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Team Interstate: Rough Michigan – Again

August 17th, 2014 by
Kyle Busch drives his banged-up Interstate Batteries Camry at Michigan. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch drives his banged-up Interstate Batteries Camry at Michigan. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

For the third week in a row, Kyle Busch suffered misfortune of major proportions.

The driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing made contact with the outside SAFER Barrier in turn four on just the fourth lap of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. After spending significant time in the garage for repairs to the right side of his racecar, Busch returned to the track on lap 28. The accident and time in the garage resulted in a disappointing 39th-place finish.

“I felt so good about my car those first few laps running the bottom, but then I was getting hung out on the straightaways,” said Kyle, who won the 2011 Pure Michigan 400. “Then I just tried going to the top in (turns) three and four right away, and I got loose all the way through three and four. Every time I touched the gas it wanted to spin out, and finally it was too much gas and not enough save, and I wrecked. I just hate it for these Interstate Batteries guys. I was really optimistic about our car there in the opening laps, and we didn’t get to see what we were capable of.”

  While the accident caused him to finish the race 41 laps down, there was a piece of good news for Kyle and the Interstate Batteries team as he clinched his spot in the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, assuming that he attempts to qualify for the final three races before the Chase Grid is set. 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 seventh and 38th, respectively. Jeff Gordon won the Pure Michigan 400 to score his 91st career Sprint Cup victory, his third of the season and his third at Michigan.

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Mid-Ohio

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Michigan

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series

Crawfordsville, Tenn.

  • No. 10 – Justin Brayton – Withdrew after accident
  • No. 33 – Josh Grant – 8th

Recap (JGRMX.com)

This Week

  • Joe Gibbs Racing will make a major announcement Tuesday
  • NASCAR: Bristol Motor Speedway
  • Motocross: Miller Motor Sports Park, Toole, Utah

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Kyle Busch: Looking for Luck in the Irish Hills

August 12th, 2014 by
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

During the 19th century, the Irish Hills area of Michigan – located near U.S. 12 just about halfway between Detroit and Chicago – was a well-known stopping point during the five-day stagecoach trip between the two large Midwest cities.

At the turn of the century, the Irish Hills turned into an enjoyable tourist destination with its plush, green landscape and more than 30 lakes for vacationers and residents to enjoy in peace and quiet.

For the last several decades, the Irish Hills come to life two weekends per year and become anything but peaceful and quiet when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series visits Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn for the state’s largest sporting events.

Kyle Busch returns to the track in his green-and-white striped Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch returns to the track in his green-and-white striped Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, hopes his colorful green-and-white-striped paint scheme brings a little bit of good fortune his way during his stopover in the Irish Hills for Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400.

Busch won the Pure Michigan 400 in August 2011 for his first Sprint Cup triumph at the 2-mile oval. However, the track was repaved prior to the 2012 season and, while he scored a solid fourth-place finish on the surface in June 2013, he has had three finishes of 30th or worse in the other four races contested on the fresh pavement. This weekend, Busch looks to overcome that recent string of bad luck at Michigan and turn his fortunes around on the blazing fast oval.

One day prior to Sunday’s Pure Michigan 400, Busch will achieve a milestone 500th start in a Toyota racing vehicle when he takes the green flag for Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the track. In his 499 career starts driving Toyota equipment among NASCAR’s top three series, Busch has scored 114 wins.

So, as Busch and the Interstate Batteries team head to the Midwest this weekend, they’ll hope to luck of the Irish is on their side and that the green-and-white-striped Camry can score a second Sprint Cup victory of the season Sunday afternoon in the Irish Hills of Michigan.

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

Kyle Busch straps into his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch straps into his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

 What do you think the speeds will be like at Michigan this weekend, and what did you learn in the season’s first race there in June?

