Team Interstate: Kyle Makes Late Surge in Richmond
Despite battling handling problems throughout the night, Team Interstate‘s Kyle Busch used some fancy driving and a smart pit call by his crew chief to vault to a third-place finish in Saturday’s Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway.
After starting 19th, Kyle initially fought a racecar that was too tight in the center of the corner and too loose off the corner. Crew chief Dave Rogers and the No. 18 team made adjustments throughout to try to get the car more to his liking, but Kyle reported loose conditions during the second half of the race.
Kyle slipped to as low as 13th by lap 370 of the 400-lap race, but opportunity knocked when the caution waved on lap 385. Sitting 10th with just 15 laps on the No. 18’s tires, Dave called for Kyle to come in for four fresh tires. He would restart 16th with eight laps to go.
What happened next was classic Kyle Busch.
“It was crazy,” said Kyle, who scored his 13th top-five finish in 19 starts at Richmond. “We didn’t have our best underneath it tonight, but I have no idea the last 10 laps – I have absolutely no clue. I started 16th and finished third – that’s about all I know.”
Kyle made a rarely-seen four-side pass coming off the corner following the restart. His fresh tires enabled him to pick his way to the front as the race leaders, including teammate Matt Kenseth, battled hard for position.
“Great finish for the way our day was,” Kyle said. “I just can’t say enough about the gutsy call by Dave.”
Matt finished fifth, while Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin finished 22nd. Joey Logano won the race.
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