Team Interstate: Bad Hand Derails Erik Jones’ Strong Run
After Team Interstate‘s Erik Jones challenged for the lead several times throughout the Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an accident on lap 173 sent his No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota out of the race. Instead of vying for the win, Jones was relegated to a 29th-place finish.
“We had an awesome Interstate Batteries Camry – one I thought was good enough to contend for the win today,” Jones said. “Thanks to Norm (Miller) and everyone at Interstate Batteries for putting this deal together. I wish we could’ve brought home a better finish, but the result doesn’t take away from how great our day was.
“We were able to lead laps and run up front. It was an awesome team effort from everyone on the pit box to the pit crew. It’s just a shame we couldn’t finish the race. It just wasn’t in the cards today, so we’ll move on to Phoenix and try to get a win there.”
Austin Dillon won the race. Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin and Daniel Suarez finished fourth and 10th, respectively.
Erik and David Shine in Interstate’s Hospitality Tent
On Sunday morning, about 400 guests enjoyed a hospitality experience from Interstate Batteries, with music, food, driver appearances and a photo booth. David Ragan, substituting in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries/M&M’s Toyota for the injured Kyle Busch, spoke to the crowd and even insisted on taking a group photo with those in attendance.
Not to be outdone, Erik reflected on his day in the Interstate Batteries car then visited the photo booth to send a special get-well-soon message to Kyle.
Sprint Cup Series
Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry, led Team Interstate Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by finishing fifth in the Kobalt 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. It was Hamlin’s second top-five finish in 10 career Sprint Cup starts at the 1.5-mile speedway.
Hamlin’s Team Interstate companions – Matt Kenseth in the No. 20 Toyota Camry; David Ragan, interim driver of the No. 18 Toyota Camry as he subs for the injured Kyle Busch; and Carl Edwards in the No. 19 Toyota Camry; – finished ninth, 22nd and 42nd, respectively.
Kevin Harvick won the race.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross
- Weston Peick – 8th
- Phillip Nicoletti – 14th
- NASCAR: Phoenix International Raceway
- Supercross: Indianapolis