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Team Interstate: Bristol Brings More Bad Luck

August 25th, 2014 by
Team Interstate's Kyle Busch in happier times -- at the beginning of Saturday night's Bristol race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch in happier times — at the beginning of Saturday night’s Bristol race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

When Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch took the lead on lap 55 of Saturday’s Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, it looked as if the five-time Bristol winner might have a great chance to add to his stellar record at the .533-mile bullring.

Team Interstate's Kyle Busch (left) and Denny Hamlin both had a rough night at Bristol. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch (left) and Denny Hamlin both had a rough night at Bristol. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

However, the driver of the No. 18 Doublemint/Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing suffered a lap-64 pit road speeding penalty that relegated him to deep in the field. On lap 127 things got even worse as Kyle was caught up in an accident ahead of him and got spun from behind, causing significant damage to his racecar. Kyle rode five laps down for much of the race, then retired from the event with a broken right-front suspension with 50 laps remaining, resulting in a 36th-place finish in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

“It was a very frustrating night,” said Kyle, who has five career Sprint Cup wins at Bristol.

Matt Kenseth fared the best of the three Team Interstate drivers Saturday. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Matt Kenseth fared the best of the three Team Interstate drivers Saturday. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Teammate Denny Hamlin also saw a promising night go south. He took the lead in his No. 11 Toyota on lap 137 and looked stout until lap 160 when the 4 car attempted to slide up the track behind him. Instead, the 4 car caught the left rear of Denny’s Camry, causing him to spin down into the inside wall. The contact caused him to ricochet back up the track and into the path of the 88. The result was heavy damage and a disappointing 40th-place finish.

Matt Kenseth largely stayed out of trouble and finished third in his No. 20 Toyota Camry.

Joey Logano won the race.

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Team Interstate Expands for 2015

Last week, Joe Gibbs Racing announced two major additions to the Team Interstate family beginning next season:

  • Carl Edwards No. 19 Joe Gibbs RacingCarl Edwards joins the team in a fourth car in the Sprint Cup Series and will drive the No. 19 Toyota Camry with lead sponsorship from ARRIS, a global innovator in IP, video and broadband technology.
  • Daniel Suarez will drive full-time in the Nationwide Series with ARRIS sponsorship.

ARRIS will also play a major role in JGR’s diversity and driver development initiatives.

Read more about the announcements here, and watch the video from Coach Joe Gibbs below:

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