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#20 Team / Driver News
JGR announces Chris Gayle as Crew Chief for Erik Jones and the #20 team Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced Chris Gayle will assume the role of crew chief for the #20 Toyota Camry team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with driver Erik Jones starting with the 2018 season. "I'm very excited to work with Erik again in 2018 and continue to build on our rookie season of 2017," said Gayle. "I think the lessons we learned together this year will be invaluable to us next season. I'm also very excited to be coming back to JGR and work with all the great people and familiar faces in that organization." Chris Gayle returns to JGR following a one-year tenure at Furniture Row Racing where he led Jones in his Rookie Season campaign.(Joe Gibbs Racing)[Read More Here](11-15-2017)
Jason Ratcliff to serve as crew chief for Christopher Bell: Crew chief Jason Ratcliff will oversee Christopher Bell's run for rookie of the year in the NASCAR Xfinity Series next season sources told Motorsport.com. An official announcement of the move is expected this week.[More](11-14-2017)
Matt Kenseth wins the Can-Am 500(k) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway for his 1st win of 2017, 2nd win at Phoenix and 39th career win.
#24-Elliott finished 2nd followed by #78-Truex, Jr. #77-Jones, #4-Harvick, #1-McMurray, #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #42-Almriola, and #88-Earnhardt, Jr.
#24-Elliott took the lead with 28 laps left in the race and looked like he could hold on to win and clinch a spot in the Championship race, but the tires went away and he was passed by Kenseth with 9 laps left.
The four drivers that will compete for the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship next week at Homestead are #78-Martin Truex, Jr., #18-Kyle Busch, #4-Kevin Harvick, and #2-Keselowski.
#11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #24-Elliott, and #24-Johnson were eliminated from the playoffs.
Their points have been reset to 5000 each. They will not receive stage points at Homestead. The highest finishing driver will clinch the championship.
#48-Johnson cut at tire at the end of stage 2 and hit the wall. He finished 39th.
With 37 laps to go, #11-Hamlin had a tire go down following contact with #24-Elliott. He finished 35th. Hamlin had finished 2nd in the first stage, won the second stage and had gotten into position to make the Championship race before the accident.
Stage 1 was won by #42-Larson, but he lost an engine during stage 2 and finished 40th.
Stage 2 was won by #11-Hamlin, finished 35th.
There were 9 lead changes among 5 drivers and 7 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps. There was a short red flag for track cleanup with 58 laps remaining after a broken brake rotor off #37-Buescher's car flew into the SAFER barrier and caught it on fire.
The average speed of the race was: 105.534mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at (all pdfs):
Unofficial Race Results
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings
Unofficial Owners Points Standings
Official Race & Points Reports Standings
Kenseth to step away from Cup next season: After 18 consecutive seasons in Cup, Matt Kenseth said he is taking a break from NASCAR's premier series after the 2017 season. In his first expansive comments about the future since the announcement four months ago that he was losing his ride at Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth said Saturday during the taping of a NASCAR on NBC podcast episode (which will be posted early next week) that he will put a two-decade career on hiatus, possibly for good.[More](11-4-2017)
Kenseth comments on 2018: Matt Kenseth says he has nothing new to report on a ride for next season. Speaking to the media Friday morning at Bristol he said, Do you have any announcement to make regarding the 2018 season? "I'll let you know when I know something. I'll be honest with you, I'm just, I'm not worried about it even really one percent anymore to be honest with you. I'm just not concerned about it. It's not - I'm really concerned about 2017 and that's the truth."(8-18-2017)
Kenseth doesn't expect to drive #88 next season: He tells SiriusXM Radio that he has nothing lined up for next year and is not concerned at this point.[More](7-18-2017)
#20 crew chief Ratcliff will not return to that role in 2018 Crew chief Jason Ratcliff will be following driver Matt Kenseth on the way out of the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing's Toyota in 2018. Ratcliff confirmed to NBC Sports after Kenseth's fourth place finish Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway that he won't be returning atop the pit box next season when Erik Jones replaces Kenseth. Ratcliff said he isn't sure if he will stay at Joe Gibbs Racing ("We'll see," he said with a smile), but he expects all of the car's team members are secure at the organization.(NBC Sports)[Read More Here](7-17-2017)
Erik Jones to drive #20 Toyota in 2018 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced that driver Erik Jones will drive the #20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Camry for the organization beginning in 2018.
