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Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) is an American professional stock car racing organization owned and operated by former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, which first started racing on the NASCAR circuit in 1991. His son, J. D. Gibbs, ran the team with him until his death in 2019. Headquartered in Huntersville, North Carolina, roughly 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Charlotte Motor Speedway, the team has amassed four Cup Series championships since the year 2000.

Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing logo.png
Owner(s)Joe Gibbs
Coy Gibbs
BaseHuntersville, North Carolina
SeriesMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
NASCAR Xfinity Series
ARCA Menards Series
Race driversMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
11. Denny Hamlin
18. Kyle Busch
19. Martin Truex Jr.
20. Erik Jones
Xfinity Series:
18. Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Riley Herbst, Harrison Burton, Jack Hawksworth, Matt DiBenedetto
19. Brandon Jones
20. Christopher Bell
ARCA Menards Series:
18. Riley Herbst, Ty Gibbs
Developmental:
Riley Herbst
SponsorsMonster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
11. FedEx (Express, Office, Freight, Ground, Cares)
18. Mars, Incorporated (M&M's, Snickers, Skittles, Pedigree)[1], Interstate Batteries
19. Bass Pro Shops, Auto-Owners Insurance, Sirius XM
20. Sport Clips, DeWalt, Reser's Fine Foods, Craftsman, Stanley
Xfinity Series:
18. iK9, DEX Imaging, Monster Energy, Sport Clips
19. Juniper Networks, Menards
20. Rheem, Ruud,Strittmather And Sons
ARCA Menards Series:
18. Monster Energy
Opened1992
Career
DebutMonster Energy Cup Series:
1992 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Xfinity Series:
1997 All Pro Bumper To Bumper 300 (Charlotte)
Camping World Truck Series:
2000 NAPA 250 (Martinsville)
ARCA Menards Series:
1999 Georgia Boot 400 (Atlanta)
Latest raceMonster Energy Cup Series:
2019 South Point 400 (Las Vegas)


Xfinity Series:
2019 Rhino Pro Truck Outfitters 300 (Las Vegas)


Camping World Truck Series:
2002 Ford 200 (Homestead)
ARCA Re/Max Series:
2018 PapaNicholas Coffee 150 (Gateway)
Races competedTotal: 3,532
Monster Energy Cup Series: 2,076
Xfinity Series: 1,379
Camping World Truck Series: 65
ARCA Menards Series: 12
Drivers' ChampionshipsTotal: 6
Monster Energy Cup Series: 4
2000, 2002, 2005, 2015
Xfinity Series: 2
2009, 2016
Camping World Truck Series: 0
ARCA Menards Series: 0
Race victoriesTotal: 333
Monster Energy Cup Series: 171
Xfinity Series: 161
Camping World Truck Series: 0
ARCA Menards Series: 1
Pole positionsTotal: 287
Monster Energy Cup Series: 124
Xfinity Series: 162
Camping World Truck Series: 0
ARCA Menards Series: 1

For the team's first sixteen seasons, JGR ran cars from General Motors. During that period, the team won their first three championships: two in Pontiac Grand Prixs and one in a Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Despite this, Joe Gibbs Racing announced during the 2007 season that they would be ending their arrangement with GM at the end of the year and begin running Toyotas the following season. This partnership would eventually bring Toyota their first Premier series championship when Kyle Busch won in 2015.[2]

In the Monster Energy Cup Series, the team currently fields four full-time entries: the No. 11 Toyota Camry for Denny Hamlin, the No. 18 Camry for Kyle Busch, the No. 19 Camry for Martin Truex Jr., and the No. 20 Camry for Erik Jones. In the Xfinity Series, the team currently fields three full-time entries: the No. 18 Toyota Supra for part-time drivers Jeffrey Earnhardt, Kyle Busch, Riley Herbst, and Denny Hamlin; the No. 19 Supra for Brandon Jones, and the No. 20 Supra for Christopher Bell.

The team also has a strong development program for up and coming drivers, grooming future Cup winners Joey Logano and Aric Almirola and winning one championship in the East Division of the NASCAR Camping World Series (now K&N Pro Series) with Logano. The organization teamed up with former NFL player Reggie White in 2004 to create a diversity program,[3][4] fielding drivers such as Almirola, Marc Davis, and Darrell Wallace Jr., and forming the basis for NASCAR's own Drive for Diversity program. Currently Riley Herbst is under a development contract driving in the Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports and the ARCA Menards Series for JGR.

The team further has technical alliances with Leavine Family Racing and XCI Racing starting in 2019.[5][6]

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup SeriesEdit

OverviewEdit

 
The team's headquarters.
 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars being prepared in 2018.

The team was founded by Gibbs in 1991 after exploring opportunities with Don Meredith, who currently serves as the team's Executive Vice President.[7] In 1997, Gibbs' son J.D. Gibbs was named team president.[8][9] In 1998, the team began construction on its current facility in Huntersville, North Carolina.[9] The team expanded to a two-car operation in 1999 with Tony Stewart's No. 20 Home Depot car, then a three-car operation in 2005 with the No. 11 FedEx car currently driven by Denny Hamlin and owned by J.D. Gibbs. The team expanded to four cars for the 2015 season with Carl Edwards driving the No. 19 car, following former Roush Racing teammate Matt Kenseth to JGR.[10]

After winning three Cup championships and over 70 NASCAR races in Chevrolet and Pontiac equipment, it was announced in September 2007 that the team would be switching to Toyota (who had just entered the Cup series that year) following the end of their commitment with General Motors at the end of the season. It was believed that the executives at JGR felt as if they weren't as important as some of the other GM teams such as Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing, leading to the decision to swap manufacturers. According to Joe Gibbs, Toyota offered the team resources and options they "were not going to be able to afford to do" if they remained at GM.[11]

In 2012, JGR shuttered its in-house Sprint Cup Series engine program, merging with California-based Toyota Racing Development which currently provides engines to JGR as well as Leavine Family Racing.[12][13] The team continues to build engines for its own Xfinity Series operations and those of RAB Racing[14] and JGL Racing,[15] the Camping World Truck Series operations of Kyle Busch Motorsports,[16][17] and the Truck Series and ARCA Menards Series operations of Venturini Motorsports.[18][19] The team had a technical alliance with Furniture Row Racing, a single car team based in Denver, Colorado, before their closure following the 2018 season.[20][21][22]

Car No. 11 historyEdit

 
The original No. 11 car driven by Jason Leffler in 2005.
Multiple Drivers (2004-2005)

The No. 11 car (the number J.D. Gibbs wore playing football at College of William & Mary) began in 2004.[23] Ricky Craven, recently released from PPI Motorsports finished 30th at Talladega with sponsorship from Old Spice,[24] and Busch Series driver J. J. Yeley ran two races in the car with Vigoro/The Home Depot sponsorship.[25]

The No. 11 car went full-time in 2005, with new sponsor FedEx coming on to fund the full season in a multi-year deal. Jason Leffler, who had driven for JGR in the Busch series, was signed to drive the No. 11 for the full season, while Dave Rogers was named the crew chief.[23] The new team struggled early on in the season. Leffler missed the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, with FedEx Freight moving over to the 18 car that Bobby Labonte would drive to a second-place finish.[26] Rogers was reassigned and replaced with veteran crew chief Mike Ford in June,[27] then former Cup champion Terry Labonte was hired to run the road course at Sonoma, qualifying 8th and finishing a solid 12th.[28] After 19 starts with a best finish of 12th and sitting 36th in points, Leffler was released from the ride. Terry Labonte ran the next three races, then ran the Fall Richmond race finishing 9th.[29] J. J. Yeley ran 4 races with a best finish of 25th. In November, it was announced that Denny Hamlin would drive the car for the remainder of the season, then run for Rookie of the Year in 2006.[30] Hamlin ran seven races, finished in the top 10 three times, and earned a pole at Phoenix International Raceway.[31]

Denny Hamlin (2005-Present)

Hamlin was awarded the No. 11 FedEx Express full-time ride in 2006 in addition to his full-time Busch schedule in the No. 20 Rockwell Automation Chevrolet. Hamlin was part of a large and strong rookie class, including teammate J.J. Yeley, Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex Jr., David Stremme, Brent Sherman, and Reed Sorenson.[32] Hamlin opened the season by winning the Budweiser Shootout non-points race, holding off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on a green-white-checker restart.[33] In June, Hamlin scored his first Cup Series victory at the difficult Pocono Raceway. Hamlin started on the pole, then battled back from a cut tire to take the victory.[34] In his return to the track in July, Hamlin again won the pole, then proceeded to lead 151 of 200 laps en route to a second victory, the first rookie to sweep both Pocono races. Hamlin credited his prowess on the track to practicing on the racing simulator NASCAR Racing 2003 Season.[35] Hamlin's strong performance earned the rookie a berth in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, where he would finish 3rd in points. Until 2016, Hamlin was the only rookie to make the Chase.

 
Joey Logano (No. 20) and Denny Hamlin (No. 11) on pit road during the 2009 Coca-Cola 600.

In 2007, Hamlin won the first of two races at New Hampshire International Speedway in 2007, and finished 12th in points. In 2008, Hamlin won the Gatorade Duel and the first race at Martinsville Speedway, and improved to eighth in points. He qualified for the Chase again in 2009 after winning the second race at Pocono Raceway and Richmond International Raceway. He ended the season with four victories after winning Martinsville and Homestead-Miami Speedway in the chase. 2010 was Hamlin and the 11 team's breakout year. They won at Martinsville and Denny followed the win by having knee surgery. After the surgery, the team won 4 of the next 10 races at Texas, Darlington, Pocono, and Michigan. The team made the chase after another win at Richmond. The team won races during the chase at Martinsville and Texas and held the points lead going into the season finale. However, an early wreck would put them behind the competition, and Hamlin wound up finishing second to Jimmie Johnson during the 2010 chase. Hamlin later admitted to putting too much pressure on himself during the Chase, which mentally impacted him. As a result, Mike Ford took a "no compromise" attitude for 2011, hoping to right the ship. However, the team struggled throughout 2011, with multiple blown engines and a single win at Michigan to push the No. 11 into the Chase. Hamlin would finish 9th in the final standings. At season's end, Mike Ford was released as crew chief and was replaced by Tony Stewart's crew chief Darian Grubb.

 
Hamlin at Las Vegas in 2012.

Under Darian Grubb the team started 2012 off in the best way possible by winning the second race of the season at Phoenix. That win was followed with another victory at Kansas six weeks later. The 11 team once again proved dominant on the short tracks pulling off a convincing win in the Bristol Night Race in August. The week after Bristol, the No. 11 FedEx team brought home another victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway, making the No. 11 the car number with the most wins in NASCAR with 200 wins. Hamlin then won the Sylvania 300, giving Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th win.

Hamlin's 2013 season began with an on-and-off track feud with former teammate Joey Logano. Initially started on Twitter, the on track incidents began at Bristol in March, where Hamlin spun Logano in turns 1 and 2, leading Logano to confront Hamlin after the race.[36] The rivalry continued into the next race at Auto Club Speedway, where the two fought for the lead in the closing laps. In the final corner, the two collided, allowing JGR teammate Kyle Busch to win the race, and sending Hamlin's 11 car into a non-SAFER barrier wall near pit road.[37] This wreck would mark the beginning of a difficult season for Hamlin, as he suffered a lower back fracture and was forced to sit out several races. Veteran Mark Martin replaced Hamlin at one of Denny's better tracks, Martinsville Speedway, where he scored a top 10.[38] Brian Vickers then drove the car for the next three races, scoring an 8th-place finish at Texas. Though Hamlin returned to the car at Talladega Superspeedway, he never returned to form during the year, with only 8 top 10s on the year.[39] He did score a win at the season finale at Homestead.

After Jason Leffler's death in 2013, the 11 team paid tribute to their former driver by running a white FedEx scheme at Michigan similar to the one Leffler ran in 2005.[40][41]

 
Erik Jones replacing Hamlin at Bristol in 2015.

