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Team Interstate: Bring on the Chase

September 9th, 2013 by
The field for the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

The field for the 2013 Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate‘s Kyle Busch had a disappointing Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, but he’s in a great position heading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Kyle struggled with an ill-handling race car throughout the Federated Auto Parts 400, bringing his No. 18 M&M’s/American Heritage Chocolate Toyota home in 19th place.

Immediately after the race, however, the points reset. Kyle begins the Chase, NASCAR‘s version of a playoff, with the third seed thanks to his four regular-season victories.

Teammate Matt Kenseth finished sixth on Saturday, and Denny Hamlin finished 21st. Matt begins the chase with the first seed after five wins in the regular season.

Carl Edwards won Saturday night’s race.

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About the Chase

The Chase represents the last 10 races of the year. The top-10 drivers in points are eligible, along with two wild-card drivers. Kasey Kahne and Martin Truex Jr. are the wild-cards after having the most wins among the drivers who were between 11th and 20th in the standings.

Matt Kenseth (left) and Kyle Busch represent Team Interstate in the 2013 Chase. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

Matt Kenseth (left) and Kyle Busch represent Team Interstate in the 2013 Chase. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

NASCAR recalibrated the points for the 12 drivers as soon as the Richmond race was over, with each driver getting 2,000 points. With the exception of wild-card entrants Kahne and Truex, drivers also received three bonus points for each of their respective wins during the 26-race regular season. For drivers starting the Chase with identical point totals, their seed was determined by the traditional tiebreaker of best finishes beyond race victories.

Ranked in order of where their bonus points seeded them, the drivers competing for this year’s championship are:

  1. Matt Kenseth (2,015 points)
  2. Jimmie Johnson (2,012 points, -3)
  3. Kyle Busch (2,012 points, -3)
  4. Kevin Harvick (2,006 points, -9)
  5. Carl Edwards (2,006 points, -9)
  6. Joey Logano (2,003 points, -12)
  7. Greg Biffle (2,003 points, -12)
  8. Clint Bowyer (2,000 points, -15)
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2,000 points, -15)
  10. Kurt Busch (2,000 points, -15)
  11. Kasey Kahne (2,000 points, -15)
  12. Martin Truex Jr. (2,000 points, -15)

 

This is Kyle’s sixth appearance in the Chase, while Kenseth will make his ninth Chase appearance.

Kyle’s Car to Carry Fan’s Name

ESPN and nascar.com want to put one lucky fan’s name on Kyle’s Interstate Batteries Toyota in Dover on Sept. 29. Learn more about the contest at nascar.com/fandorsements.

Other Team Interstate Results

 

This week: NASCAR visits Chicagoland Speedway for the first race of the Chase, and NHRA drag racing returns to Charlotte for the first race in the Countdown for the Championship.

 

By James Pecht (177 Posts)

James Pecht writes about franchising, battery technology, tips, racing and company culture for Interstate Batteries.


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