ARRIS [11 + 3 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2016 races:
Daytona, Sprint Unlimited - 2/13
Daytona, Can-Am Duel 150 - 2/18
Daytona 500 - 2/21
Atlanta - 2/28
Las Vegas - 3/6
Martinsville - 4/3
Talladega - 5/1
Charlotte, All-Star race - 5/21, SURFBoard
Pocono - 6/5, SURFBoard
Kentucky - 7/9
Michigan - 8/28
Darlington - 9/4, throwback
Richmond - 9/10
Homestead - 11/20
Stanley [12 races] are scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2016 races:
Phoenix - 3/13
Texas - 4/9
Kansas - 5/7
Dover - 5/15
Sonoma - 6/26
Indy - 7/24
Pocono - 7/31
Watkins Glen - 8/7
Bristol - 8/20
Chicago - 9/18
Charlotte - 10/8
Subway [4? races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2016 races:
Auto Club Speedway - 3/20
Charlotte - 5/29
Michigan - 6/12
Daytona - 7/2
Sport Clips [2 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2016 races:
New Hampshire - 7/17
Texas - 11/6
Comcast Business / XFINITY [? races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2016 races:
Bristol - 4/17, Comcast Business
Richmond - 4/24, XFINITY
Contract Status: Driver: 2017; Primary Sponsors: 2016+
Edwards going for season sweep at Bristol: #19-Carl Edwards will attempt to become the first Sprint Cup Series driver to sweep Bristol since his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate #18-Kyle Busch achieved the feat in 2009. Edwards has six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes in 24 career starts there. The four current JGR drivers - Edwards, Kyle Busch, #20-Matt Kenseth and #11-Denny Hamlin - have accounted for 14 wins in the last 22 Bristol races (though some of those victories came while they were with different teams). They will try to snap #22-Joey Logano's streak of two consecutive wins in the August Bristol night race.(NASCAR Wire Service)(8-20-2016)
Kenseth: no talks with JGR about his future, Hamlin in talks: #20-Matt Kenseth has no insight into the news that Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser isn't expecting Erik Jones, who currently drives for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series, to return to his team after his rookie season in Sprint Cup. Furniture Row Racing is expanding to a field a #77 Toyota for Jones, teaming with Martin Truex Jr.'s #78. Multiple sources have told NBC Sports that Jones could return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 or 2019, and that several scenarios are being considered depending on the future status of drivers and sponsors. Gibbs has #11-Denny Hamlin, Kenseth, #19-Carl Edwards and #18-Kyle Busch under contract in Sprint Cup through next season, and the team also has Daniel Suarez running for a second consecutive full season in the Xfinity Series.
Kenseth, 44, said he hasn't discussed "the master plan for 2020" with team owner Joe Gibbs, though he was made aware of Jones' move to Furniture Row in 2017. "I've been involved in a lot of those talks, so I knew that was happening, but I can't say we've ever sat and had the conversation as to what exactly is 2018 going to look like and 2019," he said. "I don't think anybody probably knows 100% sure." Kenseth is sure he isn't considering retirement. "There's been times where I've been asked about (retirement) a lot," he said Tuesday. "Maybe you're not running as good and then you start thinking about it, 'Well, maybe is it time?' I don't really feel like I'm that close where I really can put a date on it to be honest. I feel great. More times than not, I'm having fun. I feel like we're really competitive more times than not. And we're capable of winning races, and I think we're capable of winning championships. That's just way on the bottom of my list of things to think about or worry about at the moment."
Joe Gibbs said it's "probably unclear some right now" what will happen with Jones after 2017, but the team owner said Jones would remain in Sprint Cup and wouldn't return to the Xfinity Series with JGR. Could Jones return to Joe Gibbs Racing in a Cup car? "I think Furniture Row wanted to make this step to go to two cars, so their future is going to be two cars," Gibbs said. "And whatever their future is past that, it's up to them. I think it's kind of what Erik does. Does he stay there longer than that? That's the question." Gibbs noted that Jones' 2017 sponsor, 5 Hour Energy, also has a one-year deal. "It's whatever Furniture Row wants to do," he said. "They came up with the sponsor and are going to be footing the bill for everything. They're going to be ramping up out there. I'm sure that 5 Hour is going to have their option of what they want to do. I think Furniture Row is going to try to put together their future. They've done a real good job of putting this thing together." Gibbs said his team is in negotiations on a contract extension with Hamlin, who is signed through next season. "It's still in the works," Gibbs said. "We're talking now."(NBC Sports)(8-17-2016)