Matt Kenseth, who currently pilots the #20 Toyota Camry for JGR, will not return to the organization following the 2017 season. Currently competing full time in the NASCAR Cup Series for Furniture Row Racing, Jones sits 14th in the point standings and leads the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings.(Joe Gibbs Racing)
The Following Statement is Attributed to Barney Visser, Owner of Furniture Row Racing "Regarding today's announcement that Erik Jones will drive in the NASCAR Cup Series for Joe Gibbs Racing starting in 2018, Furniture Row Racing's commitment to Jones and the #77 team remains the same for the remainder of the season. Our goal is for Jones to qualify for the playoffs, make a run for the championship and capture Rookie of the Year honors. We are working on our team plans for 2018 but don't have anything concrete to report at this time except that Martin Truex Jr. will continue to drive the #78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota."
(Furniture Row Racing)[Read More Here](7-11-2017)
Matt Kenseth doesn't expect to race for Joe Gibbs next season: Matt Kenseth, the 2003 NASCAR Cup Series champion who has 38 career Cup race victories, doesn't expect to return to Joe Gibbs Racing next season. "I do not think I will have the option to race for JGR next year, unfortunately," Kenseth said prior to practice at Kentucky Speedway. [More](7-7-2017)
Circle K to sponsor Kenseth for six races Joe Gibbs Racing is scheduled to host a press conference at 2:00pm/et on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in uptown Charlotte, N.C. that is scheduled to include team owner, Joe Gibbs, and the driver of the #20 Toyota Camry, Matt Kenseth.(JGR)
UPDATE: Joe Gibbs Racing welcomes Circle K to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the company's first primary sponsorship in the sport aboard the #20 Toyota Camry with Matt Kenseth. Circle K is one of the largest fuel and convenience retailers in the US and has stores located in 41 states throughout the country.
Circle K has had branding on cars within NASCAR through vendor programs over the years. This is the first time the company has served as a primary sponsor within the sport. Circle K is pleased to serve as the primary sponsor for Kenseth and the #20 Toyota Camry for six races in 2017. The company will also have associate branding on the #20 Toyota in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series whenever they are not already serving as the primary sponsor.(JGR)[More](4-19-2017)
Old World Industries and Joe Gibbs Racing Announce Multi-Year Partnership Old World Industries (OWI) and Joe Gibbs Racing announced a multi-year deal for the automotive aftermarket company and Official Partner of NASCAR to sponsor drivers Matt Kenseth and Daniel Suárez in various NASCAR national series races. Old World Industries' key brands, including PEAK and BlueDEF, will serve as primary sponsor of Kenseth's #20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Camry at the March 12th race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, followed by the March 26th race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. It will also be featured as a season-long associate sponsor of his No. 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Camry. In addition, the company will serve as primary sponsor on Suárez's #18 NASCAR XFINITY Series Toyota Camry in Talladega and as an associate in the remainder of his XFINITY Series races.[More](3-7-2017)
Interstate Batteries to sponsor Kenseth in Clash: Interstate Batteries will kick off its 26th season with Joe Gibbs Racing as part of Saturday night's Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway. It will be the first time in 12 years that the brand will be part of the event that serves as the unofficial season opener to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. And the company is doing it in a big way, serving as the primary sponsor of the #20 JGR Toyota Camry entry and driver Matt Kenseth. Interstate Batteries has been a sponsor on the #18 JGR Toyota with driver Kyle Busch for select Cup Series races during the last nine NASCAR seasons but has not made a start in the annual Clash at Daytona since 2005. Prior to that, the brand had appeared on the #18 JGR entry with 2000 Cup Series champ Bobby Labonte, who made 10 straight starts in the Clash from 1994 to 2005 as the driver of the Interstate Batteries car. While Interstate Batteries is making its return to the Clash this weekend, Kenseth is aiming to improve upon an already impressive resume at the "World Center of Racing." The winner of the 2015 edition of the Clash, Kenseth will make his 11th start in the non-points event Saturday night when he jumps behind the wheel of the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota. When the 2003 Cup Series Champ scored the victory in the Clash two years ago, he did so in fairly convincing fashion, leading 21 of the 75 laps run after starting 16th. In addition to the win, Kenseth's stats in the Clash feature three top-five finishes and six top-10s with 53 laps led and an average finish of 9.5. And while he only has one win in the Clash, Kenseth is no stranger to victory lane at Daytona.
