The “Great American Race,” the Daytona 500, kicks off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season this Sunday, February 22nd, and Joe Gibbs Racing will be fielding four Toyota Camrys for the 2015 season. On Saturday, February 21st, the newly-christened Xfinity Series takes to the track for the first time this season in the Alert Today Florida 300 with a couple of newcomers joining veteran Kyle Busch in the three JGR entries.
Busch, who will drive the No. 18 M&Ms Crispy Toyota Camry on Sunday and the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota Camry on Saturday, had an interesting start to the 2015 season, finishing eighth in the Sprint Unlimited in spite of being involved in two of the race’s four accidents. Busch will start fourth in the Daytona 500, and will qualify Saturday morning for the Xfinity Series race, where he started and finished fourth in 2014.
Matt Kenseth, winner of the Sprint Unlimited last weekend, will start 35th in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota on Sunday. The two-time Daytona 500 winner finished sixth in last year’s 500.
Denny Hamlin, in the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota, will start 42nd on Sunday. Hamlin was involved in one of the early accidents in the Sprint Unlimited, finishing 19th out of 25 cars.
JGR newcomer Carl Edwards will start the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota from the sixth position on Sunday. Edwards finished third in his new ride in the Sprint Unlimited.
In the Xfinity Series, Busch is joined by newcomers Erik Jones and Daniel Suarez, both of whom are teammates on Busch’s Camping World Truck Series team and will race in Friday night’s Truck Series opener. Suarez, in the No. 18 ARRIS Toyota on Saturday, competed in last weekend’s ARCA Racing Series event at Daytona, starting sixth and finishing second. Jones, in the No. 20 GameStop Toyota, will make his first start at Daytona on Friday night, following it up with his fourth start for JGR in the Xfinity Series (formerly the Nationwide Series).
Qualifying for the Alert Today Florida 300 takes place Saturday at 12:15 p.m. ET, followed by the green flag at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Daytona 500 goes green on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action in 2015 at joegibbsracing.com.
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