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Joe Gibbs Racing | Denny Hamlin cleared

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:13:55 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (eye) has been cleared after a small piece of metal was stuck in his eye last weekend at Auto Club Speedway. He was not medically cleared to race at the California track last weekend after he complained of irritation to his eye. The small piece of metal in his eye has been removed and "Hamlin felt immediate improvement." He has no lingering issues with his vision and is cleared to race this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

Fantasy Tip: Get Hamlin back into your lineups this weekend.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Matt Kenseth to use standby drivers

Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:27:22 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth plans to use standby drivers for the Sprint Cup race at Auto Club Speedway next weekend as he awaits the birth of his third child. Driver Sam Hornish Jr. will be on standby for the Nationwide Series race, and driver Jeff Burton will be on standby in the Cup race.

Fantasy Tip: Kenseth is an extremely risky lineup addition next week unless the baby is born before the race.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Kyle Busch wins rain-shortened NNS race

Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:22:39 -0800

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch won the rain-shortened Nationwide Series race at Phoenix International Speedway Saturday, March 1.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Sweep Daytona duels

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:35:19 -0800

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth swept the Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday, Feb. 19.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Matt Kenseth falls seven points back

Sun, 03 Nov 2013 18:49:12 -0800

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth ended up in fourth place in the AAA Texas 500 Sunday, Nov. 3, but he still slipped seven points back of Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with two races remaining.

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Hendrick Motorsports | Jimmie Johnson wins at Texas

Sun, 03 Nov 2013 18:48:18 -0800

Hendrick Motorsports driver Jimmie Johnson led 255 of the 334 laps at the AAA Texas 500 Sunday, Nov. 3, posting his sixth victory of the season, and the 66th of his career. More importantly, he now holds a seven-point lead over Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with just two races remaining.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Denny Hamlin receiving injections

Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:53:29 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) has been receiving pain-killing injections in his spine for the last two weeks in an effort to try to avoid having offseason back surgery. The injections have helped, but Hamlin won't know until the end of the season if he'll need surgery. "These last two weeks, I've gotten some treatment done, and I've felt as good as I did before the accident," he said. "Now, the 10 races before that, I felt horrible. I had to get out of the car at Richmond during practice because I just couldn't handle it anymore, and there's been several instances where it was really, really bad." Hamlin said he probably won't be 100 percent healthy until February or January of 2014. He hasn't won a race this season and sits at 32nd in the Sprint Cup standings.

Fantasy Tip: This has been a lost season for Hamlin, and he's clearly not in driving shape. Don't consider him for any of the remaining races. He could start off slow next season, as well, depending on how he recovers in the short offseason.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Matt Kenseth wins at Chicagoland

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 21:50:31 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth won the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday, Sept. 15, in the first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. He held off teammate Kyle Busch, who was attempting to sweep the Trucks race, Nationwide race and Sprint Cup race.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Kyle Busch punches ticket to Chase

Sun, 01 Sep 2013 20:58:47 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch claimed victory at the Advocare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was his fourth victory of the season, and helped him clinch a Chase for the Sprint Cup berth.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Denny Hamlin cleared

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:57:35 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (concussion) was cleared by doctors after he suffered a concussion in the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway Sunday, June 30. Hamlin had a headache after having his "bell run" when his popped tire crashed his No. 11 car into the wall. Hamlin has been cleared for a two-day tire test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week. He is also cleared for the Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway Saturday, July 6. Hamlin's back was fine after the crash. He is currently 25th in points and is 104 points out of the top 20. Although he has little chance of making the Chase, Hamlin doesn't plan on sitting out any races.

Fantasy Tip: Hamlin's unfortunate injury-riddled season continued Sunday. The good news is that he's fine for this weekend's race, and you shouldn't have any hesitations about whether to include him in your fantasy lineup for Daytona.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Matt Kenseth wins at Kentucky

Mon, 01 Jul 2013 09:50:49 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth won the Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway Sunday, June 30. It was his series-high fourth win of the year.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Denny Hamlin plans to run full race

Fri, 10 May 2013 16:02:40 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) plans to run the entire Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway Saturday, May 11, after running 23 laps at Talladega Superspeedway before giving way to backup driver Brian Vickers. "I don't think there's any doubt we'll go the whole way," said Hamlin, who tested himself by running 90 consecutive minutes during a long first practice Friday, May 10. "Nothing was uncomfortable, nothing hurt, nothing was sore. So I'm pretty confident I can make it the three, three and a half (hours) that it's going to take to run the race." Hamlin also plans to run in the non-points All-Star race next weekend, even though the race doesn't count toward championship seeding.

Fantasy Tip: Hamlin has had past success at Darlington, which makes it very tempting to rely on him this weekend, even though it is expected to be his first full race back since suffering a major back injury. If you're in a position to play it safe, though, you may want to look elsewhere.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Penalties reduced

Thu, 09 May 2013 09:13:01 -0700

A NASCAR appeals panel eased some of the penalties handed out to Joe Gibbs Racing for having an illegal part in driver Matt Kenseth's race-winning engine at Kansas Speedway last month. The team never disputed that the part was illegal, but they argued that the penalties enforced by NASCAR were too steep because they leased their engines from Toyota Racing Development and aren't permitted to touch anything inside of them. Toyota accepted the responsibility and insisted that one light rod didn't give Kenseth an advantage. The points deducted from Kenseth were reduced from 50 to 12, which moves him from 11th in the standings to fourth. The panel also gave him the three bonus points he earned for the win.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Denny Hamlin cleared to race this weekend

Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:35:22 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) is planning on starting the Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for his first race since suffering a compression fracture in his lower back March 24 at Auto Club Speedway. Hamlin has been cleared "just to start" this weekend, meaning he will drop back to the back of the pack and ride around until the first caution and then give way to driver Brian Vickers. He will collect all the points for whatever place Vickers earns just by starting the race. Hamlin is currently 71 points outside the top 20 in points. Hamlin will have another scan on his spine next week and must be cleared to drive at Darlington before making a full return. He will consider having surgery in the offseason to fix his injury and other back problems he's had over the years.

Fantasy Tip: Obviously, this weekend is not the time to start Hamlin on your fantasy team. Next weekend probably isn't, either, if he gets full clearance to race. It's safer to hold off and make sure he's completely healthy and at top form before throwing him back into your lineup.

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Joe Gibbs Racing | Denny Hamlin won't race this weekend

Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:10:48 -0700

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) will not return to the Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Richmond International Raceway. He has missed the last three races with a compression fracture in his lower back. Hamlin likely will start next weekend's race at Talladega Superspeedway, though. However, he'll give way to a backup driver after the first caution to allow him to collect points.

Fantasy Tip: If you had Hamlin in your lineup for this weekend already, remove him now. It's probably not wise to count on him for a race until after he's come back and demonstrated that he's completely healthy and capable of staying in a race car for an entire race.

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