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Team Interstate: Rocky Road for Kyle and Mike

October 7th, 2013 by
Kyle Busch and Kansas can't seem to get along. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch and Kansas can’t seem to get along. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Heading into the fourth race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, Team Interstate‘s Kyle Busch knew Kansas Speedway would prove to be daunting. Many drivers this weekend found the track and tire combination treacherous, and unfortunately, Kyle was among them.

Kyle was involved in three cautions during the Hollywood Casino 400. First, he slid to the bottom of the racetrack to avoid a spinning Danica Patrick on the first lap, but was able to avoid damage. On lap 186, Juan Pablo Montoya sent Kyle spinning down the front stretch. Again, Kyle avoided damage. But the third incident ended his day as he turned into the wall on lap 199. He left Kansas with a disappointing 34th-place finish.

“Kansas just hasn’t been very good to me,” Kyle said. “We’ll just have to work hard. We’ll just have to keep doing what we’ve done getting us to this point all year long. … Every other track except Kansas seems to be able to bode well for us, so we’ll see what happens and, if it doesn’t happen, then it doesn’t happen – it wasn’t meant to be. But this M&M’s team is going to keep fighting hard.”

Kyle’s teammates, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin, finished 11th and 23rd, respectively. Kevin Harvick won the race.

With six races remaining in the season, Matt sits in first place with a three-point advantage over Jimmie Johnson. Kyle fell to fifth in the point standings, 35 points back.

Rank Name Points
1 Matt Kenseth 2,183
2 Jimmie Johnson 2,180 (-3)
3 Kevin Harvick 2,158 (-25)
4. Jeff Gordon 2,151 (-32)
5. Kyle Busch 2,148 (-35)
6. Greg Biffle 2,139 (-44)
7. Kurt Busch 2,136 (-47)
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,129 (-54)
9. Clint Bowyer 2,128 (-55)
10. Joey Logano 2,124 (-59)
11. Carl Edwards 2,123 (-60)
12. Ryan Newman 2,110 (-73)
13. Kasey Kahne 2,100 (-83)

NHRA Pro Stock: Mike Edwards Struggles in Pennsylvania

Mike Edwards and his Interstate Batteries/I Am Second/K&N/Penhall team unload in Pennsylvania.

Mike Edwards and his Interstate Batteries/I Am Second/K&N/Penhall team unload in Pennsylvania.

Mike Edwards and his Interstate Batteries/I Am Second/K&N/Penhall Chevy team have an uphill battle to claim their NHRA Pro Stock championship. Mike left seven-thousands of a second early in the second round, costing him his position in the point standings.

“You are out here trying so hard to win the championship and then have a red-light and basically end all momentum you have,” Mike said. “We have a couple weeks to regroup and come up with a plan to come out the last two events in Las Vegas and Pomona and do our best to win both and see where the championship falls. That is all we can do now.”

After four of the six events that make up the NHRA Countdown to a Championship playoff, Edwards sits in second place, trailing leader Jeg Coughlin Jr. by 45 points.


Other Team Interstate Results

NASCAR Nationwide Series: Matt Kenseth wins in Kansas (ESPN)

This week: NASCAR races under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series is off until Oct. 24-27.

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