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Team Interstate: Edwards Dominates Englishtown

June 3rd, 2013 by
Mike Edwards logged the fastest elapsed time of each round en route to his third win of 2013.

Mike Edwards logged the fastest elapsed time of each round en route to his third win of 2013.

Team Interstate‘s Mike Edwards continued his stellar season with a dominating win at the NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, N.J., this weekend.

Mike and the I Am Second/Interstate Batteries®/Penhall/K&N Chevy team’s win was their third of the season. Mike started from the pole for the eighth time in nine races.

“What a great weekend all around,” said Mike, who ran the lowest elapsed time of each of the four qualifying rounds and the four rounds of eliminations. “These are the kind of weekends at the race track that you dream about. It felt like one of those races we were making the right call every run and then laying down really good laps.”

Mike now turns his focus to Bristol, where he has won four straight.

Win carries special meaning

Mike Edwards' win in Englishtown, N.J., was his third of the season and the first in I Am Second colors.

Mike Edwards’ win in Englishtown, N.J., was his third of the season and the first in I Am Second colors.

The victory was special for Mike and his Oklahoma-based team — a little positive news in what has been a rough couple of weeks.

With the tornado that hit Moore, Okla., on May 20, and then storms that rolled through the Tulsa area on Thursday and Oklahoma City on Friday, it was a challenge for Mike to focus on racing.

“Our hearts were focused more toward home as our fellow Sooners experienced numerous tornadoes,” Mike said.

A tornado came within a mile of the Mike Edwards Motorsports race shop Thursday night. He watched the tornadoes on a live Internet stream from his hotel room.

“It was a very helpless feeling knowing you could do nothing but, just watch,” he said. “Thankfully, we didn’t experience any major damage, but Oklahoma has been impacted and we dedicate this weekend to all those who have lost love ones, homes, or just need to have a little positive in their lives.”

Mike was also happy he could put the I Am Second paint scheme in Victory Circle for the first time this season.

“I want to give special thanks to Norm Miller, Chairman of Interstate Batteries, for giving us the opportunity to share the I Am Second message to the drag racing community,” he said.

 

Other Team Interstate Results

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Kyle finishes 4th in Dover

Denny Hamlin (11), Matt Kenseth (20) and Kyle Busch (18) started from the front two rows on Sunday. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Denny Hamlin (11), Matt Kenseth (20) and Kyle Busch (18) started from the front two rows on Sunday. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch led Team Interstate with a fourth-place finish in Sunday’s FedEx 400 Benefitting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway. What appeared to be a promising day for all three Team Interstate/Joe Gibbs Racing teams, with each starting in the top four and leading a portion of the race, ended in disappointment for two. Matt Kenseth suffered an early engine failure, while a blown right front tire sent Hamlin into the wall and ended his day. Read more

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Brian Vickers finished 2nd, Matt Kenseth 3rd, Kyle Busch 5th and Elliott Sadler 28th in Dover. Read more

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Darrell Wallace Jr. becomes youngest polesitter in series, finishes 10th. Read more

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series

Team Interstate's Josh Grant was speedy early this weekend.

Team Interstate’s Josh Grant was speedy early this weekend.

Team Interstate/JGRMX suffer early accidents. Read more

This week: NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series travels to Pocono, while the Nationwide Series visits Iowa. Motocross rides into Mt. Morris, Pa., and NHRA drag racing takes the week 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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4 comments
Sharon Haak
Sharon Haak

God keep you safe Mike!! Congratulations - awesome Camaro!!

Sharon Haak
Sharon Haak

God keep you safe Mike!! Congratulations - awesome Camaro!!

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