On Sunday, September 23, 2012, NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Denny Hamlin raced to victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Sylvania 300 in Loudon, New Hampshire. The victory was an important one for Hamlin, who is competing in the Chase for the Cup but it was in some ways even more important to Hamlin and his team at Joe Gibbs Racing because it was the 100th Sprint Cup victory for JGR.
Joe Gibbs, the owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, has not only made a name for himself in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but also in the NFL as well. He was the head coach for the Washington Redskins for 16 seasons. From 1981-1992, Gibbs led the Redskins to four Super Bowls, three championships and had an overall record of 124-60. When he returned, from 2004-2007, he had a record of 30-34. The team made the playoffs twice in his second stint as coach.
JGR was first founded in the early 1990s and has been the team of some top drivers including Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart. Currently, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano drive for the team. Recently, it was announced the Matt Kenseth would be replacing Logano in 2013. JGR also has three Nationwide Series teams. The team has three championships in each series. Since 2007, JGR has been racing in Toyotas.
With the win, JGR joins just five other Sprint Cup teams to have gotten that 100th win. It is a prestigious group that includes Petty Enterprises which has 268 wins, Hendrick Motorsports which has 206 wins, Junior Johnson Racing which has 132 wins, Roush Fenway Racing which has 128 wins and Richard Childress Racing which has 100 wins. JGR is still going strong and the team will likely see more victories perhaps even during this season.
As a fan of both football and NASCAR, I think it's pretty cool that Gibbs has found that level of success. Racing and football are both tough sports and not too many team owners have that kind of record. To have that many wins in NASCAR and that many wins in football is pretty impressive and something that should be celebrated. Unfortunately, the team cannot dwell on the win for too long before focusing on the next race.
Kristin Watt has been a NASCAR Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup, fan for as long as she can remember starting way back when she was a little girl and her mother would sit on the couch with her every Sunday during the season to watch the races. Back then, they were fans of Bill Elliott and newcomer Davey Allison.
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