Kyle Busch Wins in California
Mission 18 accomplished. Kyle Busch dominated the Auto Club 400 in Fontana, Calif., Sunday afternoon and won the race on a wild, last-lap pass as then-leaders Joey Logano and Denny Hamlin battled hard for position. Kyle’s victory was the first Sprint Cup win at Fontana for Joe Gibbs Racing and for manufacturer Toyota at its hometown track.
“Man, feels so good to finally win with our Interstate Batteries® Camry,” said Busch, who recorded his 25th career Sprint Cup victory and second win at Fontana. “Finally, we get a win for Joe (Gibbs, owner) and for Norm Miller (chairman, Interstate Batteries) and all of Interstate Batteries dealers and distributors. I drove my butt off right there at the end.”
Watch the video of the closing laps below:
Busch led seven times for a race-high 125 laps. Team Interstate colleague Matt Kenseth finished seventh. Hamlin and former teammate Logano wrecked on the last lap, sending Hamlin’s car hard into the inside wall. Hamlin was credited with a 25th-place finish and was taken to a nearby hospital for observation after complaining of back pain after the crash.
Nationwide Series: Busch Wins
Busch showed Saturday that he planned to dominate the entire race weekend in Southern California. He earned his 54th career NASCAR Nationwide Series win and third of the season in the Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway. Team Interstate companions Elliott Sadler and Brian Vickers finished 7th and 34th respectively.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross: Brayton Finishes 11th
Team Interstate’s Justin Brayton rode his Toyota/Yamaha/Interstate Batteries/JGRMX bike to an 11th-place finish Saturday night in Toronto. Brayton started mid-pack in the main event and raced just inside and out of the top 10 for the entire event.
Next week: All racing series take the week off for Easter. NASCAR returns to action the following week in Martinsville while Supercross resumes in Houston. NHRA drag racing also resumes April 5-7 in Las Vegas.