Joe Gibbs Racing has launched a new pit stop style to elicit comments

RICHMOND, Virginia – Joe Gibbs Racing showcased its new stop built for faster car service on Sunday. Now, the question becomes how will the teams react?

Where tenths of a second could mean a lot – GGR’s Denny Hamlin beat Kevin Harvick by 0.552sec at Richmond Raceway to score his first win of the year – any gains could have a huge impact.

“We definitely found some speed in that,” JGR coach Brian Haaland told NBC Sports.

What differs with stopping is that the rear tire shifter rotates around the front of the vehicle to reach the right rear tire. Once done, this person goes back around the front of the car and changes the left front tire. The crew member changing the front right rotates around the front of the vehicle to the right rear.

This method allows the fuel supplier to retain the vehicle’s gas delivery capability rather than retracting so that the tire changer, which rotates around the rear of the vehicle, can reach the right rear tire. This means that the car can be refueled much faster.

Standard mode has the rear tire shifter waiting for the car to enter the pit stall and then looping around the rear of the car to the right rear. Once that’s done, they go around the rear of the car and change the left rear tire.

The new pattern, when run smoothly, can allow the rear tire shifter to reach the right rear tire and start working between three tenths to seven tenths of a second faster than the standard pattern used by other teams.

“Nothing adventurous, nothing won,” said winning crew chief Chris Gaphart. “Nothing great comes without risk. I am happy to be a part of continuing to push those boundaries.”

Joe Gibbs Racing stated that its teams had seven of 12 stopping points in the 9-second range during Sunday’s race. JGR says Kyle Busch’s team changed four tires and refueled the car in 9.1 seconds, the fastest stop of the day, on lap 234 of the 400-lap race.

Hamlin’s final stop was 9.4 seconds on lap 354, while Harvick’s final stop was 9.9 seconds on lap 353, according to JGR.

“When you stop for 9 seconds… that’s kind of a game-changer,” David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development, told NBC Sports.

The series is heading to Martinsville Speedway this weekend. The track has narrow road and cramped potholes, so JGR crews may not be able to use this new method all the time.

“We will have to study it and look at it and go back to the previous races and see the spacing we intend to take and the shape of the pit road, the cars that pass in front of us,” Haaland said if the JGR teams will use the new pattern this week. “It could be situational. We will make a decision later in the week on what we need to do. We intend to run this hole whenever possible.”

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The emergence of the next generation car in Richmond proves it Good thing Ryan Blaney.

The Penske driver had not finished better than 10 in 11 previous Cup races on the three-quarter-mile track.

Blaney won the pole and led 128 laps before finishing seventh last weekend. He tied with Chase Elliott for the points lead after seven races.

So, was it the car that allowed Blaney to run better or just another sign of his progress on the track?

“I think it’s part of everything,” Blaney said. “We just tried to figure out what I should do to run better. I still have a lot of thinking to do.”

Blaney’s day was not without contact. He and Ross Chastain bumped into each other during the race.

“I was in it to (turn) 3 and kind of floated and washed half a lane and we never touched,” Blaney said. “He went down to (Turn) 1 and he just decided to send me. So in the second half I sent him on. Now we’re even, I think.

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Ty Gibbs’ win on Saturday wasn’t without some drama, as he pushed his teammate John Hunter Nemechek onto the track on the last lap to win the Xfinity at Richmond Raceway. Nemechek took second place.

It was Gibbs’ seventh victory in the 25 start of Xfinity. That’s an impressive win rate of 28%.

With all that success, it’s easy to forget that Gibbs is 19 and still learning, something he admitted to after the race.

“If I could go back, I wouldn’t have driven him hard and hit him hard to knock him on the right track,” Gibbs said. “I wouldn’t have come in that hard. I still had to hit him anyway to win it.

“We’re getting close to the finish. I’ve seen him before. I didn’t let him pass and pull the brakes sit behind him and throw him. We raced to the finish. I hit him. That was my goal. If I could change him, I wouldn’t have pushed too hard. .