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Team Interstate: A Thrilling End to the 2014 Season

November 17th, 2014 by
Team Interstate's Denny Hamlin led 50 laps in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin led 50 laps in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin was just eight laps away from his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, but a series of late cautions proved too much to overcome.

Kevin Harvick was able to use fresher tires to make his way to the front to win Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and with it the 2015 championship. Meanwhile, Team Interstate’s Matt Kenseth finished in sixth place, and a broken axle left Kyle Busch back in 39th.

Denny Hamlin's No. 11 pit crew was nearly flawless all night. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 pit crew was nearly flawless all night. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

“We gave an amazing effort today and left it all out on the track,” Denny said on Twitter after the race. “I’m proud of what we accomplished getting to this point.”

Denny would lead five times for a total of 50 laps over the course of the race. He was up front late when the team made the call to remain out to maintain its track position with 18 laps remaining. Denny would restart second and would grab the lead, but two late cautions allowed several other teams that had come down pit road for fresh tires on the earlier stop to gain ground. Denny got caught three-wide in the middle on the final restart and ended up finishing seventh. He completes his season officially third in the standings.

Matt finished the season seventh in the standings, while Kyle closed out the 2014 campaign 10th in the final standings.

Race report (Joe Gibbs Racing)

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Note: In 26 Nationwide Series starts this year, Kyle had seven wins and 25 top-4 finishes.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Next Races

  • The 2015 Sprint Cup season kicks off Feb. 13-22 with the traditional Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
  • The 57th Daytona 500, the first points-paying Sprint Cup race of the season, is scheduled for Feb. 22.
  • The 2015 Supercross season begins Jan. 3.
By James Pecht (177 Posts)

James Pecht writes about franchising, battery technology, tips, racing and company culture for Interstate Batteries.


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