 12 7 3 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1 260 -70 -17 0 2 2 7 4 Chip Ganassi 42 252 -78 -8 1 1 6 7 5 Rick Hendrick 9 244 -86 -8 0 1 1 7 6 J D Gibbs 18 231 -99 -13 1 3 3 7 7 Richard Childress 2 205 -125 -26 0 0 0 7 8 Richard Childress 3 201 -129 -4 0 0 0 7 9 Kelley Earnhardt-Miller 7 200 -130 -1 1 0 5 7 10 Jack Roush 16 184 -146 -16 1 0 5 7 11 Richard Childress 21 180 -150 -4 0 1 1 7 12 Jack Roush 6 180 -150 0 0 0 0 7 13 Matt Kaulig 11 164 -166 -16 0 0 0 7 14 Chip Ganassi 48 163 -167 -1 0 0 0 7 15 Joe Gibbs 19 160 -170 -3 0 0 0 7 16 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 5 157 -173 -3 0 0 0 7 17 James Whitener 28 139 -191 -18 0 0 0 7 18 Gene Haas 00 130 -200 -9 0 0 0 7 19 Richard Childress 33 128 -202 -2 0 0 0 7 20 Maria Gonzalez Hernandez 24 125 -205 -3 0 0 0 7 21 Mark Smith 14 111 -219 -14 0 0 0 7 22 Richard Childress 62 108 -222 -3 0 0 0 7 23 Rod Sieg 39 108 -222 0 0 0 0 7 24 Maurice Gallagher Jr. 23 103 -227 -5 0 0 0 7 25 Michelle Gosselin 90 88 -242 -15 0 0 0 7 26 Tony Stewart 41 86 -244 -2 0 1 1 2 27 Johnny Davis 01 86 -244 0 0 0 0 7 28 Tony Clements 51 83 -247 -3 0 0 0 7 29 Gary Cogswell 0 81 -249 -2 0 0 0 7 30 Gary Keller 4 81 -249 0 0 0 0 7 31 Fred Biagi 98 76 -254 -5 0 0 0 5 32 Jimmy Means 52 74 -256 -2 0 0 0 7 33 Roger Penske 12 64 -266 -10 1 0 0 2 34 Bobby Dotter 07 64 -266 0 0 0 0 7 35 Danielle Long 40 63 -267 -1 0 0 0 7 36 Rick Hendrick 88 49 -281 -14 0 0 0 1 37 Bj McLeod 78 48 -282 -1 0 0 0 7 38 Jessica Smith-Mcleod 99 47 -283 -1 0 0 0 7 39 Jessica Smith-Mcleod 8 41 -289 -6 0 0 0 7 40 Rick Gdovic 46 37 -293 -4 0 0 0 2 41 Danielle Long 13 20 -310 -17 0 0 0 7 42 Mike Harmon 74 16 -314 -4 0 0 0 7 43 Lynn Cockrum 25 12 -318 -4 0 0 0 2 44 Mark Smith 44 10 -320 -2 0 0 0 1 45 Pamela Sieg 93 6 -324 -4 0 0 0 6 46 Victor Obaika 97 4 -326 -2 0 0 0 6 47 Cindy Shepherd 89 2 -328 -2 0 0 0 5 48 Victor Obaika 177 0 -330 -2 0 0 0 1
Busch sweeps Saturday practices; Larson, Stenhouse spin early
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol RELATED: Practice 3 results " Top 10-lap times from final practice Five-time Bristol winner Kyle Busch topped the leaderboard in final practice for the Saturday sweep. The 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion led all drivers with a quickest lap of 128.563 mph. He was also fastest in the first practice session Saturday. Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Daniel Suarez completed the 55-minute session second in his No. 19 Toyota (128.262 mph). A trio of Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets were next with Kasey Kahne (128.253 mph), Chase Elliott (128.185 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (128.168 mph) rounding out the top five. The 39-car field returns to the short track Monday at 1 p.m. ET for the Food City 500 (FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). RELATED: Practice 2 results " Best 10-lap times from Practice 2 Busch also topped the speed charts in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series opening practice Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, wheeling his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota around the .533-mile track in 128.865 mph. Toyota completed the top three in the 55-minute outing with Furniture Row Racing's Erik Jones (128.649 mph) and JGR's Denny Hamlin (128.176 mph) taking second and third, respectively. Next up was Ford driver Kevin Harvick, earning the fourth-fastest lap (128.091 mph), with Chevrolet wheelman Dale Earnhardt Jr. behind him, completing the top five (128.005 mph). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (26th, 128.846 mph) brought out the session's first caution after he brushed the wall with 36 minutes remaining. It was originally reported that the team would race in a backup car, but the Roush Fenway Racing crew decided to try to fix the No. 17 Ford so as to not lose its 19th-place starting position for Monday's Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "I had just been really loose and just got down in the corner and it took off," Stenhouse said following the incident. "I thought I saved it and just got the right-rear in the wall." RELATED: Watch Stenhouse bring out the caution The second and final yellow flag was brought out after Kyle Larson clipped the outside wall with roughly 10 minutes left in the session. He was 17th quickest at 127.343 mph in his No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. With Friday's qualifying canceled due to rain, the series points leader will start the race on the pole position, per NASCAR Rule Book. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