Kyle Busch, Edwards clinch Chase spots at New Hampshire: Joe Gibbs Racing teammates #18-Kyle Busch and #19-Carl Edwards officially clinched berths in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs based on their finishes in Sunday's race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Busch, the defending series champion, led a race-high 133 laps and finished eighth in Sunday's New Hampshire 301. Edwards faded to a 20th-place finish after involvement in a crash that forced the last of the race's seven yellow flags. Each qualify for championship eligibility in the 10-race postseason based on their status as multiple winners in the regular season and because of their points stature in the Sprint Cup driver standings, mathematically unable to fall outside of the top 30 requirement. Heading into Sunday's 301-lapper, Brad Keselowski was the only certified Chase-eligible driver, based on his points position and status as a winner of multiple regular-season races. Keselowski leads the series this year with four victories.(NASCAR.com)(7-18-2016)
Edwards loses New Hampshire pit stall selection: #19-Carl Edwards is scheduled to start 13th in Sunday's Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire but he will begin the race with a disadvantage. Edwards's #19 Toyota was one of several teams which had trouble getting through Friday's pre-qualifying inspection and accumulated its fourth written warning. The fourth warning means Edwards's team will be last to pick a pit stall for Sunday's race. The pit stall selection is even more important on a track like New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where track position is vital to success.(Motorsport)(7-16-2016)
Edwards' Darlington throwback scheme revealed: Thursday afternoon Joe Gibbs Racing debuted the car #19-Carl Edwards will drive at Darlington. The car, sponsors by ARRIS, features a JGR 25th Anniversary tribute to Tony Stewart's retirement. The scheme was the first design run on the #20 car in 1999, Stewart's Rookie year. See images of the car on the #19 team paint schemes page.(7-15-2016)
Joe Gibbs Racing makes changes to pit crew management: Joe Gibbs Racing announced changes to the management structure of its pit crews with Matt Osborn now in charge of day-to-day operations and former athletic director Mike Lepp assuming new duties within the organization. Lepp has served as Athletic Director for the past 10 years overseeing Joe Gibbs Racing pit crew operations. In his new role as Senior Athletic Advisor, Lepp will assume an increased role in marketing and public relations duties. Lepp will continue to do public speaking events, drawing on his extensive experience in athletics and motorsports, on subjects related to pit crew training and trends related to pit stops. He remains available for media interviews on those subjects and will also be available for public speaking to JGR's sponsors and partners. In his new role, Lepp will also assist in seeking sponsorship opportunities with companies involved in athletic apparel and equipment.(Joe Gibbs Racing)(7-13-2016)
ARRIS SURFboard scheme returns for Pocono: Carl Edwards and the #19 ARRIS team will be running the ARRIS SURFboard paint scheme again this weekend at Pocono Raceway. In 22 Sprint Cup Series starts at Pocono, Edwards has completed 3,766 of 3,932 laps (95.8%) and has led for a total of 237 laps. Edwards has earned two wins, five top-five and nine top-10 finishes there. His average start is 16.1 and his average finish is 15.2 (JGR), see images of the scheme on the #19 Team Schemes page (6-1-2016)
Edwards Eyes Coca-Cola 600 Repeat: #19-Carl Edwards provided NASCAR fans with an abundance of firsts when he won the 2016 Coca-Cola 600. Edwards' victory was his first at the track, first driving a Toyota and first for Joe Gibbs Racing. Edwards looks to defend his victory in Sunday's edition of NASCAR's marathon race.(NASCAR)(5-29-2016)
Back to Back winners of the Coca-Cola 600:
Jimmie Johnson (3 in a row), 2003-2005
Jeff Gordon, 1997-1998
Dale Earnhardt, 1992-1993
Darrell Waltrip, 1988-1989
Neil Bonnett, 1982-1983
Darrell Waltrip, 1978-1979
Buddy Baker, 1972-1973
Seven winners in seven races: The last seven Cup points races each have had a different winner: #19-Carl Edwards (Richmond), #2-Brad Keselowski (Talladega), #18-Kyle Busch (Kansas), #20-Matt Kenseth (Dover), #78-Martin Truex Jr. (Charlotte), #41-Kurt Busch (Pocono) and #22-Joey Logano (Michigan). It's the longest streak of different winners since there were eight from the 2013 season finale to the first seven races of the 2014 season.(NBC Sports)(6-14-2016)
Box of Chocolates help mend fences between Edwards and Busch: Joe Gibbs Racing driver #19-Carl Edwards was made available to the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway and one of the questions was:
Q) How did the photo come about with you and Kyle Busch with the box of chocolate after the Richmond incident?
