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Interstate Batteries Lights Up Lives in Haiti

October 21st, 2014 by
Fayeton Orphanage in northwest Haiti got a solar power system thanks to Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Fla., Interstate Batteries and SonLight Power. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

Fayeton Orphanage in northwest Haiti got a solar power system thanks to Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Fla., Interstate Batteries and SonLight Power. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

For one underprivileged orphanage in Haiti, there really is a light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to the help of some pretty Outrageously Dependable® folks in the Interstate Batteries system.

Fayeton Orphanage in northwest Haiti was blessed with a solar power system in November 2013, bringing light into the dark campus for the first time.

The orphanage's solar power system relies on Interstate golf car batteries designed for deep-cycle applications. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

The orphanage’s solar power system relies on Interstate golf car batteries designed for deep-cycle applications. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

And it’s all thanks to Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Fla., Interstate Batteries and a nonprofit ministry called SonLight Power.

“It was really exciting to see the kids screaming because it was the first time they had a light,” said Ken Poirier, Owner of Poirier Service Center, a repair shop in Boca Raton.

Ken, an Interstate Dealer and long-time member of Spanish River Church, spent eight days installing the system and wiring the buildings with his good friend and partner in ministry, Craig Kindell.

Together, they recently finished an upgrade to the system for outdoor security lighting as well as wiring for lights and fans in the chapel, school and clinic.

“As you can imagine, the installation of the solar power system has had a huge impact on the lives of the orphan children living there,” Craig said. “You can get a sense of this impact by viewing the children’s reaction [during] the lighting ceremony at the girls’ dormitory.”

Watch the lighting ceremony here:

The campus in northwest Haiti has flooded numerous times due to harsh tropical storms that have hit the island, leaving the campus with no reliable power source to house, school and provide medical care to about 200 children.

Interstate Batteries Dealer Ken Poirier and ministry partner Craig Kindell spent eight days upgrading an orphanage’s new solar power system. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

Interstate Batteries Dealer Ken Poirier and ministry partner Craig Kindell spent eight days upgrading an orphanage’s new solar power system. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

Ken and Interstate contributed eight batteries for the first installation, and for the upgrade, they added 16 golf car batteries, which are specifically designed to handle deep-cycle applications. Jeremy Cannon, General Manager of Interstate Batteries of Coastal Florida, said Interstate also gave them a discount to help out.

“Interstate is the only battery I sell,” Ken said. “I’ve been around the block and I have the least amount of problems.

There’s no reason to look anywhere else for batteries.”

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Team Interstate: Mid-race Wreck Eliminates Kyle from Chase

October 20th, 2014 by
Crew members of the No. 18 team work on Kyle Busch's car after a mid-race accident Sunday at Talladega. Via @joegibbsracing/Twitter

Crew members of the No. 18 team work on Kyle Busch’s car after a mid-race accident Sunday at Talladega. Via @joegibbsracing/Twitter

A promising 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup came to a crashing halt for Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch Sunday in Talladega.

Kyle and the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries team did all they could to avoid the “big one” in the Geico 500 race, riding in the relative safety of the back of the field. On lap 102 of the 500-mile race, Kyle slowed up to avoid a multicar accident ahead of him. Unfortunately, the car of Austin Dillon behind Kyle did not. The result was heavy contact that sent Kyle hard into the inside backstretch SAFER Barrier, causing extensive damage to his Toyota Camry.

Watch the wreck here.

While the team was able to get the car back out to finish the race after extensive repairs in the garage, the 40th-place result was not good enough to make the top-eight in the point standings and advance to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“We were just biding our time the first half of the race,” Kyle said. “The strategy was to hang around the back for a while and stay out of trouble, which we were able to do the first half of the race. We were going to pit there, so I was getting to the bottom to come to pit road the next lap. But a couple of guys got together in front of me, and I got my stuff slowed down, but the No. 3 (Dillon) didn’t look like he checked up at all. He got in the back of me, and we were along for the ride after that. I can’t say enough about how hard the M&M’s team worked to get our car back out there. They’ve done an awesome job the whole Chase. It’s just hard to take getting eliminated like that because of how great of a job the guys did to get us to where we were.”

Crew chief Dave Rogers was proud of his team’s effort in the face of a tough situation not of their own doing.

“My hat’s off to all these guys – everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and everyone at TRD (Toyota Racing Development),” Dave said. “It’s a shame; everyone has been working really hard. I felt like we got off to a slow start early in the season and we were advancing through the playoffs pretty well with hard work and good decisions and good teamwork.

