JGR Announces Crew Chief Changes Including Chris Gabehart Becoming Denny Hamlin’s New Crew Chief

Joe Gibbs Racing announced some crew chief changes on Thursday. Chris Gabehart will now serve as crew chief on the No. 11 Toyota for Denny Hamlin. Gabehart spent the past three seasons as a crew chief in JGR’s Xfinity Series program, capturing a total of nine wins over that time. Eric Phillips will also make the move from the Xfinity Series to assume the role of car chief with the No. 11 team. He compiled eight wins over three seasons as crew chief on the No. 18 Xfinity Series team.  In…

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Hamlin Steals Pole For Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

HOMESTEAD, Fla – For the third time in the last four years, Denny Hamlin will start the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season finale on the pole. Hamlin, circled the Homestead-Miami Speedway with a lap of 173.863 mph in his No. 11 Toyota on Friday evening en route to his fourth Busch Pole Award of the 2018 season and 30th of his Cup career. It was also the second straight year that he will lead the field to green in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) as he…

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Hamlin and Mike Wheeler To Part Ways After 2018 Season

HOMESTEAD, Fla – Denny Hamlin and crew chief Mike Wheeler will part ways following Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Hamlin, announced via his social media account on Friday. Wheeler, was named the No. 11 crew chief for the 2016 season after previously serving as an engineer. In three seasons with Hamlin, as Denny’s tweet says, the two won five races together and logged 37 top-five finishes. The No. 11 operation is winless heading into Miami, and Hamlin’s streak of 12 consecutive years with a win is on…

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At Least 1 Of The Win Streaks Between Johnson and Hamlin Will Come To An End This Weekend In Homestead

Who would have thought that both Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin would be winless through 35 races into the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season? That sets up that at least one of their win streaks will come to an end following Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBC/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Johnson, has won at least one race for 16 straight years. In every season of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, he’s won a race. This season, he’s yet to go to victory lane. It was just…

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Hamlin Remorseful After Crash With Kurt Busch

AVONDALE, AZ – Denny Hamlin leaves the ISM Raceway in Phoenix with a 13th place finish. But, his No. 11 Toyota carries home battle wounds from a Lap 268 crash that left the Joe Gibbs Racing driver feeling remorseful. See, Hamlin took the blame for the crash that also ended Kurt Busch’s championship hopes. Hamlin, made a daring move to try to get to the lead in Sunday’s Can Am 500 and his car got bad loose in Turn 2. Unfortunately, when he got loose, he was already under Busch. His…

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Truex Jr. Driver To Watch In Charlotte, Hamlin And Jones In Must Win Situation

When the checkered flag flies in Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL, there very well could be just two Toyota’s left standing among the 12 eligible championship participants. Toyota drivers have won 12 of the 28 races this season, trailing over Ford (15) in terms of victories for 2018 in the Cup Series. To have just two drivers left heading into the Round of 12 would be shocking to say the least. 

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Hamlin and Jones In Trouble In Opening Round of Playoffs

RICHMOND, VA – Who would have thought that Joe Gibbs Racing could have not one, but two drivers fail to advance past the opening round of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs. If you count Daniel Suarez not making the postseason, then 75-percent of their fleet could be eliminated from championship contention before we even get to the second round of the playoffs. No one saw this coming. 

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Bowyer, Hamlin Left Fuming Leaving Indy, Drivers Says Race Has Become Strategy And Late Race Restarts

INDIANAPOLIS – Once again, the Brickyard 400 victory was stolen in the end. That’s not entirely surprising though. But, it left two drivers fuming when it was all said and done. Over the final half of the race, it appeared that Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer were going to have a battle amongst each other for the win in the rain delayed race. They dominated all day and were running 1-2 in the closing stages. Then, a debris caution fell. 

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Hamlin’s Darlington Throwback Scheme One Of His Childhood

Denny Hamlin’s paint scheme for Darlington Raceway will be a familiar sight to family and friends who watched him start working his way up the ranks more than 20 years ago.The Chesterfield, Virginia, native revealed a special throwback scheme for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 2 (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) from the NASCAR studios in Charlotte — a ride that is a spitting image of his first mini stock car he drove in 1997 at Langley Speedway and Southside Speedway. “Oddly enough, I’ve always driven a…

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Hamlin Earns Consumers Energy 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) Pole

BROOKLYN, Mich – Denny Hamlin is on a roll during the last few weeks in qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. Hamlin, earned his third straight top four starting spot on Friday, including two straight Busch Pole Awards as he took his No. 11 Toyota to the top starting spot for Sunday’s Consumers Energy 400 (2:30 p.m. ET/NBCSN/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Hamlin, swept all three rounds of knockout qualifying from the Michigan International Speedway en route to his 28th career Cup Series pole and second of the 2018 season.…

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