Team Interstate: Kyle’s Dominance Denied at All-Star Race
The best car doesn’t always win the race. It’s a proverb with which Kyle Busch is all too familiar in 2013, and the latest installment came in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
Kyle looked unstoppable but was denied a trip to victory lane, settling for third place in the 29th annual non-points event.
Kyle finished second in the first of the four 20-lap segments. He went on to win the next two segments before finishing fourth in the final 20-lap run, which placed him in a tie with his brother, Kurt, for the best average finish.
Because Kurt won the final segment, he was placed ahead of Kyle for the final trip down pit road for the mandatory four-tire pit stop.
Blazing pit stops by Kasey Kahne and eventual winner Jimmie Johnson put the Hendrick Motorsports teammates on the front row to start the 10-lap shootout that decided the race, with Kyle restarting third.
After some hard racing that saw him fall to sixth, Kyle clawed his way back into third place before the checkered flag waved.
“We definitely had the best car here tonight,” said Kyle, who earned his fourth top-10 finish in the All-Star Race. “We just didn’t quite get the best pit stop there at the end to get us out on the front row.”
Extra Mile Winners Get Exclusive View
More than a dozen Interstate Batteries® Route Sales Managers, warehouse workers and office employees watched the All-Star Race from Pit Road.
They won the privilege in the Extra Mile Challenge, a program that awarded them for battery sales, product education and Outrageously Dependable® service.
On Friday night, several of them got to visit Victory Lane after Kyle won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.
Other Team Interstate Racing Results
- NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Edwards Wins Another Pole But Exits in Quarterfinals (Watch his pole run here | Visit his Facebook page)
- Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series: JGRMX Battles Challenges in Season Opener
This week: NASCAR stays in Charlotte, Motocross visits Lakewood, Colo., and NHRA drag racing takes the weekend off.