“I can’t praise him (Busch) enough. He’s really stepped up to be a great leader of this race team in the Chase. We’ve had a couple things go against us – getting the nose knocked off at Loudon, today – and Kyle’s done a really good job of biting his lip and just backing the race team to let us do our job. Kyle, I can’t say enough good about him. I’m really proud of him. We can’t win the championship, but we can still advance in points and work our way up to fifth. We’re going to go to Martinsville working hard, and we’re going to try to win all these races.”

Kyle’s Team Interstate companions – Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry – finished second and 18th, respectively. Brad Keselowski won the race.

The eight remaining Chase drivers all had their respective point tallies reset to 4,000 after Talladega. Matt and Denny are joined in the Eliminator Round by Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Keselowski.

Baby Busch on the Way


The NASCAR season has its ups and downs, and here’s some happy news for Kyle and his wife, Samantha: They’re expecting! On Saturday, the couple announced that their first child is due next May.

Other Racing Results

Camping World Truck Series – Talladega

  • No. 54 – Darrell Wallace Jr – 9th
  • No. 35 – Daniel Suarez – 15th

Monster Energy Cup (Motocross)

  • No. 23 – Weston Peick – 15th
  • No. 51 – Justin Barcia – 9th

This week

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series: Martinsville Speedway

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Team Interstate: Kyle Earns Fifth Top 10 in Chase

October 13th, 2014 by
Kyle Busch led early in Saturday night's race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch led early in Saturday night’s race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

A little momentum can go a long way, and it’s something Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch hopes to keep rolling for at least another five weeks as the 2014 Chase of the NASCAR Championship continues to heat up. A fifth-place finish in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway marked his fifth-straight finish of 10th or better since the Chase kicked off five weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

Kyle, driver of the No. 18 Doublemint/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, led three times for 41 laps. He led 13 of those laps after starting from the top spot but noticed that the car was getting a little too loose. Small adjustments to the car didn’t seem to help matters, but a more aggressive adjustment during the third caution on lap 135 brought his car back to life.

Kyle Busch was all smiles during practice. He's the only Chase driver to qualify and finish in the top 10 in each Chase race this year. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch was all smiles during practice. He’s the only Chase driver to qualify and finish in the top 10 in each Chase race this year. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

“Little adjustments just didn’t help us tonight,” he said. “We made that one big change, and the car really took off for us. It wasn’t a win – which is what we really want – but it’s another solid finish for us. We just need to go to Talladega next week and try to avoid the ‘big one.’ ”

Kyle’s Team Interstate companions – Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry – finished ninth and 19th, respectively. Kevin Harvick won the race.

After the race, Denny and Matt were involved in altercations with driver Brad Keselowski. Read more about it here.

With five races remaining before a champion is crowned after the season finale Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the top-12 drivers still competing for the title rank as follows:

Rank Driver Points
 1 Joey Logano 3,088
 2 Kyle Busch 3,082 (-6)
 3 Kevin Harvick 3,081 (-7)
 4 Ryan Newman 3,077 (-1)
5 Carl Edwards 3,076 (-12)
6 Jeff Gordon 3,074 (-14)
7 Denny Hamlin 3,073 (-15)
8 Kasey Kahne 3,057 (-31)
9 Matt Kenseth 3,056 (-32)
10 Brad Keselowski 3,038 (-50)
11 Jimmie Johnson 3,031 (-57)
 12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,031 (-57)

 

Four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention after this week’s race at Talladega.

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Charlotte

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Be prepared for power outages

October 10th, 2014 by

Did you know? 3.5 million Americans experience a power outage each week. Weather is the most likely cause, but faulty equipment and sneaky critters also play a role. Since you can’t predict when a power outage will happen, it pays to be prepared. Check out our infographic for some important tips:

Stay empowered when you lose your power - everything you need to know about power outages.

Interstate Batteries wants to help you prepare for emergencies. Visit our National Preparedness Month page and check out our Family Emergency Checklist. Also, visit your local Interstate All Battery Center for the batteries, flashlights and accessories you need to stay safe.

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Team Interstate Avoids Calamity in Kansas

October 6th, 2014 by

 

The 18 team performs another Outrageously Dependable pit stop on Kyle Busch's car Sunday. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

The 18 team performs another Outrageously Dependable pit stop on Kyle Busch‘s car Sunday. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate entered Kansas Speedway with a bit of trepidation. They left with three solid finishes and firm footing in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Kyle Busch is currently second in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch is currently second in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Although Kyle Busch didn’t win Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400, his third-place finish certainly felt like a victory, given his past difficulty at the track. He finished 30th or worse there three out of the last four races.

“We won today, we just didn’t get the champagne and the trophy,” said Kyle, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry. It was his fourth top-10 finish in the four Chase races contested thus far.