Edwards: "Richmond, we pushed it right to the limit, as hard as I could race a teammate and Mars does a really neat thing for the winners of a race. If you win the race, Mars sends you a really neat box of chocolates. So at the shop the next week, Kyle (Busch) and I got together, we had a meeting and it was kind of a tough meeting, but we left on decent enough terms and Randy (Fuller, PR) gave me this box of chocolates and it's 'Congratulations on the Toyota Owners 400 win from Mars.' I don't know if that might have got sent before they stopped it or what, but I thought it was really cool of them to send that and I saw Kyle across the shop and I thought, 'Man, I have to ask him to sign it.' That's where that picture that we put up on Twitter and all that. I thought it was pretty cool. We somewhat made peace over chocolate so that's pretty good."(Toyota Racing)(5-27-2016)
Toyota drivers have shot at video game cover at All-Star Race: Toyota-backed drivers will be racing for something more than the $1 million prize in Saturday night's NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. The highest-finishing driver among them gets to be on the cover of the new NASCAR Heat Evolution video game being released by Dusenberry Martin Racing in September. Toyota has a sponsor tie-in with the game, a relationship which gives #19-Carl Edwards, #11-Denny Hamlin, #75(#18)-Kyle Busch, #20-Matt Kenseth and #78-Martin Truex Jr. a shot at being on the cover. In addition, if #83-Matt DiBenedetto or #23-David Ragan race their way into the All-Star event and somehow become the top-finishing Toyota, Dusenberry Martin Racing told USA TODAY Sports those underdogs would be placed on the cover as well. The game will be released Sept. 13 and will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.(USA Today)(5-21-2016)
UPDATE #19-Edwards finished 4th and will be the driver on the cover of the new NASCAR Heat Evolution video game.(5-21-2016)
All-Star Origins: JGR's Dominance Began Last May: Since #11-Denny Hamlin won the 2015 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Joe Gibbs Racing has been the most dominant team in NASCAR, capturing the checkered flag in 19 of the 36 points races (52.7%). #18-Kyle Busch leads the four-driver contingent with eight wins, followed by #20-Matt Kenseth's five. #19-Carl Edwards has four victories, while Hamlin owns two. Additionally, JGR has won all of the marquee events on the NASCAR schedule since then: Coca-Cola 600 (Edwards), Brickyard 400 (Busch), Bojangles Southern 500 (Edwards), Ford EcoBoost 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship race (Busch) and Daytona 500 (Hamlin).(5-20-2016)
Special ARRIS Scheme for Edwards at All-Star race: #19-Carl Edwards is going to have a special ARRIS SURFBoard paint scheme at the Sprint All-Star race in Charlotte. ARRIS knows that speed and performance are crucial on the track and off. ARRIS SURFboard Cable Modems and Routers provide the fastest speeds available and the #1 selling brand of modems. Carl is looking forward to getting a first place finish in his first place modems ARRIS SURFBoard Camry. "To learn more about ARRIS SURFBoard products visit www.surfboard.com". With 10 Sprint Cup Series starts in the All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Edwards has completed 852 of 960 laps (88.75 percent) and has led for a total of 59 laps. He has earned one win, two poles, four top-five and six top-10 finishes there. His average start is 10.3 and his average finish is 11.1. This will be Edwards' 11th All-Star race since he entered the Sprint Cup Series full-time in 2006. He won the 2011 All-Star race in dramatic form and in his excitement; he slid across the grass in the infield, wrecking his car. True to form, Edwards went ahead with his customary back-flip to celebrate(JGR), see images of the car on the #19 Team Schemes page (5-19-2016)
Edwards and STANLEY team kick off annual "Racing for a Miracle" weekend: Carl Edwards and the #19 STANLEY race team will spend the day visiting children at Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore, MD Thursday. The team will then head into Dover International Speedway Sunday with a million reasons to win, because STANLEY will donate $1 Million if Edwards wins to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation. As part of the 10th Annual "Racing for a Miracle" program, Edwards and the #19 STANLEY team will play games, give pit stop demonstrations and share smiles with the children of Johns Hopkins Children's Center. On Friday, Edwards, along with representatives from STANLEY & Ace Foundation will present the $100,000 donation to the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. At the check presentation, Edwards will unveil the paint scheme that will run this weekend on the #19 STANLEY car. The special scheme includes four very special children who will also serve as "Honorary Crew Members" of the #19 team throughout the weekend.(Joe Gibbs Racing)(5-12-2016)
Edwards talks about bumping Busch for the win:
Q: Can you take us through the final lap and how close things were with Kyle Busch?
Edwards: "So going into the white flag Dave (Rogers, crew chief) said something on the radio basically like, 'Get your butt in gear and go get him.' So, I thought, 'Heck, I'll drive down there in turn one really far and it looked like Kyle (Busch), his car got real slow that last lap like his tires were just burnt up. He did a really good job keeping me held at bay 'til then but then we went down the back straightaway and I saw him spin the tires. So, going back down the back straight away I thought, 'I'm going for the bottom. That's where I'm going.' He went down there and just parked it and his car was sliding and I was just so much faster I had to give him a little tap and we got by him. I didn't think I was going to get him hard enough. I thought it would just be a bump and go but we got the win. We both got wins so it's just racing hard and having fun."
Q: How much more difficult is that situation when it's a teammate you're racing for the win?
Edwards: "It's really difficult. I didn't want to touch him at all. I just decided I was going to run the bottom and I went down there and I was like either I've got to lay on the brake and slow down or I can just kind of keep my momentum going and touch him. We were so much faster there at the bottom. If he'd have gone high I don't know, I might have just got by him but it just looked like - I'd have to talk to him but it looks like his car just gave up like he'd just used up his tires. I couldn't catch him up to that point, I thought it was over with about five to go."(Toyota Racing)(4-25-2016)
Carl Edwards wins at Richmond: #19-Carl Edwards won the Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Richmond and 27th career win. Edwards led 151 of the 400 laps, but was trailing teammate #18-Kyle Busch on the final lap when he bumped him going into turn 4 to push Busch out of the groove and take the win.
#18-Busch held on for 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #5-Kahne, pole sitter #4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin, #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #78-Truex, Jr., and #41-Busch.
#14-Stewart, in his first race of the year, lost a lap early but battled back for a 19th place, lead lap finish.