 “Speeds at Michigan are up and they’re fast. It’s hard for Goodyear to make a tire that feels like it has enough grip to withstand the amount of speed we do carry, the amount of load we carry, the amount of temperature that they develop because we are going so fast. It’s not a favorable tire to the drivers, I don’t think, but it’s just because the cars are so darn fast. What we learned last time at Michigan – I felt like we ran well. We were running fourth to sixth or so and having a decent day, and then that was one of the races where we had a rear-wheel bearing failure, so I essentially finished, I think, 41st or something. Not such a good day for us but I felt like our car was fast enough to be capable of running in the top-10, and so I look forward to going back there and trying to see if we can’t do that again. It’s a place that you learn a little bit for Kansas because they’re both fresh repaves and I think you run on the same tire at both tracks – I can’t remember. But, it’s a place that you can learn some stuff for Kansas, so we like that.”

Most drivers really seem to enjoy racing at Michigan International Speedway. Why is that?

“Regardless of new pavement or not, it’s wide-open racing and you can run from top to bottom. The biggest thing used to be to find grip there. But, with the new surface, there is a ton of grip now. Before, you had grip for maybe five laps and then you’d just be out to lunch. But now, the tire wear is all out the window and the racetrack is going to be very fast. And the wide racetrack is good. That’s what makes Michigan so exciting and so fun. That’s the biggest deal about it.”

The No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry is impossible to miss in the garage or on the track. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

The No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry is impossible to miss in the garage or on the track. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

What does it mean to get your 500th start in a Toyota in the Saturday’s Truck Series race at Michigan?

“It just means I’ve been running too many races. But, I’m excited about it. It’s obviously a bit of a milestone whether you run just Cup races and reach 500 or whether you run all three series and you reach 500. There’s been a lot of success in-between those 500 starts and, yet, some heartache, too. It’s exciting to have as many wins as I do have across all three series of NASCAR with the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. In those 500 starts in a Toyota, 114 of those are wins. That’s a pretty good number.”

What does it mean to be the winningest Toyota driver with the most starts?

“I think it’s pretty neat to be as successful as we’ve been in these NASCAR series, but also behind the wheel of a Toyota. Toyota pours a lot of heart and soul into this sport. It’s helped make it what it is today with constant improvements from 2007 when it joined the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. It’s been an instrumental part of helping the sport evolve with the cars and everything else, so it’s been pretty good.”

Are you hoping to lock yourself into the Chase here, soon?

“Yeah, no doubt. You definitely want to be locked in. I feel like we’re sure enough to make the Chase but we want to be able to win. I felt like we had a chance last week to get ourselves locked in, but that obviously was cut short and so here we are this week just doing what we typically try to do. You want to be further up in the point standings and it can be very frustrating to be here because I know that’s not our capabilities. But, to be honest, you look on the flip side of the coin and it really doesn’t matter where you are. It just matters where you end up and how well you do in the final 10 races.”

You won the last race before the Michigan track was resurfaced. How much did the track change over the winters since the first race there on the new pavement?

“I think it has aged a bit and widened out a little bit more and we were better there in June. We just had some unfortunate luck with a rear-end gear issue. We struggled on the repaved tracks the last couple of years, but we were much improved at Kansas than we were there last year, so that gives me hope that we can do the same at Michigan this week. We just have to keep working hard and chip away at it like we approached the race at Kansas. I’m hoping we can learn enough in practice that we can have a good run there this weekend. One of the biggest things on repaved tracks is track position. Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and the Interstate Batteries guys have worked really hard on our qualifying setup, and I think we’ve improved on that as an organization with the new qualifying format. It will have to start with a good qualifying effort and seeing what we can learn in practice Saturday.”

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Team Interstate: Twists, Turns and Tangles at the Glen

August 11th, 2014 by
Team Interstate's Kyle Busch in the earlier part of Sunday's race, before the day turned bad. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch in the earlier part of Sunday’s race, before the day turned bad. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

It just wasn’t the day that Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch had hoped for in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355k Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.