No. 22 car fails post-race inspection at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- The No. 22 Team Penske Ford of driver Ryan Blaney failed post-race technical inspection following Saturday's Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The car measured too low in the left front, according to a NASCAR spokesperson. Any penalties arising from the failure will likely be determined and announced Tuesday. Blaney led four times for 61 laps. As a full-time competitor in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Blaney is not awarded points for his results in the XFINITY Series, however the No. 22 team is competing for the owner's title. MORE: Saturday's race results The race winning entry of Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing) passed post-race at-track inspection, as did the entries of Daniel Hemric (Richard Childress Racing) and Justin Allgaier (JR Motorsports). The Hemric and Allgaier entries finished highest among those competing for the XFINITY Series Dash 4 Cash bonus and will be taken back to the NASCAR Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina for further evaluation.
Erik Jones sets pace in first Bristol practice
RELATED: Practice 1 results " Best 10-lap times " Buy tickets for Bristol Rookie Erik Jones led the way in a rain-delayed opening practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Friday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway. Jones, a Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate, powered the Furniture Row No. 77 Toyota to a best lap of 127.843 mph on the .533-mile track. Kyle Busch, a five-time Bristol winner, was second-fastest in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota, logging a top lap of 127.090 mph. Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth completed the top five in the 55-minute session, the first tune-up ahead of Monday's Food City 500 (1 p.m. ET Monday, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Jones will start 14th in Monday's 500-lapper after persistent early rain forced the cancellation of Coors Light Pole Qualifying in favor of practice time. Rain also postponed the race from Sunday to Monday. Series points leader Kyle Larson -- seventh best in first practice -- will start first Monday after the weather caused race officials to set the field according to the 2017 NASCAR Rule Book. " See the lineup The inclement conditions forced a shake-up to the day's schedule, scrubbing a planned 85-minute practice that was slated to begin Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET. Chase Elliott brought out the only caution period in the session, losing control of his Hendrick Motorsports No. 24 Chevrolet off Turn 4 in a long slide on the track's front straightaway. He managed to avoid contact, keeping his primary car intact, and was 11th on the practice speed chart (126.370 mph). Kasey Kahne (13th, 126.121 mph), a teammate to Elliott at Hendrick Motorsports, slightly scraped the right side of his No. 5 Chevrolet late in the session. Joey Logano (ninth, 126.445 mph) also brushed the outside retaining wall with his Team Penske No. 22 Ford. With uncertain weather forecasts placing a premium on practice time, NASCAR officials opted to defer any time penalties for infractions at the previous race (April 9, Texas). Those practice holds are set to be enforced next weekend at Richmond International Raceway. &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Monster Energy Series Bristol race postponed
RELATED: Full starting lineup " Live weather radar BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Sunday's Food City 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway has been postponed due to rain. The race, No. 8 on the 36-race schedule for 2017, has been rescheduled for a 1 p.m. ET start Monday. FOX will provide live television coverage; radio coverage is on the Performance Racing Network (PRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR. "We are close to home so it will be fine," points leader Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing) said Sunday morning. "Our car was good in practice and I don't think the track will be too different." Larson will start from the pole position in his No. 42 Chevrolet, the result of rain canceling Friday's qualifying and the field being set per the rulebook (owner points). With one victory (at Auto Club Speedway) and four runner-up finishes, Larson leads second-place Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports) by 17 points. " See the full lineup Rain also interrupted Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race, creating a delay of more than 90 minutes. But when the rain moved out of the area, officials were able to quickly dry the .533-mile track, and that race was run to its scheduled distance with Erik Jones (Joe Gibbs Racing) flagged the winner. The rain continued throughout the night and through the morning, eventually forcing officials to postpone. It is the first race to be pushed to the following day due to inclement weather since last fall's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Both races at Pocono Raceway last year also were delayed from Sunday to Monday. Last year's Bristol Night Race, the most recent Monster Energy Series event at the track, was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to wet weather as well. Because the rain will wash all the rubber build-up off the racing surface, drivers will face a "green" track on Monday when the event gets underway. NASCAR officials have already