In the 2014 Auto Club 400, Sam Hornish, Jr. replaced Hamlin due to Hamlin having what was thought to be sinus infection, but later revealed to be a piece of metal in his eye that impaired his vision.[42] Hornish, who was actually on standby for teammate Matt Kenseth, finished a solid 17th in his return to Cup.

At the 2015 Food City 500, Erik Jones replaced Hamlin after the latter suffered neck spasms. Jones took the car to a 26th-place finish, but Hamlin started the race and was credited with the finish.

In 2016, Hamlin started his season out well, winning the 2016 Daytona 500 by beating out Martin Truex Jr. by 0.010 seconds, the closest finish in Daytona 500 history. The win was also the first for his rookie crew chief, Mike Wheeler.

In 2017, Hamlin won at the first New Hampshire race and at Darlington and finished 6th in points.

Hamlin started the 2018 season with a third-place finish at the Daytona 500. However, for the first time in his career, he finished a season winless. Despite this, he stayed consistent enough to make the Playoffs. Hamlin was eliminated in the Round of 16 after the Charlotte Roval race and finished the season 11th in points.

Hamlin started the 2019 season with his second Daytona 500 win after surviving a mass pile-up with 10 laps to go in the race. The win was about a month after the passing of J. D. Gibbs. Hamlin celebrated by performing a slow lap of honor instead of a burnout in order to preserve the car.[43] He scored his second win of the season at Texas.[44]

Car No. 11 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2004 J.J. Yeley 11 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH
DNQ
BRI CAL
41
RCH NHA DOV TAL ATL
27
PHO DAR HOM
DNQ
59th 227
Ricky Craven TAL
30
KAN CLT MAR
2005 Jason Leffler DAY
36
CAL
37
LVS
22
ATL
25
BRI
38
MAR
12
TEX
36
PHO
29
TAL
26
DAR
38
RCH
25
CLT
DNQ
DOV
20
POC
40
MCH
20
DAY
18
CHI
20
NHA
24
POC
24
IND
33
33rd 3098
Terry Labonte SON
12
GLN
37
MCH
40
BRI
27
RCH
9
J.J. Yeley CAL
39
NHA
34
DOV
25
TAL
29
Denny Hamlin KAN
32
CLT
8
MAR
8
ATL
19
TEX
7
PHO
13
HOM
33
2006 DAY
30
CAL
12
LVS
10
ATL
31
BRI
14
MAR
37
TEX
4
PHO
34
TAL
22
RCH
2
DAR
10
CLT
9
DOV
11
POC
1
MCH
12
SON
12
DAY
17
CHI
14
NHA
6
POC
1
IND
10
GLN
10
MCH
9
BRI
6
CAL
6
RCH
15
NHA
4
DOV
9
KAN
18
TAL
21
CLT
28
MAR
2
ATL
8
TEX
10
PHO
3
HOM
3
3rd 6407
2007 DAY
28
CAL
11
LVS
3
ATL
19
BRI
14
MAR
3
TEX
9
PHO
3
TAL
21
RCH
3
DAR
2
CLT
9
DOV
4
POC
6
MCH
14
SON
10
NHA
1
DAY
43
CHI
17
IND
22
POC
3
GLN
2
MCH
5
BRI
43
CAL
19
RCH
6
NHA
15
DOV
38
KAN
29
TAL
4
CLT
20
MAR
6
ATL
24
TEX
29
PHO
16
HOM
3
12th 6143
2008 Toyota DAY
17
CAL
41
LVS
9
ATL
15
BRI
6
MAR
1
TEX
5
PHO
3
TAL
3
RCH
24
DAR
7
CLT
24
DOV
43
POC
3
MCH
14
SON
27
NHA
8
DAY
26
CHI
40
IND
3
POC
23
GLN
8
MCH
39
BRI
3
CAL
3
RCH
3
NHA
9
DOV
38
KAN
11
TAL
39
CLT
16
MAR
5
ATL
3
TEX
17
PHO
5
HOM
13
8th 6214
2009 DAY
26
CAL
6
LVS
22
ATL
13
BRI
2
MAR
2
TEX
12
PHO
6
TAL
22
RCH
14
DAR
13
CLT
11
DOV
36
POC
38
MCH
3
SON
5
NHA
15
DAY
3
CHI
5
IND
34
POC
1
GLN
10
MCH
10
BRI
5
ATL
6
RCH
1
NHA
2
DOV
22
KAN
5
CAL
37
CLT
42
MAR
1
TAL
38
TEX
2
PHO
3
HOM
1
5th 6335
2010 DAY
17
CAL
29
LVS
19
ATL
21
BRI
19
MAR
1
PHO
30
TEX
1
TAL
4
RCH
11
DAR
1
DOV
4
CLT
18
POC
1
MCH
1
SON
34
NHA
14
DAY
24
CHI
8
IND
15
POC
5
GLN
37
MCH
2
BRI
34
ATL
43
RCH
1
NHA
2
DOV
9
KAN
12
CAL
8
CLT
4
MAR
1
TAL
9
TEX
1
PHO
12
HOM
14
2nd 6583
2011 DAY
21
PHO
11
LVS
7
BRI
33
CAL
39
MAR
12
TEX
15
TAL
23
RCH
2
DAR
6
DOV
16
CLT
10
KAN
3
POC
19
MCH
1
SON
37
DAY
13
KEN
11
NHA
3
IND
27
POC
15
GLN
36
MCH
35
BRI
7
ATL
8
RCH
9
CHI
31
NHA
29
DOV
18
KAN
16
CLT
9
TAL
8
MAR
5
TEX
20
PHO
12
HOM
9
9th 2284
2012 DAY
4
PHO
1
LVS
20
BRI
20
CAL
11
MAR
6
TEX
12
KAN
1
RCH
4
TAL
23
DAR
2
CLT
2
DOV
18
POC
5
MCH
34
SON
35
KEN
3
DAY
25
NHA
2
IND
6
POC
29
GLN
34
MCH
11
BRI
1
ATL
1*
RCH
18*
CHI
16
NHA
1*
DOV
8
TAL
14
CLT
2
KAN
13
MAR
33
TEX
20
PHO
2
HOM
24
6th 2329
2013 DAY
14
PHO
3
LVS
15
BRI
23
CAL
25
TAL
34
DAR
2
CLT
4
DOV
34
POC
8
MCH
30
SON
23
KEN
35
DAY
36
NHA
21
IND
18
POC
43
GLN
19
MCH
20
BRI
28
ATL
38
RCH
21
CHI
33
NHA
12
DOV
20
KAN
23
CLT
9
TAL
38
MAR
7
TEX
7
PHO
28
HOM
1
25th 845
Mark Martin MAR
10
Brian Vickers TEX
8
KAN
31
RCH
35
2014 Denny Hamlin DAY
2
PHO
19
LVS
12
BRI
6
MAR
19
TEX
13
DAR
19
RCH
22
TAL
1
KAN
18
CLT
22
DOV
5
POC
4
MCH
29
SON
26
KEN
42
DAY
6
NHA
8
IND
3
POC
9
GLN
24
MCH
7
BRI
40
ATL
3
RCH
21
CHI
6
NHA
37
DOV
12
KAN
7
CLT
9
TAL
18
MAR
8
TEX
10
PHO
5
HOM
7
3rd 5037
Sam Hornish Jr. CAL
17
2015 Denny Hamlin DAY
4
ATL
38
LVS
5
PHO
23
CAL
28
MAR
1
TEX
11
BRI
26
RCH
22
TAL
9
KAN
41
CLT
8
DOV
21
POC
10
MCH
11
SON
18
DAY
3
KEN
3
NHA
14
IND
5
POC
22
GLN
27
MCH
5
BRI
3
DAR
3
RCH
6
CHI
1
NHA
2
DOV
18
CLT
4
KAN
2
TAL
37
MAR
3
TEX
38
PHO
8
HOM
10
9th 2327
2016 DAY
1*
ATL
16
LVS
19
PHO
3
CAL
3
MAR
39
TEX
12
BRI
20
RCH
6
TAL
31
KAN
37
DOV
7
CLT
4
POC
14
MCH
33
SON
2*
DAY
17
KEN
15
NHA
9
IND
4
POC
7
GLN
1
BRI
3
MCH
9
DAR
4
RCH
1
CHI
6
NHA
15
DOV
9
CLT
30
KAN
15
TAL
3
MAR
3
TEX
9
PHO
7
HOM
9
6th 2320
2017 DAY
17
ATL
38
LVS
6
PHO
10
CAL
14
MAR
30
TEX
25
BRI
10
RCH
3
TAL
11
KAN
23
CLT
5
DOV
8
POC
12
MCH
4
SON
4
DAY
24
KEN
4
NHA
1
IND
17
POC
4
GLN
4
MCH
16
BRI
3
DAR
1*
RCH
5
CHI
4
NHA
12
DOV
35
CLT
4
TAL
6
KAN
5
MAR
7
TEX
3
PHO
35*
HOM
9
6th 2353
2018 DAY
3
ATL
4
LVS
17
PHO
4
CAL
6
MAR
12
TEX
34
BRI
14
RCH
3
TAL
14
DOV
7
KAN
5
CLT
3
POC
35
MCH
12
SON
10
CHI
7
DAY
38
KEN
16
NHA
13
POC
10
GLN
13
MCH
8
BRI
14
DAR
10
IND
3*
LVS
32
RCH
16
CLT
12
DOV
2
TAL
4
KAN
14
MAR
2
TEX
30
PHO
13
HOM
12
11th 2285
2019 DAY
1
ATL
11
LVS
10
PHO
5
CAL
7
MAR
5
TEX
1
BRI
5
RCH
5
TAL
36
DOV
21
KAN
16
CLT
17
POC
6
MCH
11
SON
5
CHI
15
DAY
26
KEN
5
NHA
2
POC
1
GLN
3
MCH
BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM -* -*

Car No. 18 historyEdit

Dale Jarrett (1992–1994)

Joe Gibbs Racing debuted at the 1992 Daytona 500 with second-generation driver Dale Jarrett driving the No. 18 Interstate Batteries-sponsored Chevrolet Lumina to a 36th-place finish after a crash. The team improved dramatically the next year, when Jarrett won the Daytona 500, and finished a then career-high 4th in points. Jarrett won a race at Charlotte but he slipped to 16th in points in 1994, and moved to Robert Yates Racing's famed 28 car for 1995.

Bobby Labonte (1995–2005)
 
Bobby Labonte's former Interstate Batteries Chevrolet Monte Carlo on display at JGR headquarters.

The team replaced Jarrett with Bobby Labonte, younger brother of Terry Labonte and 1993 Rookie of the Year runner-up. In 1995, Labonte won 3 races, sweeping both Michigan events and winning at Charlotte, finishing 10th in points. This would mark the beginning of a decade of success between Labonte, Joe Gibbs Racing, and Interstate Batteries. In 1996 the team struggled to win until the season finale at Atlanta and finished 11th in points. In 1997 the team had a similar year to the previous but managed to improve to 7th in points. Their lone win came at the season finale. The team improved in 1998 by winning races at Atlanta and Talladega en route to 6th place in points.

