By admin | March 6, 2014
By Richard Allen
It’s not as if the cars fielded by Joe Gibbs Racing have been terrible so far in 2014. After all, drivers Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have each scored a top-10 finish in the two Sprint Cup races held to this point. But this is an organization that has set its own bar very high, and top-10 finishes are not their primary goal.
With all that said, there is every reason to believe that this will be the weekend in which JGR will re-emerge as a winner on the NASCAR scene.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a 1.5-mile D-shaped oval which places it within that often used ‘cookie cutter’ description of tracks measuring between 1.5 and 2 miles in length. And last year, no team was better on those type tracks than this one.
Kenseth earned his first victory while driving a JGR Toyota here last year, and what happened in Vegas did not stay there as the organization went on to claim eight checkered flags on tracks fitting the description above.
In all, Kenseth has won three times at LVMS to go along with six top-5 and seven top-10 efforts in ‘Sin City’.
Busch has one win to accompany four top-5 and five top-10 results in the gambling town.
Hamlin was injured for much of the 2013, and as a result, had his worst year at the Sprint Cup level. Still, he managed to win the season finale on the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. He has never won in Vegas but has placed within the top-10 four times in eight starts.
With numbers like the ones listed above, it’s hard to argue with a prediction in favor of Joe Gibbs Racing this weekend. At the end of the day on Sunday, don’t be surprised to see either the 11, 18 or 20 car in Victory Lane.
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