Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/31/14
There's a power shift occurring in the Sprint Cup garage. Hendrick Motorsports has long been considered NASCAR's juggernaut, but in 2013, Joe Gibbs Racing has raised the bar. With five wins this season -- three victories by JGR newcomer Matt Kenseth and two by Kyle Busch -- the company has collected nearly half the hardware. On Saturday night, Gibbs' Toyotas nearly swept the Sprint Cup podium and likely would have had Busch not damaged a tire and dropped from first to sixth in the last 13 laps. Kenseth won the race; teammate Denny Hamlin was second. In the first 11 races of the season, Kenseth (781) and Busch (740) have led a combined 1,521 laps of 3,549 raced. If you factor in the mere 156 laps led by Denny Hamlin in the six races he has completed, a Gibbs car has been at the point more than 47.3 percent of all laps. And just imagine the potential numbers the organization might have amassed if Hamlin had not been injured this season. Yes, the No. 20 JGR team and Kenseth were t...
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