Kyle’s Team Interstate companions, Denny Hamlin in the No. 11Toyota Camry and Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota Camry, finished seventh and 13th, respectively.

Joey Logano won the race.

All three Team Interstate drivers are competing in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and have advanced to the Contender round that kicked off Sunday at Kansas. Kyle leaves Kansas in second with 3,042 points, six points behind Chase leader Joey. Denny leaves Kansas fifth in the standings with 3,037 points, 11 points out of first, while Matt sits seventh with 3,031 points, 17 points back.

Rank Driver Points
1. Joey Logano 3,048
2. Kyle Busch 3,042 (-6)
3. Carl Edwards 3,039 (-9)
4. Ryan Newman 3,039 (-9)
5. Denny Hamlin 3,037 (-11)
6. Kevin Harvick 3,033 (-15)
7. Matt Kenseth 3,031 (-17)
8. Jeff Gordon 3,031 (-17)
9. Kasey Kahne 3,023 (-25)
10. Brad Keselowski 3,009 (-39)
11. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,006 (-42)
12. Jimmie Johnson 3,004 (-44)

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Kansas Speedway

Kyle Busch celebrates, Interstate Battery in hand, after his win Saturday at Kansas. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch celebrates, Interstate Battery in hand, after his win Saturday at Kansas. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

 

This Week:

  • NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series: Charlotte Motor Speedway

 

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Battery Recycling Drive Helps Alberta School

October 1st, 2014 by
Fox Creek School in Alberta, Canada, turned an old Volkswagen Beetle into a solar-powered machine, thanks to Interstate Batteries. Photo courtesy Theressa Kelly.

Fox Creek School in Alberta, Canada, turned an old Volkswagen Beetle into a solar-powered machine, thanks to Interstate Batteries. Photo courtesy Theressa Kelly.

When a schoolteacher needed power for a four-year school project for his students, he reached out to Interstate Batteries of Northern Alberta to help him bring a solar-powered Volkswagen Beetle to life. Students in the industrial arts class at Fox Creek School in Alberta, Canada, got more than the golf car batteries they asked for. They got the power to fund it.

Students from Fox Creek School load up old batteries for recycling. Photo by Theressa Kelly.

Students from Fox Creek School load up old batteries for recycling. Photo by Theressa Kelly.

With guidance from the team at the Northern Alberta Distributor, the Fox Creek class held a battery recycling drive to collect spent batteries from around the community, and then sell them to Interstate Batteries. This funded three years of education and hands-on training to turn the VW bug into a solar-powered machine.

In the last year, the students collected 17,000 pounds of spent batteries from members of the community.

In early September, Northern Alberta took its barbecue trailer to host a cookout for the kids as they celebrated the finished bug.

As one project ends, however, another is set to begin. Next up? Rebuilding a Roadster.

Let the next battery drive begin.

Learn more about Interstate Batteries Recycling.

Fox Creek School's next project is to rebuild a roadster. Photo courtesy Theressa Kelly.

Fox Creek School’s next project is to rebuild a roadster. Photo courtesy Theressa Kelly.

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Team Interstate Advances in Chase

September 29th, 2014 by
The 18 team makes a fast stop during Sunday's AAA 400. Photo via @SunocoRacing/Twitter

The 18 team makes a fast stop during Sunday’s AAA 400. Photo via @SunocoRacing/Twitter

Team Interstate‘s Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth delivered solid performances in Sunday’s AAA 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway, giving them enough points to advance to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Team Interstate's Denny Hamlin (top), Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin (top), Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle, driving the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, started from the second position and stayed in the top 10 for most of the race. the only exception was after a lap 126 pit stop when he overshot his pit stall and lost valuable time. He restarted in 16th place and made it to ninth in just one lap around the 1-mile concrete oval.

Kyle’s Camry was tight for most of the day, Making it difficult to drive, and as the race went on, it only got tighter.

Kyle Busch prepares for practice in his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch prepares for practice in his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

“Our car, especially on the long run, was a ‘10’ tight,” said Kyle after recording his third consecutive top-10 and his 12th top-10 of 2014. “We did what we needed to do today with our Interstate Batteries Camry, but I’m not sure what the problem was on the last couple runs of the race. Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and the guys are going to take the car back to the shop and see if they can figure out if something was wrong. We’ll move on to the next round and hope we can have a better handle on our car next week.”

Matt finished sixth, and Denny finished 12th. Jeff Gordon won the race.

The “Contender” round of the Chase begins this week at Kansas Speedway, with the 12 top drivers all tied at 3,000 points.

Team Interstate's Dover results

How’s Your Chase Grid?

