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Team Interstate: Matt Wins Rainy Bristol

April 20th, 2015 by

 

Matt Kenseth hoists the victory battery after his win Sunday at Bristol. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Matt Kenseth hoists the victory battery after his win Sunday at Bristol. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Team Interstate’s Matt Kenseth won Sunday’s rain-delayed Food City 500 in Support of Steve Byrnes and Stand Up to Cancer, capping off what can kindly be described as an eventful day.

The race featured several big wrecks and rain delays of more than five hours. When it finally ended, Matt earned his first victory of the season, while a late-race accident took away a certain top-five finish from Carl Edwards, who finished 24th.

Denny Hamlin suffered neck spasms during the first rain delay and had to be replaced in the car by rookie Erik Jones, who would finish 26th. David Ragan would get caught in a mid-race accident and was left to finish 41st in his Snickers Xtreme/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry.

One of the more compelling stories was that of Erik, who began the afternoon planning to watch the race from the comfort of his couch. He even planned to take a nap when Joe Gibbs Racing asked him to suit up. Read the behind-the-scenes story here.

Matt’s win essentially clinched his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Team Interstate results, Bristol I, 2015

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Bristol

Daniel Suarez. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Daniel Suarez. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Erik Jones. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Erik Jones. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

  • 18 – Daniel Suarez – 2nd
  • 20 – Erik Jones – 4th
  • 54 – Denny Hamlin – 31st

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

Santa Clara, Calif.

  • 23 – Weston Peick – 3rd (First career podium finish)
  • 51 – Justin Barcia – 16th

This week

  • NASCAR: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
  • Supercross: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

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Let’s Get Ready to Check and Charge

April 14th, 2015 by
Battery Tender Plus 12V 5A battery charger

A seasonal battery can last a lot longer if it’s charged the right way. First, choose a quality charger like the Battery Tender, available at Interstate All Battery Center or online.

Springtime means thinking about getting recreational vehicles out of storage. From motorcycles to boats or from lawn mowers to ATVs — they all require battery power. Even if the battery is stored correctly, we need to check it, test it and quite often, charge it.

Gale Kimbrough, aka Mr. Battery

Gale Kimbrough, aka Mr. Battery

A seasonal battery’s service life can be extended by as much as 50% by effective charging methods, procedures and a correctly matched charger. Make sure you:

  • Visually inspect the battery
  • Check fluid levels if applicable and fill only if needed
  • Check the battery’s state of charge level
  • Have the battery checked to determine whether it’s Good, Bad or somewhere in-between.

The following applies to multiple battery types and sizes, including motorcycle, marine, auto, etc.

Should I allow a deep-cycle battery to become completely discharged before recharging?

No. Lead-acid batteries do not need to be deeply discharged to be recharged. The opposite is actually better. Through various testing, we have found that there is a tremendous increase in service life through the number of cycles the battery will perform when it is not cycled to 100% depth of discharge. As an example, we have tested deep-cycle batteries and found that the battery will more than double its cycle life between a 100% DOD (completely discharged) and conducting 60% DOD levels.

Starting Batteries and their charge levels

Is it better to slow or fast charge a battery? What is considered too fast vs. too slow?

Generally, a slow charge is best overall. But what differentiates a slow vs. high recharge current levels? There are several things to consider. A charger can either add or subtract service life to your battery. Too fast of a charge overheats the battery. Slow charging (1-2 amp level) may not allow for an effective charge when time on charge and/or voltage regulation of the charger are not adequate.

TIP

Any time a battery becomes hot to the touch, it is being overcharged compared to the amount of recharge current it can accept easily. When the battery can’t accept the electrical energy, it will convert that energy to heat. When ‘current’ is applied too quickly and the battery cannot dissipate, it gets hot. Discontinue charging immediately anytime the battery gets hot to the touch.

Battery capacity

Let’s choose a 100 Ah marine group 27 battery. A good rule of thumb is a charger size of 20 amps (1/5 of the battery’s capacity) is typically an effective initial current. You can choose a lower charge level, but it increases the time on charge.

Battery type

The Interstate Batteries 12V 1A battery charger is ideal for 12V motorcycle batteries. It's designed to prevent overcharging and suits conventional, AGM and gel lead-acid batteries.

The Interstate Batteries 12V 1A battery charger is ideal for 12V motorcycle batteries. It’s designed to prevent overcharging and suits conventional, AGM and gel lead-acid batteries. Available at Interstate All Battery Center.