1999 was a breakout year for the No. 18 team. They scored 5 wins which came at Dover, Michigan, Atlanta and both races at Pocono. The team came just short of the championship and finished 2nd in points to Jarrett, once again at Atlanta. The team continued their success in the next season, winning the second race of the season at Rockingham.[45] Labonte's next win was the Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[46] His third win came at the Southern 500 at Darlington recovering from a hard practice crash and taking the lead on a late race pit stop to win the rain and darkness shortened event.[47] His fourth and final win of the year came at Charlotte a month later. Labonte would hold the points lead for 25 consecutive races to win the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship.[48]

The team faced disappointment in 2001 after high expectations following the championship season, winning only 2 races at Pocono and Atlanta and finishing 6th in points. 2002 was the team's worst year since Labonte joined the team, scoring only one win at Martinsville and finished a disappointing 16th in points. The team rebounded in 2003 scoring 2 wins at Atlanta and Homestead to finish 8th in points. Even though the team made some progression in 2004, the team fired crew chief Michael "Fatback" McSwain midseason, with Brandon Thomas taking over for the rest of the year. The team went winless to finish 12th in points. Steve Addington, a Gibbs Busch Series crew chief, was named new crew chief for the 2005 season, but a rash of troubles, some caused by mechanical problems, continued to daunt the team. The high point of the year was the Coca-Cola 600, when he finished second to Jimmie Johnson by half a car-length.[26] Labonte finished 24th in the championship standings, and the team's regression led to his departure following the end of 2005. Bobby Labonte earned all 21 of his career Cup Series wins in the car, as well as the Winston Cup championship in 2000. He would depart for the 43 car of Petty Enterprises.

J. J. Yeley (2006–2007)

After Labonte's departure, Gibbs announced that JGR Busch Series driver and former USAC standout J. J. Yeley would replace him in the No. 18 for 2006, joining fellow rookie teammate Denny Hamlin.[32] Yeley had a dismal rookie season with only three top tens while failing to finish seven races, leading to a 29th-place points finish. Yeley's sophomore campaign was only slightly better, earning a pole at Michigan and scoring three more top tens to finish 21st in points. Yeley moved to JGR-affiliated Hall of Fame Racing for 2008.

Kyle Busch (2008–present)

On August 14, 2007, it was announced that 22-year-old Kyle Busch had signed a contract to drive the number 18 with Joe Gibbs Racing through 2010, leaving Hendrick Motorsports' number 5 car after a successful but controversial tenure with the organization.[49] Mars, Inc.'s M&M's brand was signed as the team's primary sponsor, leaving Robert Yates Racing, while longtime partner Interstate Batteries scaled down to be a secondary sponsor and six race primary sponsor.[50] Joe Gibbs racing also left General Motors in favor of becoming Toyota's highest-profile team.[11] Busch gave Toyota its first Cup win on March 9, 2008, leading a race-high 173 laps to win the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In his first year in the 18, Busch had brought the car back to its former glory, winning 7 additional races (Talladega, Darlington, Dover, Infineon, Daytona, Chicagoland, and Watkins Glen) and would finish tenth in points.

In 2009, Busch opened the season by winning his Gatorade Duel qualifying race, but finished 41st in the race after a crash. He won the third race of the season from the pole at Las Vegas, and scored additional wins at Richmond and both Bristol races, but failed to qualify for the Chase by only 8 points. As a result, longtime JGR crew chief Steve Addington was fired near the end of the season, and coincidentally went to crew chief for Kyle's brother Kurt Busch at Penske Racing. Dave Rogers, Busch's Nationwide Series crew chief, took over the pit box in 2010. The year produced 3 victories at Richmond, Dover and Bristol, but more struggles in the final 10 races led to a 7th-place finish in the standings. 2011 was an up and down year for the 18 team. The team won at Bristol and Richmond early in the season, as well as the inaugural Cup race at Kentucky and the August race at Michigan. At Texas Motor Speedway in November, Busch was parked by NASCAR for the remainder of the race weekend after intentionally spinning out Ron Hornaday in the Truck Series race. Michael McDowell would replace Busch that weekend, finishing a dismal 33rd.[51] Mars, Inc proceeded to pull its sponsorship for the final two races, with Interstate Batteries covering those races.[52] Busch was relegated to tenth in the final standings.

 
Kyle Busch driving the No. 18 M&Ms car in the 2013 STP Gas Booster 500 at Martinsville

In 2012, Busch won the Budweiser Shootout to open the season, and scored a single points-paying victory, the spring race at Richmond. He would miss making the Chase for the Sprint Cup by 3 points, but scored 7 top 5 and 8 top 10 finishes during the final ten races, finishing the year in 13th place and nearly 100 points ahead of 14th place Ryan Newman. In 2013, Busch won the second Budweiser Duel qualifying race, and won the pole at the spring Bristol race, finishing second. He also swept the spring Fontana and Texas race weekends, winning the Nationwide and Cup races, giving Joe Gibbs his first win at Fontana in Sprint Cup competition and first win for himself at Texas. He would win at Watkins Glen and Atlanta. Busch's four wins and career-high 22 top ten finishes would lead to a fourth-place finish in the championship, the highest of his career. In 2014, Busch earned a spot in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup with his early season win at Fontana. Busch would be eliminated in the second round, after being swept up in a wreck at Talladega, and would finish tenth in points.

 
Kyle Busch's race-winning car at Sonoma in 2015.

For 2015, sponsor Mars, Inc. introduced a new green paint scheme to promote Crispy M&M's on the 18 car.[53] After an injury to Kyle Busch in the season-opening Xfinity Series race,[54] the No. 18 started the 2015 season with two-time Truck Series champion Matt Crafton making his Sprint Cup debut at the 2015 Daytona 500, finishing 18th.[55] The next week, David Ragan was announced as interim driver, moving from his full-time ride at Front Row Motorsports.[56] Ragan drove the car for nine races through Talladega and scored a single top-five finish at Martinsville, before moving to Michael Waltrip Racing.[57][58] Development driver Erik Jones, who drove for Busch in the Camping World Truck Series, made his first series start at Kansas.[59] Jones ran in the top ten for much of the race, before crashing on the front stretch and finishing 40th.[60] After missing a total of 11 races, Busch returned to the car for the Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte, receiving a waiver from NASCAR to be eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup provided he win a race and gain a top 30 position in the championship standings.[61] At Sonoma in June, his fifth start of the year, Busch scored his first victory of the season. It was also the first time he and his brother Kurt Busch had finished first and second in any Cup Series event.[62] Busch would then win three consecutive races – Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Indianapolis – with four total wins across a five race span. The latter victory was also Busch's first Brickyard 400 victory, the first for manufacturer Toyota, and marked the first time a driver swept both the Cup and Xfinity races at Indianapolis. Busch would go on to make the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup. At the second Phoenix race, Busch would be one of the four drivers going to Homestead-Miami Speedway with an opportunity to win the Sprint Cup championship after the race was stopped by NASCAR due to rain. The following weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Busch would go on to win the race as well as his first Sprint Cup title. He and brother Kurt join Bobby and Terry Labonte as the only brothers in NASCAR's top series to win championships. This was the 2nd championship for the No. 18 car. Busch ended the season with 5 wins, 12 top fives, and 16 top tens in only 25 starts. It was the first championship for manufacturer Toyota and fourth for team owner Joe Gibbs.[63]

On May 13, 2016, JGR announce that Kyle Busch will drive the number 75 car at the All-Star race only, to celebrate M&Ms 75th anniversary.[64]

Busch ended 2016 with four wins, made the Championship 4 and finished third in the final standings.

In 2017, Busch was hampered by bad luck, especially in the beginning of the season as JGR was also having trouble finding speed. However he picked up steam late in the season and won five races starting at the second Pocono race, a week after being wrecked while leading at Indianapolis. Busch made the Championship 4 again by winning at Martinsville and finished second to Martin Truex Jr. in both the Homestead race and the final standings.

In 2018, Busch had possibly his best season in the cup series, scoring eight wins including three in a row at Texas, Bristol and Richmond. He also dominated the 2018 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, becoming the first driver to win all four stages. Busch's fifth win came at Chicagoland, where he used a bump and run to beat Kyle Larson on the last lap. His sixth win was the second Pocono race where he beat teammate Daniel Suárez on several late restarts. Busch also won the fall Richmond race to sweep the 2018 Richmond races. His last win was the penultimate race at Phoenix, which clinched his spot in the Championship 4. Unfortunately, at Homestead, his car was noticeably slower than his three competitors for the championship and he finished fourth in the race and the final standings.

Busch started the 2019 season by finishing second at the Daytona 500, behind teammate Denny Hamlin.[43] He had consistent top-10 finishes at Atlanta and Las Vegas before scoring his first win of the season at Phoenix. Busch also won at California and Bristol to maintain his points lead. Following the 2019 Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, Busch clinched his second consecutive Regular Season Championship.[65]


