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Kyle Busch Dominates Interstate’s Back Yard

April 15th, 2013 by
Kyle takes his trademark bow after winning Saturday's NRA 500. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch takes his trademark bow after winning Saturday’s NRA 500. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

After waiting more than 20 years, Norm Miller and Interstate Batteries finally went to Victory Lane in a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

Saturday's win was the first Sprint Cup win at Texas for hometown Interstate Batteries and Chairman Norm Miller (center, green shirt and cowboy hat). Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

Saturday’s win was the first Sprint Cup win at Texas for hometown Interstate Batteries and Chairman Norm Miller (center, green shirt and cowboy hat). Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

Miller, chairman of Dallas-based Interstate Batteries, strolled down Victory Lane, thanks to the superb driving of Kyle Busch and an equally impressive late-race pit stop performed by the Interstate Batteries team.

Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, led eight times for a race-high 171 laps Saturday night to score his second win of the season and first at Texas in the NRA 500. This was also the first win for Interstate Batteries at its hometown track. The Interstate car finished third five times, three times with former JGR driver Bobby Labonte (April 1997, March 1999 and April 2000) and twice with Busch (April 2008 and April 2010).

“This feels good,” said Busch, who earned his 26th career victory. “For Interstate Batteries and Norm Miller to be in victory lane in Texas – there’s nothing better than putting him right here.”

Watch the end of the race here:

 

Want more highlights? Here’s a condensed version of the entire NRA 500.

Busch started from the pole position and dominated much of the race, never falling below the third position.

As the laps wound down, Busch was in second place and steadily chasing down leader Martin Truex Jr. when the caution flag waved at lap 315. With just 19 laps remaining, all the leaders decided to bring their cars down pit road. A lightning-quick, four-tire pit stop by his Interstate Batteries pit crew put Busch back in the top spot for the final restart of the night. And he never looked back, taking the checkered flag.

Busch’s Team Interstate companions – Brian Vickers, interim driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry as he subs for the injured Denny Hamlin, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry – finished eighth and 12th, respectively.

Dallas Morning News: Norm Miller Never Lost Faith in Kyle Busch Even During Dark Days (subscription required)

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Norm Miller’s Character May Be Rubbing Off on Kyle Busch

USA Today: With Fast Start, Kyle Busch Leaves 2012 woes in dust

More Team Interstate™ Results

Kyle hoists the trophy from the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday night.

Kyle hoists the trophy from the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 on Friday night.

 

This Week: NASCAR visits Kansas Motor Speedway, Supercross travels to Seattle, and the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series heads to Charlotte.

By James Pecht (177 Posts)

James Pecht writes about franchising, battery technology, tips, racing and company culture for Interstate Batteries.


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  1. […] who back him. Those victories in Interstate colors at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., and Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, along with Sunday’s win at Watkins Glen, give Kyle a solid position in the win […]

  2. […] One year ago, driver Kyle Busch provided yet another reason to celebrate the long-time alliance when he drove the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota to victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, giving the brand its first win at its home track. […]

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