Team Interstate Manages Martinsville
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Busch 5th, Martin 10th, Kenseth 14th
At a tough short track like Martinsville, a top-10 finish feels as good as a victory. Kyle Busch led Team Interstate Sunday, running up front all day before finishing in fifth place. It was his fourth consecutive top-five finish this season and his eighth top-five in 17 career starts at Martinsville.
Mark Martin, who is filling in for the injured Denny Hamlin, started near the back of the field but managed a 10th-place finish while Matt Kenseth spent much of the race up front and finished 14th.
Martin will return to his No. 55 Toyota next weekend in Texas, and Brian Vickers will take the wheel of the No. 11 FedEx machine for the next few races.
Jimmie Johnson won the STP Gas Booster 500, his eighth win at the half-mile oval.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: Wallace finishes sixth
Team Interstate’s Darrell Wallace Jr. finished sixth in Saturday’s Kroger 250 at Martinsville. The driver of the No. 54 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra led 34 laps en route to his first top-five finish. Johnny Sauter won the Kroger 250.
Edwards Claims Fourth Pole
For the fourth straight event in 2013, Mike Edwards won the pole position in his Interstate Batteries/I Am Second/K&N Chevy Camaro. Unfortunately, his stellar weekend came to an end in the final four when track conditions got the best of the team and forced Edwards to abandon his run.
“We just came up a little short today,” Edwards said. “Fell victim to a hot and loose race track, and being the first pair out, did not get a chance to see it was not as good as earlier runs, and the car just went into shake.”
In the K&N Horsepower Challenge, a non-points race-within-the-race, Edwards lost to Greg Anderson in the opening round.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross: Brayton Finishes Sixth
Team Interstate’s Justin Brayton rode a mistake-free main event Saturday night in Houston, finishing in sixth place for the night. Ryan Villopoto won his fifth consecutive race and his eighth of the season.
This week: The NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series visit Texas Motor Speedway while the Camping World Truck Series travels to Rockingham, N.C. Supercross goes to Minneapolis, and NHRA drag racing takes the week off. Stay tuned for a new Mission18 briefing this week! It will be unveiled on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.