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Team Interstate: Penalty Thwarts Comeback; Matt in Tight Battle

November 4th, 2013 by
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Kyle Busch leads teammate Matt Kenseth early in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

Team Interstate‘s Kyle Busch and his No. 18 team battled back from much adversity in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 on Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, but their 13th-place finish still was a disappointment.

Jimmie Johnson (left) and Matt Kenseth chat at Texas.

Jimmie Johnson (left) and Matt Kenseth chat at Texas.

Kyle had a tire issue that caused him to scrape the wall on lap 56, and later a piece of debris on his grille caused some overheating, but he still managed to battle to third place with 35 laps to go. Unfortunately, during the last pit stop of the day on lap 299, Kyle was penalized for speeding while exiting pit road, forcing a drive-through penalty. The lost time for making the extra trip down pit road turned a solid top-five run into a 13th-place finish.

“My guys worked really hard this weekend and gave me a great car,” Kyle said. “Just wish I would have got the finish these guys deserved.”

Jimmie Johnson won Sunday’s race and reclaimed the championship points lead. Team Interstate’s Matt Kenseth finished fourth and is now in second place, trailing by seven points.

With just two races left in the 2013 season, the battle for the championship is effectively down to just the top two teams. Kyle sits fourth in the standings but is 52 points back.

SPRINT CUP STANDINGS

Rank Name Points
1 Jimmie Johnson 2,342
2 Matt Kenseth 2,335
3 Kevin Harvick 2,302
4 Kyle Busch 2,290
5 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2,280
6 Jeff Gordon 2,273
7 Clint Bowyer 2,273
8 Greg Biffle 2,269
9 Joey Logano 2,251
10 Kurt Busch 2,246
11 Carl Edwards 2,226
12 Ryan Newman 2,224
13 Kasey Kahne 2,209

 

Other Team Interstate Results

This week: NASCAR holds its penultimate weekend this season at Phoenix International Raceway. NHRA Drag Racing holds its final event of the season with the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif.

Toyota Dream Build Challenge

Both JGRMX and Kyle Busch Motorsports are competing in this year’s Toyota Dream Build Challenge, a contest where Team Toyota athletes and brand partners face off to create their most extreme dream Toyotas. Your vote can help determine the winner!

See the entry for JGRMX:

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Fans who vote can win daily prizes from the athletes and their partners, including one grand prize trip to one of the Team Toyota athlete’s events. Voting closes at 10 p.m. Central time tonight (Nov. 4), and the winner will be announced tomorrow morning at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Vote Now!

By James Pecht (177 Posts)

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


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2 comments
Gayle Sherman
Gayle Sherman

Speeding penalties?????? Hmmm Excitement of the race was watching them charge back to the front. Want one of them to win the championship so much.

Gayle Sherman
Gayle Sherman

Speeding penalties?????? Hmmm Excitement of the race was watching them charge back to the front. Want one of them to win the championship so much.

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