He is a two-time winner of the iconic Daytona 500, winning the 2009 and 2012 editions of the Great American Race. In 34 career starts during points-paying races at the superspeedway, the Wisconsin-native has led at least one lap in 19 different races for a total of 362 laps led. In addition to the two Daytona 500 wins, Kenseth's record at Daytona includes six top-fives and 14 top-10 finishes. The 2017 season is Kenseth's 18th as a full-time driver in NASCAR's elite series. Like Interstate Batteries, he's been here for years and his goals are the same - to score wins and be in the hunt for a Cup Series championship when the season ends in November. That effort begins in earnest this weekend at Daytona. (JGR)(2-14-2017)
Spotter changes in 2017: Monday evening Fox Sports' Alan Cavana tweeted a list of known spotter changes in the Cup series this season:
#20-Matt Kenseth - Jason Hedlesky
#41-Kurt Busch - Tony Raines
#77-Erik Jones - Rick Carelli
#34-Landon Cassill - Freddie Kraft
AND: As previously announced, Kenseth's former spotter, Chris Osborne, will work with #19-Daniel Suarez.(2-1-2017)
Spotter changes at JGR UPDATE: Joe Gibbs Racing rookie #19-Daniel Suarez will have a familiar voice in his ear during Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this year. Chris Osborne, who spotted for Suarez during his 2016 Xfinity championship season, will now spot for Suarez in Cup. Osborne had been the Cup spotter for #20-Matt Kenseth, who will now use Jason Hedlesky, the former spotter for the recently retired Carl Edwards.(ESPN.com)(1-18-2017)
UPDATE: The surprising "retirement" of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Carl Edwards created more than just a driver opening for the Joe Gibbs Racing #19 team. It also resulted in the shuffling of spotters Chris "Crazy" Osborne and Jason Hedlesky. When JGR officials named Suarez to take over Edwards' spot, team officials thought it best to allow the XFINITY Series champion to continue working with Osborne for his rookie effort. That opened the door to pair Kenseth with Hedlesky. "With Carl's unexpected departure and putting Daniel in there, you know 'Crazy' has worked with Daniel the whole time through the XFINITY Series, the Truck Series," Kenseth said Tuesday during the first day of this year's NASCAR Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway. "He and 'Crazy' had that really good relationship and with Carl not being there and Jason being over (at the #19) I think everybody over there just decided to make the swap for the good of the company. Jason has always done a great job," Kenseth said. "There's always some pause, I guess, because you kind of learn each other, and that takes a little bit (of time) to do that. But I think it will be fine."(NASCAR.com)(1-25-2017)
Kenseth shocked by Edwards' decision not to race: The fallout of Carl Edwards' sudden retirement from NASCAR racing continues. During his session during Tuesday's NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, Matt Kenseth discussed his now-former teammate. And yet, Kenseth still can't believe there'll be a different driver in the #19 Toyota in 2017. "I was as surprised as anyone else," Kenseth said. "I knew it was bad news when - this is my fifth year here (with Joe Gibbs Racing), right? - and it was the first time we ever had a conference call with all the drivers and crew chiefs on a Sunday night, after all the football games." Kenseth said he's spoken to Edwards several time since the latter's retirement announcement, but is still as baffled today as ever. "I was very, very surprised," Kenseth said. "But the more I think about it, I wasn't shocked ... but I definitely didn't see it coming." The 2017 season, Kenseth's 20th season on the NASCAR Cup circuit, could be a very pivotal year for Kenseth. First, he turns 45 on March 10. Second, he's in the final year of his current contract with JGR (pending any extension in the future).(NBC Sports)(1-24-2017)
DEWALT Announces Expanded Partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing UPDATE: DEWALT Tools announced an expanded partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). DEWALT has added four races to their 2016 primary sponsorship aboard the #20 Toyota Camry driven by Matt Kenseth for the upcoming races at Chicago, Dover, Kansas, and Homestead. DEWALT also announces that it will provide primary sponsorship for a total of six races in the NASCAR XFINITY Series for 2016 with drivers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez. Beginning with the 2017 season, DEWALT will take over the primary sponsorship for the majority (15) of races on the #20 Toyota Camry in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series. Along with the expanded schedule of primary paint schemes, DEWALT also has associate branding on the #20 Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series whenever they are not already serving as the primary sponsor. This partnership comes at a perfect time as DEWALT recently launched their breakthrough DEWALT FLEXVOLT system, which includes a radical new battery technology that will transform the power tools space. The proprietary battery technology platform provides users with multiple voltage outputs from a single DEWALT battery pack - 20V MAX, 60V MAX, and 120V MAX when two 60V MAX batteries are combined - thus giving users the power of corded with the freedom of cordless. Learn more about the DEWALT FLEXVOLT system and DEWALT's continual breakthrough innovation at DEWALT.com. DEWALT will have primary sponsorship with two cars this weekend at Daytona International Speedway to promote this launch. A special DEWALT FLEXVOLT paint scheme will appear on the #20 Toyota of Matt Kenseth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as well as the #20 Toyota of Erik Jones in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.