announced a Lap 60 competition caution to allow teams to check tire wear. Kurt Busch (Stewart-Haas Racing No. 41 Ford) said the rain "is somewhat of a blessing in disguise." " Because (track officials were) talking about laying down more VHT and they can't do it while it's wet," this year's Daytona 500 winner said. "The VHT is like a grip applicator and you have to heat it up to make it work, so in the drag racing world the guys do a burnout through it and you have that stripe that you just heat it up and that's what has to happen for us oval guys. We have to have more cars out there to heat it up, so it's going to be like ice when we first start off and then the grip will come back once we do heat it up after this rain delay." Track officials applied an adhesive compound (VHT) to the lower lanes in the turns prior to this weekend's race at the request of drivers. A similar substance was used in 2016. Matt Puccia, crew chief of the No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with driver Trevor Bayne, said the rain will likely wash what remains of the compound off the racing surface and, as a result, "I think that you're going to see the top groove move up and you'll see more of the two- and three-lane racing that we've traditionally seen here." "I think there might still be a little bit of an advantage on the bottom," Puccia said, "but I definitely think the top groove will come in, which, for us, makes it a little bit more challenging because we haven't had any opportunity to run up on the top yet." Some other key story lines to consider with the rain wrecking Sunday's schedule: • Beating the Busches will be tough for competitors; and what about that pesky JGR slow start? " Read more • An updated racing groove has the track extra sticky " Read more • Two XFINITY Series drivers had an altercation that included a connected punch , and a trip to the NASCAR hauler " Read more • Kyle Busch was fast Saturday, but there were multiple spins , including one from Larson that sent his car into the wall " Read more • Larson looks like a championship contender so far, and he and teammate Jamie McMurray have Chip Ganassi Racing surging " Read more &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt
Kenseth: If Tom Brady can win Super Bowls at 40, I can drive fulltime at 45
BUY TICKETS: See the races at Bristol RELATED: Kenseth, JGR nab new sponsor in Circle K CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Matt Kenseth Retirement Tour hit a major snag Wednesday when the 2003 NASCAR champion showed up to help announce a new primary sponsor for his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Kenseth, the 2003 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion, will be supported in a primary role by the convenience store chain Circle K for six races this season, part of a multi-year sponsorship agreement unveiled by JGR and Circle K officials at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. When JGR officials announced a week ago that the organization was holding a press conference with Kenseth and team owner Joe Gibbs , there was speculation that it was to announce Kenseth's retirement. "I'm just glad I'm still driving tomorrow," Kenseth cracked when Circle K sponsorship was unveiled. At 45, Kenseth is the oldest active full-time competitor in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. His 38 career victories include two Daytona 500 titles and he's won at all but five of the current tracks on the series schedule (Sonoma, Watkins Glen, Martinsville, Indianapolis and Atlanta). "I didn't realize they put out a release that we were having this press conference today," he said, adding that he began getting texts from folks wanting to know if rumors of his retirement were accurate. "I had no idea what they were talking about," he said. "As long as you guys have known me, if I was going to do something like that I wouldn't call a press conference. I probably just wouldn't show up at Daytona and everybody would say, 'Is Matt racing this year?' Or (I would) send out like a four-word tweet." Retirement's not something he's put much thought into lately, he said, joking that he plans to drive for "15 or 20 (more years). "If (New England Patriots quarterback) Tom Brady can play football at 40 and still win Super Bowls, I think 45 is pretty young to try and win races." Through the season's first seven races, Kenseth has three top 10s as well as three finishes of 36th or worse. He's 22nd in points heading into Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Gibbs , whose organization also fields entries for Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez, said he hopes Kenseth remains at JGR "into the future." "That's kind of our game plan," Gibbs said. "I've got to tell you, right now I look at him and he's on that bike all the time now, he's in probably as good of shape as he's ever been in his life and I know he has a burning desire to keep driving." &amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;gt;
Matt Kenseth, JGR welcome new sponsor in Circle K
