February 28, 2013

Daytona was a disaster for Gibbs

At one point the JGR team owned the top three spots, but all three drivers ended up short of Victory Lane.

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Matt Kenseth
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Matt Kenseth, one of the top drivers for the Joe Gibbs Racing team, led the Daytona 500 for 86 laps but was foiled by engine trouble.

The Associated Press


WHAT: Subway Fresh Fit 500

WHEN: 3 p.m.

WHERE: Phoenix International Raceway (oval, 1.0 mile), Avondale, Ariz.

TELEVISION: FOX, 2:30 p.m.

"For us, an under-funded team to come here to Daytona and get a top-10 finish is pretty cool," McDowell said.

Yeley was 10th for his first top 10 since 2008, and he came from 41st and a lap down to get his finish. In his first season with Tommy Baldwin Racing, Yeley also hit a milestone with sponsor Golden Corral: Every time he gets a top-10 finish this season, kids eat free on Monday.

"After a long, hard-fought day at Daytona, we were able to log a top-10 finish for our first outing," Yeley said. "The best part of it all is making lots of kids happy when they eat for free as a part of J.J.'s Monday."

Team owner Baldwin thought it was a sign of how hard the organization has worked.

"We put in a lot of work over the offseason and to see J.J. and the team make the top 10, that tells us we did a good job," Baldwin said. "Seeing our team progress through the past several years, moments like this are why I started my own team."

PAUL TRACY has joined Sportsnet's Canadian coverage team, a prospect that means the 2003 CART champion will bring his humor and blunt analysis to IndyCar races he broadcasts this year.

Sportsnet has a five-year agreement with IndyCar for exclusive Canadian rights to the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights events.

Tracy will be in the booth for three races -- the Indianapolis 500, the Honda Indy Toronto and one race yet to be determined. Tracy, who is tied with Dario Franchitti and Sebastien Bourdais for seventh on the career victory list with 31, will be part of a broadcast team that features Canadian Motorsport Hall of Famer Bill Adam, pit reporter Todd Lewis and host Rob Faulds.


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