Car No. 18 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
1992 Dale Jarrett 18 Chevy DAY
36
CAR
37
RCH
13
ATL
11
DAR
21
BRI
2
NWS
17
MAR
28
TAL
7
CLT
12
DOV
27
SON
39
POC
22
MCH
24
DAY
3
POC
10
TAL
21
GLN
15
MCH
8
BRI
17
DAR
6
RCH
25
DOV
12
MAR
23
NWS
10
CLT
24
CAR
15
PHO
20
ATL
10
19th 3251
1993 DAY
1
CAR
6
RCH
4
ATL
31
DAR
3
BRI
32
NWS
32
MAR
3
TAL
3
SON
13
CLT
3
DOV
2
POC
19
MCH
4
DAY
8
NHA
4
POC
8
TAL
5
GLN
32
MCH
4
BRI
31
DAR
12
RCH
14
DOV
4
MAR
5
NWS
9
CLT
26
CAR
30
PHO
16
ATL
7
4th 4000
1994 DAY
35
CAR
18
RCH
10
ATL
35
DAR
4
BRI
36
NWS
25
MAR
21
TAL
21
SON
12
CLT
4
DOV
29
POC
20
MCH
14
DAY
11
NHA
14
POC
10
TAL
39
IND
40
GLN
11
MCH
30
BRI
26
DAR
9
RCH
16
DOV
34
MAR
5
NWS
DNQ
CLT
1
CAR
12
PHO
9
ATL
9
16th 3298
1995 Bobby Labonte DAY
30
CAR
2
RCH
30
ATL
2
DAR
27
BRI
32
NWS
15
MAR
10
TAL
5
SON
13
CLT
1
DOV
2
POC
27
MCH
1
DAY
41
NHA
15
POC
35
TAL
31
IND
9
GLN
6
MCH
1
BRI
11
DAR
8
RCH
17
DOV
9
MAR
14
NWS
18
CLT
8
CAR
40
PHO
37
ATL
8
10th 3718
1996 DAY
17
CAR
33
RCH
23
ATL
31
DAR
2
BRI
7
NWS
10
MAR
8
TAL
24
SON
9
CLT
22
DOV
5
POC
41
MCH
12
DAY
40
NHA
31
POC
37
TAL
8
IND
24
GLN
5
MCH
6
BRI
32
DAR
6
RCH
11
DOV
4
MAR
21
NWS
13
CLT
40
CAR
6
PHO
9
ATL
1*
11th 3590
1997 Pontiac DAY
21
CAR
14
RCH
8
ATL
4
DAR
5
TEX
3
BRI
34
MAR
8
SON
20
TAL
3
CLT
6
DOV
40
POC
31
MCH
9
CAL
6
DAY
10
NHA
27
POC
11
IND
2
GLN
37
MCH
6
BRI
8
DAR
7
RCH
34
NHA
15
DOV
4
MAR
27
CLT
2*
TAL
2
CAR
11
PHO
23
ATL
1*
7th 4101
1998 DAY
2
CAR
33
LVS
19
ATL
1
DAR
23
BRI
34
TEX
8
MAR
15
TAL
1
CAL
38
CLT
3
DOV
4
RCH
8
MCH
7
POC
15
SON
4
NHA
11
POC
4
IND
3
GLN
10
MCH
2
BRI
25
NHA
7
DAR
15
RCH
35
DOV
4
MAR
10
CLT
39
TAL
6
DAY
2
PHO
23
CAR
15
ATL
43
6th 4180
1999 DAY
25
CAR
3
LVS
5
ATL
2
DAR
10
TEX
3
BRI
37
MAR
24
TAL
4
CAL
3
RCH
3
CLT
2
DOV
1
MCH
5
POC
1
SON
27
DAY
5
NHA
38
POC
1
IND
2
GLN
24
MCH
1
BRI
26
DAR
19
RCH
2
NHA
3
DOV
5
MAR
8
CLT
2*
TAL
7
CAR
3
PHO
3
HOM
2*
ATL
1*
2nd 5061
2000 DAY
6
CAR
1*
LVS
5
ATL
2
DAR
13
BRI
6
TEX
3
MAR
12
TAL
21
CAL
2
RCH
26
CLT
2
DOV
3
MCH
3
POC
13
SON
4
DAY
12
NHA
9
POC
6
IND
1
GLN
5
MCH
3
BRI
15
DAR
1
RCH
15
NHA
2
DOV
5
MAR
10
CLT
1
TAL
12
CAR
20
PHO
5
HOM
4
ATL
5
1st 5130
2001 DAY
40
CAR
2
LVS
29
ATL
33
DAR
11
BRI
13
TEX
42
MAR
8
TAL
5
CAL
22
RCH
10
CLT
5
DOV
12
MCH
13
POC
8
SON
7
DAY
5
CHI
39
NHA
7
POC
1
IND
15
GLN
9
MCH
19
BRI
8
DAR
3
RCH
6
DOV
36
KAN
29
CLT
10
MAR
4
TAL
22
PHO
12
CAR
9
HOM
8
ATL
1
NHA
3
6th 4561
2002 DAY
34
CAR
3
LVS
12
ATL
37
DAR
21
BRI
5
TEX
30
MAR
1
TAL
41
CAL
34
RCH
32
CLT
14
DOV
16
POC
25
MCH
24
SON
13
DAY
32
CHI
18
NHA
13
POC
11
IND
11
GLN
23
MCH
13
BRI
9
DAR
15
RCH
32
NHA
5
DOV
41
KAN
22
TAL
25
CLT
2
MAR
12
ATL
13
CAR
7
PHO
39
HOM
29
16th 3810
2003 Chevy DAY
41
CAR
16
LVS
4
ATL
1*
DAR
37
BRI
3
TEX
37
TAL
32
MAR
2
CAL
2
RCH
2
CLT
3
DOV
3
POC
17
MCH
2
SON
9
DAY
5
CHI
36
NHA
14
POC
30
IND
22
GLN
14
MCH
37
BRI
27
DAR
7
RCH
6
NHA
16
DOV
31
TAL
11
KAN
17
CLT
6
MAR
41
ATL
5
PHO
36
CAR
8
HOM
1
8th 4377
2004 DAY
11
CAR
25
LVS
8
ATL
18
DAR
2
BRI
33
TEX
25
MAR
2
TAL
10
CAL
5
RCH
3
CLT
13
DOV
25
POC
3
MCH
8
SON
33
DAY
7
CHI
18
NHA
17
POC
29
IND
15
GLN
11
MCH
26
BRI
16
CAL
20
RCH
16
NHA
18
DOV
14
TAL
35
KAN
16
CLT
17
MAR
18
ATL
20
PHO
9
DAR
9
HOM
12
12th 4277
2005 DAY
43
CAL
13
LVS
41
ATL
37
BRI
22
MAR
33
TEX
38
PHO
6
TAL
23
DAR
17
RCH
8
CLT
2
DOV
38
POC
26
MCH
14
SON
18
DAY
35
CHI
13
NHA
3
POC
8
IND
40
GLN
36
MCH
16
BRI
21
CAL
20
RCH
22
NHA
24
DOV
32
TAL
11
KAN
39
CLT
18
MAR
4
ATL
31
TEX
26
PHO
5
HOM
34
24th 3488
2006 J.J. Yeley DAY
41
CAL
8
LVS
17
ATL
15
BRI
33
MAR
20
TEX
35
PHO
28
TAL
11
RCH
22
DAR
26
CLT
20
DOV
42
POC
15
MCH
40
SON
33
DAY
37
CHI
10
NHA
12
POC
11
IND
34
GLN
33
MCH
37
BRI
31
CAL
19
RCH
13
NHA
8
DOV
30
KAN
41
TAL
32
CLT
29
MAR
31
ATL
16
TEX
20
PHO
20
HOM
30
29th 3220
2007 DAY
12
CAL
13
LVS
18
ATL
22
BRI
36
MAR
23
TEX
43
PHO
21
TAL
19
RCH
14
DAR
18
CLT
2
DOV
37
POC
17
MCH
28
SON
21
NHA
22
DAY
20
CHI
35
IND
36
POC
35
GLN
18
MCH
25
BRI
13
CAL
29
RCH
10
NHA
10
DOV
33
KAN
14
TAL
18
CLT
13
MAR
42
ATL
35
TEX
17
PHO
14
HOM
31
21st 3456
2008 Kyle Busch Toyota DAY
4*
CAL
4
LVS
11
ATL
1*
BRI
17
MAR
38
TEX
3
PHO
10
TAL
1
RCH
2
DAR
1*
CLT
3
DOV
1
POC
43
MCH
13
SON
1*
NHA
25
DAY
1
CHI
1*
IND
15
POC
36
GLN
1*
MCH
2
BRI
2*
CAL
7
RCH
15
NHA
34
DOV
43
KAN
28
TAL
15
CLT
4
MAR
29
ATL
5
TEX
6
PHO
8
HOM
19
10th 6186
2009 DAY
41*
CAL
3
LVS
1
ATL
18
BRI
1*
MAR
24
TEX
18
PHO
17
TAL
25*
RCH
1
DAR
34
CLT
6*
DOV
23
POC
22
MCH
13
SON
22
NHA
7
DAY
14
CHI
33
IND
38
POC
16
GLN
4
MCH
23
BRI
1
ATL
13
RCH
5
NHA
5
DOV
31
KAN
12
CAL
24
CLT
8
MAR
4
TAL
15
TEX
11*
PHO
12
HOM
8
13th 4457
2010 DAY
14
CAL
14
LVS
15
ATL
25
BRI
9
MAR
22
PHO
8*
TEX
3
TAL
9
RCH
1*
DAR
7
DOV
1
CLT
3
POC
2
MCH
20
SON
39
NHA
11
DAY
40
CHI
17
IND
8
POC
23
GLN
8
MCH
18
BRI
1*
ATL
5
RCH
2
NHA
9
DOV
6
KAN
21
CAL
35
CLT
2*
MAR
4
TAL
25
TEX
32
PHO
13
HOM
32
8th 6182
2011 DAY
8
PHO
2
LVS
38
BRI
1
CAL
3*
MAR
3*
TEX
16
TAL
35
RCH
1*
DAR
11
DOV
4
CLT
32
KAN
12
POC
3
MCH
3
SON
11
DAY
5
KEN
1*
NHA
36
IND
10
POC
2
GLN
3*
MCH
1
BRI
14
ATL
23
RCH
6
CHI
22
NHA
11
DOV
6
KAN
11
CLT
2*
TAL
33
MAR
27*
PHO
36
HOM
23
12th 2246
Michael McDowell TEX
33
2012 Kyle Busch DAY
17
PHO
6
LVS
23
BRI
32
CAL
2*
MAR
36
TEX
11
KAN
10
RCH
1
TAL
2
DAR
4
CLT
3
DOV
29
POC
30
MCH
32
SON
17
KEN
10*
DAY
24
NHA
16
IND
2
POC
33
GLN
7*
MCH
13
BRI
6
ATL
6
RCH
16
CHI
4
NHA
28
DOV
7*
TAL
3
CLT
5
KAN
31
MAR
2
TEX
3
PHO
3*
HOM
4*
13th 1133
2013 DAY
34
PHO
23
LVS
4
BRI
2
CAL
1*
MAR
5
TEX
1*
KAN
38
RCH
24
TAL
37
DAR
6*
CLT
38
DOV
4*
POC
6
MCH
4
SON
35
KEN
5
DAY
12
NHA
2
IND
10
POC
8
GLN
1
MCH
31
BRI
11
ATL
1
RCH
19
CHI
2
NHA
2
DOV
5
KAN
34
CLT
5
TAL
5
MAR
15
TEX
13
PHO
7
HOM
7
4th 2364
2014 DAY
19
PHO
9
LVS
11
BRI
29
CAL
1
MAR
14
TEX
3
DAR
6
RCH
3
TAL
12
KAN
15
CLT
9
DOV
42
POC
12
MCH
41
SON
25
KEN
2
DAY
28
NHA
2
IND
2
POC
42
GLN
40
MCH
39
BRI
36
ATL
16
RCH
14
CHI
7
NHA
8
DOV
10
KAN
3
CLT
5
TAL
40
MAR
11
TEX
4
PHO
34
HOM
39
10th 2285
2015 Matt Crafton DAY
18
1st 5043
David Ragan ATL
18
LVS
22
PHO
21
CAL
18
MAR
5
TEX
13
BRI
41
RCH
23
TAL
38
Erik Jones KAN
40
Kyle Busch CLT
11
DOV
36
POC
9
MCH
43
SON
1
DAY
17
KEN
1*
NHA
1
IND
1
POC
21
GLN
2
MCH
11
BRI
8*
DAR
7
RCH
2
CHI
9*
NHA
37
DOV
2
CLT
20
KAN
5
TAL
11
MAR
5
TEX
4
PHO
4
HOM
1
2016 DAY
3
ATL
3
LVS
4
PHO
4
CAL
25
MAR
1*
TEX
1
BRI
38
RCH
2
TAL
2
KAN
1
DOV
30
CLT
33
POC
31
MCH
40
SON
7
DAY
2
KEN
12
NHA
8*
IND
1*
POC
9
GLN
6
BRI
39*
MCH
19
DAR
11
RCH
9
CHI
8
NHA
3
DOV
2
CLT
6
KAN
5
TAL
30
MAR
5
TEX
5
PHO
2
HOM
6
3rd 5035
2017 DAY
38
ATL
16
LVS
22
PHO
3*
CAL
8
MAR
2*
TEX
15
BRI
35
RCH
16
TAL
3*
KAN
5
CLT
2
DOV
16
POC
9*
MCH
7
SON
5
DAY
20
KEN
5
NHA
12
IND
34*
POC
1*
GLN
7
MCH
10
BRI
1
DAR
2
RCH
9
CHI
15
NHA
1*
DOV
1
CLT
29
TAL
27
KAN
10*
MAR
1*
TEX
19
PHO
7
HOM
2
2nd 5035
2018 DAY
25
ATL
7
LVS
2
PHO
2*
CAL
3
MAR
2
TEX
1*
BRI
1
RCH
1
TAL
13
DOV
35
KAN
10
CLT
1*
POC
3
MCH
4
SON
5
CHI
1
DAY
33
KEN
4
NHA
2
POC
1*
GLN
3
MCH
3
BRI
20
DAR
7
IND
8
LVS
7
RCH
1
CLT
32
DOV
8
TAL
26
KAN
2
MAR
4
TEX
17
PHO
1*
HOM
4
4th 5033
2019 DAY
2
ATL
6
LVS
3
PHO
1*
CAL
1*
MAR
3
TEX
10*
BRI
1
RCH
8
TAL
10
DOV
10
KAN
30
CLT
3
POC
1*
MCH
5
SON
2
CHI
22
DAY
14
KEN
2*
NHA
8*
POC
9
GLN
11
MCH
6
BRI

4

DAR

3*

IND LVS RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 1st* 430*

Car No. 19 historyEdit

Part-time ride (2004–2013)
 
Joey Logano's No. 02 cars in 2008

Prior to expanding to four full-time cars, JGR had occasionally fielded a fourth car for R&D or driver development purposes. Mike Bliss drove several races for JGR in 2004 in a No. 80 car. In 2007, development driver Aric Almirola made his NEXTEL Cup debut in the No. 80 at Las Vegas with Joe Gibbs Driven sponsoring.[66] Almirola started 31st and finished 40th after a crash. He was scheduled to drive at the All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600, but he suffered a practice crash and the car was withdrawn from both races. He would leave the team later in the season for Ginn Racing and Dale Earnhardt, Inc.[67]

In 2008, 18-year-old Joey Logano was scheduled to run several late-season races in preparation for running the full 2009 season. Logano drove the No. 02 (reverse of the 20), with an inverted Home Depot scheme of teammate Tony Stewart's.[68] He was scheduled to make his Sprint Cup debut at Richmond International Raceway,[68] but qualifying was rained out by Hurricane Hanna. The 02 attempted again at Loudon and at Atlanta, but qualifying was rained out in both races as well, leading Logano to make his debut in JGR-affiliated Hall of Fame Racing's No. 96 at Loudon and miss the Atlanta race. Logano made the race in his fourth attempt with Gibbs at Texas, starting 43rd and last and finishing 40th, several laps down.

