Reigning NASCAR XFINITY Series champion Daniel Suarez, who will be replacing Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Toyota this year, will join an impressive list of drivers who've scored victories for Joe Gibbs Racing.
JGR had a remarkable 2016 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, as Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin collected a total of 12 wins, 46 top fives and 84 top-10 finishes.
Since JGR’s inaugural season in 1992, drivers have racked up 140 wins for team owner Joe Gibbs.
Here are the eight drivers who graced Victory Lane while driving for the organization:
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Dale Jarrett, 2
Jarrett’s first career win for JGR came in the 1993 Daytona 500, which is popularly referred to as “The Dale and Dale Show” after an epic battle with Dale Earnhardt in the closing laps. Jarrett’s father, Hall of Fame driver Ned Jarrett, coined the title while calling the race from the television booth.
The 1999 NASCAR Premier Series champion also won the fall race at Charlotte in 1994 before moving to the No. 28 Robert Yates Racing Ford the next year.
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Joey Logano, 2
It’s only fitting that the New England native scored his first career NASCAR Cup Series win in a rain-shortened race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2009 – becoming the youngest winner ever at NASCAR’s top level.
He won his second race with JGR at Pocono Raceway in 2012.
Logano made the move to Team Penske and the No. 22 in 2013.
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Carl Edwards, 5
After he won 23 races with Roush Fenway Racing over the course of 11 years with the organization, Edwards made the switch to JGR for the 2015 season.
And he didn’t waste any time getting to Victory Lane in the No. 19 Toyota, either.
In 2015, Edwards won two of NASCAR’s crown jewel events – the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and the Southern 500 at Darlington.
Edwards won three races in 2016 and made it to the Championship 4 round of the Chase in 2016.
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Matt Kenseth, 14
Before Edwards made the switch to JGR, Kenseth was the first to jump ship from Roush to join Joe Gibbs’ squad.
Among the victories, Kenseth won the Southern 500 at Darlington in his first year driving the No. 20 Toyota.
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Bobby Labonte, 21
Among Labonte’s wins in the No. 18 JGR Pontiac included the 1995 Coca-Cola 600, as well as the Brickyard 400 and Southern 500 in 2000.
Labonte topped off a very successfully ’00 season by winning his only Cup championship.
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Denny Hamlin, 29
Hamlin is the only current JGR driver that has spent his entire Cup career with the organization, and will likely remain unchanged.
Hamlin earned his first two career victories by sweeping both events at Pocono in his 2006 rookie season.
Although he has come very close to earning his first championship on multiples occasions, Hamlin also has a couple big wins to his credit, including the 2010 Southern 500 and the 2016 Daytona 500.
Tony Stewart, 33
Stewart and the ironic orange-and-white No. 20 car spent a fair amount of time in Victory Lane from his rookie season in 1999 through 2008.
Some of Smoke’s greatest accomplishments during his time at JGR included two Brickyard 400 victories in 2005 and 2007, along with two of his three championships in 2002 and ’05.
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Kyle Busch, 34
Of Busch’s 38 career Cup Series wins, only four were earned from 2005 through 2007 while driving the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet.
Busch began driving the No. 18 JGR Toyota in 2008, scoring his first win with the organization early that season at Atlanta. He also went on to win the Southern 500 later that year.
Among the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion’s other accomplishments include winning back-to-back Brickyard 400 races the past two seasons.