Gibbs Wrestles Charlotte Away From Hendrick
Carl Edwards celebrates his victory in the Coca-Cola 600 with fans in the stands at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday night. Edwards’ victory capped an impressive couple of weeks for his Joe Gibbs Racing team. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Andrew Coppley)
By Deb Williams | Senior Writer
CONCORD, N.C. – In recent years, Hendrick Motorsports’ domination of Charlotte Motor Speedway’s May race weeks had become fairly common; however, 2015 will be remembered as the year Joe Gibbs Racing stole that organization’s thunder.
For two weeks JGR dominated NASCAR Sprint Cup activities at the 1.5-mile track. First, Denny Hamlin earned the pole for the Sprint All-Star race and then recorded the Huntersville, N.C.-based organization’s first victory in the special event.
Next on the agenda was Coca-Cola 600 qualifying. This time it was Matt Kenseth who stole the headlines with his pole winning performance. And, finally, it became Carl Edwards’ turn as the Columbia, Mo., driver snapped a 31-race winless streak with his first-ever victory in stock car racing’s longest race. Edwards led three times for 25 laps, including the final 21, in the 400-lap event. However, when Kenseth’s and Hamlin’s performances were included, JGR drivers led on eight occasions for 104 laps.
Gibbs said such an accomplishment was a time for reflection.
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