Chase Grid - Contender round

With round 1 complete, it’s time to check your Chase grid if you have one. Be sure to make your picks for who moves on to the Eliminator round by Sunday morning!

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Dover

Kyle celebrates after winning the Dover 200.
  • No.11 – Elliott Sadler – 5th
  • No. 20 – Justin Boston – 12th
  • No. 54 – Kyle Busch – 1st

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Las Vegas

  • No. 54 – Darrell Wallace Jr. – 2nd

This Week

NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series: Kansas Speedway

 

 

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Broken Glass, Mended Heart

September 24th, 2014 by

Romance Novelist Waxes Poetic After Interstate All Battery Center Fixes Her Phone

Shattered Connections: A friendly stranger comes to her  rescue

Romance novelist and busy multi-tasking mom Kristina Knight probably relies on her phone more than most of us.

“I do everything on my phone,” she said. “(I) talk and text, obviously, but I also use a Dragon app to dictate notes and chapters for my books while I’m waiting in the school pick-up line.”

Even though Kristina had dropped her phone several times before with no consequence, one day was about to go from a typical Tuesday to a ‘terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.’ She dropped her phone, causing what she feared was a fatal blow.

Cue panic. A call to her cellphone provider revealed she was not eligible for a new phone and a replacement would be over $500. Cue pain. Then she was referred to Interstate All Battery Center in Sandusky, Ohio, for phone screen repair.

Cue Ryan.

“I called in a bit of a panic because … I was desperate for a better solution,” Kristina wrote on her blog. “Ryan was incredibly helpful and calm; he said they had one screen left and told me how long it would take (30ish minutes, nice!). He said he would keep the screen for me and I left right away.”

Even though Kristina knew everything in her phone was backed up to the cloud, book deadlines don’t wait for accidents. The phone held sentimental value for her too, she said.

“It was on this phone that my agent called to tell me I sold to Harlequin SuperRomance.”

As promised, Ryan had Kristina reading and editing that day with all her photos, information, emails, networks and dictations intact. Cue relief.

“Before this I had no clue that there were businesses who replaced cracked/shattered screens, especially not battery stores,” Kristina said. “I thought they literally only carried batteries. I’m grateful to the workers at the phone store for cluing me in. My family will definitely keep Interstate Batteries on our call list – we have motor scooters and other fun things that need batteries from time to time. We are definitely fans!”

Ryan is a wonderful example of team members living our purpose at Interstate Batteries “to enrich lives,” even when opportunities present themselves in the most unlikely ways.

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Kyle Busch: Hoping to be a ‘Contender’ at Dover

September 23rd, 2014 by
Kyle Busch will take on the Monster Mile at Dover on Sunday in the Interstate Batteries Toyota. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch will take on the Monster Mile at Dover on Sunday in the Interstate Batteries Toyota. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

With two races completed in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship, one thing is for certain: Kyle Busch, crew chief Dave Rogers and the entire Interstate Batteries team have been Outrageously Dependable® in the face of adversity.

Kyle Busch has two wins at Dover International Speedway. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch has two wins at Dover International Speedway. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

So it’s only appropriate as the Sprint Cup competitors head to the third Chase race – Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway – that Busch will have the Outrageously Dependable colors of Interstate Batteries along for the ride on his No. 18 Toyota.

In both the Chase opener two weekends ago at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, and the second Chase race last Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, Busch and team fell behind, only to rally for top-10 finishes that have them fifth in the standings heading to the concrete mile oval at Dover this weekend.

In particular, Busch and his team showed their championship resolve last weekend at New Hampshire. After suffering heavy damage from a lap-187 accident, they never gave up, executing several pit stops over the final 100 laps to get Busch’s Camry in good enough shape to make it to the end. Not only did they make it, but the Las Vegas native made several spectacular three- and four-wide passes on the outside to vault himself from 20th to an eighth-place finish over the final seven circuits.

While satisfied with his solid start to the Chase, Busch will head to Dover – statistically one of his better tracks – in hopes of scoring a win, and thus an automatic bid to the Contender round as one of the final 12 drivers left in NASCAR’s playoffs.

The Dover stats for Busch and his Interstate Batteries team are impressive – two Sprint Cup wins, four NASCAR Nationwide Series wins and four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins.Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

But this weekend, Busch will try to keep the early Chase momentum going by shooting for his sixth top-10 finish in his last eight events at the racetrack known as the “Monster Mile.” Busch has led an impressive 1,011 laps in his previous 19 starts at Dover. Even more impressive is that, while wins have eluded Busch in the past three Sprint Cup races there, he has led 533 of a possible 1,200 laps completed in those races.