"We're thrilled to continue to work with Joe Gibbs Racing as NASCAR and DEWALT share a lot of commonalities," said Scott Bannell, Vice President for Corporate Brand Marketing, Stanley Black & Decker. "Our DEWALT FLEXVOLT launch ties perfectly to the power and freedom exemplified by racing." DEWALT will utilize NASCAR and JGR as one of the primary platforms to advocate the DEWALT FLEXVOLT message. "This is a multifaceted program." said Tony Merritt, Director of Motorsports, Stanley Black & Decker. "This is more than on-track visibility; it is a pillar of our end-user engagement strategy including trackside demos to get the products in the consumer's hands, unique content for our digital platforms, and VIP hospitality to host our customers. Our end-user advocates are passionate about motorsports and we will leverage this partnership to interact with them digitally as well as in person at the races."
"This an exciting day for us at Joe Gibbs Racing and for NASCAR," said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. "We are honored to be a part of what is really a historic announcement with the product launch of the DEWALT FLEXVOLT™ system and put in place an agreement that will continue our partnership for years to come."
"I think it's great that we will be able to see the DEWALT Toyota on track this year for additional races in both the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series, as well as knowing that DEWALT will be on our #20 Camry for the majority of our 2017 races as well," said Matt Kenseth, "I've been so fortunate to be able to reunite with DEWALT these past two seasons, and knowing that we'll be together for even longer, is really fantastic news for all of us at JGR."(JGR PR), see images of the scheme on the #20 Team Schemes page.(6-30-2016)
UPDATES: Joe Gibbs Racing held a press conference with Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs at Daytona International Speedway, some of the Q&A's from the transcript:
Q) What are you announcing today?
JOE GIBBS, team owner: "I just wanted to say a big thanks to everybody for being here and everybody watching. This is a big day for us. As you know, in our sport one of the most important things we have is our partners and we're thrilled today is a happy day for us to be announcing that one of the most successful companies in America, DEWALT, will be our major sponsor - our primary sponsor - for 2017 on our 20 car, so we're thrilled to announce that. Also as you know, with Stanley Black and Decker they are also on our 19 car for 12 races, so it's a huge deal for us. Like I said, one of the most successful companies in the world and to have them be a part of our sport and a part of our race teams is a thrill for us. The DEWALT FLEXVOLT is going to be a major focus for us. I was looking at this - Pat (Gibbs, wife) might get a little upset that she's heading home with that. She might be a little afraid of what I'm going to do with this. This thing is powerful and we're here to kick off the FLEXVOLT program. This is going to change the way pro contractors go to work because they're going to have the freedom to go cordless and have the power to do that, so it's a huge deal for us. We mentioned the fact that Erik (Jones) and Daniel (Suarez) are here, so for the rest of this year there will be six FLEXVOLT races in the XFINITY program with Erik and there'll be one with Daniel and then there's going to be six Cup races - actually seven Cup races - with Matt (Kenseth), counting this weekend. So we're thrilled to announce that. It's a real thrill for us to have partners like this. We've got to know everybody inside the company. It's a thrill for us and we're excited about being here and so I think we've got some other things to kind of share with you."
Q) Has Joe Gibbs Racing signed an extension with Matt Kenseth and how many races will DEWALT have on his car?
GIBBS: "DEWALT will have 15 races next year and be the primary on that car. We don't talk about our contracts and stuff for drivers, but I will say this - our plan is Matt's (Kenseth) going to retire here, so that's what we'd say."
Q) Are you close to filling sponsorship for all of Matt Kenseth's races in 2017?
