MCHENRY, Ill. — Sidelined for four races with a broken back earlier in the season, Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Teammate Matt Kenseth was close behind, and took second place at the season’s final race. Both JGR drivers drove under the stopping power of Raybestos brakes.
The victory is Hamlin’s first of the season, the second time at Homestead and the 23rd time in his career. The driver of the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota has won at least one race in each of his eight full seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Kenseth scored a career-best seven race wins in his first season with JGR. He was the No. 1 seed entering the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and led the standings for six of the playoff’s first seven weeks.
“From a competitive standpoint it’s been by far the best season of my career,” said Kenseth. “We lead the most laps, qualified the best, I think probably best average finish, most wins, all that stuff. From a competitive standpoint, it was our best year.”
Kenseth finishes the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship in second place, and teammate Kyle Busch finished the season fourth in the standings, which is a career-best.
Joe Gibbs Racing completed one of the organization’s strongest seasons ever. Hamlin’s victory gave JGR 12 wins this season, which is the most in the organization’s 22 years of racing.
The Raybestos Racing brake package, used by NASCAR teams like Joe Gibbs Racing, combines ample stopping power with a considerable weight savings advantage on short tracks like the Homestead-Miami Speedway’s 1.5-mile oval track.
Raybestos racing brake pads are the ultimate high-friction, high-torque racing pads. 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, the company says. 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, according to Raybestos.
The lessons learned on tracks like Miami 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 www.RaybestosBrakes.com or call 800-323-0354.