INDIANAPOLIS – It shouldn’t come to a shock at all that Joe Gibbs Racing dominated not just Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but Saturday afternoon’s Lilly Diabetes 250 as well. Last year, JGR drivers led 39 laps en route to Kyle Busch winning the first ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for Toyota at the famed track.
On the day prior, Busch won the NASCAR X-Finity Series race too.
Overall, they had three cars finish in the top seven of last year’s ‘400 and swept the entire race weekend.
This year though, they outdid themselves.
On Saturday, Busch led 62 of the 63 laps in the Lilly Diabetes 250 en route to the dominating win. Combine that with the two heat races, Busch led all 20 of the laps in his while his JGR teammate Erik Jones led all 20 of his laps as well, and JGR cars led 99 of the 100 overall laps on Saturday.
It was pure dominance.
Entering the Brickyard 400, Toyota drivers have led 3,162 of the 5,503 laps during this Sprint Cup season. That equated out to 57-percent of all laps led. JGR drivers or JGR alliance drivers, contributed to 3,149 of that.
So, that’s why today’s demolishing of the field should come to no surprise at all.
Busch, dominated Sunday’s race en route to his fourth straight IMS win as he swept both poles as well as both races this NASCAR race weekend.
The Las Vegas native led a race high 149 of the 170 laps en route to the dominant win. But, it wasn’t just him up front, JGR was in a class all by themselves all race.
Matt Kenseth brought his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota home second while Denny Hamlin made up for a pit road speeding penalty on Lap 84 to finish fourth.
Three JGR cars in the top four.
But, count Martin Truex Jr. in an alliance car who came home eighth and you have four JGR cars in the top eight.
Also, if not for Carl Edwards getting collected in a big crash with what would have been five laps-to-go, he would have came home with a top five too.
Today, this weekend as a whole, JGR ran the world.