The driver of the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing entered Sunday’s race with high hopes of scoring his third overall and second consecutive Sprint Cup Series win at the 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course. Instead, Kyle had a trying outing that saw him spend more than 20 laps in the garage for accident repairs after making contact with a fellow competitor at lap 27. Kyle was relegated to a disappointing 40th-place finish.

“It just wasn’t our day today. I don’t think there’s much more we can say,” Kyle said. “I give everybody on the M&M’s team a lot of credit, though, because they did what they could as a team to repair the car. We went back out there and tried to make the best of the situation. Hopefully, we were able to learn something that we will be able to use later in the year.”

Teammate Denny Hamlin saw a promising run slip away when he spun after a restart with just a few laps remaining. He would finish 24th on the day. Matt Kenseth battled throughout the day to score a 9th-place finish.

Results from Watkins Glen 2014

Nationwide Series

Watkins Glen

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series

Unadilla Sports Valley, New Berlin, N.Y.

  • No. 10 – Justin Brayton – 5th
  • No. 38 – Phil Nicoletti – 8th

Wrap-up (JGRMX.com)

This Week

Kyle Busch's Interstate Batteries hood

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Pro Anglers Trust Interstate Marine Batteries

August 6th, 2014 by
Aaron Beshears thanked IBS of Arklatex’s Jason Rankin for recommending the best battery ever.

Aaron Beshears thanked IBS of Arklatex’s Jason Rankin for recommending the best battery ever.

Pro anglers depend on their trolling batteries for their livelihood—as well as on power sonars, anchor systems, oxygenators and sound-based fish bait systems. Charging these batteries overnight is an absolute must.

When the circuit breaker tripped at a three-day fishing tournament, it left several pro anglers with drained trolling batteries. Everyone was in a panic to replace their batteries, except Interstate marine batteries fan and pro angler Aaron Beshears.

Instead of lining up for a chance at a fully charged replacement, Aaron checked his Interstate 31-AGM7 batteries and discovered he still had 100% power.

“These batteries continued to have full power on the second day, enabling me to fish for an entire worry-free day,” Aaron said. “I assure you, I have tried all batteries, and the Interstate 31-AGM7 is by far the best!”

Learn more about Interstate’s Outrageously Dependable Marine AGM batteries, and look for a dealer near you.

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Team Interstate: Down Day in Pocono

August 4th, 2014 by
The No. 18 team pushes Kyle Busch's M&M's/Interstate Batteries Toyota back to the garage after its engine expired in Pocono. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

The No. 18 team pushes Kyle Busch‘s M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota back to the garage after its engine expired in Pocono. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch saw a potentially strong run go up in smoke when a sour engine forced him to retire from the race just 23 laps into Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway.

“Something in between the frame rails just didn’t want to operate correctly,” Kyle said. The driver of the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry has seven top-10 finishes in 20 starts at Pocono. He finished 42nd Sunday.

Teammate Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry, was caught up in a lap 116 accident and relegated to a 38th-place finish. Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry, finished ninth.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race.

Nationwide Series

Michael McDowell. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Michael McDowell. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Iowa

Michael McDowell made the most of his opportunity this week, leading Team Interstate with a second-place finish. Michael is also a member of the I Am Second Racing Team.

Camping World Truck Series

Pocono

This Week

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Interstate Battery Gets Buddies Unstuck

July 30th, 2014 by
Christopher Decker's Interstate Battery powered his Jeep (and his buddy's) for more than two hours. Photo by Christopher Decker.

Christopher Decker’s Interstate Battery powered his Jeep (and his buddy’s) for more than two hours. Photo by Christopher Decker.

What do you do when you and your friend’s alternators short out, you’re in the mud and you’re miles away from home? For one Interstate Batteries® fan from Albuquerque, New Mexico, you just keep driving, thanks to the Outrageously Dependable® power of your battery.

Christopher Decker and his buddy Mike are Jeep® fanatics and enjoy taking their XJs off-road almost every weekend. On July 19, the two were “playing in the mud” with their Jeep Cherokees near Rio Rancho, New Mexico — but after a couple hours of driving through clay-like mud, both of their cars’ alternators fried up and almost left them stranded.

