Sport Clips Upper James is a Proud Sponsor of: NASCAR'S Joe Gibbs Racing
Sport Clips Racing enters its 13th season in 2021 as a partner with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Denny Hamlin enters his 16th season with Joe Gibbs Racing, with Sport Clips as a season long associate sponsor on NASCARS’s #11 Toyota Camry. Considered one of the all-time greatest late model drivers in the Virginias and Carolinas, Denny is a bona fide superstar in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and a three-time winner of the Daytona 500 in 2016, 2019 and 2020. A 14-time NASCAR Playoffs Qualifier (2006-2012, 2014-2020), Hamlin is the longest-tenured driver at Joe Gibbs Racing. During the 2020 season, Hamlin scored seven NASCAR Cup Series. Hamlin has scored wins for Sport Clips on five different occasions starting in 2011 at his home track of Richmond International Raceway in the Xfinity Series, 2012 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Cup Series, Darlington Raceway in 2015 in the Xfinity Series, and sweeping the Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway in 2017 in both the Cup and Xfinity Series races.
Kyle Busch begins his 17th full season in NASCAR's top series and is a two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion winning in both 2015 and 2019. As a dominate driver in the series, Busch made the Championship 4 from 2015-2109. The 35-year-old Las Vegas native punctuated his milestone-filled campaign in 2019 with a dominating victory at the season-ending race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which clinched his second Cup Series title in five years and further immersed his presence among North American stock car racing's most elite competitors of all-time.
He was eliminated after the Round of 12 in 2020, but won his first race of the season at Texas in October. Busch's 57 Cup wins rank third only to Jimmie Johnson (83) and Kevin Harvick (58) among active drivers. He now ranks 10th on the all-time wins list. Busch is the all-time record-holder for wins in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series (97) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (59). He also is the 2009 Xfinity champion. Busch has 213 victories among all three NASCAR national series.
Martin Truex Jr. is a second-generation race car driver who has earned championships in both of NASCAR's highest levels and has cemented his place among the elite in today's NASCAR Cup Series competition. Truex enters the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season in his third season driving the #19 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing. Through 16 full-time seasons at the premiere level of stock car racing, Truex's resume includes a Cup Series championship in 2017, 27 race wins, more than 100 top-five finishes and over 200 top-10s
Growing up, Truex had two paths he could follow his father down - the family clamming business back home in New Jersey or racing as Martin Truex Sr. also did on short tracks around the northeast. After several years working on clamming boats, the younger Truex opted for the racing route and the rest is history. In 2014, Truex transitioned to Furniture Row Racing. In 2015, Truex was paired with crew chief Cole Pearn and the duo opened the season scoring top-10 finishes in 14 of the first 15 races, including a victory at Pocono Raceway. They ended the season fourth in the championship standings after qualifying for the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Their success together continued in 2016 when Truex went to victory lane four times, including the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. That season served as a springboard for an incredible eight-win campaign in 2017 where Truex capped off the year with a win and championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. During his championship run, Truex set personal bests for wins, top-10 finishes and laps led in a season. He also received the 2018 Best Driver award at the ESPY's. Truex earned another four victories in 2018 on his way to qualifying for the Championship 4 for the third tie in four seasons. Truex set a career-high for top-five finishes in a season with 20. Truex moved to Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2019 season and his on-track performance continued to shine. In two seasons racing with JGR, he has claimed eight victories, 29 top-five finishes, 47 top-10s and more than 2,300 laps lead.
Christopher Bell will drive the No. 20 for Joes Gibbs Racing in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. Adam Stevens will take over as the crew chief after six years at the helm of the No. 18 for JGR. Bell previously drove the No. 95 Toyota full-time for Leavine Family Racing in 2020 in his rookie campaign. He was a Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender. He's spent the previous two seasons in NASCAR Xfinity Series with Joe Gibbs Racing, earning 16 total wins. Bell won the 2017 Camping World Truck Series championship and has seven career Truck Series wins. In 2016, while competing full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Bell won twice in five Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) Series starts, including his series debut at Salem (Ind.) Speedway, once on the CARS Super Late Model Tour and five times while racing a limited dirt schedule in various series. In January of 2019, Bell earned his third consecutive victory at the prestigious Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsak, Oklahoma, previously having taken home the famed oil driller trophy in 2017 and 2018.
DARLINGTON RACEWAY PARTNERSHIP
Sport Clips has a long-standing partnership with Darlington Raceway, having served as the entitlement partner of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 race at the famed South Carolina track since 2012.
The Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 event has been one of the top events on the XFINITY Series race schedule, producing winners such as Brandon Jones (2020), Brad Keslowski (2018), Denny Hamlin (2017 and 2015 winner), and Elliott Sadler (2016).
The Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 is held each year on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. The tradition continues September 4-5, 2021 in conjunction with the Southern 500 that will launch the Chase for the Cup Championship. Watch as drivers earn their Darlington Stripe at the track "Too Tough to Tame."
INDYCAR's DALE COYNE RACING WITH VASSER SULLIVAN
Sport Clips Racing has extended its partnership with Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season. Aside from their multi-year relationship with Vasser-Sullivan, Sport Clips previously had an entry in the 2006 Indianapolis 500.
Ed Jones will pilot the No. 18 Dale Coyne Vasser Sullivan entry. Jones was the 2017 IndyCar Rookie of the Year and was the top-rookie finisher in the 2017 Indianapolis 500, placing third. He is also the 2016 Indy Lights Champion. Jones has made 47 IndyCar starts, earing 14 top-10 finishes, including three podium performances. Jones, 25, was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (of British citizenship) and currently resides in Miami, Florida.