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Team Interstate Races the Bizarre in Charlotte

May 28th, 2013 by
Team Interstate brought three of the fastest cars to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate brought three of the fastest cars to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Experts said the moon Sunday night was in the waning gibbous phase. To NASCAR fans, it looked full. And to Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch and other drivers, it seemed the sky was falling.

The Coca-Cola 600 started out well for Busch. He qualified eighth and made his way into the top-five within the first 20 laps. He took the lead on lap 75 and regained it on a quick pit stop on lap 115.

Then things got weird.

Shortly after green-flag racing resumed, a cable from an overhead camera fell on the track, causing major damage to the No. 18 Toyota.

Team Interstate's Kyle Busch takes a picture of the damage with a cellphone during the first red flag. His crew wasn't allowed to inspect the car at that point. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch takes a picture of the damage with a cellphone during the first red flag. His crew wasn’t allowed to inspect the car at that point. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

The cable sliced the right side of the car from the wheel well back.

The cable also injured several fans, and three were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

NASCAR displayed the red flag to allow safety crews to clear the cable from the track.  Busch used this opportunity to climb from the M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota and take pictures with a cellphone of the damage so the team could develop a repair plan.

The No. 18 crew replaces Kyle Busch's right front fender during the second red flag Sunday night. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

The No. 18 crew replaces Kyle Busch’s right front fender during the second red flag Sunday night. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

After surveying the number of cars with damage, NASCAR brought teams to the pits, where they had 15 minutes to work on their cars.

The No. 18 team replaced the right-front fender, and Busch returned to the field with the lead. But about 100 laps later, Busch’s engine failed, ending his night.

“I commend NASCAR first of all for taking the initiative and letting us all repair our damaged cars from the issue that we had earlier in the race,” Busch said. “Appreciate that, but from there I thought we were about a fourth- or fifth-place car tonight. We had been running first, second or third most of the evening, but just catastrophic engine failure … I hate it for all my guys.”

Busch’s Team Interstate companions, Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth, finished fourth and 15th, respectively.

Results-Charlotte

Other Team Interstate Racing Results

This is becoming a familiar sight: Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after Saturday's History 300 in Charlotte. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

This is becoming a familiar sight: Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after Saturday’s History 300 in Charlotte. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

 

This week: NASCAR tackles the Monster Mile at Dover, Del., and Motocross visits Blountville, Tenn. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series resumes with the Toyota Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J.

 

By James Pecht (177 Posts)

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


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