“Mike’s alternator went out about 10 minutes into our adventure and mine went out about 20 minutes in after jumping his truck twice,” Chris said. “I was running on only the battery.”

As auto mechanics will tell you, alternators are crucial for a vehicle’s performance because they charge the battery and power the electrical system when its engine is running. Without a working alternator, well, let’s just say you won’t want to accidentally leave your headlines on all night.

Chris Decker is the General Manager of Four Hills Turbo automotive repair shop in Albuquerque.

Chris Decker is the General Manager of Four Hills Turbo automotive repair shop in Albuquerque.

 

With only the battery to get them home, Chris’ 1989 Jeep Cherokee towed Mike’s for 30 miles all the way back home to the North Valley area of Albuquerque. Chris then continued to drive to his house and to work the next day without a functioning alternator, which is almost unheard of.

After realizing just how reliable his battery had been through the whole trip, Chris took to social media to tell his tale.

“I have never made a testimonial for any brand or product, but I have full faith in my Interstate battery now,” he posted to Facebook. “Not only did I have to drive for two hours home on just the battery, but I was towing another Jeep behind me. And it didn’t cough or sputter once. I got him home and still made it to my house. I’m glad I got an Interstate battery.”

Chris has always worked on his own vehicles and is the General Manager of Four Hills Turbo automotive repair shop in Albuquerque. After buying his 1989 Jeep Cherokee in January 2014, Chris bought an Interstate battery and said he hasn’t had any problems with it.

“I’ve had good experiences with [Interstate] before,” Chris said. “I’ve used them in my previous vehicles such as my Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI and my Mk2 Jetta Coupe.”

Thanks for believing in Interstate, Chris! Take an extra turn in the mud on us!

Do you have a story about the Outrageously Dependable® service you’ve received from an Interstate Batteries Dealer, Distributor or Route Manager? Has one of our products gone beyond your expectations? Share your story with us. Leave a comment below or on our Facebook page.

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Team Interstate: 2, 3, 4 in Indianapolis

July 28th, 2014 by
Team Interstate delivered a strong 2-3-4 finish at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate delivered a strong 2-3-4 finish at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate finished strong in Sunday’s 21st annual Brickyard 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2-3-4 finish marked the first time all three Team Interstate cars have finished in the top-five together since September 2010.

 

Kyle Busch drove his No. 18 Snickers/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry to a solid 2nd-place finish. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch drove his No. 18 Snickers/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry to a solid 2nd-place finish. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Snickers/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, led the way by finishing second. It was his third top-five finish and eight top 10 in 10 career starts at the Brickyard, and his sixth top-five and ninth top-10 of 2014. Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 and Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 finished third and fourth, respectively. Jeff Gordon won the race.

“I don’t think anybody had anything for the 24 (Gordon),” Kyle said. “Those guys were really, really fast, but it was also a great day for this Snickers Camry. I can’t say enough about everybody at Joe Gibbs [Racing] with all the hard work and everything they’ve done this year. They’re helping give our program a boost and moving forward a little bit. I think this was a really big day for JGR and for Toyota. I’m proud of the effort to bring all three home in the top-five.”

Indianapolis results

More stories:

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Indianapolis

Kyle Busch drives out to practice in his No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch drives out to practice in his No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Recap (KyleBusch.com)

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series

Washougal Motorsports Park

Justin Brayton earns ninth overall, while Josh Grant is advised to sit the race out after a crash in practice.

  • No.10 – Justin Brayton – 9th
  • No. 33 – Josh Grant – Did not compete

Recap (JGRMX.com)

This week

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Cellphone Battery Safety: Avoiding Fire

July 25th, 2014 by

KDFW-TV, Channel 4, in Dallas-Fort Worth gives us this important reminder about cellphone battery safety. A teenager slept with her phone under her pillow. The phone overheated, and the battery caught fire.

