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Joe Gibbs Racing

February 04, 2016,

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

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. In 2015, JGR expanded to a fourth full-time car with Carl Edwards behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota.

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: Mike Wheeler
Car Chief: Joe Fiorelli
Spotter: Chris Lambert

Over-the-wall crew members:
Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise
Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram
Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks
Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry
Jack Man: Nate Bolling
Gas Man: Caleb Hurd
Pit Crew Coordinator: Paul Alepa
JGR Athletic Director: Mike Lepp

Road crew members:
Truck Drivers: Bob Hannigan and Kyle Bazzell
Engineers: Chris Gabehart and Kenny Oates
Shock Specialist: Ron Denton
Tire Specialist: Jamie Turski
Mechanics: Joey Forgette, Jerad Hewitt and Jason Clements

Kyle Busch

Las Vegas, Nevada

Primary team members

Crew Chief: Adam Stevens
Car Chief: Nate Bellows
Team Engineer: Ben Beshore
Engine Specialist: Mike Johnson
Spotter: Tony Hirschman

Over-the-wall crew members:
Gas Man: Tom Lampe
Front Tire Changer: Nick Odell
Jackman: David Odell
Front Tire Carrier: Brad Donaghy
Rear Tire Carrier: Kenny Barber
Rear Tire Changer: Jake Seminara
Gas Runner/Pit Support: Many Leach
Pit Support: Jeff Koons

Road crew members:
Truck Drivers: Jamie Price and Bob Hannigan
Tire Specialist: Gregory Katzke
Team Engineer: Gene Watchtel
Ride and Handling Engineer: Chris Chase
Mechanic: Todd Foster
Mechanic: Brandon Griffeth

Carl Edwards

Hometown: Columbia, Mo.

Primary team members:
Crew chief: Dave Rogers
Car chief: Wesley Sherrill
Engineer: Matt Beckman
Engineer: Josh Noll
Spotter: Jason Hedlesky

Over-the-wall crew:
Jackman: Trey Burklin
Gasman: Kenneth Purcell
Front tire changer: Clay Robinson
Front tire carrier: Kevin Harris
Rear tire changer: Kip Wolfmeier
Rear tire carrier: Matt Ver Meer

Road crew members:
Shock specialist: Scott Myers
Mechanics: John Furino, Troy Welty and Sean Kerlin
Engine tuner: Steve Ritchie
Shock specialist: Drew Bible
Pit support: Anwar Parrish, Ben Surface
Truck drivers: Jerry Hess, Frank Hodel


Matt Kenseth

Cambridge, Wis.

Primary team members:
Crew chief: Jason Ratcliff
Car chief: Jeff Meendering
Engineer: Levi Porter
Engineer: Mike Lorusso
Spotter: Chris Osborne

Over-the-wall crew:
Jackman: Jason Tate
Gasman: John Eicher
Front Tire Changer: John Royer
Front Tire Carrier: Joe Crossen
Rear Tire Changer: Chris Taylor
Rear Tire Carrier: Richard Coleman

Road crew members:
Truck Driver: Dennis Valverde
Truck Driver: Tom McCrimmon
Mechanic: Alan Buzze
Mechanic: Matt Sauer
Engine tuner-TRD: Greg Wilson
Shock specialist: Scott Myers
Tire specialist: Jerold Shires
Pit support: Billy Byrne
Pit support gas: Jon Williams