Friday, October 18, 2013

Hamlin, Herring To Replace Vickers At JGR

Vickers is out for the season
Joe Gibbs Racing  announced today its driver lineup for the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota over the final three races of the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. 

Brian Vickers, who is the fulltime driver of the No. 20 Nationwide Series Camry for JGR this season, learned earlier this week that he would have to sit out the remainder of the 2013 season to deal with health issues. 

Denny Hamlin will make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start of this season in Texas on Saturday, November 2, while Drew Herring will take over in the No. 20 Dollar General Toyota on November 9 at Phoenix and the season finale November 16 at Homestead. 

Hamlin has at least one start in every season of the NASCAR Nationwide Series since 2004 and over 140 career starts he has earned 11 career victories in the Series. He has made 10 career Nationwide Series starts at Texas Motor Speedway with five top-five and seven top-ten finishes.  He earned a fifth-place finish in this race one year ago. 

Herring has four Nationwide Series starts for JGR in 2013 thus far, having piloted the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in both Iowa races as well as Kentucky. He also drove the No. 18 Z-Line Designs Furniture Toyota at Bristol Motor Speedway in August.  He has two top-ten finishes in those four races, having finished sixth at the second Iowa race as well as Kentucky. He also earned the pole in that second Iowa race back in August. Herring has 13 career Nationwide Series starts with one top-five and five top-ten finishes to go along with the one pole award. 

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