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Team Interstate: Kyle’s Dominance Denied at All-Star Race

May 20th, 2013 by
Team Interstate's Kyle Busch is introduced before the 2013 All-Star Race. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch is introduced before the 2013 All-Star Race. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

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.

Matt Kenseth (20), Denny Hamlin (11) and Kyle Busch (18) ran close together for a brief stretch during Saturday's Sprint All-Star Race. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

Matt Kenseth (20), Denny Hamlin (11) and Kyle Busch (18) ran close together for a brief stretch during Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

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.

Although Kyle Busch's pit crew is the best in the business, two teams were just a bit faster Saturday night. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Although Kyle Busch’s pit crew is the best in the business, two teams were just a bit faster Saturday night. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

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.”

Kyle’s Team Interstate companions – Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry and Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry – finished sixth and ninth, respectively.

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.

Interstate's Extra Mile contest winners backstage before the race.

Interstate’s Extra Mile contest winners backstage before the race.

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

This week: NASCAR stays in Charlotte, Motocross visits Lakewood, Colo., and NHRA drag racing takes the weekend off.

By James Pecht (177 Posts)

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


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