Team Interstate: Kyle Busch Wins at Watkins Glen
After two years of coming up just short of victory at the 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course, Kyle Busch finally had things go his way at Watkins Glen (N.Y) International. This time, Kyle closed the deal and claimed victory in the Cheez-It 355k at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday to earn his second career victory at the iconic track and his third win of the 2013 season.
“When it’s your day, it’s your day, and today was ours,” Kyle said. “This Toyota Camry today, it deserved to be in victory lane the last couple years here, so this was ‘Rowdy’s’ revenge. I’m glad it’s back in victory lane today.
“Man, can’t say enough about M&M’s, everybody from M&M’s – all our M&M’s associates across the world, we appreciate your support. It’s awesome to be back in victory lane with your colors and thanks Interstate Batteries, Norm Miller (chairman of Interstate Batteries).”
For Kyle, the key to the victory was blending the right pit strategy with a good racecar and smart driving throughout the 90-lap race.
Kyle made his final pit stop of the day on lap 59, and the timing couldn’t have been better. The caution flag waved as the No. 18 performed its pit stop, which handed the lead to Busch since he had pitted right before the caution.
Despite a flurry of caution flags and a series of hectic restarts in the closing laps, Kyle never looked back and claimed the 27th Sprint Cup win of his career. He led the last 29 laps of the race, resisting fierce pressure from Brad Keselowski on the final lap.
Kyle’s 27 career Cup wins put him sixth among active drivers and 24th on the all-time wins list. Sunday’s victory also moved him up one spot to fifth in championship points.
Watch the last laps of the race.
Other Team Interstate Results
- NASCAR Nationwide Series: Vickers 3rd, Sadler 5th, Busch 24th at Watkins Glen. | Recap (ESPN.com)
- Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series: Grant 5th, Brayton 9th in Unadilla. | Recap (JGRMX.com)
This week: NASCAR travels to Michigan International Speedway, Motocross visits Tooele, Utah, and NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing roars into Brainerd, Minn.