Gibbs’ stacked deck in Cup Sequence Championship 4
Joe Gibbs may have the higher hand within the Monster Power NASCAR Cup Sequence championship race.
Together with his victory Sunday afternoon at ISM Raceway, Denny Hamlin will be a part of teammates Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. within the Championship Four subsequent weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Having certified two drivers for the title race prior to now (2016 with Busch and Carl Edwards), this 12 months marks the primary time Gibbs, or any workforce proprietor, has had three of the 4 drivers competing for the championship.
“It’s a thrill for us to be part of this,” he mentioned. “That is going to be form of a wild week. It will likely be an unbelievable race, and I believe our followers will take pleasure in it. You’ve gotten 4 heavyweights in there, and all people has a motive to need to win it.”
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Gibbs is a four-time championship-winning automobile proprietor, and JGR Toyotas have received 18 of the 2019 season’s 35 races. Busch and Truex are former champions every going for a second title, whereas Hamlin can be competing for his first.
Given the circumstances, Gibbs expects to have some “separation” among the many groups this week. All of the crew chiefs meet on Mondays, and Gibbs even expects that to be completely different this week.
“I might say on the racetrack, clearly, it’s going to be our three groups going for it as laborious as they will, every one among them,” mentioned Gibbs. “Denny has not received a championship, and you may think about how laborious he’s going to go for it. Chris (Gabehart) is working the present there and has carried out a implausible job this 12 months with him. So, you may think about Denny’s state of affairs.
“Then you could have Kyle. He would like to have it and goes to go after it as laborious as he can. Right this moment, to have the ability to end second (with) all of the strain in the course of the race with Joey (Logano) and every thing.
“After which Martin…”
Gibbs, alongside along with his drivers, acknowledged the three groups would work collectively to arrange, each on the store and thru the weekend. Truex mentioned he felt like the rationale there are three groups within the remaining 4 is due to how effectively they work collectively. Busch famous that in ’16 there was cooperation between his and Edwards’ groups, and regardless that Truex was a satellite tv for pc workforce final 12 months, the identical utilized.
Till Sunday morning, a minimum of. Then it is going to be each driver and workforce for themselves.
“When you consider this, three drivers desire a championship,” mentioned Gibbs. “Their sponsors imply a lot to us — every one among them — and it’s a separate story, every a type of.
“It will likely be an all-out effort with (Kevin) Harvick in the midst of it. I believe it is going to be an awesome weekend. I do love that side of our sport, which is completely completely different. Once I was in soccer, it’s one workforce. You’re making an attempt to win with one workforce. That is 4 groups, and if you get to the racetrack, it’s 4 groups competing in opposition to one another.
“I like that side of it and I’m thrilled to be part of it.”