Last weekend’s race at Gateway turned into a nightmare for Joe Gibbs Racing as both of their cars crashed on the same lap.
On lap 152, DiBenedetto blew a tire after contact earlier in the race, which sent him up the wall. After making contact with the wall, he rolled down the track directly in front of his teammate Brad Coleman. The JGR cars ended up 29th and 30th at the end of the race.
Looking to rebound at O’Reilly Raceway Park, both Joe Gibbs Racing Nationwide Series cars will have new sponsors aboard.
Rookie Matt Dibenedetto has Game Plan For Life/I Am Second on board his Toyota for this Saturday’s Kroger 200.
Game Plan for Life is the title of team owner’s Joe Gibbs’ most recent book which debuted one year ago while I am Second is a movement meant to inspire people of all kinds to live for God and for others.
This will mark DiBenedetto’s fourth start of the year and the fifth of his career.
Kyle Busch, meanwhile, will have FleetLocate on board his Nationwide car as he tries to sweep all of NASCAR’s top three Series races in the same weekend.
“FleetLocate Powered By Joe Gibbs Driven provides companies a cost-saving device for keeping track of their mobile fleets in the field,” according to JGR PR. “It not only can track the location of each member vehicle with state of the art mapping and instantly communicate when vehicles leave predetermined boundary limits, but it also measures and provides detailed reports on excessive engine idling and fuel consumption.”
Busch won’t be doing all the work in all three cars this weekend as Brad Coleman will qualify the Nationwide car for Busch while he practices his Cup car.
“Last year we qualified outside pole and I will do everything I can to give Kyle a great starting position for the Kroger 200 this year,” said Coleman in the team press release. “You always want to be the guy behind the wheel when they drop the green flag but it is also an honor anytime you are in a JGR car and able to work with one of the best all-time drivers in the sport.”
In five previous starts at ORP, Busch has two wins, three top fives and three top 10s.
Currently the No. 18 car sits second in the owner’s points, 49 points behind the No. 22 of Penske Racing, while the No. 20 sits third, 146 points behind.