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Team Interstate: Denny Wins All-Star Race; Erik Climbs to 3rd

May 18th, 2015 by
Denny Hamlin with the prize of the night... and the All-Star Race trophy. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Denny Hamlin with the prize of the night… and the All-Star Race trophy. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Team Interstate shone bright in this weekend’s races with an All-Star Race win Saturday night, a much-anticipated return by one of the sport’s best drivers and an amazing climb from last to third in Sunday’s Xfinity Series race. Here’s what’s happened:

Million-Dollar Denny

To the victor goes the $1 million check. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

To the victor goes the $1 million check. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Denny Hamlin held off a hard-charging Kevin Harvick to win his – and Joe Gibbs Racing’s – first Sprint All-Star Race. A tremendous final four-tire pit stop by the No. 11 team vaulted Denny from sixth to first for the final restart, and Denny never looked back.

With no points at stake, the annual Sprint All-Star Race is a winner-take-all event showcasing the sport’s best, and to the victor goes $1 million.

Denny’s Team Interstate colleagues Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards finished fifth, sixth and 17th, respectively.

RELATED: Denny’s Win Provides Moments $1 Million Can’t Top (NBCSports.com)

Team Interstate recap from the Sprint All-Star Race. Photo copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch Returns

Kyle Busch climbs into his No. 18 Toyota. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch climbs into his No. 18 Toyota. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch returned behind the wheel of the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry Saturday night for the first time since breaking his right leg and left foot at Daytona International Speedway in February.

Kyle started 19th and finished sixth.

“It was a really good night for our M&M’s Red Nose Day Camry,” Kyle said. “I learned some things, and I think we learned some stuff – myself and Adam Stevens (crew chief) – about this racecar, for me, and getting around here in Charlotte.”

Kyle said he and Adam can take what they learned and apply it to this week’s Coca-Cola 600, the longest race of the year.

Erik Climbs Through the Iowa Field

Erik Jones continues to turn heads in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Erik Jones continues to turn heads in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Erik Jones showed yet again why he is one of the hottest young drivers in NASCAR. The driver of the No. 20 Interstate All Battery Center Toyota Camry rocketed from the rear of the field to bring home a solid third-place finish in Sunday’s 3M 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Erik Jones reflects on a good day in the Interstate All Battery Center Toyota Camry. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Erik Jones reflects on a good day in the Interstate All Battery Center Toyota Camry. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

“Not a bad day,” said Erik, who earned his sixth top-five and nine top-10 finish in 10 Xfinity Series starts thus far this season.

The 18-year-old rolled off the grid first for the 250-lap race, thanks to Joe Gibbs Racing development driver Drew Herring, who practiced the car Saturday and qualified it on the pole. Drew performed those duties because Erik spent Saturday in Charlotte on standby for Kyle Busch. Because of the driver change between qualifying and the race, NASCAR rules forced Erik to start in the back.

Erik wasted little time working his way through the field, however. He picked up 11 spots in the first two laps and settled into the top 10 at lap 49.

Iowa Results:

  • 18 – Daniel Suarez – 18th
  • 20 – Erik Jones – 3rd
  • 54 – Boris Said – 26th

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  • Weston Peick – 4th
  • Phillip Nicoletti – 10th
  • Justin Barcia – 11th

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By James Pecht (177 Posts)

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


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