In 2009 Farm Bureau Insurance, who had been banned from the Nationwide Series due to the Viceroy Rule, moved up to sponsor 6 Sprint Cup Series races for JGR, including 3 for the 02 car at Charlotte, Texas, and Homestead.[69] David Gilliland was tabbed to drive the car in the three events,[70] with a best finish of 25th at Charlotte. After the 2009 season, Farm Bureau Insurance announced they would not return for the 2010 season.

In 2013, Elliott Sadler was signed to drive the renumbered No. 81 (reverse of 18) for three races, with his former sponsor at Robert Yates Racing, Mars, Inc., promoting their new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum on the car. Sadler was scheduled to run at Kansas Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway and a third unannounced race. The deal was made in part to avoid conflict on the 18 car with Kyle Busch's sponsor Monster Energy.[71] For Sadler, it was his first start in the Sprint Cup Series since the 2012 Daytona 500, and his first opportunity since he was forced to turn down a part-time deal at Michael Waltrip Racing that same year (ultimately taken by 2013 teammate Brian Vickers) by then-owner Richard Childress. At Kansas, he got out of the racing groove and wrecked in turn 3 on lap 85, relegating him to a 40th-place finish.[72] He failed to qualify at Talladega after rain washed out qualifying and was set by owner points as the No. 81 was too low in points. After Alert Energy was pulled from the market, Doublemint sponsored the car at Talladega.

Carl Edwards (2015–2016)

After not running in 2014, the fourth car returned full-time in 2015 as the No. 19 with Carl Edwards driving. New partner Arris signed on to sponsor 17 races,[73] while Stanley Black & Decker moved from Richard Petty Motorsports to sponsor 12 races.[74] Comcast/Xfinity, Sport Clips, and Edwards' longtime sponsor Subway Restaurants also sponsored the car. Darian Grubb made his return to JGR as Edwards' crew chief.[75] Before the Cup series season, Edwards and JGR were informed that because the No. 19 team was not formed until 2015, they were not eligible for one of the 36 charters NASCAR granted to teams who participated full-time in Cup. Joe Gibbs Racing managed to secure Edwards a spot in every race of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup season by purchasing a charter from the defunct Michael Waltrip Racing. Edwards won his first race with JGR at Charlotte in May. Starting third, he led a total of 25 laps, using fuel mileage strategy to take the victory. He also went on to win at Darlington Raceway and finished the season fifth in points.

 
The No. 19 car of Daniel Suárez during practice for the 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400
Daniel Suárez (2017–2018)

On January 11, 2017, Edwards announced that he was stepping away from NASCAR effective immediately, and it was announced that 2016 Xfinity Series champion Daniel Suárez would replace Edwards in the No. 19 car starting at the Daytona 500 in 2017.[76] Suárez finished 20th in points in his rookie season but lost rookie of the year to teammate Erik Jones. Suárez struggled throughout the 2018 season and finished 21st in points.

Martin Truex Jr. (2019)

On November 7, 2018, it was announced that Martin Truex Jr. will replace Suárez in the No. 19 team. In addition, Truex's crew chief Cole Pearn from the defunct Furniture Row Racing will join the team in the 2019 season.[77] Truex Jr. also brought in long-time sponsors Bass Pro Shops and Auto-Owners Insurance to the No. 19 team.[78][79]

Unlike his new teammates, Truex's 2019 season started on a low when he was caught in "The Big One" at the Daytona 500, finishing 35th.[80] He made five consecutive top-10 finishes and two top-20 finishes before winning his first short track race at Richmond. Truex also scored wins at Dover, Charlotte, and Sonoma.

Car No. 19 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2003 Mike Bliss 80 Chevy DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX TAL MAR CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY
26
CHI NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI DAR RCH NHA DOV TAL
DNQ
KAN CLT MAR ATL PHO CAR HOM 65th 85
2004 DAY CAR LVS ATL DAR BRI TEX MAR TAL CAL RCH CLT DOV POC MCH SON DAY CHI
31
NHA POC IND GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH
4
NHA DOV TAL KAN CLT MAR ATL PHO DAR HOM 49th 407
2007 Aric Almirola DAY CAL LVS
41
ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 52nd 357
2008 Joey Logano 02 Toyota DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH
DNQ
NHA DOV KAN TAL CLT MAR ATL
DNQ
TEX
40
PHO HOM 56th 53
2009 David Gilliland DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH NHA DOV KAN CAL CLT
25
MAR TAL TEX
28
PHO HOM
29
52nd 243
2013 Elliott Sadler 81 DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN
40
RCH TAL
DNQ
DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 49th 4
2015 Carl Edwards 19 DAY
23
ATL
12
LVS
42
PHO
13
CAL
13
MAR
17
TEX
10
BRI
24
RCH
19
TAL
32
KAN
20
CLT
1
DOV
19
POC
15
MCH
12
SON
40
DAY
41
KEN
4
NHA
7
IND
13
POC
10
GLN
8
MCH
6
BRI
7
DAR
1
RCH
11
CHI
2
NHA
5
DOV
15
CLT
6
KAN
8
TAL
5
MAR
14
TEX
5
PHO
12
HOM
11
5th 2368
2016 DAY
5
ATL
5
LVS
18
PHO
2
CAL
7
MAR
6
TEX
7
BRI
1*
RCH
1*
TAL
35
KAN
11
DOV
28
CLT
18
POC
8
MCH
6
SON
4
DAY
25
KEN
2
NHA
20
IND
35
POC
8
GLN
15
BRI
6
MCH
7
DAR
19
RCH
32
CHI
15
NHA
6
DOV
14
CLT
12
KAN
2
TAL
29
MAR
36
TEX
1
PHO
19
HOM
34
4th 5007
2017 Daniel Suárez DAY
29
ATL
21
LVS
20
PHO
7
CAL
7
MAR
32
TEX
19
BRI
18
RCH
12
TAL
19
KAN
7
CLT
11
DOV
6
POC
15
MCH
24
SON
16
DAY
17
KEN
18
NHA
6
IND
7
POC
7
GLN
3
MCH
37
BRI
15
DAR
38
RCH
7
CHI
12
NHA
8
DOV
8
CLT
6
TAL
15
KAN
36
MAR
15
TEX
14
PHO
18
HOM
34
20th 777
2018 DAY
37
ATL
15
LVS
26
PHO
8
CAL
23
MAR
18
TEX
29
BRI
11
RCH
10
TAL
10
DOV
3
KAN
28
CLT
15
POC
24
MCH
30
SON
15
CHI
11
DAY
35
KEN
15
NHA
22
POC
2
GLN
4
MCH
11
BRI
18
DAR
29
IND
18
LVS
8
RCH
17
CLT
21
DOV
10
TAL
16
KAN
24
MAR
9
TEX
28
PHO
36
HOM
30
21st 674
2019 Martin Truex Jr. DAY
35
ATL
2
LVS
8
PHO
2
CAL
8
MAR
8
TEX
12
BRI
17
RCH
1*
TAL
20
DOV
1
KAN
19
CLT
1*
POC
35
MCH
3
SON
1*
CHI
9
DAY
22
KEN
19
NHA
6
POC
3
GLN
2
MCH
4
BRI
13

DAR
15

IND
27

LVS
1

RCH CLT DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM -* -*

Car No. 20 historyEdit

Tony Stewart (1999–2008)
 
Tony Stewart in his 2005 championship car at Sonoma Raceway

Tony Stewart debuted the No. 20 The Home Depot Pontiac Grand Prix at the 1999 Daytona 500, qualifying on the outside pole. He won three races at Richmond, Phoenix and Homestead, as well as the Winston Open and the NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors and finished fourth in points. 2000 was an up and down year for Stewart as he won six races, including both Dover races, Martinsville, New Hampshire, Michigan and Homestead but only finished sixth in points. 2001 was another good year for Stewart, as he won the Budweiser Shootout, Richmond, Infineon, and Bristol and finished second in the overall standings.

2002 was a break-out year for Stewart with wins at Atlanta, Richmond, and Watkins Glen along with the Budweiser Shootout and the team won the 2002 points championship. With JGR switching to Chevrolet in 2003, Stewart won twice at Pocono and Charlotte and finished seventh in the points standings. The 2004 season saw Stewart score two wins and finishe sixth in points in the first ever chase.

Stewart won his second championship in 2005. After winning the Gatorade Duel, the team did not win again until Infineon and then they went on to win the Pepsi 400 at Daytona, followed by New Hampshire, Indianapolis, and Watkins Glen and held the championship through the Chase.

2006 statistically was Stewart's worst season with JGR. After winning early at Martinsville, he suffered an injury at Charlotte and was replaced during Dover. He won the Pepsi 400 again at Daytona but missed the Chase. During the Chase, Stewart won three races at Kansas, Atlanta, and Texas and finished 11th in points. 2007 was another good year for him and the team. Though Stewart won both the Budweiser Shootout and Gatorade Duel, an early wreck smashed his Daytona 500 hopes. He and the team won three races though at Chicagoland, Indianapolis, and Watkins Glen and finished 6th in points.

 
Tony Stewart's final season with Gibbs and The Home Depot. And his only season with Toyota, at Daytona International Speedway in 2008
 
Joey Logano (right) and Denny Hamlin (left) on pit road during the 2009 Coca-Cola 600.

Following the team's switch from Chevrolet to Toyota, Stewart's performance dwindled,[81] earning ten top-fives and sixteen top-10s. Stewart's only win for this season was the 2008 AMP Energy 500 at Talladega. On June 9, 2008, Stewart was granted a release from his final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, ending a twelve-year relationship with the organization that included over 30 wins and two Cup Series Championships.[82] Stewart moved to Haas CNC Racing, renamed Stewart-Haas Racing after he purchased a 50% ownership stake from founder Gene Haas, in part to return to longtime manufacturer Chevrolet.[82][83][84]

Joey Logano (2009–2012)

On August 25, 2008, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that 18-year-old Joey Logano would replace Stewart as the driver of the No. 20 car for the 2009 season, after only making his NASCAR debut in May 2008 and running abbreviated Nationwide and Cup schedules.[68] Longtime crew chief Greg Zipadelli remained with JGR for Logano's rookie season.[83] Logano's first win came in the rain-shortened Lenox Industrial Tools 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway after a fuel mileage gamble, becoming the youngest winner in Cup Series history.[85] Logano beat former open-wheel drivers Max Papis and Scott Speed for the Rookie of the Year Award, with seven top-tens and a 20th-place points finish.[86] Logano failed to win in 2010 and finished 16th in points.

In 2011, Logano again was winless and finished 24th in points. On October 13, 2011, Joe Gibbs Racing announced The Home Depot will become co-primary sponsor for Logano's car with Dollar General. Dollar General sponsored 12 races while the other 22 continued to be sponsored by The Home Depot. Logano won his second career race at Pocono from the pole in the 2012 Pocono 400 after passing Mark Martin with three laps to go.

