Team Interstate: Action-Packed Atlanta
The weather was hot, and so were the tempers at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday night. When the Oral-B USA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race was over, Team Interstate claimed two top-five finishes and one hard-fought 16th-place result.
Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry, led the way with a second-place finish. It was his 10th top-five of the season. Although he has yet to win a race this year, he qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship on points.
Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry, finished third. Both the 11 and 20 pit crews turned lightning-quick pit stops throughout the evening to give their drivers great track position.
Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch, meanwhile, overcame numerous obstacles to finish 16th.
“This isn’t the kind of night we needed,” he said. “We were all over the place with handling, and the car just would not go in traffic.”
Kyle was involved in two accidents Saturday night, the first when he slid through oil put down by the expiring engine of the No. 9 car. That slide caused him to clip the front end of the No. 14 car and make contact with the outside wall. With just a couple laps to go in the race, Kyle got into the back of the No. 78 car, causing more significant damage.
Kasey Kahne won the race.
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