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Another Bad Brake for Kyle

August 6th, 2012 by

Team Interstate wrap-up for Aug. 5-6, 2012:

Kyle Busch drives his battered and bruised No. 18 Camry in Pocono. Copyright 2012 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch drives his battered and bruised No. 18 Camry in Pocono. Copyright 2012 Autostock Images.

Just 19 laps into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pennsylvania 400 on Sunday, Kyle Busch‘s day turned from promising to heartbreaking.

Busch, the driver of the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries® Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), gained 10 positions during the first 10 laps, but a left-rear brake rotor shattered when he entered turn 1 on lap 19, sending him into the outside SAFER Barrier and exiting the turn. The broken brake rotor, coupled with damage from the contact with the wall, sent him for a lengthy stay in the garage for repairs, relegating him to a disappointing 33rd-place finish.

“We just blew out the rear brake rotors – disintegrated it – and then blew out the rear caliper after that,” Busch said. “Getting down into turn one with a three-wheel brake is about the worst situation you can have as a race car driver. I kept trying to pump it to keep feeding pressure to the rest of the three wheels to keep it off the fence but just couldn’t do it. I hate it  of tfor allhese guys on this M&M’s team. We had a really fast race car today. We were trying to keep sight on the 48 (Jimmie Johnson), at least. Just seems to be the way our year has gone.”

After spending 23 laps in the garage while the  team made repairs, Busch returned to the track on lap 42 in the 41st position. Busch spent the remainder of the race trying to learn as much as possible while also gaining as many spots as he could in a race that was cut short on lap 98 when a rainstorm hit the 2.5-mile triangle, ending the race 62 laps short of the scheduled distance.

Busch’s JGR companions – Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry – finished 13th and 29th, respectively.

Jeff Gordon won the Pennsylvania 400 to score his 86th career Sprint Cup victory, his first of the season and his sixth Sprint Cup win at Pocono.

With round 21 of 36 complete, Hamlin leads the JGR trio in the championship point standings. He dropped three spots to eighth with 683 points, 61 behind series leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. Busch dropped four spots to 15th with 599 points, 145 out of first and 80 behind 10th-place Clint Bowyer. Logano remained 17th with 575 points, 169 away from the top spot and 104 behind 10th.

Only the top-10 in points are locked into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, which begins Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. Just five races remain before the cutoff for the 12-driver, 10-race Chase. Chase positions 11-12 are wild cards and are awarded to those drivers between 11th and 20th in points who have the most wins. In the event of multiple drivers having the same amount of wins, a driver’s point standing serves as the tiebreaker.

Currently, Kasey Kahne holds the 11th-place wild card spot thanks to two victories, the most of any driver outside the top-10. Gordon vaulted into the 12th-place wild card spot with his win in the Pennsylvania 400. While Gordon has only one victory — like fellow wild card contenders Ryan Newman, Busch and Logano — his 13th-place point standing earns him the 12th and final wild card by virtue of the tiebreaker. Busch can earn a wild card spot by grabbing another victory in the next five races or by climbing into the top-10 in points.

Driver Standings after Race 21 of 36
RANK
+/-
DRIVER
POINTS
BEHIND
POLES
WINS
TOP 5
TOP 10
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 744 Leader 0 1 9 15
2 Matt Kenseth 739 -5 1 1 9 13
3 Greg Biffle 738 -6 2 1 9 12
4 Jimmie Johnson 736 -8 1 3 10 15
5 +2 Martin Truex Jr. 694 -50 1 0 5 11
6 +2 Tony Stewart 691 -53 0 3 9 11
7 +2 Brad Keselowski 690 -54 0 3 7 11
8 -3 Denny Hamlin 683 -61 2 2 9 11
9 -3 Kevin Harvick 681 -63 0 0 3 9
10 Clint Bowyer 679 -65 0 1 4 11
15 -4 Kyle Busch 599 -145 1 1 6 9
17 Joey Logano 575 -169 1 1 2 7

Fan Killed by Lightning Strike

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Brian Zimmerman, who was killed by a lightning strike at Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon. Read more about it on Fox Sports.

NHRA Pro Stock: Tire Shake Ends Edwards’ Day

Team Interstate’s Mike Edwards started off strong at the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals in Seattle this weekend, but his day came to an end early in the round of eight.

Edwards drove his Penhall/K&N/Interstate Batteries Pontiac to the No. 3-qualified spot in the 16-car field. He opened competition with a single when his opponent did not make the round of 16 call.

In the round of eight, Edwards lost his starting-line advantage when he suffered severe tire shake and was forced to abandon the run and watch Jason Line streak into the next round.

After 15 events, Edwards sits fourth in points.

NHRA Pro Stock Driver Points After 15 Races

Position
 Driver
Points

01

Allen Johnson

1,324

02

Jason Line

1,246

03

Greg Anderson

1,236

04

Mike Edwards

1,031

05

Vincent Nobile

1,020

06

Erica Enders

 941

07

Shane Gray

 592

08

V Gaines

 570

09

Ron Krisher

 558

10

Jeg Coughlin Jr

 550

10

Ronnie Humphrey

 550

Next week: NASCAR is back on the road (course) at Watkins Glen. NHRA drag racing takes the weekend off, but AMA Motocross returns with the Moto X 338 in Southwick, Mass.

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6 comments
Freddy De la Rosa
Freddy De la Rosa

Literally, a bad brake rotor... I am optimistic about the upcoming weeks though. Certainly, the performance is there.

Freddy De la Rosa
Freddy De la Rosa

Literally, a bad brake rotor... I am optimistic about the upcoming weeks though. Certainly, the performance is there.

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