 
Kenseth's pole and race winning car at Bristol in 2015
Matt Kenseth (2013–2017)

Beginning in 2013, the No. 20 car was taken over by Matt Kenseth, who left Roush Fenway Racing, as Logano moved to the No. 22 at Team Penske. The team had a resurgence, with Kenseth winning five races in the regular season (Las Vegas, Kansas, Darlington, Kentucky, and Bristol), and led the most laps at several other races (Daytona 500, Kansas, Richmond and Talladega). Kenseth also won the first two races of the Chase at Chicagoland Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, bringing the team up to seven wins – which was more wins in a single season than the car had ever achieved with Stewart or Logano.

It was announced in September 2014 that Stanley Black & Decker would leave Richard Petty Motorsports to sponsor JGR in the Cup Series for 2015. This move reunited Kenseth with the DeWalt brand for six races as a primary, and the entire season as an associate.[87]

Kenseth won the Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes And Stand Up To Cancer at Bristol in April, his first victory since 2013. On November 3, he was suspended for two races after intentionally wrecking Logano at Martinsville.[88] Erik Jones was named the replacement driver for Kenseth in both of those races, with Jones finishing 12th and 19th in those races.[89]

In 2016 Kenseth won twice at Dover and New Hampshire and finished 5th in points after he was wrecked while leading at Phoenix by Alex Bowman. Dollar General left the team at the end of the season.

On July 11, 2017 JGR announced that Jones would replace Kenseth in the No. 20 car in 2018. Like his JGR teammates, Kenseth was hampered by bad luck and lack of speed in the beginning of the year. He scored his final win with Joe Gibbs Racing at Phoenix in November after passing Chase Elliott late in the race.

Erik Jones (2018–present)

In 2018, Jones claimed his first career Cup win at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona and made it to the Playoffs until he was eliminated after the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte. Jones finished the season 15th in points.

Jones started the 2019 season by finishing third at the Daytona 500, behind teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.[43] On September 2, 2019, Jones scored his second career Cup Series win at Darlington, securing him in the 2019 Playoffs.[90]

Car No. 20 resultsEdit

Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
1999 Tony Stewart 20 Pontiac DAY
28
CAR
12
LVS
36
ATL
11
DAR
6
TEX
6
BRI
15
MAR
20
TAL
5
CAL
4
RCH
15
CLT
4
DOV
4*
MCH
9
POC
6
SON
15
DAY
6
NHA
10*
POC
4
IND
7
GLN
6
MCH
3
BRI
5*
DAR
12
RCH
1*
NHA
2
DOV
2
MAR
41
CLT
19
TAL
6
CAR
12
PHO
1*
HOM
1
ATL
15
4th 4774
2000 DAY
17
CAR
4
LVS
2
ATL
34
DAR
4
BRI
42
TEX
9
MAR
6
TAL
34
CAL
10
RCH
8
CLT
14
DOV
1*
MCH
1
POC
6
SON
10
DAY
6
NHA
1*
POC
26
IND
5
GLN
6
MCH
41
BRI
2
DAR
9
RCH
6
NHA
23
DOV
1*
MAR
1
CLT
4
TAL
27
CAR
7
PHO
14
HOM
1*
ATL
38
6th 4570
2001 DAY
36
CAR
4
LVS
12
ATL
27
DAR
16
BRI
25
TEX
23
MAR
7
TAL
2
CAL
4
RCH
1
CLT
3
DOV
7
MCH
25
POC
7
SON
1
DAY
26
CHI
33
NHA
5
POC
3
IND
17
GLN
26
MCH
27
BRI
1
DAR
4
RCH
7
DOV
5
KAN
8
CLT
2
MAR
41
TAL
2
PHO
5
CAR
7
HOM
19*
ATL
9
NHA
5
2nd 4763
2002 DAY
43
CAR
4
LVS
5*
ATL
1*
DAR
36
BRI
15
TEX
5
MAR
3*
TAL
29
CAL
29
RCH
1
CLT
6
DOV
11
POC
7
MCH
16
SON
2
DAY
39
CHI
3
NHA
39
POC
7
IND
12
GLN
1*
MCH
2
BRI
24
DAR
8
RCH
30
NHA
3
DOV
5
KAN
8
TAL
2
CLT
3
MAR
11
ATL
4
CAR
14
PHO
8
HOM
18
1st 4800
2003 Chevy DAY
7
CAR
20
LVS
5
ATL
5
DAR
10
BRI
26
TEX
34
TAL
25
MAR
6
CAL
41*
RCH
41
CLT
40
DOV
4
POC
1
MCH
8
SON
12
DAY
21
CHI
2*
NHA
22
POC
37
IND
12*
GLN
11
MCH
3
BRI
23
DAR
12
RCH
27
NHA
20
DOV
3
TAL
3
KAN
4
CLT
1*
MAR
3
ATL
2*
PHO
18
CAR
9
HOM
7
7th 4549
2004 DAY
2*
CAR
26
LVS
3
ATL
7*
DAR
17
BRI
24
TEX
8
MAR
14
TAL
22
CAL
16
RCH
4
CLT
9
DOV
2*
POC
27
MCH
24
SON
15
DAY
5
CHI
1*
NHA
5
POC
35
IND
5
GLN
1*
MCH
9
BRI
19
CAL
18
RCH
19
NHA
39
DOV
6
TAL
6
KAN
14
CLT
10
MAR
15
ATL
9
PHO
8
DAR
17
HOM
4
6th 6326
2005 DAY
7*
CAL
17
LVS
10
ATL
17
BRI
3
MAR
26*
TEX
31
PHO
33
TAL
2
DAR
10
RCH
2
CLT
24
DOV
15
POC
29
MCH
2*
SON
1*
DAY
1*
CHI
5
NHA
1*
POC
7
IND
1*
GLN
1*
MCH
5
BRI
8
CAL
5
RCH
7
NHA
2*
DOV
18
TAL
2*
KAN
4
CLT
25
MAR
2*
ATL
9
TEX
6
PHO
4
HOM
15
1st 6533
2006 DAY
5
CAL
43
LVS
21
ATL
5
BRI
12*
MAR
1*
TEX
3*
PHO
2
TAL
2
RCH
6
DAR
12
CLT
42
DOV
25
POC
3
MCH
41
SON
28
DAY
1*
CHI
32
NHA
37
POC
7
IND
8
GLN
2
MCH
3
BRI
22
CAL
9
RCH
18
NHA
2
DOV
33
KAN
1
TAL
22
CLT
13
MAR
4
ATL
1*
TEX
1*
PHO
14
HOM
15
11th 4727
2007 DAY
43
CAL
8
LVS
7
ATL
2
BRI
35*
MAR
7
TEX
25
PHO
2*
TAL
28
RCH
8
DAR
6
CLT
6
DOV
40
POC
5
MCH
3
SON
6
NHA
12
DAY
38
CHI
1*
IND
1*
POC
6
GLN
1
MCH
10
BRI
4
CAL
13
RCH
2
NHA
3
DOV
9
KAN
39
TAL
8
CLT
7
MAR
13
ATL
30
TEX
11
PHO
4
HOM
30
6th 6242
2008 Toyota DAY
3
CAL
7
LVS
43
ATL
2
BRI
14*
MAR
5
TEX
7
PHO
14
TAL
38*
RCH
4
DAR
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Xfinity SeriesEdit

Car No. 11 historyEdit

Brian Scott (2011-2012)

The No. 11 team began racing in 2011. JGR signed 22-year-old Brian Scott (former driver of the No. 11 with Braun Racing) to a two-year contract, with Kevin Kidd announced as the crew chief, and Scott bringing sponsorship from his family-owned Shore Lodge.[91][92] The new team was constantly hampered by bad luck during races, with 5 DNF's on the season. Scott earned a pole, two top 5s and seven top 10s, finishing 8th in points.[93] For 2012, Dollar General expanded its sponsorship deal with JGR, sponsoring the No. 11 car for the full season.[94] Despite showing speed, the team continued to struggle finishing races (7 DNF's), and had a best finish of 3rd at Dover, with Scott finishing 9th in points.[93]

Elliott Sadler (2013-2014)

In 2013, Scott was replaced by veteran Elliott Sadler, who finished second in the championship standings in the two prior seasons. Sadler brought sponsorship from OneMain Financial with him from Richard Childress Racing.[95] After winning four races in 2012, Sadler went winless in 2013, though he did score 20 top 10s en route to a fourth-place points finish. Sadler scored his first win for JGR at Talladega in 2014, leading a race high 40 laps.[96] On October 31, 2014, it was announced that Sadler would depart for Roush Fenway Racing's Nationwide program, taking the OneMain sponsorship with him.[97] The team's points and crew were moved to the No. 18 for the 2015 season, and the number was reassigned in 2016 to Kaulig Racing for Blake Koch.

Car No. 18 historyEdit

Tony Stewart (1998)

The current 18 car came under JGR control when owner Joe Gibbs purchased the No. 44 Shell Oil-sponsored Pontiac from his Cup Series driver Bobby Labonte, who had been operating the team under his control. The team made its debut under the Gibbs banner at the 1998 NAPA Auto Parts 300 with then-IndyCar driver Tony Stewart driving. Stewart he qualified 9th but finished 31st after a crash. At the next week at Rockingham Speedway, Stewart qualified on the pole, led 60 laps and finished 2nd. Stewart ran a total of 22 races that year, with five top-five finishes and winning two pole positions. Labonte ran five races that year in that car in 1998, winning the Diamond Hill Plywood 200.

MBNA years (1999-2003)

The team switched to No. 18 with sponsorship from MBNA for 1999. Labonte ran only one race before he suffered shoulder injuries in a qualifying crash at Darlington. Late in the year, Jason Leffler, like Stewart an accomplished open wheel racer, ran four races in the car that year, his best finish being a 20th at Memphis Motorsports Park. Leffler ran the car full-time in 2000, winning a pole at Texas Motor Speedway, and posting three top-ten finishes. After that season, he left for the Cup Series with Chip Ganassi Racing, and Jeff Purvis took his place. Purvis started off strong and was seventh in points but was released after the GNC Live Well 250 because of sponsorship issues. Mike McLaughlin replaced him, finishing seventh in points that season. Despite going winless in 2002, he moved up to fourth place in points. However, owner Joe Gibbs wanted his son Coy in a full-time ride, leaving McLaughlin without a ride. In his rookie season, Gibbs had two Top 10 finishes and finished runner-up to David Stremme for Rookie of the Year.

J.J. Yeley (2004-2006)

The team scaled back to a part-time schedule for 2004. In November 2003, JGR signed highly touted USAC Champion J. J. Yeley to a multi-year contract, beginning his stock car career with eight ARCA Menards Series events and 10-12 Busch Series races in the 2004 season.[98] The Home Depot's Vigoro Lawn and Garden Products would sponsor Yeley's efforts, making their BGN debut at Las Vegas in March.[99] In his first race, Yeley qualified a strong seventh, but finished 23rd and two laps down.[100] Yeley would end up running 17 races, garnering four Top 10 finishes and finishing fourth in Rookie of the Year standings behind future Cup drivers Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Paul Menard.[101] Bobby Labonte ran two races with a best finish of 7th, while Denny Hamlin finished a strong sixth at the fall race at Darlington. Yeley ran the car full-time in 2005, finishing in the top-ten twelve times and finishing 11th in points. Yeley continued to run full-time in 2006, finishing 5th in the points standings with three poles, nine Top 5s, 22 Top 10s, and 27 Top 15s. Yeley announced in Daytona that he would be driving in the No. 1 Miccosukee Gaming and Resorts-sponsored Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing in the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series.

