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Fri, 08 Aug 2014 10:59:19 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin's team will not appeal the penalty against them for failing a post-race inspection at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Sprint Cup Series. Crew chief Darian Grubb was suspended six weeks and fined $125,000, and car chief Wesley Sherrill was also suspended six weeks. Hamlin and owner Joe Gibbs were each penalized 75 driver and car owner points.
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:06:26 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin was stripped of 75 points in the series' owner championship standings, and Hamlin was docked 75 points in the drivers' standings after infractions were found Tuesday, July 29, in a post-race inspection after the Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hamlin had finished third in the race. Crew chief Darian Grubb was also suspended for the next six Sprint Cup events and fined $125,000, while car chief Wesley Sherrill was issued a six-race suspension, and he will be on probation for six months. JGR plans to appeal the penalty, although Grubb and Sherrill will begin serving their suspensions immediately, starting this weekend at Pocono Raceway.
Fantasy Tip: Hamlin drops from 11th to 21st overall in the Sprint Cup standings, a stiff penalty for a driver who already is one start shorter than everyone else due to an early-season eye injury. He is still a good bet for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after winning at Talladega Superspeedway in May. However, fantasy owners will likely lose points from this past weekend when adjustments are made to the points, perhaps changing many results. In addition, the loss of Grubb going forward, and an interim crew chief, might cause some uneven results, although Hamlin has usually fared well at the next stop, Pocono.
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:16:02 -0700
Fantasy Tip: Hamlin tops all active drivers with a 9.0 Average Finish Position in 16 career races at NHMS, posting two wins, seven Top 5s and 10 Top 10 finishes. He also has never had a DNF in his career at the Magic Mile.
Sat, 07 Jun 2014 20:34:50 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth did not show well in practice Saturday, June 7, at Pocono Raceway. Hamlin was 22nd in practice, while Busch was 23rd and Kenseth 27th.
Fantasy Tip: Don't put too much stock into the practice speeds. Hamlin is on the pole for Sunday's race, and he has four career wins at the track with an Average Finish of 12.6 in 16 career starts. Busch has struggled at Pocono, and he is one to avoid for fantasy purposes. He has just four Top 5 finishes in 18 career starts with four DNFs. Kenseth also has never won at Long Pond, but he has a 14.9 Average Finish in 28 career starts, ninth-best among all active drivers.
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:42:01 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth finished in third place at the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks Sunday, June 1, at Dover International Speedway. While it was good enough to move into the points lead, he is still looking for that elusive first win of the season. "If there's not 16 winners and even if there is, they put the winner in there (Chase field)," Kenseth said. "So even though we haven't been able to win yet, we've been solid and if you can't win, you want to finish as high as you can every week - and obviously that's rewarded by points." Kenseth has a series-best 10 Top 10 finishes, but he is searching for answers on how to win.
Fantasy Tip: Fantasy owners have been getting tremendous performances from Kenseth, so even though he hasn't cracked into Victory Lane, he remains a must-start option week in and week out.
Fri, 30 May 2014 16:19:25 -0700
Mon, 26 May 2014 18:32:38 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Kenseth has been consistently in the hunt, but he came up short again at Charlotte Motor Speedway Sunday, May 25. Kenseth finished third, as he looks for his first victory of the season. Kenseth won seven times last season, and has been Top 10 nine times in 12 starts this season.
Fantasy Tip: Kenseth is getting tremendous results, he is just not getting wins. If he keeps racing as well as he has, the wins will come, and they might come frequently.
Sat, 03 May 2014 15:36:45 -0700
Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:07:14 -0700
Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch has struggled in his career at Talladega Superspeedway, the site of this weekend's Aarons 499 Sunday, May 4. In 18 career starts, Rowdy has one win with four Top 5s and he has led 155 laps, but he also has five DNFs and an Average Finish of 21.9.
Fantasy Tip: In fantasy formats which restrict the use of a driver to a certain amount of races, owners will want to leave Busch on the shelf this weekend, regardless of price. Save Busch for the short tracks and road courses, where he has proven to be much better over the years.
Mon, 28 Apr 2014 19:30:44 -0700
Goodyear brought a new tire combination to the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway, with its new multi-zone tire on the right side. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Kyle Busch was among the outspoken of drivers after the race. "It's just too hard and too hard of a compound for here," Busch said. "We were all basically on ice here, it was just like having a hard tire out there. The effort that they tried to gain with the left side tire softening it up, you could just take the left sides off, it didn't feel like they did anything."
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.
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.
Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:22:39 -0800
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:35:19 -0800
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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