Determine the battery type. This is important because of the differences among deep-cycle flooded, automotive flooded starting, motorcycle and AGM batteries. Their charge acceptance characteristics differ and they often require special charging requirements.

Type & size of charger

If you have an older charger that doesn’t allow the user to select between automotive, deep-cycle, AGM, etc., an upgrade is often needed to effectively charge different types of batteries. There are single-stage and multi-stage chargers with varying voltage regulation levels. Always choose the correct charger for the battery you are charging.

Voltage regulation of the charger

If you recharge deeply discharged batteries, you will need a charger that cuts off (regulates) at a higher level. For example, a 12-volt battery charger may need to charge at more than 15 volts for batteries deeply discharged while other batteries, only lightly discharged, may require just
14.4 volts.

TIP

Flooded battery charger may cause damage when used to recharge an AGM battery.

In general, most consumer battery chargers sold today are single-stage ‘taper’ chargers. This means that the charger will react only to the battery’s internal resistance to change the current (in amps). These chargers typically cost less and have less electronics and sustained regulation levels. The charger may start at a high charge current level, but will taper down to a lower current to charge the battery slower. Just because the charger starts at a high level at first doesn’t keep it from slow-charging.

A more elaborate charger is a multi-stage charger that will allow a high constant current, a medium to slow and then a maintenance stage. These often cost more but charge more effectively.

Charging too slow = When you can’t recharge fully within 8-10 hours.

Charging too fast = Battery gets hot, typically when the charger’s output is greater than a third of battery’s amp-hour rating

How do I know how much to charge the battery? Is it better to charge longer?

The time needed to effectively recharge depends on the battery’s capacity and its state of charge. An auto starting battery’s ampere hour capacity can frequently be calculated by its reserve capacity multiplied by .6. Many other battery types require the manufacturer’s information.

The battery’s approximate state of charge should be tested only when the battery is static and hasn’t recently been discharged or recharged.

TIP

Most motorcycle batteries have the Ah rating in their number like 16-CLB, which is 16-18 Ah.

For more than 20 years, Gale Kimbrough has been the face of technical expertise for Interstate Batteries customers. Although he is retiring from Interstate Batteries to spend more time with his family, Mr. Battery will continue to make battery science interesting and fun for our readers. Got a question? Ask him at interstatebatteries.com/mrbattery.

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Team Interstate: Toughing it Out in Texas

April 13th, 2015 by
David Ragan puts on his helmet at Texas Motor Speedway. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

David Ragan puts on his helmet at Texas Motor Speedway. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

David Ragan wheeled his No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry to a top-15 finish Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

David, filling in for the injured Kyle Busch, qualified 30th for the Duck Commander 500 but quickly moved up through the field at the wave of the green flag. The car performed especially well during long green-flag runs.

“Our Interstate Batteries Camry was fast, we just didn’t finish as well as we should have with all of those cautions at the end,” David said. “Adam Stevens and our Interstate Batteries team did a really nice job adjusting on our Camry, and I felt like we had a chance at certainly a top-10 or maybe even a top-five if the cautions would have fell right.”

Teammates Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth finished 10th, 11th and 23rd, respectively. Jimmie Johnson won the race.

Team Interstate recap - Texas I 2015

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Texas Motor Speedway

 

Erik Jones celebrates his first career Xfinity Series win at Texas Motor Speedway. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Erik Jones celebrates his first career Xfinity Series win at Texas Motor Speedway. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

To the winner goes the Interstate battery. Congratulations, Erik! Copyright 2015 Autostock Images.

To the winner goes the Interstate battery. Congratulations, Erik! Copyright 2015 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Erik Jones won his first career NASCAR Xfinity Series race Friday night in the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The 18-year-old qualified on the pole and ran in the top five for most of the night, impressing NASCAR veterans Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Brad Keselowski.

Watch: Erik’s bold moves on the final restart

Watch: Erik in Victory Lane: “We beat Cup guys tonight.”

  • 18 – Daniel Suarez – 18th
  • 20 – Erik Jones – 1st
  • 54 – Denny Hamlin – 7th

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

Houston

  • 23 – Weston Peick – 22nd
  • 51 – Justin Barcia – 9th

This Week

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David Ragan: Fully Charged

April 7th, 2015 by
David Ragan continues to drive the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota in place of injured Kyle Busch.

David Ragan continues to drive the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota in place of injured Kyle Busch.

