More Headaches for Busch in Goody’s Fast Relief 500
Team Interstate wrap-up for March 31-April 1, 2012
Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries® Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), was running in the 12th position on Lap 99 when his car entered Turn 3 and shot toward outside retaining wall. When Busch attempted to turn his car away from the wall, the rear end of his Toyota swung around and slapped the outside SAFER barrier in Turn 3. The damage necessitated 77 laps in the garage for repairs to the broken trackbar and rear-end housing, and relegated him to a disappointing 36th-place finish.
“We were really loose to start the race, and we had that long green flag run to start the race and didn’t have an opportunity to fix our M&M’s Camry,” said Busch, who has six top-five finishes in 15 career starts at Martinsville. “I was just trying to hold onto it until our first stop and got too hot into (Turn) 3, and it wheel-hopped all the way up into the fence. I’m sorry for all the guys. They did a great job fixing the car and getting me back out there and gain a couple of spots. We just rode around the rest of the race and tried to learn what we could for when we come back in the fall.”
The M&M’s/Interstate Batteries team went to work quickly after Busch made it back to the garage, changing the broken trackbar and the entire rear-end gears and housing – not an easy feat – in just 77 laps around the 0.526-mile short track. Busch returned to the track on lap 176 in 38th place and gained two spots during the remainder of the race to bring home 36th place, earning a few points in the Sprint Cup standings.
Busch’s Team Interstate/JGR teammates – Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry, and Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry – finished sixth and 23rd, respectively. Ryan Newman won the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 in a green-white-checkered finish.
With round six of 36 complete, Hamlin leads the Team Interstate contingent in the championship point standings, in seventh. He has 210 points, 16 behind leader Greg Biffle. Logano remains in 13th, 59 points out of first. Busch dropped two spots to 16th, 75 points behind Biffle.
Supercross: Millsaps Makes Another Podium
JGRMX rider Davi Millsaps claimed his third podium in four races with a solid second-place finish Saturday in round 13 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship in Houston. Teammate James Stewart returned to competition after a crash in the Indianapolis round, but crashed again in Saturday night’s main event. He finished in 20th place.
Millsaps is currently third in series points, just one point from second, with Stewart fifth.
NHRA Drag Racing: Early Exit for Edwards
Team Interstate’s Mike Edwards battled his clutch set all weekend and made an early exit in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at Las Vegas. The NHRA Pro Stock star lost in the first round of eliminations to Larry Morgan.
Next week: All racing series take the Easter weekend off. NASCAR heads to Texas Motor Speedway on April 13-14, AMA Supercross visits New Orleans and NHRA drag racing resumes in Charlotte, N.C.