There were 22 lead changes among 8 drivers and 8 cautions for 49 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 97.070mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
The sixth win ever for car #19: Carl Edwards win in the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway is the sixth overall Sprint Cup Series win for a car number 19. Edwards has won three of those races, Bristol in 2016, Darlington and Charlotte in 2015. Before Edwards, the #19 had only three other race wins in the history of the Sprint Cup Series (1949). In 1960 when John Rostek won at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix. And twice with Jeremy Mayfield in 2004 at Richmond and 2005 in Michigan. For more info on car number wins and some history, see Jayski.com's Wins by Car Number page.(4-18-2016)
Carl Edwards wins at Bristol: #19-Carl Edwards won the Food City 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 4th win at Bristol and 26th career win. Edwards won from the pole for the 3 times in 18 tries, the first driver to win from the pole in 2016
#88-Earnhardt Jr. finished 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #24-Elliott (best career finish), #6-Bayne (1st top-five since he won the 2011 Daytona 500), #83-DiBenedetto (best career finish), #4-Harvick, #15-Bowyer, #31-Newman and #22-Logano.
There were 16 lead changes among 7 drivers and 15 cautions for 102 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 81.637mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).(4-17-2016)
Comcast featured on Edwards car at Bristol: #19-Carl Edwards heads to Bristol, TN this weekend with Comcast Business as his primary sponsor. Edwards has had a lot of success and has always been strong on the concrete tracks. Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management (JGR), see an image of the scheme on the #19 Team Schemes page (4-16-2016)
Most mentioned drivers of 2016: According to Joyce Julius, a company that tracks media mentions for sport sponsors, #4-Kevin Harvick has been the most-mentioned NASCAR driver on TV this year while #18-Kyle Busch has received the most interview time
|#78-Martin Truex, Jr.||
|#88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||
NASCAR's Richest Teams and Drivers: Forbes has released its annual ranking of Sprint Cup teams and drivers based on earnings. Once again, Hendrick tops the charts. The top 10 teams and drivers and their estimated value:
Highest earning NASCAR teams:
Hendrick Motorsports $375 million
Joe Gibbs Racing $256 million
Stewart-Haas Racing $195 million
Richard Childress Racing $175 million
Roush Feneway Racing $155 million
Team Penske $140 million
Chip Ganassi Racing $75 million
Richard Petty Motorsports $55 million
Front Row Motorsports $26 million
BK Racing $24 million
Highest earning NASCAR drivers:
#88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr. $23.5 million
#48-Jimmie Johnson $22.2 million
Jeff Gordon $21.6 million
#4-Kevin Harvick $15.5 million
#11-Denny Hamlin $15.1 million
#18-Kyle Busch $15.0 million
#10-Dania Patrick $13.4 million
#14-Tony Stewart $12.8 million
#19-Carl Edwards $12.1 million
#20-Matt Kenseth $11.9 million
Total earnings equals salary/winnings plus endorsements and licensing
In addition, Forbes estimates the actual cash value of a NASCAR charter to be $15-$17 million.(Forbes)(4-1-2016)
Auto Club Speedway a rough, difficult track: The rougher a track is, the more drivers seem to like it. That's certainly the conventional wisdom at Auto Club Speedway, which features pronounced bumps on the backstretch, abrasive asphalt and distinct seams between the racing lanes. "You could write a book about a lap at this place," said Carl Edwards, runner-up to Kevin Harvick by .010 seconds last Sunday at Phoenix. "There's so much happening out there-where you place your tires, how you enter the corner, what the guy in front of you is doing. All of those things add up to a lot different balance. Turns 1 and 2, as many times as I've been here, I still don't feel like I have it figured out. There's spots that I like to run, there's things I like to do, but there's some spots out there and it's like, man, I can't quite figure out what's happening. When you hit this point in the race track and the car moves and I can't repeat it all of the time, so you never really know what you're going to get. I think that's good. It's a little bit unpredictable, it's definitely tough and, to me, that's part of the fun."
Edwards, however, didn't have as much fun as he would have liked during Friday's opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice. He was 25th on the speed chart, and he pointed to a dilemma that can haunt drivers and crew chiefs at the two-mile track: Whether to change the car or change your racing line? "Your car can drive terribly, and then you can move around a little bit and it drives pretty well," Edwards said. "So then you've got to decide, 'Well, is that where I want to race, or do I want to race over here where it's terrible? Should we work on it?' It's tough. It's hard to decide exactly what you want. The fun is that you can actually change it. You can do things. If the car isn't working well in one spot, you move somewhere else and try something else. You're not locked into a tiny little box where everybody has to run in the exact same spot."(NASCAR Wire Service)(3-19-2016)
Positive response to aero package from drivers: For a race with a mere three cautions, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. found Sunday's event with the new low-downforce competition package exhilarating. "I loved it," Earnhardt said. "We were sliding around and driving the hell out of the car. I had a blast! I had some good races there on the track with the #2 (Brad Keselowski) and the #18 (Kyle Busch) and a bunch of guys. Man, it was so much fun. And I post old pictures online all the time of the '80s and '90s, and that's when racing was racing. That's when it was good. That's what they saw today."
Ninth-place finisher Brad Keselowski echoed Earnhardt's sentiments. "I loved the way the cars drive," said Keselowski, who had the top-finishing Ford. "I understand that it takes more than my opinion to make the sport go round, but I thought it was awesome."