Coming off his first top-five finish of the season two weekends ago at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, coupled with some rest this past weekend during a rare NASCAR Sprint Cup Series off weekend, safe to say David Ragan is fully charged for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Ragan, interim driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), heads to Texas with some welcome momentum this weekend as he subs for the injured Kyle Busch for the sixth time. It also seems the chemistry between Ragan and crew chief Adam Stevens is developing nicely. And, what better place for a strong run than in the backyard of JGR’s founding sponsor Interstate Batteries?

Coach Joe Gibbs and Norm Miller, Chairman of Interstate Batteries

Coach Joe Gibbs and Norm Miller, Chairman of Interstate Batteries

Interstate Batteries and JGR enjoy a partnership that dates back more than 23 years to 1992, the team’s first full NASCAR season, and it’s an association that long ago evolved past the typical sponsor-race team connection. If asked, owner Joe Gibbs would refer to Norm Miller, Chairman of Interstate Batteries, as family. After finally reaching victory lane together in April of 2013 with Busch at the wheel, Miller and Interstate Batteries would like nothing more than to add a second hometown victory to their mantle.

Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller (left) with Kyle Busch in Victory Lane. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller (left) with Kyle Busch in Victory Lane, April 13, 2013. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

Ragan and Stevens have had some strong practice and qualifying sessions already this season, and they were finally able to put together a full race at Martinsville. With the top-five finish there, they’re hoping the newfound momentum is the perfect ingredient for some Texas home cooking this weekend.

So as the Sprint Cup Series heads to the Lone Star State this weekend, Ragan hopes to keep fully charged with another solid run, this time in the backyard of hometown sponsor Interstate Batteries.

 

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

What are your thoughts heading into Texas this weekend?

“Texas is a worn-out surface that has added a lot of character over the years. I think you can group Texas with Fontana, Atlanta, Chicagoland – these surfaces they haven’t paved in a while. It’s a great track. I think the drivers would agree, you can still go really fast there, but the tires fall off and that provides good racing. Texas is another favorite track of mine. I got my first-ever pole there in an Xfinity Series car my rookie season and have always enjoyed going to Texas. It’s one of the biggest crowds that we will have at a race throughout the entire year. Everybody in Texas really loves their NASCAR racing. The track has multiple grooves that you have to get around and it’s a fun track to drive, but it’s also fun to go fast while also having 100,000 people in the stands watching.”

David Ragan in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

David Ragan in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

What does a top-five finish at Martinsville do for your and the team’s confidence heading to Texas this weekend?

“It did a lot for my confidence just knowing that we could put an entire weekend together. We’ve been able to qualify and practice well, and we’ve even had some moments of brilliance on Sundays but, for a lot of reasons, haven’t been able to put together an entire weekend –just to get a good finish, to have a clean day on pit road, for me to have a good race behind the wheel and not making any mistakes. We just had a good day, and that’s encouraging for me and the team and for everybody knowing that we can do it. It gives us a lot more confidence heading into this weekend with our Interstate Batteries Toyota. If we do our job Friday and Saturday night, this team is capable of being in victory lane. But, in order to do that, we’ll have to outrun our teammates who have been running very well.”

Texas is the hometown race for Interstate Batteries. What would it mean to get a good run for your sponsor this weekend?

“Interstate Batteries has been around this sport for a long time and it’s been fun to get to know the Interstate Batteries group over the last several weeks. You recognize some of their trucks on the road and the dealer and distributor network when you’re riding around town, and you see a lot of Interstate Batteries presence certainly where I live in the Charlotte area. So it’s cool to go their hometown track and get in that green car that has to have a good run in front of the hometown crowd. I think, after learning some things about our program at Atlanta, Vegas, and at California, I expect that to be a very good track and I know everyone at Toyota and JGR has been working really hard on their mile-and-a-half program, so we should be able to rock and roll this weekend.”

David Ragan will take the wheel of the Interstate Batteries Toyota for the second time. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

David Ragan will take the wheel of the Interstate Batteries Toyota for the second time. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

What’s your favorite part about going to Texas, whether at the track or away from it?

“I enjoy going to Texas and just seeing the crowd. It’s so much fun to see the local community really embrace their NASCAR stop on the schedule. I wish I could eat more of the fun food they have to offer locally, but I have to be a bit restricted on how much barbeque and Tex-Mex I eat. I usually grab some barbeque or some good Texas cooking on Thursday night before the race, but Friday and Saturday I have to keep it lean for 500 miles on Saturday night. Texas is just a lot of fun to see the huge grandstands, the condos, the huge number of suites. It’s really a great stadium that we go to.”