RELATED: Kenseth's career stats CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Circle K, an international chain of convenience stores, will serve as the primary sponsor for six races this season with driver Matt Kenseth and the No. 20 Toyota fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The multi-year sponsorship was announced Wednesday by JGR and Circle K officials at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "It seems like today, in general and not just in racing, there's always more negative stories than positive so for me it's always exciting to get a new sponsor into the sport at whatever level it's at," Kenseth said. "… I always feel like that's a positive for whole industry. I'm glad they're on my car." The Circle K sponsorship will debut on the car at this month's race at Richmond, and will return for races at Talladega and Charlotte in May, Kentucky in July as well as Texas and Phoenix in November. According to officials, the company will have associate branding on the car for those races in which it is not the primary sponsor. Kenseth was sponsored by Dollar General through 2016 before that company left NASCAR. The No. 20 entry has featured branding from DeWalt (Daytona, Atlanta), BlueDEF (Las Vegas), Tide Pods (Phoenix, Martinsville), PEAK (Auto Club) and Toyota "Let's Go Places" (Texas) thus far this season. RELATED: Tide back on Kenseth's No. 20 car " PEAK to sponsor JGR duo "In a perfect world you'd have your car fully-funded at a high level (for) years in advance," Kenseth said. "That would be the best case for everybody. But in today's environment, there are very few cars that are actually like that." Circle K has stores in 41 states and is owned by Canadian-based parent company Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. While the company has had previous NASCAR affiliations, this year's sponsorship is a first in the role of a primary sponsor. "It's an exciting day for us, for all of our other sponsors as well," team owner Joe Gibbs said. "It's also a huge benefit for Circle K to be matched with these companies." JGR, which also fields teams for Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, still has open inventory on the No. 20 entry, but Kenseth said he's been more focused on competition issues of late. "I've been more worried about how we get our season turned around, running up front and hopefully winning some races," said the 2003 series champion. RELATED: Kenseth likens himself to Super Bowl-winning QB Since joining JGR in 2013, Kenseth has won 14 times. He won twice last year and finished fifth in the points standings. So far in '17, he's managed three top 10s, but three finishes of 36th or worse as well and sits 22nd in points as the series heads to Bristol this week for Sunday's Food City 500 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). When it was suggested his season has been hit or miss, Kenseth noted that he's "hit a lot of stuff. We haven't missed much." "I think looking at just the (No.) 20 that we’ve been off," he said. "… (Other than Atlanta), we just have not run very well really. … Some things are circumstances but I think if we can get running better, that solves a lot of your problems. "We're off a little bit for sure. It seems like the window is pretty small right now; it's easy to miss it." &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
JGR No. 20 team partners with Circle K
Joe Gibbs Racing announced a multi-race sponsorship with convenience retailer Circle K. The announcement was made in Uptown Charlotte at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Denny Hamlin honors J.D. Gibbs on No. 11 Toyota
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! Ahead of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Denny Hamlin unveiled a tribute to his car owner J.D. Gibbs Tuesday on Twitter. "This is pretty special to me," Hamlin said in a video he posted on Twitter. "J.D. Gibbs is actually the car owner of the No. 11 FedEx Camry and he's the one who actually gave me my first opportunity with Joe Gibbs Racing . We went to a test at Hickory Motor Speedway, called his dad up, they signed me about 13 years ago. So I wanted to do something to honor him." I wanted to do something special for JD who gave me my first shot in @NASCAR We share the same initials so I thought this would be perfect. pic.twitter.com/sH0p9SPmjl — Denny Hamlin (@dennyhamlin) February 14, 2017 Both Gibbs and Hamlin have the same initials, J.D. -- Jason Dean (J.D.) Gibbs and James Dennis Hamlin. In March of 2015, J.D. Gibbs curtailed his involvement as the then-president of Joe Gibbs Racing due to health issues as he started treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function. He was named co-chairman of JGR, with his father, team owner Joe Gibbs , in February of 2016. Hamlin has spent his entire Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career with Joe Gibbs Racing . Over 12 years, he has 29 wins -- including a victory in the 2016 Daytona 500 and a runner-up finish in the 2010 standings.
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