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Team Interstate: Denny Narrowly Misses Daytona 500 Victory

February 24th, 2014 by
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Denny Hamlin (11) and Kyle Busch (18) lead the pack at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Denny Hamlin (11) and Kyle Busch (18) lead the pack at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin had the car to beat all weekend at Daytona International Speedway but came up just short of victory in NASCAR‘s premiere event Sunday, the Daytona 500.

The 18 and 11 led the field as rain delayed the Daytona 500. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

The 18 and 11 led the field as rain delayed the Daytona 500. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch also showed their strength during the rain-delayed event, with Matt finishing sixth and Kyle finishing 19th after a wreck on the final lap.

Both Denny and Matt started near the front of the field, but Kyle started in the 37th position. He didn’t let that slow him down, however – Kyle climbed to ninth by just the third lap of the 200-lap race. On lap 38, Kyle was in the lead when soaking rains entered the area, delaying the race by more than six hours.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500.

Team Interstate results:

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Kyle Busch leads Elliott Sadler and Matt Kenseth during Saturday's Nationwide Series race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch leads Elliott Sadler and Matt Kenseth during Saturday’s Nationwide Series race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

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3 comments
Barry Taylor
Barry Taylor

I think you may be right Tom, hard to argue with you. But Keselowski had a run on Earnhardt down the back and instead of lying the bumper to him Brad checked up, look at the in-car from the #88 rear. that slowed Rowdy's progress too and allowed Denny to move, like I said Denny did what he needed to, but at that point Brad and Rowdy were done. Then Rowdy fell back to Stenhouse and Harvick and we knew how that would turn out. Bottom line is in that situation and I am going to add Johnson to this, if you aren't willing to lay a bumper to the Hendrick guys they will just keep winning. Shocked at Brad not hitting Jr., guess he would only hit Kyle and you know he would have. Brad had to know when he cracked the throttle he was done.

Tom Butt
Tom Butt

Kyle should have made the move Denny made he was clear first .I was saying move down now Kyle and he just sat there .WTF ?

Barry Taylor
Barry Taylor

When Denny dive bombed Rowdy that did Rowdy in. Don't blame Denny it was all for one at that point. Just hope Denny remembers that move in the future. Go Rowdy at Phoenix.

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