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A Lot Changes in 10 Years, Except This One Thing

March 31st, 2015 by
Steven Jones bought two Interstate batteries for his 1997 Ford F350 Power Stroke Crew Cab in 2004.

Steven Jones bought two Interstate batteries for his 1997 Ford F350 Power Stroke Crew Cab in 2004.

When you buy a battery, usually you just hope it lasts as long as possible. You don’t imagine keeping your battery until you’re too old to even use the car it’s in.

Maybe you will after hearing about Interstate Batteries fan Steven Jones and his truck battery.

One thing that hasn't changed in 10 years is quality is quality. Your batteries are proof of that. - Steven Jones on his Interstate BatteriesThis California native bought two Interstate batteries at Big O Tires for his 1997 Ford F350 Power Stroke Crew Cab back in 2004.

Since then, America started using smartphones – a little too much. A worldwide recession introduced everyone to the dollar store concept. And the New York State Fair debuted chocolate-covered bacon. (Keep trying, guys.)

And all that time, Steven’s battery reliably cranked his truck.

“I only ever had to add a little water and clean them,” he said. “They have been fantastic as at times I’ve had a cold diesel engine that didn’t want to start. Those batteries held up every time and have never let me down.”

Now, in 2015, they’re starting to show their age. After a battery test to eliminate the possibility of electrical problems, Steven will go shopping for another set of Interstates.

“If they last as long as these have, I’ll probably be too old to climb in the truck,” he said. “One thing that hasn’t changed in 10 years is quality is quality. Your batteries are proof of that.”

“I look forward to writing you in 2024. I’m sure I will.”

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Team Interstate: Denny Wins Martinsville

March 30th, 2015 by
Team Interstate's Denny Hamlin celebrates after winning Martinsville on Sunday. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin celebrates after winning Martinsville on Sunday. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Team Interstate/Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota found their way back to Victory Lane with a powerful statement in Sunday’s STP 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway.

Denny Hamlin won the race after leading four times for 91 laps. It was his fifth win at Martinsville and his 25th career Sprint Cup Victory.

Smoke billows from Denny Hamlin's tires during his victory burnout after Sunday's race. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Smoke billows from Denny Hamlin’s tires during his victory burnout after Sunday’s race. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Denny’s Team Interstate companions – Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota Camry, David Ragan in the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry and Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Toyota Camry – finished fourth, fifth and 17th, respectively.

“We just weren’t going to be denied today,” said Denny after the race. “Just great race cars, part of a great organization that gives me great cars that are able to do it.”

David scored his first top-5 finish since joining Team Interstate in place of injured Kyle Busch. He said everything finally came together.

“I feel like we’ve underperformed the last three or four weeks,” David said. “We’ve had some good speed and we’ve had top-10 cars, but we just haven’t been able to have a good entire weekend. Finally, we put together a good race.”

Team Interstate results from Martinsville, March 2015

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

St. Louis

  • Weston Peick – 5th
  • Phillip Nicoletti – 13th

This Week

NASCAR and Supercross have the weekend off for Easter. David Ragan will drive the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 11.

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Team Interstate: Spin-outs on the Speedway

March 23rd, 2015 by
David Ragan, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin ran together early in Sunday's Auto Club 400. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

David Ragan, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin ran together early in Sunday’s Auto Club 400. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

A promising day for Team Interstate ended with middle-of-the-road finishes Sunday, March 22, on the Auto Club Speedway — where the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry finished 18th after starting in 4th.
The Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry gets a splash of fuel at Auto Club Speedway. Photo copyright 2015 Terry Gilg.

The Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry gets a splash of fuel at Auto Club Speedway. Photo copyright 2015 Terry Gilg.

David Ragan took the Interstate Camry to 3rd place but spun out and fell about two laps behind the leaders. He was able to work his way back for a top-20 finish.

Carl Edwards, starting from 15th, fought to hold his position throughout the race and finished 13th, while the rest of Team Interstate suffered from a pit road penalty and a broken rear axle.

Brad Keselowski won the race, his first of the season.

 

 

 

Team Interstate recap for Auto Club Speedway 2015

 

A Special Look Behind the Wall

Before the race, about 400 Interstate guests joined David, Matt Kenseth and JGR competition chief Jimmy Makar and the No. 18 pit crew at the Interstate batteries hospitality tent for some autographs and a Q&A session.

Check out this pre-race interview with David Ragan about the speedway and how the track feels.

