By Dominic Aragón and Jonathan Fjeld
John Hunter Nemechek secured his seventh career Xfinity Series victory Saturday at Michigan International Speedway, but the 200th for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Nemechek led the final laps in the Cabo Wabo 250, earning his fifth win of 2023.
“Super thankful, super grateful,” Nemechek said. “All the glory to God. Getting 200 is sweet.
“We’ve been joking about it for the past few weeks, and after the past couple of weeks that we’ve had, we’ve definitely needed to rebound. This is a great rebound.”
Joe Gibbs Racing began full-time NASCAR Xfinity Series operations in 1998 and earned a win at Darlington with Bobby Labonte.
In 1999, they scaled back to part-time but expanded to full-time again in 2000. However, it wasn’t until 2001 at Talladega that they went back to victory lane – with Mike McLaughlin driving.
Mike Bliss replaced McLaughlin in 2003. He brought JGR back to the Xfinity Series victory lane in 2004 at Charlotte.
Denny Hamlin replaced him in 2005 and, like McLaughlin and Bliss, didn’t win right away.
Then, in 2006, Hamlin won twice and kicked off JGR’s golden era from 2007-now when JGR earned 195 of its 200 Xfinity Series wins.
Here is a breakdown of JGR’s all-time Xfinity Series winners:
- Kyle Busch – 91 wins
- Joey Logano – 18 wins
- Christopher Bell – 17 wins
- Denny Hamlin – 17 wins
- Ty Gibbs – 11 wins
- Erik Jones – 9 wins
- Nemechek – 6 wins
- Brandon Jones – 5 wins
- Tony Stewart – 5 wins
- Harrison Burton – 4 wins
- Daniel Suarez – 3 wins
- Matt Kenseth – 3 wins
- Ryan Preece – 2 wins
- Sam Hornish Jr. – 2 wins
- Bobby Labonte – 1 win
- Daniel Hemric – 1 win
- Elliott Sadler – 1 win
- Mike Bliss – 1 win
- Mike McLaughlin – 1 win
- Ryan Truex – 1 win
- Sammy Smith – 1 win
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