Multiple Drivers (2007)

In January 2007, former Brewco Motorsports development driver and ARCA standout Brad Coleman signed to drive the No. 18 car for 17 of the 35 races, with Carino's Italian Grill sponsoring his efforts.[102] Kevin Conway was signed for eight races beginning at Bristol in March with Z-Line Designs sponsoring,[103] while Tony Stewart and development driver Aric Almirola filled out the schedule with Goody's Headache Powder and ConAgra Foods sponsorships. Almirola put the car on the pole at the season opener at Daytona, and had a best finish of 4th at Charlotte. Coleman earned his first career Busch Series pole at Talladega, and had three Top 5s and five Top 10s. Without sponsorship for a full-time ride with JGR, Coleman returned to the renamed Baker Curb Racing following the season and signed a development contract with Hall of Fame Racing.[104]

 
Kyle Busch in 2008.
Cup Drivers (2008-2013)

For 2008, the No. 18 was piloted by the team of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch with a sponsorship coming from Southern Farm Bureau, Interstate Batteries, and Z-Line Designs. Despite running a partial schedule, Busch won ten races in 2008, including eight in the No. 18, and would finish seventh in points while Hamlin scored a single victory in the No. 18 at Dover. 18-year-old JGR development driver Marc Davis made his one and only national series start for the team in October at Memphis Motorsports Park with DLP HDTV sponsoring.[105]

In 2009, Kyle Busch won the Nationwide Series Championship driving the No. 18 Z-Line Designs / NOS Toyota.

In 2010, Kyle Busch ran most of the races that were paired with Sprint Cup Series races, while Brad Coleman returned to run the stand-alone races. For 2011, Busch drove the No. 18 for a majority of the season, splitting the ride with Michael McDowell, who ran both Iowa races, Lucas Oil Raceway, and the road courses Road America and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a sponsorship from Pizza Ranch. McDowell won the pole at Road America and dominated until late race contact with another car. Drivers Kelly Bires, Drew Herring, and Joey Logano also took turns in the 18. Bires ran at Richmond and Chicago with International Comfort Products Corporation, Herring drove at the second Nashville race with Sport Clips, and Logano drove the 18 at Chicago, Dover, Kansas, and Phoenix. For 2012 the 18 would have a similar lineup, featuring Hamlin, Logano, Herring, McDowell, and Ryan Truex. Logano would take seven victories with the 18 team, handing the team the Nationwide Owners' Championship. For 2013, the 18 and 20 teams swapped. Matt Kenseth drove the 18 for 16 races with sponsorship from Reser's Fine Foods and GameStop. He won the July race at Daytona and the October race at Kansas. The 18 car did not run in 2014.

Daniel Suárez (2015)

On August 19, 2014, JGR announced that Toyota Series and K&N Pro Series East driver Daniel Suárez would drive the No. 18 full-time in 2015 with a sponsorship from Arris, running for Rookie of the Year.[106] Suárez had a strong rookie season, earning eight top fives, 18 top tens, and three poles to finish fifth in points and beat out Darrell Wallace, Jr. for Rookie of the Year.[107]

Multiple Drivers (2016-present)

The team inherited the No. 54's points and equipment in 2016, fielding multiple drivers,[108] starting with former JGR driver Bobby Labonte at Daytona.[109] Kyle Busch drove a limited schedule, with former sponsor NOS Energy Drink (owned by Monster Beverage) funding both Busch and Labonte's efforts.[109] Matt Tifft was scheduled to drive 13 races for the team, but was replaced for several races as he recovered from a removal of a tumor in his brain.[110][111] Sam Hornish Jr. replaced Tifft for the June Xfinity race at Iowa, and won the race.[112][113] David Ragan ran the July Xfinity race at Daytona, and won the pole, and was in contention for the win, but crashed on the final lap of the race. Road course specialist Owen Kelly ran the road course races at Mid-Ohio and Road America, and Dakoda Armstrong ran the July Xfinity race at Iowa. The 18 car won 12 races in 2016, 10 with Busch, 1 at Charlotte with Hamlin, and 1 with Hornish at Iowa.

For 2017, multiple drivers again raced in the 18. Daniel Suárez drove 12 races beginning at Daytona in February with sponsorship from Juniper. Kyle Busch drove 10 races with sponsor NOS Energy Drink beginning at Atlanta in March, winning 5 races at Atlanta, Kentucky, Loudon, Watkins Glen, and Bristol. Kyle Busch Motorsports driver Christopher Bell made his xfinity series debut with the 18 team at Charlotte, finishing 4th. Bell would also drive the car at Road America, Kansas, Texas and Phoenix. Bell won the race at Kansas after catching and passing teammate Erik Jones for his first career xfinity series win in his 5th start. Bell had sponsorship from SiriusXM at Charlotte, Toyotacare at Road America, JBL at Kansas, and Safelite Auto Glass at Texas and Phoenix. ARCA driver Kyle Benjamin drove the 18 with sponsorship from Reser’s Fine Foods and Sport Clips at both Iowa races and Kentucky in September with a best finish of 2nd at the July Iowa race to teammate Ryan Preece. Regan Smith returned to the xfinity series in a one-race deal in the 18 at Mid-Ohio with sponsorship from Interstate Batteries. Denny Hamlin also drove one race in the 18, running a throwback scheme at Darlington with Sport Clips sponsoring, Hamlin won the race. Ryan Preece drove the 18 car at Homestead with Safelite Autoglass as the sponsor and finished 5th in preparation for an expanded 10 race schedule with the team in 2018.

In 2018 Preece ran 10 races, sharing the car with JGR’s cup series drivers Busch, Suárez, Hamlin and Jones.

In 2019, Busch returned for seven races with Hamlin running the Darlington race. Jeffrey Earnhardt was signed to nine races while the rest of the schedule was filled out by development drivers Harrison Burton and Riley Herbst. On August 7, 2019, Earnhardt announced that he parted ways with sponsor and XCI affiliate iK9, as well as Joe Gibbs Racing.[114]. Jack Hawksworth would drive the car at Mid-Ohio. [115]

Car No. 19 historyEdit

Original #19 (2004-2006)

The No. 19 team was to make its debut at the 2004 Michigan race driven by Bobby Labonte and sponsored by Banquet Foods, however qualifying was rained out and the team with no owners points missed the race. The team finally made its first start at the 2005 CarQuest Auto Parts 300. Labonte ran seven races that year, with three top-tens. With Labonte moving to Petty Enterprises, JGR development driver Aric Almirola ran the car in seven races in 2006. Tony Stewart also drove the car at select races in 2006, using his NEXTEL Cup crew when he raced. The No. 19 team was disbanded after the 2006 season.

As the #54 (2013-2015)

In 2012 The Car returned as the No. 54 & After running the 54 for his own team in 2012 with only one win (by his brother Kurt), Kyle Busch returned to JGR's strong Nationwide program with the No. 54 as a fourth JGR car, running 26 races and bringing sponsor Monster Energy with him. Parker Kligerman would take over the newly renumbered 77 for KBM. Busch didn't take long to get to victory lane. He won the pole, lead the most laps, and won the race in only the second race of the 2013 season at Phoenix International Raceway. He then scored victories at Bristol (4th race) and at Fontana (5th race). During the 2013 season, he won a total of 12 races.[116] Joey Coulter, Owen Kelly, and Drew Herring also ran in the 54, which finished 2nd in the owner's championship to the Team Penske No. 22 by one point.[117]

For the 2014 season, Kyle Busch ran part-time the No. 54 car, running all Sprint Cup Series companion races except Talladega and Daytona in July. Former IRL champion Sam Hornish, Jr., who was not re-signed by Team Penske after scoring a win and finishing 2nd in Nationwide points in 2013, ran 7 races to help compete for the owner's championship.[116] At Iowa in May, Hornish won the Get To Know Newton 250, beating Ryan Blaney's 22 for his third career win.[118] The 54 once again finished 2nd in owners points to the Penske 22.

In 2015, Kyle Busch suffered injuries during the season-opening race at Daytona. He broke his leg after hitting the inside wall that had no SAFER barrier installed. His replacements were announced to be Erik Jones (at least 3 races), Cup series teammate Denny Hamlin (5 races), and road course veteran Boris Said (7 races).[54] Busch returned to the Xfinity Series at Michigan in June and scored his first win of the season. Jones scored a win the following race at Chicagoland, his second of the season.[119]

Daniel Suárez (2016)
 
Daniel Suárez won the 2016 Xfinity Series championship.

The team was renumbered back to No. 19 for 2016 with Daniel Suárez and sponsor Arris moving from the 18 team, maintaining the same sponsor-number combination used by Carl Edwards in the Cup Series.[108] Suárez got his first win at Michigan after a last lap pass to Kyle Busch.[120] Suárez scored three victories and won the 2016 championship, becoming the first foreign-born driver to win a NASCAR National championship.[121]

Matt Tifft (2017)

It was announced that in 2017, Matt Tifft would drive full-time in the 19, with rookie crew chief Matt Beckham on the box.[122] Tifft struggled to repeat the success of Suárez failing to win any races and finishing 7th in points.

Brandon Jones (2018-Present)

On November 15, JGR announced that Brandon Jones would replace Tifft in the 19 in 2018. Tifft would move to RCR in a driver swap. Chris Gabehart was announced as his crew chief, moving from the No. 20 xfinity team and replacing Matt Beckham.

Car No. 20 historyEdit

 
Denny Hamlin's No. 20 Busch car (right) battling Matt Kenseth (left) for position.
Early years (2000-2002)

After JGR purchased the team from Gary Bechtel in 2000, the team received sponsorship from Porter-Cable. Despite missing three races, driver Jeff Purvis had eleven Top 10s and one pole, finishing 11th in points. The team switched to No. 20 for 2001, and Mike McLaughlin was named the driver. Without a major sponsor, McLaughlin was able to win the Subway 300 and was sixth in points when Gibbs decided to shut down his team due to sponsorship problems. He moved to the No. 18 and finished seventh in points that year. Coy Gibbs ran five races in the No. 20 in 2002, with a sponsorship from ConAgra Foods.[123] His best finish was a 14th at Kentucky Speedway.

Mike Bliss (2003-2004)

After he moved to the 18, Gibbs was replaced by Mike Bliss and Rockwell Automation came aboard as a sponsor.[9] Bliss had fourteen Top 10s and finished 10th in points. In 2004, he pulled off a win at Lowe's Motor Speedway and had three poles.

Denny Hamlin (2005-2008)

In 2005, Denny Hamlin came aboard and posted eleven Top 10s and finished fifth points, the third-place finisher in rookie points. He ran the full schedule in the No. 20 in 2006, winning two races and finishing fourth in points.

Hamlin and developmental driver Aric Almirola split duties in the 20 in 2007 with sponsorship from Rockwell Automation, with Tony Stewart also piloting the No. 20 at Atlanta. With Hamlin running several non-companion races, Almirola would occasionally qualify the car that Hamlin would later drive. Hamlin took the car to victory lane in four races, including Darlington, Milwaukee, Michigan, and Dover. The win at Milwaukee was controversial, with Almirola putting the car on the pole and starting the race because of the fact that Hamlin was delayed flying from Sonoma Raceway. Almirola started the car and led the first 43 laps but was still relieved by Hamlin during a caution due to obligations to his sponsorship from Rockwell. Almirola was credited as the winner for starting the race, but did not participate in the victory celebration. He would leave JGR after the season.[124] The No. 20 finished 2nd in the owners points behind RCR's No. 29.


Cup Drivers (2008-2012)

In 2008, the No. 20 was shared by Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Stewart for nine races before defending NASCAR Camping World East Series champion Joey Logano was named the driver of the 20 for the rest of the season's races except for Loudon (which Stewart won in the No. 20), Daytona (which Hamlin won in the No. 20), and Chicago (which Busch won in the No. 18). All four drivers of the No. 20 won races driving it in 2008. For 2009, 20-year-old Brad Coleman returned to JGR for a part-time schedule, sharing the ride with Logano and Hamlin.[104] In 2010, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin and Matt DiBenedetto shared the No. 20 car, with Hamlin winning at Darlington and Logano winning at Kentucky and Kansas. For 2011, Logano returned to the No. 20 with sponsorships from GameStop and Sport Clips. Logano ran the first 10 races but picked up last minute sponsorship from Harvest Investments to run Nashville. Due to a lack of sponsorship, the 20 was unable to run a full schedule for the owners championship. In the 20, Logano grabbed his first superspeedway win at the July Daytona race with help from Kyle Busch. The 20 was also driven by Denny Hamlin at Las Vegas, Richmond, and Darlington, with Hamlin winning at Richmond. Drew Herring drove the 20 with Sport Clips at both Iowa races, where Herring won the pole for the May race, and Lucas Oil Raceway. Ryan Truex stepped into the 20 late in the season for six races, finishing second to Logano at Dover after dominating the race.

