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Record Year for Joe Gibbs Racing

Joe Gibbs Racing had a record year in 2019 with all four of its drivers combining to win 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

The mark is the most by a team in the modern era dating back to 1972, surpassing Hendrick Motorsports’ 18 wins in 2007.

In his first season driving the No. 19 Toyota for JGR, Martin Truex Jr. led the series with seven wins. Denny Hamlin won six times followed by this year’s champion Kyle Busch with five, including the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway that gave him the title. Erik Jones won the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

“It’s just a great year,” Hamlin said. “We won 19 races as an organization. That’s a good thing. In the world where we just keep getting more common with everything, right, common pit guns, common this, common that, JGR continues to set itself apart, and that’s the people and the effort that they’re putting in. I think that it really says a lot about the organization, no doubt.”

JGR’s win total helped give Toyota its third manufacturers championship and it was clinched in the penultimate race of the season when Hamlin won at ISM Raceway.

Busch’s win at Homestead-Miami led the team’s fourth 1-2-3 finish of the season with Truex Jr. and Jones finishing second and third, respectively in that race.

“Those guys are the best – the 18 (Busch) and the 19, so to run with them was a good feeling,” Jones said. “It was nice to finish off the year strong.”

The other top three sweeps came at Richmond in the playoffs, Pocono in July and when Hamlin led an emotional win for the team in the season-opening Daytona 500.

“I just want to say J.D. spent his entire professional life building our race team,” said team owner Joe Gibbs. “This whole year I think is just a tribute to him. I think everybody saw the Daytona 500, everything that’s happened this year.”