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Team Interstate: Seconds Count in New Hampshire

July 14th, 2014 by
Kyle Busch and the rest of Team Interstate ran near the front of the pack for most of Sunday's race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch and the rest of Team Interstate ran near the front of the pack for most of Sunday’s race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch and crew chief Dave Rogers used smart fuel strategy and plenty of patience in Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

The New Hampshire race marked the second appearance of the striped Interstate Batteries design. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

The New Hampshire race marked the second appearance of the striped Interstate Batteries design. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

The driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing survived a green-white-checkered finish that went four laps beyond the scheduled 301-lap distance to score his third consecutive runner-up finish at New Hampshire and his fifth top-five finish of the season.

“The guys did a great job today,” said Busch, who started from the pole and led once for 62 laps to score his seventh top-five finish at New Hampshire. “This Interstate Batteries Camry was good. Should have been anywhere from fourth to sixth, but we made a gutsy call there at the end to stay out and see if we can make it on fuel; barely made it, ran out right at the start-finish. We couldn’t have timed it more perfect. That was good and an overall solid effort for our team.

The Outrageously Dependable No. 18 Pit Crew in action at New Hampshire. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

The Outrageously Dependable No. 18 Pit Crew in action at New Hampshire. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

“We still know we got a little bit of work to do trying to get better and be able to catch up with some of our other competitors. Thanks to everyone at Interstate Batteries for their support here today and to our buddy Norm Miller (Interstate Batteries chairman) for his support. Happy birthday to him tomorrow. All in all, a decent day to be coming home second for our Interstate Batteries Camry.”

Kyle’s Team Interstate companions Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin finished fourth and eighth, respectively. Brad Keselowski won the race.

Recap (KyleBusch.com)

Results from the New Hampshire Race.

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Kenseth Finishes Third in Interstate Green

Matt Kenseth drove the Interstate Batteries Toyota to a third-place finish Saturday in New Hampshire. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Matt Kenseth drove the Interstate Batteries Toyota to a third-place finish Saturday in New Hampshire. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

In a white-and-green Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing, Matt Kenseth started third, ran third and finished third in the Sta-Green 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

“We had a pretty solid weekend with our Interstate Batteries Camry. We unloaded pretty close and we qualified third and finished third,” said Kenseth after making his 11th Nationwide Series start of the season.

“The guys that qualified first and second, finished first and second,” Kenseth said. “I felt like we were a third-place car and we finished third. I felt like the two best cars were in front of me and I couldn’t catch them. The 42 (Kyle Larson) was better on the short run and we were better on the long run and got away there a little bit. It’s just what we had. We had a couple of shots to make it better and we made it better, but not good enough to run with the 22 (Brad Keselowski) and the 54 (Kyle Busch).

“Got to thank Norm Miller and everyone at Interstate Batteries for their support. They’ve been with Joe Gibbs Racing for 22 years now and I’m proud to represent them.”

  • No. 54 – Kyle Busch – 2nd
  • No. 20 – Matt Kenseth – 3rd
  • No. 11 – Elliott Sadler – 6th

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Iowa Speedway

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series

Budd’s Creek, Mechanicsville, Md.

  • No. 10 – Justin Brayton – 11th
  • No. 33 – Josh Grant – 6th
  • No. 38 – Phil Nicoletti – 9th

This Week:

  • NASCAR Nationwide Series: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill.
  • Motocross: Spring Creek Motocross Park, Millville, Minn.

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