Joe Gibbs Racing wins 100th race
by Staff Writer
By Aaron Burns
HUNTERSVILLE – Denny Hamlin’s Sprint Cup Series win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 23 did more than solidify Hamlin as a title contender.
It also marked the 100th win for Joe Gibbs Racing, Hamlin’s Huntersville-based team.
Hamlin’s No. 11 FedEx Toyota qualified 32nd for the race after his team forgot to adjust tire pressures from race to qualifying settings. But it didn’t stop Hamlin.
He moved to third by lap 80 of the 300-lap race, and led 193 of the last 206 laps.
Hamlin has won 22 of JGR’s 100 races. He’s driven for the team his entire Sprint Cup career.
JGR won its first Sprint Cup race in 1993, the Daytona 500, with Dale Jarrett. It took JGR 13 years to reach the 50-win plateau – Tony Stewart won No. 50 at Daytona on July 1, 2006 – but just over six years to double the team's win total.
Hamlin ranks third in Sprint Cup points entering the AAA 400 Sept. 30 at Dover International Speedway.