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Team Interstate: Banged up in Bristol

March 17th, 2014 by
Matt Kenseth (20) leads Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch at Bristol. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Matt Kenseth (20) leads Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch at Bristol. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Talk about a rough day at the track. All three of Team Interstate‘s cars led laps and suffered damage in Sunday’s rain-delayed Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Denny Hamlin started from the pole position in his No. 11 Toyota Camry and led the first four laps. Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch each took their turns at the front of the field, displaying strength early in the race and immediately following a lengthy rain delay.

Teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch talk during a rain delay at Bristol. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch talk during a rain delay at Bristol. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

But the race was marked with some bizarre cautions and untimely accidents.

The start of the race was delayed by almost two hours by rain. Several dozen laps in, a battery fell out of the No. 23 car, spreading a long string of packing material that looked like toilet paper across the track.

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Matt took the lead as rain came again at lap 125 and delayed the race for more than three hours. Shortly after the race resumed, an accident brought out the caution, and Matt was drilled from behind by the 33 car. Matt pitted for repairs and dropped to 24th. The damage wasn’t enough to slow Matt, however, and he quickly climbed back up to the front of the pack.

Kyle took the lead on lap 195, but on lap 270 he radioed his team to say he felt a tire going down. The unscheduled pit stop dropped him two laps down. He got one of those laps back on a caution, but then spun in turn 2 and made hard contact with the outside SAFER Barrier. From there, all the No. 18 team could do was make repairs good enough to get Kyle to the finish, where he ended the race four laps down in 29th place.

Denny also made contact with the wall late in the race, but he was still able to wheel his car to a sixth-place finish. Matt finished 13th.

Carl Edwards won the Food City 500.

Read more: KyleBusch.com | Fox Sports

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Kyle Busch won Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Bristol. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch won Saturday’s Nationwide Series race at Bristol. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle won Saturday’s Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol, his 16th career NASCAR victory at the track. Read more: Fox Sports

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