Team Interstate Treated to Tricky Surface at Kansas
Maybe NASCAR‘s schedulers were on to something when they planned the Kansas Speedway race so close to Halloween. The track’s new surface proved tricky — and haunting — to several drivers, including Team Interstate‘s Kyle Busch.
Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 produced a race-record 14 cautions for 66 laps, and Busch was involved in two of those cautions in his No. 18 M&M’s Halloween/Interstate Batteries® Toyota Camry. Busch spun on his own without contact on Lap 40 and recovered to run as high as seventh. But he was spun by Ryan Newman on Lap 181, causing significant damage that ended his day short of the 267-lap race distance.
“Everything was just on edge out there,” said Busch, who has not had good fortunes at Kansas, with just two top-10 finishes in 11 Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile oval. “You’re really slipping and sliding and fighting for as much grip as you can find out there.”
Busch finished the day in 31st position. His Team Interstate – Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry, and Joey Logano, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry – finished 13th and 19th, respectively.
Matt Kenseth won the Hollywood Casino 400 to score his 24th career Sprint Cup victory, his third of the season and his first at Kansas. Kenseth will join Team Interstate next season in the No. 20 car.
Hamlin is now 20 points behind current leader Brad Keselowski in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship and 13 points behind second-place Jimmie Johnson.
JGRMX: Team Interstate Unveils New Members in Monster Energy Cup
In the weeks since the AMA Motocross season ended, JGRMX has been busy revamping for next year. Newly signed Team Interstate riders Josh Grant and Justin Brayton were eager to learn how their recent testing sessions with the team would translate onto the racetrack. The second annual Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on Saturday gave them that opportunity.
The Monster Energy Cup’s unique format features three 10-lap races, with the combined finishes determining the overall standings. In the first race, Grant finished sixth and Brayton 10th. Round two saw Grant finishing fourth and Brayton eighth, and round three ended with Grant in fifth and Brayton in 20th. Overall, Grant finished sixth on the day and Brayton 11th.
The next race for the JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha/Interstate Batteries team will be the opening round of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship series Jan. 5 in Anaheim, Calif.
Next week: NASCAR visits the sometimes-friendly short-track confines of Martinsville Speedway, and NHRA drag racing returns with its penultimate event of the season in Las Vegas.
Vote for Kyle’s Camry
Kyle has built a Rowdy Edition Camry for the Toyota Racing Dream Build Challenge that will be showcased at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Auto Show in Las Vegas next week.
On the line: $50,000 for the Kyle Busch Foundation. Kyle needs your vote, so please visit ToyotaRacingDreamBuild.com to cast your vote each day from now through Monday, Oct. 29. The winner will be revealed Oct. 30.
You can also tweet your questions about the Rowdy Edition Camry using #RowdyEdition, and Kyle will answer questions this week.
Check out Kyle’s Rowdy Edition Camry in the video below, then vote!
- Kansas Race Review (joegibbsracing.com)
- Team Interstate Scores Three Top 10s in Charlotte (blogbattery.com)
- Dominant Car, But Pain at the Pump (blogbattery.com)