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Joe Gibbs Racing

March 25, 2014,

Joe Gibbs Racing
Joe Gibbs Racing history, full crews of Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth

Manufacturer: Toyota
Engine manufacturer: TRD
Debut season: 1992
Owner standings

Joe Gibbs Racing was launched in 1991 by former NFL head coach Joe Gibbs. As Gibbs looked to move from coaching to a new chapter in his career, his friend Don Meredith was looking for opportunities to race in NASCAR, and the team was born with its first season of premier series competition coming in 1992.

In 1993, driver Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 for JGR's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory. Bobby Labonte took to the drivers seat, replacing Jarrett, in 1995. Since then, the team has claimed three championships in the series: in 2000 with Bobby Labonte and '02 and '05 with Tony Stewart, who became the team's second driver in 1999.

The team expanded to a third full-time car in 2006 with J.J. Yeley behind the wheel. 2012 brought Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th Cup win, when Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

JGR is based in Huntersville, NC, with over 450 employees in a facility of 250,000 square feet. Visit the team's web site here.

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Denny Hamlin

Chesterfield, Va.

Primary team members:
Crew chief:  Darian Grubb | Hometown: Floyd, Va.
Car chief: Wesley Sherrill | Hometown: Robbinsville, N.C.
Engineer: Mike Wheeler | Hometown: Southold, N.Y.
Engineer: Ross Kippenbrock | Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Pit crew coordinator:  Paul Alepa | Hometown: Vienna, Va.
Spotter: Chris Lambert | Hometown: Kannapolis, N.C.

Over-the-wall crew members:
Front tire changer: Dustin Necaise | Hometown: Gulfport, Miss.
Front tire carrier: Brandon Pegram | Hometown: Statesville, N.C.
Rear tire changer: Mike Hicks | Hometown: Salisbury, N.C.
Rear tire carrier: Heath Cherry | Hometown: Belmont, N.C.
Jackman: Nate Bolling | Hometown: Swanton, Ohio
Gas man: Caleb Hurd | Hometown: Pulaski, Va.

Road crew members:
Hauler driver: Jerry Hess | Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
Hauler driver: Frank Hodel | Hometown: Blythe, Calif.   
Mechanic: Nick Fuller | Hometown: Casa Grande, Ariz.
Mechanic: John Furino | Hometown: Long Island, N.Y.
Shocks: Drew Bible | Hometown: Coldwater, Mich.
Tire specialist: Kerry Ferris | Hometown: Perry, N.Y.

Kyle Busch

Las Vegas, Nevada

Primary team members:
Crew Chief: Dave Rogers | Hometown: Marshfield, Vt.
Car Chief: Jerry Cook | Hometown: Sylvania, Ohio
Team Engineer: Steve Hoegler | Hometown: Cleveland
Engine Specialist: Kirk Butterfield Hometown: Carrollton, Ohio
Spotter: Tony Hirshman Hometown: Northampton, Pa.

Over-the-wall crew members:
Gas Man: Tom Lampe | Hometown: Beatrice, Neb.
Front Tire Changer: Nick Odell | Hometown: Springfield, Ill.
Jackman: Jeff Fender | Hometown: Candler, N.C.
Front Tire Carrier: Brad Donaghy | Hometown: Orange County, Va.
Rear Tire Carrier: Kenny Barber | Hometown: Hoosick Falls, N.Y.
Rear Tire Changer: Jake Seminara | Hometown: Steubenville, Ohio
Gas Runner/Pit Support: Greg Martin | Hometown: Pittsburgh
Pit Support: Jeff Koons | Hometown: Greenfield, Ind.

Road crew members:
Truck Drivers: Jamie Price and Bob Hannigan | Hometowns: Choteau, Mont., and High Bridge, N.J., respectively
Tire Specialist: Jamie Turski | Hometown: Trumbull, Conn.
TRD/EFI Specialist: Garth Grahame | Hometown: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Team Engineer: Chris Gabehart | Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Ride and Handling Engineer: Ron Denton | Hometown: Bristol, Va.
Mechanic: Brandon Griffeth | Hometown: Pittsfield, Ill.
Mechanic: Nate Bellows | Hometown: Fairfax, Vt.
Pit Support/Fuel: Dan Bajek | Hometown: Camden, N.Y.


Matt Kenseth

Cambridge, Wisc.

Primary team members:
Crew chief: Jason Ratcliff | Hometown: Sumter, S.C.
Car chief: Jason Shapiro | Hometown: Essex, Conn.
Race engineer: Jacob Canter | Hometown: Yakima, Wash.
Engineer: Mike Lorusso | Ashburn, Va.
Spotter: Chris Osborne | Hometown: High Point, N.C.

Over-the-wall crew:
Jackman: Jason Tate | Hometown: Statesville, N.C.
Gasman: John Eicher | Hometown: London, Ky.
Front Tire Changer: John Royer | Hometown: Otis, Kan.
Front Tire Carrier: Joe Crossen | Hometown: Salisbury, N.C.
Rear Tire Changer: Chris Taylor | Hometown: West Plains, Mo.
Rear Tire Carrier: Eric Groen | Hometown: Sioux Center, Iowa

Road crew members:
EFI Specialist: Jarrad Egert | Hometown: Elmore, Ohio
Shock specialist: Scott Myers | Hometown: Modesto, Calif.
Pit Support: Bill Byrne | Hometown: Marne, Mich.
Pit Support: Tom Dean | Hometown: Long Valley, N.J.
Truck Driver: Dennis Valverde | Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.
Truck Driver: Tom McCrimmon | Hometown: Spicer, Mn.
Mechanic: Todd Foster | Hometown: Birmingham, Ala.
Mechanic: Jesse Sanders | Hometown: Coupeville, Wash.
Mechanic: Glen Wheeler | Hometown: Orange, Calif.
Engine tuner: Mike Johnson | Hometown: Bozeman, Mont.
Tire specialist: Jerold Shires | Hometown: Waiteville, W.V.