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Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin wins in Phoenix

March 4th, 2012 by


Denny Hamlin celebrates his March 3 win in Phoenix

Denny Hamlin celebrates his March 4 win in Phoenix.

Team Interstate driver Denny Hamlin held off a late charge by Kevin Harvick to win the Subway Fresh Fit 500k Sprint Cup race in Phoenix on Sunday. The driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota Camry captured his 18th career Sprint Cup victory, his first of the season and his first win at Phoenix.

Hamlin’s Team Interstate/Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Kyle Busch in the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry and Joey Logano in the No. 20 Home Depot/Dollar General Toyota, finished sixth and 10th, respectively. Busch led twice for a total of 52 laps. It was the first time that the Team Interstate trio all finished inside the top 10 since October 2010 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

With round two of 36 complete, Hamlin leads the championship point standings with 89 points. Logano stands eigth, 19 points out of first, and Busch moved up to ninth, 23 points behind Hamlin.

JGRMX Lands Top 10 Finishes in St. Louis

James Stewart pilots the No. 7 Yamaha for JGRMX/Team Interstate

James Stewart pilots the No. 7 Yamaha for JGRMX/Team Interstate. Courtesy

Team Interstate/JGRMX riders James “Bubba” Stewart and Davi Millsaps finished fifth and sixth, respectively, at the AMA Supercross event in St. Louis Saturday. Millsaps and Stewart both qualified for the main event from their heat races, with Stewart winning his. Millsaps grabbed the early lead in the main with Stewart mired at the rear of the field. Stewart fell briefly on the opening lap after colliding with a rider as he tried to charge to the front. Millsaps continued to lead the opening laps, settling into second place on lap three. Stewart broke into the top 10 by lap five and into the top-five on lap 18. Stewart currently sits third in series points with Millsaps ninth.

Next week: NASCAR heads to Las Vegas, where Mark Martin will drive the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry in the Nationwide Series race on Saturday. Supercross will visit Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., and NHRA Drag Racing returns to Gainesville, Fla. Go Team Interstate!
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