Watch their important report below, then read on for more information into what happened and how to avoid a similar situation.

According to Larry Jenkins, Senior Training Manager at Interstate Batteries and one of our battery experts, this problem isn’t limited to cellphones.

“All devices that use lithium batteries need to be allowed to breathe,” Larry said. “This includes iPads, other tablets and laptops. Blankets and covers of a bed can block the air that circulates across the battery, which keeps them cool.”

What most likely happened in the above case is called “thermal runaway,” a kind of chain reaction. The battery overheats, releasing energy that causes it to further increase its temperature.

Prevent This from Happening to You

If you use electronics in bed, Interstate Batteries recommends you place them on the nightstand or another flat surface to avoid blocking the air circulation.

Don’t leave your battery-powered items out for long periods in direct sunlight. Also, never leave them on the dashboard of your car. The concentrated heat along with limited air circulation can cause a major increase in temperature.

If the battery in your device puffs up like a pillow, do not pierce or squeeze it. This is a sign that there's major danger ahead.

If the battery in your device puffs up like a pillow, do not pierce or squeeze it. This is a sign that there’s major danger ahead.

Know the Warning Signs

Sometimes, your device’s battery may “puff up” like a pillow. This is a sign that it’s in the beginning stages of a very bad situation. Here’s what to do:

  • Stop using your device immediately.
  • Don’t squeeze or attempt to puncture the package because it could explode. A battery fire is both a metal fire and chemical fire (a double whammy) that can put out about 1,200 degrees of heat and toxic fumes.
  • Carefully bring the battery to those who can properly dispose of it and replace it: your local Interstate All Battery Center or to your cellphone provider.

Got a battery question? Ask Mr. Battery or ask us in the comments below. We’re here to help!

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Tech Talk: Your Key to Key Off Drain

July 22nd, 2014 by

It’s pretty common for “key-off drain” from accessories to kill a perfectly good battery.

Gale Kimbrough is Mr. Battery.When the car and any onboard devices draw a small flow of current from the battery when the engine’s off, that’s key-off drain.

There already are multiple power-hungry, key-off parasitic devices on vehicles today. And there are even more planned for the future. Picking the right battery matters now more than ever. The wrong battery could mean a dead battery. Here at Interstate Batteries, we have some advice on helping customers choose the right battery for their needs.

Looking for Normal

I often get asked, “What is a normal key-off drain?”

It varies so much between vehicle models.

Let’s say you’ve got two customers, and they both leave their cars at the airport for eight days.

One drives a 2010 Ford Taurus, the Super High Output (SHO) model, with an elaborate, aftermarket alarm system. The other drives a 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, and uses various devices, including an elaborate alarm, an MP3 player, a sound system, etc.

Your battery may power all sorts of devices when the key is off.

Your battery may power all sorts of devices when the key is off.

The Taurus started out from the factory with 45 milliamps, and the Malibu started out with 25 milliamps. By using various devices, however, both drivers have brought each vehicle’s daily key-off drain to 2.4 amperehours after the 24-hour period.

Their cars, though, use different batteries with different Reserve Capacity ratings. That rating shows how many minutes a new battery can deliver 25 Amps until the terminal voltage reaches 10.5 volts. The Taurus uses a group 65 battery, which may have an RC of 130 minutes. The Malibu uses a group 90/T5 battery, which may have an RC of 95 minutes. Both batteries are good, and meet the original equipment specs.

Key off battery drain as explained by Interstate Batteries

Big Drain Over Eight Days

What is Reserve Capacity?

Battery Council International defines it as “the number of minutes a new, fully-charged battery at 80°F (27°C) can be discharged at 25 amps and maintain a voltage equal to or higher than 1.75 volts per cell” (i.e., 10.5 volts for a 12-volt battery). This rating represents the time the battery will continue to operate essential accessories in the event of a charging system failure. More battery definitions

Eight days of 2.4 Amp-hours is going to make a big difference, and there is a chance one of the cars won’t start when they get back.

