Joe Gibbs Racing has shown its prowess in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series more than ever over the course of this season so far. The young star of JGR, Rowdy Kyle Busch, has found his way back to victory lane twice this year, first at Auto Club Speedway then at Texas Motor Speedway. Both victories for Busch came as a sweep after he won in his old ride with JGR in the Nationwide Series.
Even more striking is the success of recent JGR transplant Matt Kenseth who came over from Roush Fenway Racing during the offseason. Kenseth, the 2003 Sprint Cup champion, has won three races already this year at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway. This last week at Darlington Raceway is a track he is not traditionally good at.
While driver Denny Hamlin is an exception, Joe Gibbs Racing thus far this year has been dominant. Hamlin has been out for multiple races after a wreck with Joey Logano at Fontana crushed his vertebrae. In his return, championship contender Hamlin was able to notch a runner up finish.
It seems that JGR has this new Generation Six car well under control so far. If anyone can challenge last year’s winner Jimmie Johnson then it will be the three cars of Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth has been a force all year while Busch will be hungry after being denied the win last week at Darlington. Don’t be surprised to see an 11, 20 or 18 in victory lane in the Sprint All-Star Race. If there is a year that Joe Gibbs could pick up an All-Star Race, it would be this year.