Kyle Busch Dominates Interstate’s Back Yard
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.”
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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
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