#19-Carl Edwards, a long-time advocate of the new aerodynamic package, would like to see NASCAR take even more downforce away. "They just need to keep taking more," said Edwards, who drove his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota to a fifth-place result. "This is real racing. We're driving hard. You can see the guys out here just digging for everything they're worth. I'm worn out. That's a tough race and just a lot of fun. I just can't thank NASCAR enough and Atlanta - don't ever pave this place - it's a perfect race track. I hope the fans enjoyed the show. The thing is, just know that in that car we're driving as hard as we can."(NASCAR Wire Service)(2-29-2016)
Gibbs, Stewart Haas expected to buy charters; HScott to lease one UPDATE: There are 38 teams committed to full-time racing in 2016. Four weren't awarded charters -- Joe Gibbs Racing's #19-Carl Edwards (team started in 2015), Stewart-Haas Racing's #41-Kurt Busch (2014), HScott Motorsports' #46-Michael Annett (2015) and #21-Wood Brothers Racing's Ryan Blaney (formerly part-time team now going full time). Former Michael Waltrip Racing owner Rob Kauffman, who has two charters from his teams that ceased operations after last year, said he expects to sell his charters to JGR (for Edwards) and SHR (for Busch). Kauffman estimated the value of a charter at the "single-digit millions." The transfer of a charter must be approved by NASCAR, which will charge an administrative fee but not get a percentage of the sale. All NASCAR team owners will be allowed to see the transfer application, which would include the price of the charter sold. Charters can only be sold prior to the start of a season and can be transferred only once every five years.(NBC Sports)
AND According to Motorsports' Lee Spencer, "Been told Jay Robinson (Premium Motorsports) has leased his charter to @Team_HSM #46. Hearing $1.6m for lease of charter.(2-9-2016)
UPDATE: A representative for SHR said Tuesday afternoon that "Stewart-Haas Racing will have four Charters and that process is nearly complete." A Joe Gibbs Racing representative said Tuesday afternoon that it was "just a matter of finalizing the transaction" that would bring a Charter to the #19 entry.(NASCAR.com)
AND: ESPN.com's Bob Pockrass tweeted that an HScott spokesman said: "HSM intends to field two full time cars for the 2016 season and is in the process of finalizing an agreement."(2-10-2016)
UPDATE2: HScott Motorports confirmed Tuesday that it is in the process of leasing second charter from another team to ensure that Michael Annett is in every Sprint Cup points race this season. The charter will return to the other team after this season.(NBC Sports)(2-11-2016)
NASCAR expected to announce charter system Tuesday UPDATE: NASCAR will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm with NASCAR CEO Brian France where they are expected to announce the details on a new charter system for Sprint Cup teams. The agreement is expected to guarantee a certain number of starting spots in the field to certain owners and shrink the race field to 40 cars. The system would provide owners with additional revenue and give them more value for their teams.
The press conference will be shown online at NASCAR.com.(2-8-2016)(2-8-2016)
UPDATE: Now that the paperwork is signed, how much one of these franchises -- "charters" as NASCAR will call them -- is worth in the coming years is as big a guess as picking the winner of the Daytona 500. The new system is to guarantee 36 owners a certain amount of revenue as well as starting positions in what will be a 40-car field, down from 43. There would be no buy-in for the initial 36 charters -- they will go to owners whose cars have attempted every race since 2013. The owners, who likely will have to meet a performance clause to keep a charter, can opt to sell them to the highest bidder. There currently are 38 full-time teams announced for the 2016 Sprint Cup season, and four would not meet the criteria to get a charter. Joe Gibbs Racing and Stewart-Haas Racing are expected to purchase two charters from the now-defunct Michael Waltrip Racing [for the teams of #19-Edwards & #41-Busch]. The other two -- #21-Wood Brothers Racing and one of the two HScott Motorsports cars -- would either need to purchase a charter from an existing team or have to be among the four at-large qualifiers each week. There have been 41 announced entries for the Daytona 500, although that number could change. The system should give organizations more value to potential investors and buyers. Teams will still need sponsorship to be competitive -- sponsorship makes up about 70-75 percent of a team's revenues. It is likely that whatever MWR owner Rob Kauffman sells his charters for will at least set an initial standard. And it remains to be seen whether future owners will come from racing fans with money or private equity firms.(ESPN.com)(2-9-2016)
Joe Gibbs Racing makes changes to executive team: J.D. Gibbs will join his father Joe Gibbs as Co-Chairman of JGR with Coy Gibbs officially joining the NASCAR operations as Vice-Chairman/Chief Operating Officer, and Dave Alpern, who has been with Joe Gibbs Racing since its beginning, has been named President of the organization. In addition, JGR announces Tim Carmichael will assume expanded responsibilities in his role as Chief Financial Officer, while Wally Brown will serve as Competition Director and Todd Bowland has been named Technical Director. Todd Meredith has resigned his position as Chief Operating Officer but will continue to consult for the organization over the next several months as he explores new opportunities.
"The Lord has blessed me and my family with something that is truly remarkable and as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, it is more apparent than ever that our people are responsible for the success we have experienced," said Joe Gibbs. "We feel the timing is right to bring Coy into the NASCAR operations in a more official capacity. He has done an outstanding job with our motocross operations and will continue to provide his leadership there as well.
Coy Gibbs launched JGRMX in 2008 and has been at the center of every aspect of the operations from personnel decisions to sponsor acquisitions and competition direction. He will primarily be focused on the operations side for JGR's NASCAR team while continuing his daily role with JGRMX.
"I'm excited to be more involved with our NASCAR operations," said Coy Gibbs. "I take great pride in what we have accomplished with our motocross operations and I will continue to provide direction there, while working more closely with my father and brother on the NASCAR side of the business. I know we have a tremendous team in place already and I'm looking forward to being more involved now in this official capacity."