And don’t miss this interview with Crew Chief Adam Stevens on getting the car set up for Auto Club Speedway and parenting advice he’s given Kyle Busch:

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Auto Club Speedway

  • No. 18 – Daniel Suarez – 13th
  • No. 20 – Erik Jones – 3rd
  • No. 54 – Denny Hamlin – 18th

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

Detroit

  • Weston Peick – 22nd
  • Phillip Nicoletti – 15th

This Week

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David Ragan: Circling the Calendar

March 18th, 2015 by

David Ragan - Interstate Batteries

When David Ragan first got the assignment as fill-in driver for the injured Kyle Busch, he likely had a few races circled on his calendar. The first of those would be Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

Why? Well, the driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) can look back at the No. 18 team’s record at the 2-mile oval and it paints a very optimistic picture for Ragan’s chances this weekend.

Busch and the Interstate Batteries team have posted back-to-back wins at the Southern California track and have finished no worse than third in their last four starts together at Fontana.

Sunday’s Auto Club 400 will be the first of six races for Interstate Batteries for the 2015 season. Ragan has fond memories of watching the green Interstate Batteries car as he was growing up, whether it was Dale Jarrett’s 1993 Daytona 500 win in Interstate green, or Bobby Labonte’s 2000 Sprint Cup championship. He would like nothing more than add his name to the winning history of the green No. 18 Interstate Batteries teams of the past.

Ragan will be supported by the efforts of Joe Gibbs Racing’s founding sponsor and its social media campaign, which can be followed via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@InterstateBatts) with the hashtags #Relentless and #TeamInterstate.

So while Kyle Busch won’t be able to defend his win from the past two years at Fontana, Ragan and his fellow Team Interstate drivers Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, and Carl Edwards hope they can feed off of the recent magic from the No. 18 team and make it three in a row for JGR in Southern California.

 DAVID RAGAN, Driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing

 The No. 18 team has won the last two races at Auto Club Speedway. What are your thoughts going to California knowing the recent history the 18 team there?

“That makes me excited. I knew Kyle had won there recently at California, but didn’t know it was each of the last two years. That puts some pressure on the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Camry. It also gives you some confidence that your team has run well and your teammates have run well there. A lot of things change from year to year. Every track I’ve gone to so far with the 18 bunch, I’ve learned something and have experienced something a little different, and California could be a lot of the same. It’s going to be a lot of fun driving the Interstate Batteries car. I grew up an Interstate Batteries fan. This car has been a staple sponsor in our garage for as long as I can remember. That’s going to be one of the neat things, too, about California – to drive that bright green car.”

 What are your thoughts heading to Fontana this weekend?

“California is fun place to race. You’ve got a lot of speed down those long straightaways, but you have some bumps and you have a lot of things there to challenge you. That’s the great part about our schedule – you have different types of racetracks every weekend and there’s no other similar track like California on our schedule. I know Kyle has run really well out there the last few years and the Toyotas are always strong there. I’m looking forward to making some laps around California because you can move around. You can run the apron down in (turns) three and four and you can run by the wall throughout the race. You have a lot of options when it gets time to racing other cars, so I’m really looking forward to California with our Interstate Batteries Toyota this weekend.”

What makes Auto Club Speedway a challenging racetrack?

“California is a pretty straightforward racetrack that doesn’t have a lot of grip. It’s got a few bumps here and there and it’s important to dodge the seams. So you kind of know going into it what you need to be a contender at California. I enjoy it. It’s a neat racetrack and there’s certainly no racetrack similar to it on our circuit since they’ve repaved Michigan. You’ve got some bugs to work out there on Friday and Saturday, but it’s a fun place to race.”

David Ragan signs autographs for our guests in Vegas. #NASCAR #TeamInterstate

A photo posted by Interstate Batteries (@interstatebatts) on

What are the keys to success at Auto Club Speedway? “I think the key is having a good-handling car so you don’t have to abuse the tires on the front half of a run because you can have long green-flag run. You’ve got to be able to move around and find what your car’s sweet spots are. Do you run the middle or do you run the top? What is your engine package like? So, driving for a different manufacturer here than in the past with a different rules package, it will be important to do some searching around on Friday and Saturday. Pit crews are important at every track but, at a place like California, they’re even more important so you can get track position and get out front in that good clean air. That’s important.”  Will you be asking some questions to find out what has made Kyle so dominant at Auto Club Speedway?  “Absolutely, I’ll definitely try to talk to Kyle. I’ve reached out to him every week I’ve been in the car, really, just to see the tricks and some of the things that have worked well for him in these cars. He’s had a different Sprint Cup crew chief in the past but, still, a lot of stuff carries over.”

