Unforgettable Joe Gibbs Racing Season Ends with 5th NASCAR Championship
Kyle Busch won the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway, earning the fifth NASCAR Cup title for Joe Gibbs Racing. It was a remarkable show of consistency from Busch (27 top-10 finishes this season) and an even more remarkable show of strength from the Joe Gibbs Racing team.
The season began with the passing of J.D. Gibbs at just 49 years old. Gibbs, son of team co-owner Joe Gibbs, had fought long and hard against a degenerative neurological disease. A few weeks later, the NASCAR season kicked off at Daytona, and JGR finished 1, 2 and 3 that day. Denny Hamlin won the 500, with Busch and Erik Jones right behind him. It set the tone for the rest of the season.
“That’s where it started,” Joe Gibbs said after Busch’s championship victory. “I think J.D. was there. And then it kind of continued the entire year.”
True Team-Wide Success
JGR’s 2019 was one for the record books, and there are plenty of numbers to prove it.
- 2nd team in Cup Series history with more than 12 wins, a Daytona 500 win and a driver championship in the same season
- 19 team wins is the most in the Modern Era
- 3 drivers in the Top 4: Kyle Busch in 1st with 5040 points, Martin Truex, Jr. in 2nd with 5035 points, Denny Hamlin in 4th with 5027 points
JGR’s world-class race shop in Huntersville, North Carolina is packed with over 30 Doosan machines. All told, our machines produce over 2,000 parts in each of the team’s Toyota race chassis—including the “one piece, one pass” draglinks. It’s been an incredible partnership between Doosan and Joe Gibbs Racing, spanning over 20 years.
From all of us at Doosan, congratulations to the amazing team at Joe Gibbs Racing on an amazing racing season. It was an all-timer, and we can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store.
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