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Team Interstate: Kyle Busch Injured in Daytona Crash

February 24th, 2015 by

Team Interstate Results for the 2015 Daytona 500The annual Daytona 500 is often filled with drama. Unfortunately, the drama struck Team Interstate before the race even began.

In the closing laps of Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch was involved in a big crash, an unfortunate byproduct of a restrictor plate race with cars lined nose to tail and reaching speeds of nearly 200 mph. Kyle got a bit loose and had contact with the No. 20 car in front of him, which was driven by his teammate Erik Jones. Kyle’s car went down through the infield grass and into the inside retaining wall. He suffered a compound fracture of the lower right leg and a broken left foot as a result of the impact.

Kyle had surgery Saturday night to repair the injury on his right lower leg. The surgery was a success. Kyle is in good spirits. And he returned to Charlotte Tuesday morning where he will undergo further evaluation, including a specialist for his left foot injury.

Matt Crafton drove the No. 18 M&M's Crispy/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry in Sunday's Daytona 500.

Matt Crafton drove the No. 18 M&M’s Crispy/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry in Sunday’s Daytona 500. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton substituted for Kyle in Sunday’s Daytona 500. Despite having no practice in the No. 18 M&M’s Crispy/Interstate Batteries car, Matt performed admirably.

He largely used the first half of the race simply to adjust to the car’s handling. His experience in the truck series proved valuable. He was patient. Then, late in the race, he was battling for a spot toward the top ten late when an accident ahead cost him several spots on the final lap. He finished 18th.

Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth finished fourth, 23rd and 35th, respectively. Joey Logano won the race.

What Happens Next?

On Tuesday, Joe Gibbs Racing named veteran Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan to replace Kyle while he is recovering.

David has run eight full seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 291 career starts.  The 29-year-old Georgia native has two career Sprint Cup wins, including most recently at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013.

He will drive the 18 for at least the next several weeks. This will include the Interstate Batteries Sprint Cup paint scheme coming up in Fontana, CA on March 22 and possibly at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11.

Share Your Well Wishes!

Spectators Bow for Kyle at Daytona.Many of Kyle’s fans are sending Kyle their get-well-soon messages on social media. One popular hashtag is #BowForKyle, where fans imitate Kyle’s trademark Vegas Showman Bow from Victory Lane. Another popular hashtag is #GetWellKyle.

Other Team Interstate Results

Xfinity Series – Daytona

  • Daniel Suarez, No. 18 – 39th
  • Erik Jones, No. 20 – 18th
  • Kyle Busch, No. 54 – 26th

Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Atlanta

  • Weston Peick, No. 23 – 5th
  • Phil Nicoletti, No. 46 – 11th

This Week

  • NASCAR: Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Supercross: Georgia Dome, Atlanta


By James Pecht (177 Posts)

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

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