Joe Gibbs Racing has been the hottest orginization outside of Hendrick Motorsports since 2008. Toyota and JGR have won well over 10 races in the last two seasons and with the 2010 season coming up, many people are predicting that a JGR driver will be the one to hoist up the Sprint Cup series title at the end of the season. These are my predictions for all three drivers for the season and the next slideshow that I do will be on the powerhouse itself, Hendrick Motorsports.
2009 was a huge success for Denny Hamlin as he showed everybody what he can truly do when he gets on a hot streak. Hamlin had been known as a consistant driver coming into the 2009 season without a lot of momentium behind him. It took Denny half the season to find his stride but when he did, Denny took off like a rocket ship. Hamlin won at Pocono and then won 3 more times that season including the season finalie at Homestead. Denny had a rocky chase with several DNF's but he did earn the 2nd most points of any driver in the chase when he didnt crash out. If Denny Hamlin can just string some consistiancy togeather, then 2010 maybe the season that we see Hamlin become a champion.
Prediction: 2 Wins, 11 Top 5's, 18 Top 10's, and a 7th place finish in points.
When Kyle Busch left Hendrick Motorsports in 2007, people saw his move to Joe Gibbs Racing a risk but also that it would be a good thing for this kid's career. Kyle Busch hasn't ever had success when it comes to making the chase or the pressures of being in the chase but he has made up for it by dominating the sport with his brash attitude and his aggressive style of driving. Kyle Busch has won 12 races in the last 2 seasons, he has lead more laps than anybody else in the last 2 seasons, and he was the 2009 Nationwide Series Champion. Kyle Busch has always been the bad guy in NASCAR but 2010 maybe a challenge for the kid on the Cup side. Dave Rodgers has come on board to be his new crew chief and the two really clicked on the Nationwide Series in 2008 so if these two have that same magic then look out for the 18 team.
Prediction: 5 Wins, 10 Top 5's, 15 Top 10's, and will miss the chase for a second straight season but will finish 13th agian.
Joey Logano is banking on his experience – and the progress he made as a rookie – to avoid a sophomore slump in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Logano can look at the statistics from last year's run in Joe Gibbs Racing's No. 20 Toyota and know he improved over the course of his rookie season. At the 14 tracks where the series competed twice in 2009, Logano bettered his finish at 10 of those tracks when he went there the second time around. He improved by more than 10 positions at five of those tracks. 2010 Maybe a year of some suprises but to me, I believe that Joey will be the biggest suprise of the season by making the chase for the championship.
Prediction: 1 Win, 9 Top 5's, 15 Top 10's, and will finish 12th in points.