Alpern joined JGR in 1992 and has worked in the organization's marketing department since his arrival and most recently served in the capacity of Chief Marketing Officer the past two years. Alpern has been a key figure to JGR's involvement in the RTA and is well respected by his peers within the industry. Meredith joined JGR in 1992 and has spent the past 25 years working in the competition and operations departments of the organization. He was named Chief Operating Office in 2013.(Joe Gibbs Racing)(2-4-2016)
Sport Clips to sponsor Edwards and Hamlin again in 2016: Sport Clips Racing is excited to enter its eighth season (2016) as a partner with Joe Gibbs Racing. Denny Hamlin enters his 11th full season with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2016 behind the wheel of the #11 Sport Clips Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2016, following an incredible 2015 season that left him contending in his ninth-career Chase for the Sprint Cup. Hamlin concluded his 2015 season with two victories, including his fifth-career victory at Martinsville and the Chase opener at Chicago, along with fourteen top fives, 20 top tens, three pole awards and 529 total laps led. Hamlin also scored Sport Clips their first-career NASCAR victory at Darlington in the XFINITY Series behind the wheel of the #20 Sport Clips Retro Camry in 2015. Denny Hamlin will continue to have Sport Clips as the primary sponsor of the #11 Toyota in two 2016 Sprint Cup Series races at Auto Club Speedway in March and Darlington in September.
Carl Edwards completed his first year with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in 2015 driving the #19 Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series. He finished the year by qualifying for his ninth Sprint Cup Series Chase. He scored two wins for Toyota and JGR, celebrating victories in two of NASCAR's crown jewels, the Coca-Cola 600 and the Southern 500. His impressive resume in NASCAR's top Series now includes 25 Sprint Cup victories, 115 top fives, 202 top 10's, and 16 poles. Sport Clips will be the primary sponsor of the #19 in two Sprint Cup Series races at New Hampshire in July and Texas in November.(SportClips)(1-28-2016)
New look for the #19 Subway car: Joe Gibbs Racing released an image of Carl Edwards #19 Subway Toyota on Thursday. Green is the featured color. No word what races Subway will sponsor, usually is the primary sponsor for 4-6 races a season. Last season Subway was the primary sponsor at Auto Club Speedway in March, Charlotte in May, Daytona in July and Talladega in October. See an image of the car on the #19 Team Schemes page (1-21-2016)
Grubb talks about leaving Gibbs: Darian Grubb told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Thursday that he was surprised that he wasn't back as #19-Carl Edwards' crew chief at Joe Gibbs Racing. "I guess fifth in points just wasn't good enough in some people's eyes and five points away from running (for the title at) Homestead," Grubb said on the show "Tradin' Paint." Grubb said he was told during last year's Chase that changes could be coming, nearly mirroring a situation he had in 2011. He was told during that year's Chase that he would not return as Tony Stewart's crew chief. Grubb then went on to help Stewart win the title, beating Edwards. "I was somewhat surprised," Grubb said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about finding out his position could be in jeopardy last year at JGR. "The first conversation I had was one weekend of the Chase I was told at that point that I needed to get nine more solid weeks in, and I was like 'I've been through this before.' Last time it was six weeks. This time was nine. I knew something was going to come up with the change. I knew I was going to be making some changes. I didn't know what it was going to be. Then went on and found out it wasn't going to be a crew chief position, so I had to explore some options." Joe Gibbs Racing replaced Grubb with Dave Rogers, who moved over from #11-Denny Hamlin's team. Hamlin's new crew chief is Mike Wheeler. Those moves led Grubb, who has 23 career Sprint Cup wins as a crew chief, back to Hendrick Motorsports. Grubb's new role is as vehicle production director at Hendrick Motorsports. He'll have responsibility for production operations in the chassis and body groups and work alongside technical director Kenny Francis.(NBC Sports)(1-8-2016)
Darian Grubb returns to Hendrick Motorsports: Hendrick Motorsports has named Darian Grubb to the newly created role of vehicle production director, where he will oversee every aspect of race car manufacturing for the 11-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions, effective immediately. Grubb, 40, assumes responsibility for production operations in the Hendrick Motorsports chassis and body groups. He will work alongside vehicle technical director Kenny Francis to support and grow the company's overall car development capabilities while collaborating across vehicle engineering, vehicle production and four Sprint Cup teams. Both Grubb and Francis report to general manager Doug Duchardt.
"We're excited to welcome Darian back to Hendrick Motorsports," Duchardt said. "His résumé speaks for itself, and he already has a deep understanding of our people, processes and culture. Teaming him with Kenny on our vehicle efforts mirrors the management structure of our engine operation, which has been very effective, and it adds more depth to the organization as a whole. Darian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and we know he will make us stronger."
A native of Floyd, Virginia, with a mechanical engineering degree from Virginia Tech, Grubb originally joined Hendrick Motorsports from Petty Enterprises in January 2003. He served as lead race engineer for the #48 Sprint Cup team from 2003-2006 and was interim crew chief during the first four races of its 2006 championship-winning campaign, leading Jimmie Johnson to a pair of victories, including the Daytona 500.
