Kyle Busch Gets Top 5 in All-Star Race
Team Interstate® wrap-up for May 17-20, 2012
Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries® Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), led the first 14 laps of the first segment but was passed by eventual winner Jimmie Johnson on lap 15. From there, Busch fought a loose racecar for much of the night, especially in traffic.
“We were just a little bit off,” said Busch, who started from the pole position. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t quite have what we all needed for tonight with the M&M’s car. I hate it – I thought we were really good in practice. I guess just little minute, subtle changes change these things so much, and we just were off a little bit. Hate it for the guys – they worked really hard. We wanted to win this thing – we just got outrun.”
Before the final 10-lap segment, Busch pitted for fuel only and restarted ninth. While he was able to gain five positions, he never could contend for the win.
Busch’s JGR teammate Denny Hamlin finished 20th.
Busch’s other JGR teammate, Joey Logano, finished sixth in the preliminary Sprint Showdown.
Johnson won the All-Star Race. It was his third All-Star Race win and his ninth Sprint Cup victory at Charlotte.
3 Crew Members Take Home All-Star Honors
Three of Busch’s No.18 pit crew members were named individual winners in Thursday night’s Pit Crew Challenge. Tom Lampe of Kyle Busch’s No. 18 crew won the individual competition for gas men with an event-record time of 8.610 seconds. Tire Changer Jake Seminara and carrier Kenny Barber took home individual honors on the rear tires in a record 13.073 seconds. Each earned a $10,000 bonus. In the team competition, Team Interstate’s No.11 FedEx crew were denied their third win in a row by the No. 48 Lowe’s team.
Motocross: JGRMX Hammers Down in Hangtown
Team Interstate/JGRMX started off the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross season with strong finishes in Saturday’s 41st annual Hangtown Classic in Sacramento, Calif. Motocross events consist of two heats of 30 minutes plus two laps, with 40 riders on the starting line. The best combined finishes in each heat determine the overall podium for the day.
When the gate dropped for the first event of 2012, Davi Millsaps rounded the first turn at the front of the field in podium contention. Teammate Kyle Regal was toward the rear of the pack. Millsaps dueled inside the top-five during the entire race, earning a hard-fought second place at the checkers. Regal, who only had a week of testing before the race, settled into the pace and was 28th at the finish.
Millsaps once again started strong in the second heat, racing with the leaders. However, a crash on the second lap put him at the rear of the field in 36th place. Regal started mid-pack. Millsaps made a determined charge to 14th, with Regal improving from his first race to 17th. Millsaps’ finishes gave him seventh overall on the day, while Regal’s scores credited him with 21st. After the first round of the series, Millsaps sits in sixth for series points with Regal 21st.
NHRA Drag Racing: Edwards Exits in Round One
Mike Edwards made an early exit Sunday in the NHRA Pro Stock races in Topeka, Kan. In qualifying, Edwards drove his Penhall/K&N/Interstate Batteries Pontiac to the No. 4 spot with a run of 6.641 seconds at 207.37 mph.
“Qualifying we made some solid runs, but just couldn’t extend our streak of pole-sitting efforts at Topeka to four straight years,” Edwards said.
From the No. 4 position, Edwards opened competition against defending race champion Shane Gray. With his best run of the weekend, a 6.596, Gray pulled off the upset of Edwards’ quicker 6.579.
“We were on a really good run until the transmission deadheaded and basically stopped the car from accelerating,” Edwards said. “It is frustrating that we only lost by two-thousandths. From the computer it looked like the car was on a low 6.56 run, which would have been a strong lap for the opening round.
“As a team, we just need to get a few racer breaks coming our way,” he added. “It doesn’t seem like we are getting many of those these days. I hope things will turnaround soon and maybe we are just getting all the negative stuff behind us early and then it will be on our side when in counts in the playoffs.”
|Pro Stock Standings after Topeka, Kansas|
Next week: NASCAR remains in Charlotte for one of its premier events, the Coca-Cola 600. AMA Motocross visits Wortham, Texas, and NHRA takes the week off before heading to Englishtown, N.J.
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