The 20 team returned in 2012 to run most of the season. Its primary driver lineup consisted of Logano, Hamlin, Truex, and JGR development driver Darrell Wallace, Jr. Michael Waltrip Racing driver Clint Bowyer also drove the No. 20 at Daytona when Hamlin was sidelined from the race by back problems.

 
Brian Vickers in 2013.
Brian Vickers (2013)

Starting in the 2013 season, 2003 Busch Series Champion Brian Vickers joined the team driving the 20 for the full season with sponsorship from Dollar General, in addition to a partial Sprint Cup Series schedule in Michael Waltrip Racing's 55 car. Dollar General had sponsored Vickers in the past with Braun Racing, and like teammate Elliott Sadler, Vickers was attempting to reclaim his career in the second-tier series.[125] After 30 starts, Vickers was sidelined with a second incidence of blood clots, replaced by Denny Hamlin and Drew Herring in the final three races of the season.[126] Though he went winless, Vickers scored 13 top 5s and 18 top 10s to finish 10th in points. He would leave for a full-time ride at MWR at the end of the year.

 
Kenny Habul at Road America in 2014
Multiple Drivers (2014)

The 20 team continued to run full-time in 2014. Matt Kenseth drove the No. 20 in a total of 18 races, with GameStop sponsoring 10 races and Reser's Fine Foods sponsoring 7 races.[127] Sam Hornish, Jr. and Kenseth each ran 1 race and Kenny Habul 2 races with Habul's Sun Energy 1 sponsoring.[128] Darrell Wallace, Jr. ran at Talladega in the spring with ToyotaCare and Daytona in July with Coca-Cola "Share a Coke". Daniel Suárez made his debut at RIR, finishing 19th. Michael McDowell ran at both Iowa races with Pizza Ranch. Denny Hamlin returned to the 20 at Chicagoland in September with Sport Clips, finishing 32nd after a blown engine.[129] Development driver Justin Boston, running the full ARCA schedule, made his debut in the 20 at Kentucky later in the month, with sponsor Zloop E-Recycling.[130] Kenseth scored a win in the final race of the season at Homestead Miami Speedway, and the 20 would finish 9th in owners points.[131]

Erik Jones (2015-2017)

Erik Jones was scheduled to run a limited schedule in the No. 20 car in 2015, with Kenny Habul and SunEnergy1 also returning for the three road courses.[75][132] Jones, whose schedule was expanded due to Kyle Busch's injury,[57] scored his first Xfinity win in his 9th career start at Texas in April, leading a race-high 79 laps.[57][133][134] Ross Kenseth, son of Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth, made his Xfinity Series debut at Chicagoland Speedway on June 20.[135] David Ragan made a single start at Daytona in July with Interstate Batteries sponsorship.[133] Kenny Wallace made his final career start in the 20 car at Iowa Speedway in August, with longtime sponsor U.S. Cellular.[133] Wallace started seventh and finished 15th. Matt Tifft made his Xfinity Series debut at Kentucky in September, finishing 10th.[136] Denny Hamlin drove a total of six races in the 20; two with SunEnergy 1 sponsorship, three with Hisense, and running a throwback scheme at Darlington in September with Sport Clips sponsoring.[137] Hamlin scored three wins, all of which were from the pole starting position.[133] Matt Kenseth ran five races with Reser's Fine Foods, scoring four-second-place finishes.[133]

 
Erik Jones at Road America.

Erik Jones drove the car full-time in 2016, with Gamestop, Reser's, Hisense, Interstate Batteries and Dewalt as the sponsors.[119] Jones won 4 times but finished 4th in points after getting trapped behind the slow car of Cole Whitt on the last restart of the final race at Homestead.

In 2017, the 20 was driven by a variety of different drivers. Denny Hamlin, Erik Jones, Kyle Benjamin, Christopher Bell, Daniel Suarez, James Davison and Ryan Preece are among them. Jones drove the car for 18 races starting at Daytona, sweeping the Texas races as well as winning the Bristol spring race. Hamlin drove the car for 3 races and won at Michigan. Suárez drove the 20 for 2 races at Las Vegas and the Bristol fall race, finishing 3rd and 2nd respectively. Benjamin drove the car for 2 races at the spring Richmond race and the first Pocono race, winning the pole in the latter. Bell drove the 20 for 3 races starting at the June Iowa race, where Bell won stage one, led the most laps, but finished 16th after being collected in a crash between the lapped cars of Brennan Poole and Ryan Reed while leading. Ryan Preece drove the car at Loudon, the July Iowa race, and the September Kentucky race. Preece finished 2nd to his teammate Kyle Busch at Loudon. In his next race at Iowa, Preece led the most laps and won the race, then finished 4th at Kentucky. James Davison drove the 20 at Mid Ohio and Road America, leading the most laps at Road America before getting collected in a wreck.

Christopher Bell (2017-Present)

For 2018, Christopher Bell drove the 20 full-time, competing for Rookie of the Year honors. Jason Ratcliff was his crew chief, moving from the No. 20 cup series team. Bell won 7 races in 2018, breaking the record for a rookie in the series previously held by Greg Biffle and Kyle Busch. He made it to the championship 4 but had a tire go down at Homestead and finished 13th in the race and 4th among the championship contenders. He returned for the full 2019 season.

Camping World Truck SeriesEdit

 
Erik Jones in 2013.

From 2000 to 2002, Joe Gibbs fielded trucks numbered 20 and 48 in the then Craftsman Truck Series for his sons Coy and J.D. Gibbs, neither of whom are currently competitors in NASCAR. Coy ran 12 races in 2000, then the full 2001 and 2002 seasons, with 21 top 10s and 10th-place points finishes in the latter two seasons. J.D. only ran a total of 8 races over the three seasons, with no top 10 finishes.[8][138][139][140][141]

From 2004 to 2006, JGR drivers drove in the Truck Series for Chevrolet-affiliated Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, fielding Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, J. J. Yeley, Jason Leffler, and Aric Almirola in select races.[25] In 2006, JGR contracted Spears Motorsports to field Almirola in their 75 truck for his rookie Truck season.[142] Almirola had three top 10s (compared to two top 10s in four starts the previous year), finishing 18th in points.[143]

JGR drivers currently compete in the Truck Series through Kyle Busch Motorsports, owned by Cup Series driver Kyle Busch. KBM uses JGR-built engines in competition.[16] Busch himself, along with Harrison Burton, Todd Gilliland, Greg Biffle, Christian Eckes, Riley Herbst, Brandon Jones, Raphael Lessard, and Chandler Smith currently drive for KBM.[144]


ARCA Menards SeriesEdit

 
Riley Herbst in 2017

In 1999, Joe Gibbs Racing field No. 18 car for Jason Leffler for one race. Leffler finish 5th at Atlanta. In 2000, Leffler returned at Charlotte, he started 2nd and led one lap, however he crashed with 55 of 67 laps completed.

From 2004 to 2005, Joe Gibbs Racing partnered with Shaver Motorsports to field development drivers in the ARCA Racing Series.[145] Denny Hamlin finished third in the 2004 season finale at Talladega.[146] J. J. Yeley ran the 2005 season opener at Daytona, as part of his development deal with JGR.[98][146] Aric Almirola ran the 2005 finale at Talladega.[145]

Car No. 18 historyEdit

Leffler raced one race in 1999 and one race in 2000 with No. 18.

In 2010 Joe Gibbs Racing entered the No. 18 at Michigan for Max Gresham which was also entered again as Brennan Poole due to Gresham having a contract obligation for another team that day of the race although the team would later withdraw their entry from the race entirely.

On December 15, 2016, it was announced that JGR would field a car for Riley Herbst full-time in the 2017 season.[147] Matt Tifft ran the season opener at Daytona due to Herbst not being eligible to compete in the race.[148]

Car No. 19 historyEdit

In 2018, Drew Herring drove the #19 NOS Energy Drink/ORCA Coolers/Advance Auto Parts Toyota at the season finale at Kansas, winning the pole and finishing 8th.

Car No. 81 historyEdit

In 2017, Riley Herbst was entered at the season opener in Daytona in the team's second car (No. 81), but he was ineligible to race. Herbst and Zane Smith were both were ineligible to run the season opener at Daytona, though ARCA allowed both to participate in practice.

ControversyEdit

Following the 2008 Chicagoland race, NASCAR made a regulation change specifically to Toyota, which mandated them to run a smaller restrictor plate to cut horsepower by estimated 15 to 20 horsepower (15 kW) from their engines. After the August 16, 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Michigan International Speedway, NASCAR used a dynamometer to test the horsepower of several cars from all competing manufacturers. While testing the two Joe Gibbs Racing cars, officials found that the throttle pedal on both cars had been manipulated using magnets a quarter-inch thick to prevent the accelerator from going 100 percent wide open. Joe Gibbs issued a statement saying "we will take full responsibility and accept any penalties NASCAR levies against us" and "we will also investigate internally how this incident took place and who was involved and make whatever decisions are necessary to ensure that this kind of situation never happens again."[149] Seven crew members were suspended indefinitely and two drivers and the team were penalized 150 points apiece.[150]

Motocross teamEdit

In 2008, Gibbs branched out into motorcycle racing, forming the JGRMX team competing in the AMA motocross and Supercross championships.[151][152] The team is based in Huntersville, North Carolina and is managed by Gibbs' son, Coy Gibbs.[151]

On January 5, 2008 the Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team made its racing debut in the first round of the 2008 Supercross Series in Anaheim, CA with riders Josh Hansen and Josh Summey[153]. Josh Grant and Cody Cooper rode for the team in 2009[154], with Grant winning the opening round of Supercross at Anaheim. Grant and Justin Brayton rode for the team in 2010[155], and Davi Millsaps replaced Grant in 2011[156]. James Stewart replaced Brayton in 2012[157], and won the Oakland and Daytona Supercrosses, while Millsaps finished second in points. On May 6, 2012, Stewart and the team officially parted ways[158].

Grant and Brayton returned as the team's two riders in 2013[159] and were joined by Phil Nicoletti in 2014. Justin Barcia and Weston Peick replaced Grant and Brayton on the team in 2015[160], with Barcia winning two nationals (Budds Creek and RedBud). In 2017, the team switched from Yamaha to Suzuki and added a 250cc effort, with Nicoletti and Matt Bisceglia[161]. For 2018, JGRMX/Autotrader/Yoshimura Suzuki became the official factory Suzuki program, with riders Peick and Justin Bogle (450) and 2017 250SX West Champion Justin Hill, Nicoletti, Jimmy Decotis, and Kyle Peters (250)[162]. Hill scored a win at San Diego while Bogle missed most of the season with injuries as Malcolm Stewart filled in for him[163]. The 2019 team consists of two-time Supercross champion Chad Reed, Peick, Hill (450), Decotis, Peters, Alex Martin, Enzo Lopes (250)[164]. Peick suffered serious facial injuries in a crash at the Paris Supercross in October 2018.[165]

J.D. Gibbs health complications and passingEdit

It was reported on March 25, 2015, that J.D. Gibbs had begun treatment for symptoms impacting areas of brain function, including speech and processing issues.[166] It was later announced on January 11, 2019, that J.D. Gibbs had passed away following complications of degenerative neurological disease. A memorial service was held on January 25, 2019. [167]

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