Sponsor to continue with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2014
November 18, 2013, Staff report, NASCAR.com
For the races on April 12 at Darlington Raceway and on Aug. 31 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Sport Clips will serve as the primary sponsor for Denny Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota Camry. Hamlin won the 2012 Atlanta race in his Sport Clips Toyota.
Hamlin had a trying 2013 season and missed four races because of a compression fracture in his back. However, Hamlin won the season finale on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway to give him at least one win in his eight full-time Sprint Cup seasons. He finished 23rd in the final standings of the season.
The company will also serve as the primary sponsor for seven Nationwide races, with Elliott Sadler running six races in the No. 11 Sport Clips Toyota. Drew Herring will also make one start in a Sport Clips Toyota for JGR.
Sadler's Sport Clips starts will come on March 22 at Auto Club Speedway, April 11 at Darlington, July 4 at Daytona International Speedway, Aug. 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Sept. 27 at Dover International Raceway and Nov. 8 at Phoenix International Raceway. Earlier on Monday, it was announced that OneMain Financial would continue on as Sadler's primary sponsor for a fourth season.
Sadler finished fourth in the Nationwide Series standings this year; he and Justin Allgaier both finished with 1,090 points, but Sadler owned the tiebreaker. In 33 starts, Sadler had nine top-fives and 20 top-10s during his third consecutive season as a full-time Nationwide Series competitor.
Herring's start for Sport Clips will come on Sept. 13 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Over the past three seasons, Herring has run 11 Nationwide races for JGR with one top-five finish and five top-10 finishes.