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Team Interstate: Edwards Wins Atlanta; Kenseth Tames Darlington

May 13th, 2013 by

Mike Edwards (left) sped past the competition this weekend in Atlanta. (Photo via nhra.com)

Team Interstate’s Mike Edwards won his second event of the season Saturday and extended his commanding points lead in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series.

“All things considered, it was a great day in the office,” Mike said.

Mike Edwards and the Interstate Batteries/I Am Second/K&N Chevy Camaro. Photo via autoweek.com

Mike posted the lowest elapsed times of the weekend in his Interstate Batteries®/I Am Second® Chevy Camaro and started from the pole position for the sixth time this season – in just seven races.

In round after round, Mike proved he had the fastest car. But in drag racing, a split-second reaction time to the green light can sometimes make up the difference in speed.

In Saturday’s final round, Mike’s opponent, Shane Gray, had a near-psychic 0.001-second reaction time compared to Mike’s 0.027-second reaction. Mike managed to pass his opponent and win by just two hundredths of a second, or about 7 feet.

“The competition is amazing,” Mike said. “Pro Stock is just a great class. It’s fun to be a part of, but I’ll tell you what: The older I get, my nerves are getting shot. It’s tough.”

The win was the 36th of Mike’s career.

Sprint Cup: Kenseth Wins in Darlington

Team Interstate's Matt Kenseth won Saturday's Bojangle's Southern 500 in Darlington. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Matt Kenseth won Saturday’s Bojangle’s Southern 500 in Darlington. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch dominated the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Saturday night at Darlington Raceway, but it was teammate Matt Kenseth who celebrated in Victory Lane.

Matt’s win was the 27th of his career and third of the season.

Kyle led four times for a race-high 265 laps, but a cut right-rear tire forced him to settle for sixth. Denny Hamlin, in his first full race since injuring his back March 24, finished second.

Read more about it on joegibbsracing.com.

Nationwide Series: Four JGR Top-Fives

Team Interstate's Kyle Busch won Friday's Nationwide Race in Darlington. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch won Friday’s Nationwide Race in Darlington. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate also dominated Darlington on Friday night as all four Joe Gibbs Racing entries finished in the Top 5. Kyle started from the pole and grabbed the victory, Elliott Sadler finished second, Brian Vickers third and Kenseth fifth.

With that finish, Joe Gibbs Racing became the first organization to place four cars in the top five of a Nationwide Series race.

The only non-Gibbs driver in the top five? Former Team Interstate driver Joey Logano. (more)

Next week: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series resumes in Charlotte Friday night, and NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series celebrates its All-Star Race on Saturday. NHRA drag racing travels to Topeka, Kan., and the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series begins its summer season in Sacramento.

By James Pecht (177 Posts)

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


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