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Joe Gibbs' "Newest Combo" Wins Fourth Race of the Season

Mike DiMauroSenior Writer IAugust 25, 2016

Joe Gibbs got his money's worth when he signed Kyle Busch to drive the No. 18 car this season. In addition to switching all three of his team's cars to Toyota, the newest member of Joe Gibbs Racing won his season-high fourth race of the season.

The race started out with Greg Biffle on the pole position. On Lap 19, Elliott Sadler hit the wall, which started a crash that involved ten drivers—including Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer and Dale Earnhardt Jr., all of which were in the top 12 in points heading into the race in Dover. Bowyer was able to escape with minor damage. The other drivers involved were Bobby Labonte, Scott Riggs, Paul Menard, David Gilliland, and Bill Elliott.

Roush Fenway Racing dominated most of the race. Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards led all but two laps—until the final 153.

Kyle Busch gained five positions during pitstops to win the race. Both Edwards and Biffle would finish in second and third, respectively. Roush Fenway teammate Matt Kenseth would finish in fourth, and Jeff Gordon would go on to finish the race in fifth.

The win keeps Kyle Busch in the points lead. Busch is now 142 points ahead of second-place Jeff Burton, who finished the race in eighth.

Despite being involved in the early crash, Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still in third place, but 271 points behind Busch. Carl Edwards gained two spots to move up to fourth place and Greg Biffle jumped from eleventh to fifth.

The next race in the series will be the Pocono 500, next Sunday at Pocono Raceway. TNT will begin their six race coverage at 12:30PM ET.

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