So as Busch and his Interstate Batteries team look to move on to the next round of the Chase, they will look to build on strong recent runs at Dover in hopes of closing the deal with their green-and-white-striped Interstate Batteries Camry Sunday afternoon on the Delmarva Peninsula. Not only does he want to be a contender during Sunday’s race, but also in the Contender round following Sunday’s 400-miler.

 KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

 Is this the kind of start in the Chase you were hoping for?

 “I’ve said it for years – if I could finish second in every single Chase race, I’d take it and win a championship over winning a single Chase race that doesn’t mean as much as a championship would. Now I think that still applies to this new system somewhat, but as the rounds go on and guys get eliminated, you’re likely going to have to win to get yourself to Homestead and have a shot at the championship. It’s all about the prize at the end. It’s only two races, and you would always strive to be better if you aren’t in victory lane, but we’ve done exactly what we’ve needed to start off the Chase. This team showed a lot of fight last week and will keep working hard each week and hope we can keep advancing and be in the hunt toward the end. Hoping we can continue that this weekend with our Interstate Batteries Camry.”

What does it take to be successful at Dover?

“Dover, being a concrete track, is challenging. They’re all a challenge, but Dover is especially so, just because of the way you have to run around that place. The way tires sometimes wear out. The way the rubber gets put down there. You’ve got to be fast through the corner. Two-thirds of your lap time is through the turn rather than down the straightaway, so you definitely have to make sure you have a good-handling racecar – one that’s good in the beginning of the run on low air pressures and one that’s good at the end of the run on high air pressures, and even through traffic, too. Some of the most challenging times are when you’re trying to get through traffic with guys.”

Do you enjoy racing at Dover?

 “It’s definitely a fast racetrack. It’s a fun racetrack, too. It makes it interesting when you get to traffic, when you have to pass guys, when you’re kind of falling down into the hole and jumping back up out of the hole to the straightaways. It’s a good place to race. It’s a competitive racetrack and, when the rubber gets laid down, it definitely changes the whole atmosphere and the whole way you run around that place.”

Kyle Busch wants to tame the Monster yet again. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch wants to tame the Monster yet again. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Does going from concrete to asphalt change the way the car handles?

 “We don’t run on an asphalt racetrack that’s banked like that or shaped like that. The mile tracks we go to that are asphalt are Phoenix and Loudon, and they are relatively flat. The concrete just changes the feel a little bit, of course, and changes the way you approach the racetrack, too.”

You have two Sprint Cup wins and a competitive history at Dover. What is your outlook with your history there?

“I love that place. It’s fun to race there and it’s a place I’m looking forward to going to with our Interstate Batteries Camry. I went there when I was 18 to race in the Nationwide Series for my first time. It will scare you the first time you race there. You carry so much speed at that racetrack and, for it to be a mile in length and for it to be concrete – concrete surfaces that we race on, anyway, are a little bit slick. It’s definitely a roller-coaster ride and you need to treat it like it’s fun and not to be scared of the place, I think, because you can get so much out of that place. There are two ways about it – you can probably be really, really good there, or really, really bad there. Some days you’re going to be better than others, obviously, with how you can get your car set up compared to the competition.”

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Team Interstate: Bruised, Banged up — but not Beaten

September 22nd, 2014 by

To some, Team Interstate suffered a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day in New Hampshire. All three drivers were involved in significant accidents over the course of Sunday’s Sylvania 300 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

But the optimist would say this was the kind of day where championship teams are made.

Kyle Busch and his No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries team overcame a lap-187 accident to finish eighth, despite significant damage.

“We kept working on our M&M’s Camry, kept fighting and put fresh tires on it every chance we could get, and we came back for a really good finish all things considered – and how bad it could have been,” said Kyle, who earned his 11th top-10 finish of the season. “It still shows what our team is made of, so I’m proud of the effort.”

 

Misfortune also struck teammates Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin. Matt was caught up in an accident with only 30 laps to go and didn’t have time to execute a similar late-race charge back to a top 10. He would finish 21st. Denny was extremely fast through the early portion of the race, but a mechanical failure in the fuel apparatus put him several laps down, and an accident followed that sent him to the garage for repairs, leaving him to finish the day back in 37th.

 

Joey Logano won the Sylvania 300.

Kyle, Matt and Denny currently sit fifth, eighth and 13th in the point standings. The top 12 will advance to the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup after next Sunday’s race at Dover. Only 12 points currently separate eighth place from 16th, with Denny just six points out of 12th – so the next round is still very much within reach.

Team Interstate Results, New Hampshire II

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Kentucky Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

This Week

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series: Dover International Speedway (Kyle Busch drives the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota!)
  • NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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