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Team Interstate: A Top 10 and a Gold Medal

August 5th, 2013 by
Kyle Busch finished 8th in Pocono, and Justin Brayton won the gold medal in the X-Games. Left photo copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch finished 8th in Pocono, and Justin Brayton won the gold medal in the X-Games. Left photo copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate grabbed the spotlight this weekend with a solid Top 10 performance in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and a gold medal at the X Games.

Kyle Busch, the driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Peanut Butter/Interstate Batteries Toyota), battled various handling issues throughout the GoBowling.com 400 on Sunday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway but dug deep to preserve an eighth-place finish. It was his third consecutive top-10 result.

“We were just a little bit off today,” said Busch, who scored his seventh top-10 finish in 18 starts at Pocono. “It seemed like we could get going good on restarts, and it would drive well for a few laps, then we couldn’t keep up as well on the long run. That’s about all we had with our M&M’s Peanut Butter Camry. Dave (Rogers, crew chief) and the guys worked hard today, and we were able to get a top-10 out of a day that we were just a little behind.”

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Motocross: Brayton Wins Gold

 

Justin  Brayton (10) makes the pass in the Moto-X event at X-Games 19.

Justin Brayton (10) makes the pass in the Moto-X event at X-Games 19.


The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series took the weekend off, and Team Interstate’s Justin Brayton took full advantage.

Brayton refused to settle for what would have been his third Silver Medal in Moto X at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.  Instead he rallied after a brief setback and took the Gold Medal in dramatic fashion on the last lap in front of a thrilled crowd and a live worldwide ESPN television audience.

After qualifying fastest, Brayton began his heat race in fourth position.  He quickly moved into third and then second with three laps to go.  He caught and began to pressure the leader, but ran out of time and finished the heat in second.

In the main event, Brayton was battling for the lead by lap five. At the halfway point, Brayton tried to squeeze by on the tight track only to be aggressively blocked by the leader. He briefly fell back to fourth position but regrouped and charged ahead. On the last lap, Brayton made a bold move to take the win and the gold medal.

Watch the race (ESPN.com)

Other Team Interstate Results

This week: NASCAR hits the road again with a visit to the road course at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. Motocross resumes its season in New Berlin, N.Y., 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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