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Team Interstate: Kyle Takes 2nd, Qualifies for Chase

August 10th, 2015 by
Kyle Busch climbed through the field at the end of Sunday's race to take second place at Watkins Glen. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch climbed through the field at the end of Sunday’s race to take second place at Watkins Glen. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Team Interstate‘s Kyle Busch finished second in Sunday’s Cheez-It 355k at The Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International. More important, the finish advanced him to 30th in the driver point standings and provisionally qualified him for the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

Kyle has four wins in the last seven races and must stay in the top 30 in points by the Richmond race September 12 to remain eligible for the Chase.

Kyle puts on his driving shoes before the race at Watkins Glen. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Kyle puts on his driving shoes before the race at Watkins Glen. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Kyle started the race from the eighth position and steadily advanced through the field, spending most of the race in the top-five. The driver of the No. 18 M&M’s Crispy/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry led three laps before preparing to make a green-flag pit stop on lap 58, but a sudden caution altered the team’s pit strategy. He was forced to give up track position and pit for fuel and tires. He restarted 21st on lap 59.

With fresh tires and the careful watch of spotters Tony Hirschman and Todd Foster, Kyle picked up 13 positions within nine laps. After racing his way back inside the top-five, Crew Chief Adam Stevens reminded Kyle to save fuel as most drivers ahead of him wouldn’t have enough fuel to last to the end of the race. With five laps remaining, Adam gave Kyle the green light to go as fast as possible to race to the front of the field.

The leader ran out of fuel taking the final turns of the 2.45-mile road course, and Kyle crossed the start-finish line in second place.

“It was fun to drive up through the field,” Kyle said. “It was tough, challenging, exciting all at the same time. I guess that’s all you can ask for as a racecar driver. Had some fun today and just thank Toyota, Snickers, Skittles, Pedigree, Interstate Batteries and everybody on our car that gets us here, and hopefully we can have some more wins before this Chase starts. I feel like we can, and the way we’re running, we should have no reason not to.”

Joey Logano won the race. Team Interstate companions Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin finished fourth, eighth and 27th, respectively.

Team Interstate results from Watkins Glen

NASCAR Xfinity Series

Watkins Glen International

  • 18 – Daniel Suarez – 15th
  • 20 – Kenny Habul – 29th
  • 54 – Boris Said – 4th

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series

Unadilla Sports Valley, New Berlin, N.Y.

  • 23 – Weston Peick – 7th
  • 46 – Phillip Nicoletti – 39th
  • 51 – Justin Barcia – 2nd

This Week

  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Michigan International Speedway (Kyle Busch returns to the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota)
  • NASCAR Xfinity Series: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Motocross: Miller Motorsports Park, Tooele, Utah

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