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2016 Champion
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2016 Race Winners

Denny Hamlin (2)
Jimmie Johnson (2)
Brad Keselowski (4)
Kevin Harvick (2)
Kyle Busch (4)
Carl Edwards (2)
Matt Kenseth (2)
Martin Truex (2)
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Joey Logano
Tony Stewart
Chris Buescher
Kyle Larson





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How'd He Do That?

By Carol Einarsson and Dave Clark | 04/18/2016
 
Carl Edwards back-flipped into Victory Lane this week, beating Matt DiBenedetto by just five spots... but how'd he do that?  

4. Fast on Friday: Earning the pole, and more importantly the first pit stall, doesn't guarantee a win, but it surely helps!

3. Thinking outside the box: Crew chief Dave Rogers' set up kept the right front tires on the car all day, even when every other JGR team had issues.

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Last Activity: 04/18/16
 
By Carol Einarsson and Dave Clark | 04/11/2016
 
Kyle Busch wore the funny hat in Victory Lane this week, holding a Texas trophy over his head at the Duck Commander 500, but... how'd he do that?  

4. Joe Gibbs Racing.  JGR has already won three races this year, and Kyle Busch continues to benefit from top notch leadership and resources. 

3. It's a Team Sport:  Adam Stevens and crew were flawless in the pits. Other guys had fast stops, but the 18 car seemed to spend less time in the box than anyone else.  

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Last Activity: 04/11/16
 
By Carol Einarsson and Dave Clark | 03/21/2016
 



Jimmie Johnson beat the field at Fontana this week, but how'd he do that?

After a staff meeting at RJO, we boiled it down to the top four factors that put Jimmie in Victory Lane.

4. Flawless pit stops! The 48 team was jammin' this week! They had fast stops all day, and at least twice they did it in 11 flat.

Comments: 3
Last Activity: 03/21/16
 
By Carol Einarsson and Dave Clark | 03/14/2016
 


Kevin Harvick took the checkers at Phoenix this week, but how'd he do that?

After careful review, the RJO staff consensus has boiled it down to the following key factors resulting in Victory for the #4.

4. Slow and Steady wins the race. Despite his sponsor being "freaky fast", Harvick hung around the top ten until after the half-way point in the race. Taking no risks, and not wearing out his car too soon, he remained consistently within striking distance to be there when it counted.


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Last Activity: 03/15/16
 

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