GIBBS: "We feel pretty confident right now. We've got some great things in the works. Nothing that we can announce right now, but we feel good about where we are with that car and this is a big step right here and so we feel confident that that car will be fully funded for next year."
MATT KENSETH, #20 DEWALT FLEXVOLT Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Q) What are your thoughts on the expanded partnership with DEWALT?
Kenseth: "For me, it's a dream come true really for DEWALT to come back. A couple years ago, I made my first Cup start with DEWALT and I hope to make my last Cup start with DEWALT - not today of course, but hopefully someday a few years down the road. They've been more than a great sponsor for me - they've been like family. I've made a lot of friends over there. They obviously make the best power tools in the world. I've always been proud to represent them, so really happy they signed on, took on a bigger role and I'm looking forward to getting the DEWALT colors back to victory lane."(Toyota Racing)(6-30-2016)
Joe Gibbs Racing Launches Pit Road with Pals Game App: Joe Gibbs Racing announced the launch of their new interactive pit crew competition app: Pit Road with Pals. The new version of the popular pit stop game is now available for download on all Apple and Android devices. Pit Road With Pals App is a free app and provides fans the opportunity to test their skills in all facets of a pit stop. New to this version is the opportunity to play with friends in a best-of-three round competition style similar to many popular word games.(more info and links on JGRs Facebook page)(8-27-2015)
JD Gibbs being treated for symptoms impacting areas of brain function UPDATE: Joe Gibbs Racing announces today that J.D. Gibbs, president of Joe Gibbs Racing, is starting treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function. Gibbs has undergone a series of tests after experiencing a gradual onset of symptoms that includes speech and processing issues. Gibbs' doctors believe the complications he has experienced were triggered by head injuries likely suffered earlier in life, but no specific injury was referenced or identified. Gibbs has always enjoyed an active life participating in several sports including mountain biking, snowboarding, football, racing, and other extreme-type sports. Gibbs will be undergoing more testing and receiving treatments to help manage the symptoms. During that time, it is expected that his presence at the race track will be limited; however, he will continue many of his day-to-day responsibilities at JGR's headquarters in Huntersville, NC as well as involvement with his various ministry endeavors.(Joe Gibbs Racing)
Statement from Brian France: "All members of the NASCAR and France family extend our thoughts and prayers to J.D. Gibbs and his loved ones. We've all watched J.D. grow up within our community, and he always has represented himself, his family, the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization and NASCAR with the utmost professionalism, enthusiasm and energy. We wish him the best during this time and eagerly anticipate his recovery."(NASCAR)(3-25-2015)
UPDATE: Joe Gibbs addressed the media Sunday morning at Martinsville:
"J.D. at our team meeting earlier this week, he got up and basically he said, 'I know God has a plan and God puts us through things for a reason.' I think J.D. gains his strength from the fact that he has a personal relationship with the Lord and I have to tell you that he's my hero. I kind of watch him and I don't know if anybody has ever dealt with anything as crazy as J.D. does. He went through a situation with his son Taylor having leukemia at two and we fought through that for about three or four years. By the way, appreciate all of you all's prayers for Taylor and Taylor's doing great today. Like I said, J.D. through his entire life has probably been the craziest person that I've ever been around or knew. Basically, his situation medically - there's very few answers. We've been dealing with this for about six months and basically what the doctor's say is that they really don't know. J.D. has lived a very active lifestyle. All the things that he's done in his life physically he's loved all sporting events and it's everything from football to snowboarding, racing cars, racing motor bikes - he's lived in a lot of ways for him, he loved all those things. We can't point to any one serious thing that happened to him, certainly any injury is a possibility that led us into some of the symptoms that he's experiencing now.
We've been dealing with this for about six months so as far as the management team for Joe Gibbs Racing, we have a senior management team and most of our people have been in place for the full 24 years - it's amazing really. I think very few people have noticed anything or any difference in the way we operate with the race team. The good thing there is that J.D. and I share the same responsibilities. If I'm not there for a particular reason, J.D. will be there and if J.D. is not there for some reason, I'll be there. As he goes through treatment, he will probably be doing less at the race track because he has a full week that demands quite a bit from him as he goes through treatment. You will probably see less of him at the race track, but he'll be there on a day-to-day basis with the race team and be in all of our meetings and all of the key decisions that we make, J.D.'s going to have a huge impact on that.(Toyota Racing)(3-29-2015)