Race Report

A New Race Season Begins...

January may ring in the New Year, but it's February that brings NASCAR back to our attention, TV screens, radios, computers, mobile devices and, of course, the tracks filled with excited fans.

JASPER 4-Speed Transmissions enjoyed a second place finish by Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing, in Sunday's celebrated Daytona 500.

In the Daytona races leading up to the big event, the JASPER 4-Speed Transmission had three wins in three races. Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Unlimited and the second Dual Qualifying race, while Matt Kenseth won the first Dual Qualifying event.

A recap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup finishes follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Daytona 500

2nd    Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
6th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
19th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
30th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
41st   Michael Waltrip (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
42nd  Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings

2nd    Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
3rd     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
6th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
11th   Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
18th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
28th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
38th   Michael Waltrip (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
39th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

Penske Racing drivers are under a separate differential program for superspeedway races and will return next week with their JASPER Differentials.

Next up...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - March 2: The Profit on CNBC 500 Presented by Small Business Fueling America - Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Nationwide Series - March 1: Blue Jeans Go Green 200 Presented by Cotton, The Fabric of Our Lives - Phoenix International Raceway

Matt Kenseth Remains First in Chase Standings

Joey Logano finished 4th with his JASPER Differential in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway this past weekend. Matt Kenseth, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, finished 11th to keep him in first place in the Chase Standings. A recap of the finishes in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway

4th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) 11th   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 14th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 17th   Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 19th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 23rd   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 32nd  Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 34th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Nationwide Series - Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway

17th  Sam Hornish, Jr. (JASPER Differential) 28th  Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) Chase Standings 1st     Matt Kenseth 5th     Kyle Busch 9th     Clint Bowyer 10th   Joey Logano Nationwide Standings 2nd     Sam Hornish, Jr.

JASPER Products Take 1st and 2nd in Chase Opener

Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch took 1st and 2nd place finishes respectively in the rain-interrupted Chase opener at Chicagoland Speedway. A recap of the finishes in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway

1st     Matt Kenseth (JASPER4-Speed Transmission) 2nd    Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 7th     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 9th     Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 18th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 33rd   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 37th   Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) 38th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Nationwide Series - Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola

2nd    Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) 3rd    Sam Hornish, Jr. (JASPER Differential) Chase Standings 1st     Matt Kenseth 2nd    Kyle Busch 9th     Clint Bowyer 12th   Joey Logano Nationwide Standings 1st     Sam Hornish, Jr.

JASPER Race Products Take Third Straight Win in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

It was a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission that took the top spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this weekend, making it the third straight win for JASPER Race Products in NASCAR's premier series. Brad Keselowski placed second in the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race. A recap of the finishes in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway

1st     Matt Kenseth (JASPER4-Speed Transmission) 4th     Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 5th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) 11th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 14th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 28th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 30th   Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 35th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Nationwide Series - Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway

2nd    Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 12th   Sam Hornish, Jr. (JASPER Differential) The current Chase standings for drivers running JASPER Race Products are: Clint Bowyer in 2nd; Kyle Busch in 5th; Matt Kenseth in 6th; Joey Logano in 10th; and Martin Truex, Jr. in 14th (Current Wild Card). Sam Hornish, Jr. is in 1st place in the Nationwide standings.

JASPER Products Take Top Three Positions in NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series

JASPER 4-Speed Transmissions and Differentials took top honors in this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series respectively. Both series ran the Watkins Glen road course. It went a bit deeper than that, however, as JASPER Race Products went on to claim the top three positions in both series. A recap of the finishes in the Cheez-it 355 at the Glen is as follows: 1st     Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 2nd    Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 3rd     Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 6th     Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 7th     Joe Logano (JASPER Differential) 19th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 23rd   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 28th   Landon Cassill (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 32nd  Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) The current Chase standings for drivers running JASPER Race Products are: Clint Bowyer in 2nd; Kyle Busch in 5th; Matt Kenseth in 7th; Brad Keselowski in 8th; and Martin Truex, Jr. in 10th. In the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Brad Keselowski and Sam Hornish, Jr. finished 1st and 2nd respectively - a repeat of Pocono last week -  Both drivers run JASPER Differentials. Also running JASPER Race Products in this week's Nationwide race were Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission), who finished 3rd; Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) in 21st; Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission), finishing 24th; and Andrew Ranger (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) in 26th. Sam Hornish, Jr. is in 2nd place in the Nationwide standings.

