Team Interstate: Kyle 2 Good in Loudon
Busch finishes 2nd on Sunday, 1st on Saturday
There’s no doubt Kyle Busch had one of the best cars in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. But it just wasn’t quite enough as the driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) came up just one spot short of victory.
“I think we were the fastest car here today – definitely on the short run,” said Busch, who led once for 53 laps and rarely fell out of the Top-10. “I guess I burned my front tires off (at the end) – I don’t know what the deal is. We were out front, we were leading, we were doing fine. We get to lapped traffic and I can’t turn anymore.
“It’s just (about) how my driving style is, I guess. I hate it because we had such a great race car here. This Interstate Batteries Camry was awesome today, and these guys deserve to be in victory lane. It’s (Interstate Batteries Chairman) Norm Miller‘s birthday, and I wanted to win for him, but I guess we will take second.”
Brian Vickers won the Camping World RV Sales 301 to score his third career Sprint Cup victory, his first of the season and his first at New Hampshire.
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Joe Gibbs Sings Happy Birthday to Norm
Before Sunday’s race, Coach Joe Gibbs led the Interstate Batteries hospitality tent in song to wish Chairman Norm Miller a happy birthday. JGR President J.D. Gibbs also had a tribute. Watch the video below.
NASCAR Nationwide Series: Kyle Dominates Magic Mile
Kyle Busch and the No. 54 Monster Energy team not only won Saturday night’s CNBC Prime’s the Profit 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), but dominated it, leading 141 circuits of the eventual 213-lap event.
The Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) No. 54 team continued its successful path, with the first-place finish, by recording their seventh victory in 17 events run so far this year.
Already the winningest series driver, Busch recorded his 58th victory in 258 starts and his fourth-career win at the 1.058-mile track. Busch is the only driver to earn victory in more than one series at NHMS.
For the fourth time this season, Busch accomplished the team’s win from the pole-starting position, the 29th pole of his Nationwide Series career. The feat tied him with veteran Sam Ard for the most pole-to-victory wins in a race season.
Another accomplishment earned in Saturday’s event, Busch surpassed his 12,000th lap led in the series, over his career, now registering 12,085, with 1,114 of those laps led this season alone.
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Other Team Interstate Results
- Camping World Truck Series: KBM Young Guns Shine in Iowa
Sprint Cup teams will enjoy their second and final off-weekend of the 2013 season before embarking on a slate of 17 consecutive races, beginning with the July 28 Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Nationwide Series travels to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sunday.
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing resumes its season in Morrison, Colo., and AMA Lucas Oil Motocross goes to Washougal, Wash.