Change has been good for Joe Gibbs Racing

DARLINGTON, SC - SEPTEMBER 05: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, qualifies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 5, 2015 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
DARLINGTON, SC - SEPTEMBER 05:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, qualifies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 5, 2015 in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)
DARLINGTON, SC – SEPTEMBER 05: Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, qualifies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 5, 2015 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Which organization has been best at adapting to the changing competition packages this season?

The question isn’t open to argument.

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Kyle Busch won with the low-downforce configuration at Kentucky and with the high-drag package at Indianapolis. Teammate Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in the high-drag aero package at Michigan.

So it’s no wonder Kenseth is looking forward to Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington with keen anticipation, even though Kentucky and Darlington are far from similar racing venues.

“You know, Kentucky and here are just such different race tracks, so I don’t know that you can really compare,” Kenseth said. “They brought a different tire, way different surface, way different racing style here than there is at Kentucky. Obviously, the groove is much narrower.

“So I think that’s really, really difficult to compare. We all had really good cars at Kentucky – I think all four of us finished in the top five, if I’m not mistaken (Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Kenseth were third through fifth, respectively). I felt like we were all pretty competitive there, and hopefully we can all be competitive here.”

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