Interstate Batteries Racing
Kyle's Dominance Denied at All-Star Race

Nascar Sprint All-Star Race
Charlotte Motor Speedway | Concord, NC
May 18, 2013

Matt Kenseth (20), Denny Hamlin (11) and Kyle Busch (18) ran close together for a brief stretch during Saturday’s Sprint All-Star Race. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images

The best car doesn’t always win the race. It’s a proverb with which Kyle Busch is all too familiar in 2013, and the latest installment came in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday night at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Kyle looked unstoppable but was denied a trip to victory lane, settling for third place in the 29th annual non-points event.

Kyle finished second in the first of the four 20-lap segments. He went on to win the next two segments before finishing fourth in the final 20-lap run, which placed him in a tie with his brother, Kurt, for the best average finish.

Although Kyle Busch's pit crew is the best in the business, two teams were just a bit faster Saturday night. Copyright 2013 Autostock Images.

Because Kurt won the final segment, he was placed ahead of Kyle for the final trip down pit road for the mandatory four-tire pit stop.

Blazing pit stops by Kasey Kahne and eventual winner Jimmie Johnson put the Hendrick Motorsports teammates on the front row to start the 10-lap shootout that decided the race, with Kyle restarting third.

After some hard racing that saw him fall to sixth, Kyle clawed his way back into third place before the checkered flag waved.

“We definitely had the best car here tonight,” said Kyle, who earned his fourth top-10 finish in the All-Star Race.  ”We just didn’t quite get the best pit stop there at the end to get us out on the front row.”

Kyle’s Team Interstate companions – Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry and Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry – finished sixth and ninth, respectively.