Grubb earned one win as crew chief for driver Casey Mears (#25 Chevy) in 2007 before being named engineering manager for the #5 and #88 Hendrick Motorsports teams for 2008. In 2009, he moved into a crew chief role at Stewart-Haas Racing, where in three seasons he won 11 races and the 2011 Sprint Cup championship with #14-Tony Stewart. Grubb then joined Joe Gibbs Racing, winning nine races with multiple drivers from 2012-2015. As a crew chief, he has 23 career Sprint Cup victories.
"It means a lot to come back to Hendrick Motorsports," Grubb said. "This is a role that will allow me to contribute to the success of the entire organization, which was very important to me. Kenny is someone I greatly respect, so the chance to work side-by-side with him was a big factor. Everything is familiar, and I think that will make for a smooth transition. The more we talked about the opportunity, the more it felt right. I'm ready to get started."(Hendrick Motorsports)(1-4-2016)
Rogers surprised by crew chief changes at JGR: Dave Rogers will start the 2016 season as crew chief for the #19 of Carl Edwards after spending a season as the crew chief for #11-Denny Hamlin. The move was part of an announcement a couple of weeks ago that also included the return of Mike Wheeler to the #11. Rogers, appearing on SiriusXM NASCAR radio, said he accepts the move even though it surprised him, especially after Hamlin and all four Joe Gibbs Racing teams made the Chase for the Sprint Cup. "Denny's a brother to me," Rogers said. "I love him to death. It caught me off guard, 'You want me to work with someone other than Denny?'" Roger has spent the majority of his career with JGR. Before the 2015 season, Rogers worked on the #18 of Kyle Busch for five years. He said the decision to make the move came down to trying to improve the communication and chemistry of a "true four-car team."
"A couple of years ago we were tough on ourselves," Roger said. "We openly admitted that we missed the boat on speed, the cars weren't good enough. We were really tough on each other. The guys at the shop rebounded with such character and integrity. You have to capitalize on those situations. It's not every year you get cars like that. Some years you're on. Some years you're off. Coach and the management staff felt there was room for improvement with the 19 and 11 ... and they made some changes. That's one thing that's really complicated about JGR, we're a true four-car team," Rogers said. "We're four cars working together. There's eight race engineers sitting in a cubicle working together. All four crew chiefs sit shoulder-to-shoulder. It's a huge team. I think we work together more than I believe other teams do and that makes it extremely complicated. There's a ton of relationships in that that have to be managed."(In part from NBC Sports / SiriusXM NASCAR radio)(12-30-2015)
Joe Gibbs Racing Announces Crew Chief Changes: Joe Gibbs Racing announced changes to its crew chief lineup in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for the 2016 season.
Dave Rogers, who most recently served as crew chief for JGR's #11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, will transition to lead the #19 team in 2016 with driver Carl Edwards. Mike Wheeler, who had spent 10 years with the #11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team before transitioning to crew chief for JGR's #20 XFINITY Series team in 2015, will return to work with driver Denny Hamlin in 2016.
Darian Grubb, who had served as crew chief on the #19 Sprint Cup Series team last season, is currently exploring several opportunities for the 2016 season.
Meanwhile Jason Ratcliff and Adam Stevens will continue in their current roles as crew chief of JGR's #20 and #18 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams respectively.
"2015 was probably the strongest season we have ever had at Joe Gibbs Racing," said Joe Gibbs, owner of JGR. "We won more races than we ever have, qualified all four teams into the Chase and were blessed to end it with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. I think every year you evaluate each of your teams however and sometimes during that process you find that a change might be in the best interest for all involved. Mike Wheeler is obviously someone that has a long history with Denny (Hamlin) and that #11 team. After seeing what he accomplished as a crew chief in our XFINITY Series program last year we felt the timing was right to move him back into our Cup program. Dave Rogers has also been successful in every role he has had with us and we think he will work well with Carl (Edwards) going into 2016."(JGR)(12-21-2015)
Joe Gibbs Racing expected to make crew chief changes: Joe Gibbs Racing is changing the complexion of its Sprint Cup crew chief line up for 2016. Sources have confirmed to Motorsport.com that Darian Grubb will no longer oversee the #19 Arris/Stanley Tools Toyota driven by Carl Edwards. Dave Rogers, who is currently crew chief for the #11 Fed Ex team and Denny Hamlin, is expected to move into the role. With Rogers taking over the #19 team, Mike Wheeler is expected to be named crew chief of the #11 crew and Hamlin. "Wheels" was Hamlin's race engineer on the #11 team and even filled in for Grubb for one event before he was promoted to crew chief of the #20 Xfinity Series team at JGR. In Edwards first season at JGR, the Grubb-led crew scored two wins - Charlotte Motor Speedway and Darlington Raceway - seven top fives and 15 top-10 finishes. With the exception of earning three poles and finishing fifth in the 2015 standings, Edwards's stats were nearly identical to his last season with Roush Fenway Racing.(Motorsport)(12-3-2015)
Carl Edwards wins at Darlington: #19-Carl Edwards won the Bojangles' Southern 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway for his 2nd win of the season, 1st win at Darlington and 25th career win. Edwards led just 15 of the 367 laps, but took the lead on the final pit stop of the night and held off the rest of the field. Early in the race he stayed out under caution and, on old tires, fell back through the field and lost a lap. He got his lap back on the 11th caution and worked his way back through the field.
#2-Keselowski finished 2nd followed by #11-Hamlin, #22-Logano, #4-Harvick, #41-Busch, #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #78-Truex, Jr., and #42-Larson.
