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JGR reaches milestone with 100th Cup victory

September 23, 2012, Official Release,

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Joe Gibbs' hard-to-fathom two-sport career has become statistically symmetrical. Consider...

Joe Gibbs (Getty Images)

* Three Super Bowl championships? Check.

* Three Cup Series championships? Check.

* Triple-digit wins (248) in the NFL? Check.

* Triple-digit wins in the Cup Series? Well, after two-plus decades in the sport, Gibbs can check that rare milestone off the list, too.

With Denny Hamlin's dominant win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, Joe Gibbs Racing became only the sixth team in Cup history to reach 100 victories.

Gibbs entered the series in 1992 as a one-car team with eventual series champion Dale Jarrett as his driver. Now, JGR exists as a three-car powerhouse which threatens to win another championship this season with Chase contender Hamlin. Its first championship came in 2000 with Bobby Labonte. JGR followed that with two more titles, both with Tony Stewart (2002 and '05).

Now, the team adds another accolade to the list -- 100 Cup victories. JGR has won with six different drivers, at 23 different tracks. Below is a timeline of Gibbs' notable and milestone victories on its way to 100:

1 -- On Feb. 14, 1993, JGR won its first race -- and it was on NASCAR's biggest stage, the Daytona 500. With his father, Ned, urging him to victory while calling the race from the CBS broadcast booth, Jarrett captured his second and Gibbs' first win. JGR has won at least one race every season since.

3 -- JGR won its first Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, on May 28, 1995, with Labonte driving.

22 -- JGR won its first Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On Aug. 5, 2000, during his championship campaign, Labonte led 21 laps prior to kissing the bricks. JGR has won two more Brickyard events, both with Indiana native Stewart (2005 and '07).

23 -- The team's next win came in another of NASCAR's crown jewels -- the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Labonte picked up the win again, on Sept. 3, 2000.

50 -- JGR reached milestone victory No. 50 on July 1, 2006. Stewart won the Daytona night race, starting second and leading 86 laps.

72 -- On June 28, 2009, in a rain-shortened event at New Hampshire, JGR driver Joey Logano became the youngest winner in Cup history at the age of 19 years, 1 month and 4 days.

DriverWins DriverWins DriverWins
Denny Hamlin22 Kyle Busch20 Joey Logano2
Crew ChiefWins Crew ChiefWins Crew ChiefWins
James Makar21 Dave Rogers8 Jason Ratcliff1
Mike Ford17 Darian Grubb5
TrackWins TrackWins TrackWins
Pocono9 Charlotte4 Texas3
Richmond9 Daytona4 Kansas2
Martinsville7 Homestead4 Phoenix2
Michigan7 Chicago3 Kentucky1
Bristol6 Darlington3 Las Vegas1
Dover5 Indianapolis3 Rockingham1
New Hampshire5 Sonoma3

88 -- On Nov. 7, 2010, Hamlin won at Texas Motor Speedway for the team's 11th victory of the year, making the 2010 season the most prolific in JGR's history.