Double Win Weekend in Racing

JASPER 4-Speed Transmission and Differential in the Winning Cars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series Races Respectively It was a double win this past weekend for JASPER Race Products as Martin Truex, Jr. and AJ Allmendinger won the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events respectively. A recap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers running JASPER Race Products is as follows: 1st        Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 5th        Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 11th      Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) 13th      Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 19th      Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 21st      Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 23rd      Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 35th      Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) Five drivers running JASPER Race Products are in the Chase standings. Clint Bowyer is 3rd, Matt Kenseth is 5th, Kyle Busch is 8th, Brad Keselowski is 9th and Martin Truex, Jr. is 10th. Five drivers ran JASPER Race Products in Saturday's Johnsonville Sausage 200 Presented by Menards Nationwide Series race at Road America. AJ Allmendinger won the event running a JASPER Differential. The following is a recap of drivers running JASPER Race Products in this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series event: 1st        AJ Allmendinger (JASPER Differential) 4th       Owen Kelly (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 5th       Sam Hornish, Jr. (JASPER Differential) 6th       Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 34th     Michael McDowell (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

A Great Weekend for JASPER Race Products at Dover International Speedway

It was a strong showing for JASPER Race Products, with five drivers finishing in the top ten at Dover International Speedway in Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. Kyle Busch finished fourth with a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, Brad Keselowski finished fifth with a JASPER Differential, Clint Bowyer finished sixth with a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, Joey Logano finished seventh with a JASPER Differential and Mark Martin finished 9th, respectively, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission. A recap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers running JASPER Race Products is as follows: 4th        Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 5th        Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 6th        Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 7th        Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) 9th        Mark Martin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 34th      Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 38th      Martin Truex Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 40th      Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) Four drivers running JASPER Race Products are in the Chase standings. Clint Bowyer is 3rd, Matt Kenseth is 4th, Brad Keselowski is 8th and Kyle Busch is 9th. In Saturday's 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano, running a JASPER Differential won his first race of the season.  This was his third consecutive win at the Monster Mile. Sam Hornish Jr. finished 7th, respectively, running a JASPER Differential.

A One, Two Finish for JASPER Race Products at Darlington

It was a first place finish for Matt Kenseth and a second place finish for Denny Hamlin in the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this past weekend. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth have their cars equipped with the JASPER traditional three-rail 4-Speed Transmission. Michael Waltrip Racing drivers Martin Truex, Jr., Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer use JASPER’s single-rail version of the 4-Speed. A recap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers running JASPER Race Products is as follows: 1st         Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 2nd        Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 6th         Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 11th       Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 12th       Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 22nd      Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) 25th       Mark Martin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 32nd      Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) Four drivers running JASPER Race Products are in the Chase standings. Matt Kenseth is third; Clint Bowyer is fifth; Brad Keselowski is seventh; and Kyle Busch is eighth. In the Nationwide Series, Joey Logano finished fourth and Sam Hornish, Jr. finished eighth. Both drivers run JASPER Differentials.

Brad Keselowski Clinches the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship

The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may have come to a close, but the celebrations continue for Penske Racing and Champion Driver Brad Keselowski. The driver of the #2 car needed to finish 16th or better after Kyle Busch received the bonus point for leading the most laps in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Keselowski did just that by passing Tony Stewart for that much-needed position. Then, to be sure there would be no doubt when the checkered flag flew, Keselowski passed Mark Martin for 15th. This is the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship for both Keselowski and Penske Racing.
This is also a milestone for Jasper Engines and Transmissions and its Racing Drive Line Division as it celebrates the first championship for its products. Keselowski was running a JASPER Differential when he secured the title Sunday, as he had for the 2012 season. JASPER Race Products celebrated 14 pole positions and 16 wins this season. Clint Bowyer, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, finished second in Chase points, while Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex, Jr. finished sixth and eleventh respectively.

Hamlin Takes Fifth

Hamlin Takes Fifth Win of the Season in New Hampshire Denny Hamlin's win in this weekend's Sylvania 300 in Loudon, New Hampshire, was significant for any number of reasons. It was his fifth win of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season; it was his second Chase win; it helped to solidify his position as a favorite to win the Chase; and it gave Joe Gibbs Racing its 100th Cup victory. To top it off, Hamlin came from a 32nd place starting position to dominate the race, leading 193 laps of the 300 lap event. Drivers running JASPER products placed in two of the Top-5 positions this weekend. A recap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers running JASPER Race Products at Loudon is as follows: 1st     Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 4th     Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 6th     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 8th     Joey Logano (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 9th     Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) [in for Mark Martin] 17th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 21st   Sam Hornish, Jr. (JASPER Differential) 28th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) The Chase standings for drivers running JASPER Race Products are as follows: Brad Keselowski is second; Denny Hamlin is third; Clint Bowyer is sixth; and Martin Truex, Jr. is tenth. In the NASCAR Nationwide Series this weekend, Sam Hornish, Jr. finished second while Ryan Blaney, in for Brad Keselowski, finished ninth.