Team Interstate: Slippery Track Proves Costly for Kyle
Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway was red-flagged three times for rain over the course of the first 50 laps. Shortly after the restart on lap 52, Kyle exited turn four on the inside just as a rain shower started in the same turn. The dampness likely snapped his No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry loose, with the right side hitting the outside SAFER barrier.
Kyle was not injured, but the No. 18 crew was unable to make repairs to the car before the race was ended early for another rain shower.
“I don’t know what happened there,” Kyle said. “It was like all the sudden my windshield was really wet and it turned me sideways and into the fence. I’m not sure why it was just me, so I’m still trying to figure out what happened, but know a lot of other guys were saying they got loose, too.”
Coach Gibbs & Jimmy Makar discussing the incident and repair to the 18. pic.twitter.com/ZXlzQyfbjG
— Joe Gibbs Racing (@JoeGibbsRacing) June 14, 2015
His 43rd-place finish makes his quest for the Chase for NASCAR‘s Sprint Cup Championship even more difficult. Kyle must earn a win and be in the top 30 in points by Sept. 12 to be eligible.
“Just disappointed the day turned out like it did because we certainly can’t afford results like that right now,” Kyle said.
Kurt Busch won the Quicken Loans 400.
NASCAR Xfinity Series
The weekend wasn’t all bad for Kyle – he won Saturday’s Great clips 250 Xfinity Series race, his first Xfinity start since suffering a broken leg and broken foot in the season-opening race Feb. 21.
- 18 – Daniel Suarez – 20th
- 20 – Denny Hamlin – 10th
- 54 – Kyle Busch – 1st
Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Series
High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, Pa.
- 23 – Weston Peick – 7th
- 46 – Phillip Nicoletti – 13th
- 51 – Justin Barcia – 5th
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Off
- NASCAR Xfinity Series: Chicagoland Speedway
- Motocross: Off