Hamlin lobbied for Kenseth

: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, waves to the crowd during NASCAR After The Lap at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
: Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, waves to the crowd during NASCAR After The Lap at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on November 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

LAS VEGAS — Denny Hamlin believes Matt Kenseth will be a perfect fit for Joe Gibbs Racing, and he made his feelings known when Kenseth started discussions with the organization.

JGR announced in early September that Kenseth would drive the No. 20 Toyota for the organization next year. Roughly two months earlier, Roush Fenway Racing had reveled Kenseth would be leaving after 13 seasons of full-time Sprint Cup racing for that organization.

“I was one that definitely pushed for Matt to come over to Gibbs, and I just think that he’s really going to mesh well with me and Kyle (Busch),” Hamlin said. “I know that Kyle does a lot of short-track racing with Matt’s son (Ross Kenseth), and I know that me and Matt have very similar driving styles on the race track.

“I look forward to that communication and just hearing about how he did things versus how we do things, and, really, that’s what makes teams stronger. When Kyle came over in 2008, it was that drive that kind of pushed me to that next level –having someone come over and push you to be better. I think it’s going to be no different with Matt.”

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