Team Interstate: A great day to kiss the bricks
Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch and the No. 54 Monster Energy team not only won Saturday’s Indiana 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but dominated it, leading 92 circuits of the 100-lap event.
The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 54 team extended its successful season by recording its eighth victory and 13th top-10 finish in 19 events run to date, in 2013. The 28-year-old Busch earned Toyota Racing its first victory at the legendary 2.5-mile speedway with Saturday’s win.
Already the winningest series driver, Busch recorded his 59th victory in 259 starts and his first-career win at the Indiana track. Just as significant, for the fifth time this year, Busch accomplished the team’s win from the pole-starting position, the 31st pole of his Nationwide Series career.
The feat broke a tie with NASCAR veteran Sam Ard from 1983, placing Busch at the top of the record books for the most pole-to-victory wins in a race season. With a race-high 92 laps led Saturday, Busch achieved his 12,177th career lap led in the series with 1,206 of those laps driven in the top spot this season alone.
Upon celebration from the famed Brickyard victory lane activities, including a ‘kiss’ on the bricks with his wife Samantha and team by his side, Busch described his Brickyard day to the media, “It’s Indianapolis – it’s pretty awesome to be able to win here. Whether you’re driving Nationwide or Cup, sports cars, Formula 1, Moto GP, anything – it’s cool to win at this place just with all the history and all the automobiles that have raced on this surface before.”
JGR teammate Brian Vickers finished fourth and earned the series’ ‘Dash 4 Cash’ bonus payout. Other JGR teammates Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler finished seventh and 13th respectively.
Sunday’s Finishes: Kenseth 5th, Busch 10th
After running as high in seventh in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 20th annual Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch found himself in 22nd with just 40 laps to go after trouble on pit road.
Busch’s JGR companions – Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry – finished fifth and 18th, respectively.But Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’s M’Prove America Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), and his entire team kept their cool, gaining 12 spots over the final 100 miles to secure his 12th top-10 finish of the season.
Other Team Interstate Results
- NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series: Mike Edwards earned his 11th top-qualifying spot of the season in Sonoma but came up 11-thousandths of a second short in the second round to eventual event winner Vincent Nobile.
- Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series: Josh Grant 11th, Justin Brayton 18th in Millville. Recap (JGRMX.com)