The Malibu battery has a lower RC rating. After draining 2.4 Amp-hours, multiplied by eight days, the Malibu battery only has about 66% of its original charge left. The Taurus battery’s charge has also dropped to 75%. The Malibu driver probably will need a jump-start to get home.

Key-off drain can be a battery killer. The more you understand how batteries deliver power and their ratings, the better you can advise your customers.

After all, your expert advice might save them before trouble starts.

Need help finding the right battery? Visit an Interstate Batteries Dealer near you.

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Team Interstate: Seconds Count in New Hampshire

July 14th, 2014 by
Kyle Busch and the rest of Team Interstate ran near the front of the pack for most of Sunday's race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch and the rest of Team Interstate ran near the front of the pack for most of Sunday’s race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch and crew chief Dave Rogers used smart fuel strategy and plenty of patience in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

The New Hampshire race marked the second appearance of the striped Interstate Batteries design. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

The New Hampshire race marked the second appearance of the striped Interstate Batteries design. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

The driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing survived a green-white-checkered finish that went four laps beyond the scheduled 301-lap distance to score his third consecutive runner-up finish at New Hampshire and his fifth top-five finish of the season.

“The guys did a great job today,” said Busch, who started from the pole and led once for 62 laps to score his seventh top-five finish at New Hampshire. “This Interstate Batteries Camry was good. Should have been anywhere from fourth to sixth, but we made a gutsy call there at the end to stay out and see if we can make it on fuel; barely made it, ran out right at the start-finish. We couldn’t have timed it more perfect. That was good and an overall solid effort for our team.

The Outrageously Dependable No. 18 Pit Crew in action at New Hampshire. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

The Outrageously Dependable No. 18 Pit Crew in action at New Hampshire. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

“We still know we got a little bit of work to do trying to get better and be able to catch up with some of our other competitors. Thanks to everyone at Interstate Batteries for their support here today and to our buddy Norm Miller (Interstate Batteries chairman) for his support. Happy birthday to him tomorrow. All in all, a decent day to be coming home second for our Interstate Batteries Camry.”

Kyle’s Team Interstate companions Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin finished fourth and eighth, respectively. Brad Keselowski won the race.

Recap (KyleBusch.com)

Results from the New Hampshire Race.

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Kenseth Finishes Third in Interstate Green

Matt Kenseth drove the Interstate Batteries Toyota to a third-place finish Saturday in New Hampshire. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Matt Kenseth drove the Interstate Batteries Toyota to a third-place finish Saturday in New Hampshire. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

In a white-and-green Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, Matt Kenseth started third, ran third and finished third in the Sta-Green 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“We had a pretty solid weekend with our Interstate Batteries Camry. We unloaded pretty close and we qualified third and finished third,” said Kenseth after making his 11th Nationwide Series start of the season.

“The guys that qualified first and second, finished first and second,” Kenseth said. “I felt like we were a third-place car and we finished third. I felt like the two best cars were in front of me and I couldn’t catch them. The 42 (Kyle Larson) was better on the short run and we were better on the long run and got away there a little bit. It’s just what we had. We had a couple of shots to make it better and we made it better, but not good enough to run with the 22 (Brad Keselowski) and the 54 (Kyle Busch).

“Got to thank Norm Miller and everyone at Interstate Batteries for their support. They’ve been with Joe Gibbs Racing for 22 years now and I’m proud to represent them.”

  • No. 54 – Kyle Busch – 2nd
  • No. 20 – Matt Kenseth – 3rd
  • No. 11 – Elliott Sadler – 6th

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Iowa Speedway

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series

Budd’s Creek, Mechanicsville, Md.

  • No. 10 – Justin Brayton – 11th
  • No. 33 – Josh Grant – 6th
  • No. 38 – Phil Nicoletti – 9th

This Week:

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill.
  • Motocross: Spring Creek Motocross Park, Millville, Minn.

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