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Laps Led Statistics Show How Dominant Joe Gibbs Racing Has Been in 2013

By admin | May 14, 2013

 Matt Kenseth’s #20 Toyota has spent a lot of time at the front of Sprint Cup fields in 2013.

By Richard Allen

One unmistakable trend throughout this NASCAR Sprint Cup season has been that the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas have been strong in virtually every race. The three cars driven by Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin(who was replaced by drivers Mark Martin and Brian Vickers for four races) have spent a great deal of time leading the pack around every speedway used to this point.

All together, JGR cars have led a total of 1,677 laps this season. To put that in perspective, there have been just over 3,500 laps run in 2013 in all races combined this year. That means the three drivers listed above have led almost half of circuits in the Sprint Cup division. Consider that this dominance has occurred even with one of the JGR drivers(Hamlin) having missed four races and his replacements did not lead a single lap.

To offer some comparisons to show how strong JGR has been relative to other teams, powerful Hendrick Motorsports has led 855 laps this season. That means the Gibbs cars have led almost twice as many laps as the generally acknowledged strongest team in the NASCAR garage area. And keep in mind, HMS has four cars compared to JGR’s three.

Further, Kenseth has been at the front for 781 circuits while Busch has led 740 laps. The next closest driver to those numbers is HMS pilot Jimmie Johnson who has led 455 laps.

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Even more telling is the comparison of JGR to other so-called mega-teams. Roush Fenway Racing has led 214 laps this year while Stewart-Haas Racing has showed the way for only 33 circuits. Meanwhile, Richard Childress Racing has led just 16 laps all season.

While leading laps does not necessarily equate to victories(although they have won 5 of the 11 races) or any other form of success, they do serve as an indication of overall strength.  The ability to lead directly relates to factors such as horsepower and handling that eventually provide the opportunity to win.

Whether it be from the horsepower provided by their TRD Racing engines, their engineering work in developing the new Gen-6 car, or their impressive fleet of talented crew members and drivers, JGR is proving to be a force this year on the Sprint Cup Series.

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4 Responses to “Laps Led Statistics Show How Dominant Joe Gibbs Racing Has Been in 2013”

  1. Tony Geinzer Says:
    May 14th, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    I wonder if Gibbs will rag out when it counts on the Last Lap, As Usual? I think Kenseth would be the only stable part by Season’s End as M and M’s would need a Family Driver( Reutimann,Ambrose).

  2. Offkilter Says:
    May 14th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Its all going their way for now. Hopefully HMS and the 99 from RFR ( did i just mention a ford?)will tune up on the Gibbs trio soon. The 5 car has been very fast most of the year and would have led more laps if they could just figure a way to unhook the rear bumper away from the 18 front bumper. Bowyer got the memo from Gordon last year. Denny from Sliced Bread this year. Its time Kasey sent a memo to Kyle.

  3. Larry Says:
    May 15th, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Well, I’m finally glad someone else has noticed how dominant Gibbs and the Toyotas have ran this year. Take Kenseth, did you ever see him in his entire career with Roush running anywhere close to how he’s running this year? It’s hard to imagine that all of a sudden the Toyotas and Gibbs are so dominant. What have they found that all the other high dollar teams haven’t? I remember when Toyota announced they were coming into the sport and Jack Roush stated about how Toyota would pour enormous amounts of money into the sport to be successful. And, looks like that is finally happening. Toyota bought Kenseth and by how he is running there must be something going on because Kenseth has never ran like this to my knowledge. My question to Nascar is, are the Toyotas legal or is Nascar letting them get by with stuff to help them be successful and win them a championship because these Toyotas look like they are in a class by themselves. And, you know what? The more successful the Toyotas are the less fans you will see in the stands. If you don’t believe me then keep watching. Anyway, Nascar needs to be looking pretty hard at the Gibbs Cars because they certainly haven’t dominated like this to my knowledge. I would be surprised if the other cars are not complaining about how dominant the Toyotas are because the other cars just don’t seem to be in the same league. And, it’s not only the Gibbs Cars. Some of the other Toyotas have ran very well at times only to come up a little short on wins. Nascar better make sure the Toyotas doesn’t have some kind of unfair advantage or else they will see their fan attendance get even lower.

  4. Jesse Says:
    May 15th, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Larry, thank you for seeing what is going on in Nascar, I find it hard to understand how someone comes in to a sport with out a car or engine that has never raced one little bit, and now they own the series. Of course they are legal, they have a factory for their motors, a factory, I hope someone gets this, they don’t have a engine department, its a factory.I read the papers and read articles, but will not watch a Nascar race. At least in the IRL they try to make everyone work under the same rules. thats why Toyota left the series.