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Raybestos Brakes Help Matt Kenseth Earn First Victory At Darlington

JGR and Raybestos Brakes claim first, second and sixth place finishes.


MCHENRY, Ill. — The JGR team capped off an auspicious week with an amazing win at Saturday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Kyle Busch took sixth, Denny Hamlin took second and Matt Kenseth drove his No. 20 Dollar General Toyota to victory lane… all three cars relying on the stopping power of Raybestos brakes. 


Kenseth, earned his first victory at Darlington, his third of the season and the 27th of his career. Substitute crew chief Wally Brown said, “The strength of Matt’s car was unbeatable in the closing laps. This was a team effort… a talented driver, dedicated team a powerful car and an equally powerful brake package all added up to a well-earned win.”

Kenseth took the lead from JGR teammate Kyle Busch on Lap 355 of 367 and pulled away to win by 3.155 seconds over Hamlin, as Busch moved into sixth. This was Hamlin’s first full race back from a compression fracture, sustained during a last-lap crash at Fontana, Calif., in late March. Given the strain of this demanding track, his effort was an inspiration to his entire team.


The Raybestos Racing brake package, used by NASCAR teams like Joe Gibbs Racing, combines ample stopping power with a considerable weight savings advantage on tracks like the Darlington 1.37-mile Super Speedway, according to the company.

Raybestos racing brake pads are the ultimate high-friction, high-torque racing pads, according to the company. The famous Raybestos “ST” series racing compounds provide superior stopping power for championship-caliber race teams.

Raybestos Racing calipers make up the strongest and lightest caliper package currently available in all of NASCAR. They have an optimized structure caliper architecture design and a mono-block aluminum alloy construction. They also include integral crossover cooling and progressively sized titanium pistons.
Raybestos Racing two-piece rotors are engineered to withstand the high-heat torture of short tracks and road courses; delivering the effective lightweight operation required for qualifying and superspeedway runs. Winning features include an S-groove slot design, a racing-specific vane configuration and optimized metallurgy.


For reliable performance, all Joe Gibbs Sprint Cup racecars are also equipped with Raybestos Racing ball joints and tie rods. The premium-quality chassis parts help fine-tune each car’s suspension setup for optimal grip and handling.

The lessons learned on tracks like Darlington are continually translated into product improvements across the entire Raybestos product line, which includes racing, street performance, police patrol/pursuit vehicles and heavy-duty trucks.

For more information on the Raybestos Sprint Cup braking system, or for questions on any Raybestos brand brakes, visit or call 800-323-0354.

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