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Kyle Finishes 2nd at Martinsville; Denny’s Chase Hopes Dealt Major Blow

October 29th, 2012 by
Kyle Busch races his No. 18 M&Ms/Interstate Batteries Toyota at Martinsville

Kyle Busch races his No. 18 M&Ms/Interstate Batteries Toyota at Martinsville. Copyright 2012 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch recovered from an early-race spin to finish an impressive second in the TUMS Fast Relief 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Halloween/Interstate Batteries® Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), lined up second outside of Jimmie Johnson for the final restart with five laps remaining but couldn’t quite make the pass. Busch finished just 0.479 of a second out of first place.

“I can’t say enough about the effort of the guys on the M&M’s Halloween Camry,” said Busch, who scored his best career finish at Martinsville and has six top-five finishes in 15 starts. “So close, yet so far away it seems like here at Martinsville time and time again. Jimmie did a good job. He’s a five-time champion for a reason.”

Busch started third and was in the top-10 for much of the early part of the event until lap 150 when he cut a right-rear tire and spun in turn three. His car didn’t make contact with the SAFER Barrier or another car, and Busch brought the No. 18 Toyota Camry to pit road. The combination of Crew Chief Dave Rogers’ adjustments and falling temperatures helped the car’s handling, allowing Busch to climb back into the top five and stay there.

Denny Hamlin and Crew Chief Darian Grubb

Denny Hamlin and Crew Chief Darian Grubb were favorites heading into Martinsville. Copyright 2012 Autostock Images

Denny Hamlin came to Martinsville hoping to take a giant step forward toward a championship at one of his best tracks. For much of the day he proved to have the fight of a champion as he overcame two pit road speeding penalties, but in the end it would be an electrical failure that spoiled his day. A broken master switch caused him to completely lose power in his car with just more than 100 laps remaining. The team made the repairs to get him back on the track, but the damage was done and Hamlin would finish 33rd and fall to fifth in points in the Chase, 49 points behind the leader.

Busch Races for Raine

Raine Angelly

While Busch likes to win every time he straps in the car, he was especially hoping to get to victory lane at Martinsville in memory of Raine Angelley, who passed away last week at age 21.

“We worked as hard as we could and we had an angel riding with us today and weren’t able to capitalize for Raine and his family, the loss they had earlier this week,” Busch said. “Raine was a kid Samantha (wife) and I took under our wings about a year ago. He had kidney issues and liver issues and passed away this week. It’s heavy hearts for all of us. Wish we could have won him one.”

Read the story of Raine’s “Dream Job” with Kyle Busch Motorsports (from NASCAR.com).

NHRA Pro Stock: Edwards Out in 2nd Round

Mike Edwards in his Penhall/K&N/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP

Mike Edwards in his Penhall/K&N/Interstate Batteries Pontiac GXP. Copyright 2012 CompetitionPlus.com

Team Interstate’s Mike Edwards drove his Penhall/K&N/Interstate Batteries Pontiac to the No. 3-qualified spot in this weekend’s Big O Tires Nationals in Las Vegas, but a break from routine in the second elimination round turned into heartbreak.

After easily winning his first elimination round, Edwards held lane choice and a performance advantage against Ron Krishner. That all went out the door at the start when things broke from a normal starting-line routine in the drag racing world and Krisher stole the round victory.

“The second round race with Ron was as crazy as I could remember on the starting line,” Edwards said. “Ron rolled in and turned on the pre-stage bulb and I followed suit, then things went wacky. Ron started rolling in to turn on the stage bulb but was in so shallow that the light flickered. I was moving in at the same time and the starter didn’t catch it because it all happened so fast. When Ron flickered the Tree it restarted all the auto start system.

“At that point, you can’t change the routine, and I had the engine decked and was on the chip for 1.4 seconds, which normally at most it is a half second. You wouldn’t think a second would make a difference, but when things are not normal it breaks the pattern and just not function right.

“I believe we have found every way possible to lose a race this year after what happened. It is very frustrating, but we will move on to Pomona. On the positive, we moved up a spot in the standings and closed in on fifth place a bit more.”

Edwards sits in sixth place, trailing Greg Anderson for the fifth spot by 31 points, heading into the final event in Pomona in two weeks.

Position

 Driver

Points

01

Allen Johnson

2,630

02

Jason Line

2,504

03

Erica Enders

2,433

04

Vincent Nobile

2,419

05

Greg Anderson

2,305

06

Mike Edwards

2,274

07

V Gaines

2,268

08

Jeg Coughlin Jr

2,239

09

Ron Krisher

2,237

10

Larry Morgan

2,167

Last Day to Vote in the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge

Today (Oct. 29) is the last day to vote for Kyle’s Rowdy Edition Camry in the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge. If Kyle’s Camry wins, the Kyle Busch Foundation will receive $50,000. The winner will be revealed live at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show tomorrow in Las Vegas.

Vote now

Next week: NASCAR rolls into Texas Motor Speedway for the seventh race of the Chase. NHRA drag racing takes the week off.

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The team made the repairs to get him back on the track, but the damage was done and Hamlin would finish 33rd and fall to fifth in points in the Chase, 49 points behind the leader.  Awaesome

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The team made the repairs to get him back on the track, but the damage was done and Hamlin would finish 33rd and fall to fifth in points in the Chase, 49 points behind the leader.  Awaesome

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