Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch go into Dover International Speedway this weekend with two Sprint Cup Series wins a piece, while Denny Hamlin is working off the momentum he gained at Charlotte last weekend to move up in points and possibly earn his first Dover win in the event sponsored by the company on the side of his No. 11 Toyota Camry. The FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks takes place Sunday, June 2nd, preceded by the 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race on Saturday, June 1st.
Kenseth, leading the Cup Series with three wins and sitting third in points, has two wins and 18 top 10 finishes in 28 races at the “Monster Mile,” the last win coming in the spring race in 2011.He’ll be in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota in the Cup Series event, and does “double-duty” in the No. 18 GameStop Toyota Camry in the Nationwide Series, where Kenseth has two wins and 10 top 10 finishes in 18 races.
Busch will go one better than Kenseth this weekend, doing “triple-duty” by jumping into a Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra for Friday’s Camping World Truck Series race. The driver of the No. 18 M&Ms Toyota has two Cup Series wins at Dover, along with three Nationwide Series wins and two Truck Series victories. He’ll be in the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in Saturday’s race, and the No. 51 ToyotaCare Tundra in Friday’s race.
Hamlin, coming off his pole-winning and fourth-place-finishing performance in the Coca Cola 600 last weekend, has five top 10 finishes at Dover, with a best finish of fourth twice (spring 2007 and spring 2010). He’ll be in the No. 11 FedEx Freight/Autism Speaks Toyota in Sunday’s 400-mile race.
Elliott Sadler will be in the No. 11 OneMain Financial Toyota on Saturday at a track where he has five top 10 finishes in 10 Nationwide Series races. Brian Vickers, in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota on Saturday, has one win and four top 10 finishes in five Nationwide Series race at Dover, the win coming in 2003.
Qualifying for the Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 takes place Friday at 3:15 p.m. ET, with the race going green at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday. Qualifying for the Nationwide Series 5-Hour Energy 200 takes place Saturday at 11:05 a.m. ET, followed by the race at 2:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.nascar.com and joegibbsracing.com.
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