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Kyle Busch Takes Interstate to Victory Lane in New Hampshire

July 20th, 2015 by
Kyle Busch performs his celebratory burnout after winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch performs his celebratory burnout after winning at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

 

The stripes took the checkers in New England.

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, continued his incredible comeback from early season injuries that caused him to miss the first 11 races of the season with a win in Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Kyle has now won back-to-back races after his win last week in Kentucky, and he has won three of the last four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races starting with his victory in Sonoma. He is now just 58 points out of 30th-place in the standings to secure his spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship.

“This is such an awesome win and such an awesome comeback,” Kyle said. “I just can’t say enough about everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing, the work that they’ve put in. Our cars are a lot better than what they were last year. It’s so much fun to win these races and to win with this group of guys – Adam Stevens (crew chief) and this bunch, all my pit crew since 2008, they deserve all this. Can’t say enough about Interstate Batteries – happy birthday, Norm Miller – and M&M’s Crispy, Toyota, Sprint. This Camry was awesome today.”

Some fortunate timing and an incredible move on the racetrack put Kyle in position to win. He pitted under green at lap 244 when he believed that his right-front tire was flat. The green-flag pit stop caused him to lose one lap to the leaders and fall to 20th in the running order.

Determined to get back to the front, Kyle quickly put himself in the “lucky dog” position to get his lap back should the caution flag wave. But with talk of a potential caution, he boldly passed both the second-place car of Brad Keselowski and leader Kevin Harvick to get his lap back just moments before the yellow waved at lap 252 for oil on the track. That move would change the outcome of the race.

While the leaders pitted following the caution flag, Busch resumed the lead on lap 253, and he never looked back. Busch led the final 49 laps and brought home another win that again bolstered his Chase hopes.

Watch the final laps here:

Watch Kyle’s Victory Lane interview here:

Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards would join their teammate in the top ten with sixth and seventh-place finishes respectively, and Denny Hamlin battled to a 14th-place finish.

NH-TeamInterstate-Results

NASCAR Xfinity Series

New Hampshire

  • 18 – Daniel Suarez – 5th
  • 20 – Denny Hamlin – 1st
  • 54 – Kyle Busch – 4th

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series

Spring Creek Motocross Park, Millville, Minn.

  • 23 – Weston Peick – 28th
  • 46 – Phil Nicoletti – 9th
  • 51 – Justin Barcia – 2nd

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