Pole sitter, #2-Keselowski, led the most laps - 196, but could not get around Edwards at the end.
By finishing 7th, #18-Busch moves to 27th in the points standings. He is now 83 points ahead of 31st and has locked himself into the Chase.
#4-Harvick continues to be the points leader, now 42 points over #22-Logano.
There were 24 lead changes among 11 drivers. There were a record 18 cautions for 89 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 111.993 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf).(9-6-2015)
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)
Carl Edwards wins at Charlotte: #19-Carl Edwards won the Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Charlotte and 24th career win. Edwards last win was 31 races ago at Sonoma Raceway in June 2014.
#16-Biffle finished 2nd followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #20-Kenseth, #78-Truex Jr., #31-Newman, #2-Keselowski, #11-Hamlin, #4-Harvick and #41-Busch.
Harvick maintains the drivers points lead with 473, 41 points over #78-Truex Jr.
Pole winner #20-Kenseth led 27 laps, fell down 1 lap with an unscheduled pit stop for a loose wheel, got the lucky dog pass and finished 4th.
#18-Kyle Busch, in his first points race of the season after being injured at Daytona, finished 11th and ran all 400 laps.
#48-Johnson spun twice, recovering the 1st time, but not the 2nd time, hitting the inside SAFER wall. After repairs, Johnson came back on the track and finished 40th, down 30 laps. Only four drivers failed to finish the race.
There were 22 lead changes among 9 drivers. There were 8 cautions for 39 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 147.803mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(5-24-2015)
ARRIS Technology to Help Power Communications at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Events: ARRIS (sponsor of #19-Carl Edwards) announced that its technology and services will help power NASCAR Productions, LLC by providing NASCAR Productions with equipment for Internet services at NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this season. "Every second counts in NASCAR," said Ron Coppock, President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing at ARRIS. "Our technology speeds up the crucial flow of information at-track between NASCAR Productions and the teams and for use by the teams to send information while at-track, so they can keep pushing the envelope of the sport." Each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team will receive an ARRIS SURFBoard SB6183, and ARRIS's E6000 Converged Edge Router (CER) will serve as the hub for delivering all services to the modems, ensuring a secure and reliable connection during races. In addition, the ARRIS Global Services team will be on-site at every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, providing full integration and support for the technology provided to NASCAR Productions throughout the racing season.
"Our E6000 Converged Edge Router provides the fastest, most advanced broadband services. And now, NASCAR Productions is relying on it to deliver its at-track Internet service," added Coppock.
"At NASCAR, we are driven by technology. We use innovation to generate close racing; foster safety; and create compelling experiences for fans watching at home, in-person and on the go," said Steve Stum, Vice President, Operations and Technical Production, NASCAR Productions.(ARRIS)(4-1-2015)
Comcast to sponsor Edwards in four races: Comcast announced it will join Carl Edwards and the #19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series entry fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing as primary sponsor for four races in 2015. The partnership will kick off at the Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8, with Comcast Business as the primary paint scheme for Edwards' Toyota Camry, marking the first major sponsorship deal in NASCAR for Comcast's business services unit that provides data, Internet, TV and Phone services to organizations of all sizes. Comcast Business will also be featured at Bristol in April. The four-race partnership will round out with XFINITY, the company's residential brand for Internet, TV and Phone services, taking over as primary paint scheme at New Hampshire in September and Martinsville in November.
"We're excited about this partnership with Comcast as they continue to grow in the sport, and I've had a great time so far working with them in preparation for Las Vegas," said Edwards, who will have ARRIS on board his #19 Toyota for the balance of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events this season. "I'm excited to continue to build the relationship with them this year and hopefully we can put them into victory lane."
"We could not be more excited to partner with Carl Edwards and Joe Gibbs Racing as a sponsor of the #19 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series," said Matt Lederer, Senior Director of Sports Marketing for Comcast. "Carl's success on the track and his affinity for technology off the track makes him a great ambassador for Comcast. We are confident he will do an outstanding job representing our organization as well as our customers, and we can't wait to kick off this relationship at Las Vegas."
In 2015 Comcast joined the NASCAR family as its XFINITY brand became the entitlement sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series, formerly the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and the Official Entertainment Provider of NASCAR. Comcast and NASCAR announced the agreement in September 2014 to make XFINITY the third title sponsor in the storied 30+year history of the series.(Joe Gibbs Racing), see an image of the Comcast Business scheme on the #19 Team Schemes page.(3-2-2015)
Todd Berrier joins Joe Gibbs Racing: Todd Berrier has joined Joe Gibbs Racing. The veteran crew chief started his new job on Monday and is expected to transition into Jimmy Makar's role. Makar, who has been with JGR since its inception in 1992 as Dale Jarrett's crew chief, is currently the senior vice president of racing operations. JGR president J.D. Gibbs confirmed Berrier's hiring on Thursday but was not certain of his title. Berrier was most recently the crew chief for Furniture Row Racing and the #78 Chevy but transitioned out of his role over the last year. Berrier honed his crew chief skills at Richard Childress Racing starting with truck in 1997. He led Kevin Harvick to the Nationwide Series title in 2001 before graduating to Cup full-time in 2002. Berrier has four Chase appearances, eight Cup wins, six Nationwide Series wins and four truck victories.(Motorsport)(12-5-2014)
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