Since Kyle can’t be in California to defend his win from the last two years, would it be a big deal to win one for Kyle?

“It would be big for myself, too, but also for the team and Kyle. The momentum that they’re going to have when Kyle comes back is going to be important. It’s important that I help Kyle’s team work well together over the next however many weeks it is so, when he gets back, the team can hit the ground running with him in the car.”

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Team Interstate finishes mid-pack in Phoenix

March 16th, 2015 by

 

David Ragan is subbing for Kyle Busch. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

David Ragan is subbing for Kyle Busch. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Carl Edwards led Team Interstate with a 13th-place finish in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series CampingWorld.com 500k at Phoenix International Raceway. Teammates Matt Kenseth, David Ragan (filling in for the injured Kyle Busch) and Denny Hamlin finished 16th, 21st and 23rd, respectively.

“We had a top-15 Snickers Xtreme Camry I think,” David said. “Real proud of my guys and the way we started, but just had a really tough last third of the race.”

David held the 15th spot until lap 310, when he got loose following a restart and lost several positions. An air gun malfunction on the final pit stop on lap 290 dropped the Snickers/Interstate Batteries No. 18 back to 26th on the ensuing restart. He was able to make up five positions over the final 20 laps to earn his 21st-place finish.

Kevin Harvick won the race, his second of the young season.

 

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Xfinity Series

Phoenix

  • No. 18 – Daniel Suarez – 11th
  • No. 20 – Matt Kenseth – 2nd
  • No. 54 – Erik Jones – 5th

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

Indianapolis

  • No. 23 – Weston Peick – 4th
  • No. 46 – Phil Nicoletti – 13th

This Week

  • NASCAR: Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, Calif. David Ragan will drive the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota.
  • Supercross: Ford Field, Detroit

 

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Team Interstate: Bad Hand Derails Erik Jones’ Strong Run

March 9th, 2015 by
Erik Jones drove the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota in Saturday's Xfinity Series race. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images.

Erik Jones drove the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images.

After Team Interstate‘s Erik Jones challenged for the lead several times throughout the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an accident on lap 173 sent his No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota out of the race. Instead of vying for the win, Jones was relegated to a 29th-place finish.

The Outrageously Dependable Interstate Batteries Pit Crew earned  Erik several spots on Pit Road.

The Outrageously Dependable Interstate Batteries Pit Crew earned Erik several spots on Pit Road.

“We had an awesome Interstate Batteries Camry – one I thought was good enough to contend for the win today,” Jones said. “Thanks to Norm (Miller) and everyone at Interstate Batteries for putting this deal together. I wish we could’ve brought home a better finish, but the result doesn’t take away from how great our day was.

“We were able to lead laps and run up front. It was an awesome team effort from everyone on the pit box to the pit crew. It’s just a shame we couldn’t finish the race. It just wasn’t in the cards today, so we’ll move on to Phoenix and try to get a win there.”

Austin Dillon won the race. Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez finished fourth and 10th, respectively.

Erik and David Shine in Interstate’s Hospitality Tent

David Ragan asked for a picture with guests of the Interstate Batteries hospitality tent at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

David Ragan asked for a picture with guests of the Interstate Batteries hospitality tent at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

On Sunday morning, about 400 guests enjoyed a hospitality experience from Interstate Batteries, with music, food, driver appearances and a photo booth. David Ragan, substituting in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries/M&M’s Toyota for the injured Kyle Busch, spoke to the crowd and even insisted on taking a group photo with those in attendance.

Not to be outdone, Erik reflected on his day in the Interstate Batteries car then visited the photo booth to send a special get-well-soon message to Kyle.

Erik Jones stopped by our photo booth to shoot a special "get well soon" message for Kyle Busch.

 

Sprint Cup Series

Team Interstate results from Sunday, March 8. Photo copyright 2015 Autostock Images.Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry, led Team Interstate Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by finishing fifth in the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was Hamlin’s second top-five finish in 10 career Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile speedway.

Hamlin’s Team Interstate companions – Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota Camry; David Ragan, interim driver of the No. 18 Toyota Camry as he subs for the injured Kyle Busch; and Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Toyota Camry; – finished ninth, 22nd and 42nd, respectively.

Kevin Harvick won the race.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross

  • Weston Peick – 8th
  • Phillip Nicoletti – 14th

This Week

  • NASCAR: Phoenix International Raceway
  • Supercross: Indianapolis

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