Team Interstate: Matt Makes Opening Statement
The Sprint Unlimited was an invitation race open to drivers who were a part of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, had won a pole during the 2014 season, were a past winner of the Sprint Unlimited or had previously won the pole for the Daytona 500.
All four Team Interstate drivers qualified for the event, and although no points were at stake, drivers did vie for bragging rights. Bragging rights led to aggressive moves to get up front, and sometimes those moves didn’t quite pan out. Such was the case on lap 46 of the 75-lap event, when Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin was caught up in a multi-car accident and was forced to retire from the race early.
Kyle Busch was involved in a couple of incidents, but the No. 18 team was able to make repairs to keep him on the race track. Matt and new Team Interstate driver Carl Edwards both avoided calamity.
Daytona 500 Qualifying
Denny led Team Interstate in qualifying for the 57th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, turning the third-quickest lap. Matt had the fourth quickest time, while Kyle was fifth and Carl seventh.
Jeff Gordon will start from the pole position in this Sunday’s big race. While yesterday’s qualifying locked in the front row, the remaining positions will be determined after Thursday’s Duel – twin 150-mile heat races that set the majority of the 43-car Daytona 500 field.
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
- Phil Nicoletti: 13th
- Weston Pieck: DNF (wreck)
- Justin Barcia: Recovering from injury
- Supercross: Atlanta, Saturday, 6 p.m. CST