HOMESTEAD, Fla – Joe Gibbs Racing came out of the gates swinging in 2019. Denny Hamlin won the season opening Daytona 500 for them with Kyle Busch finishing second and Erik Jones third.
A 1-2-3 start. Doesn’t get much better than that.
On Sunday, they capped that great start to the season with another 1-2-3 in the Ford EcoBoost 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. This time, it was a historic day.
Kyle Busch earned his 56th career victory, five of which coming this season, for his second career championship. It was also JGR’s fifth title overall too.
The win also was their 19th of the season, moving them into first place for most wins by an organization for a single season. That broke a tie with Hendrick Motorsports who won 18 times in the 2007 season.
Third most ever was Roush Fenway Racing when they won 15 times in 2005. JGR also won 14 times in 2015 which also tied HMS who also had 14 trips to victory lane in 1998 as well.
A 1-2-3 finish to start the year and a 1-2-3 finish to close it. It was also a 1-2-4 finish in the final standings as Martin Truex Jr. finished second on Sunday and Denny Hamlin 10th.
On top of all of this, JGR won the big races this year. Daytona, Coca-Cola 600, Southern 500, Bristol Night Race and now a championship.
With a similar package being used in 2020, look for JGR to back this up with more success next season.