Team Interstate: Tricks and Treats in Martinsville
First, the missed opportunities. Although all three Team Interstate drivers spent much of Sunday at or near the front of the field, they were unable to leave the paperclip-shaped track with the prestigious grandfather clock trophy given to the winner of the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.
Denny Hamlin, a four-time winner at Martinsville, finished eighth Sunday after slipping back during a late restart. Matt Kenseth clawed his way to a sixth-place finish despite being involved in a midrace accident, and Kyle Busch fought a tight-handling M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry to finish 11th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race. Matt and Denny are the two remaining Team Interstate drivers in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. They are among the eight drivers of the original field of 16 who advanced to the Eliminator Round. The four final spots will be determined after the Nov. 9 race at Phoenix.
Now, for the sweet taste of victory. Team Interstate’s Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. collected his third win of the season and fourth of his young career in Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville.
Bubba, carrying a special paint scheme and the No. 34 in honor of 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott, led a race-high 97 laps. He’s now third in the Truck Series point standings with three races remaining.
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