The conclusion of a 30th anniversary celebration
HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Oct. 12, 2021) – Interstate Batteries – the founding sponsor of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) – has been in a festive mood throughout the season during the company’s impressive 30-year partnership with JGR. And nothing will be more perfect for the Dallas-based company than concluding the 30-year celebration in victory lane after Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500, just down the road from the company’s headquarters, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. .
Similarly, it is no surprise that Kyle Busch, manager of the no. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for JGR, wants nothing more than to bring home its fifth Texas Cup Series victory this weekend, not just for another chance to celebrate with its longtime partner, but to automatically establish itself to close in the Championship November 4, 7 at Phoenix Raceway. Needless to say, there is a lot at stake as Busch and his rivals go to the 1.5-mile Texas Oval in the Cup Series.
Sunday’s race at Texas serves as the first race of the Round of 8 of this year’s Cup Series playoffs. Busch advanced to the Charlotte (NC) Motor Speedway Roval last Sunday with his fourth place finish in the Round of 12 final. The two-time Cup Series champion is the defending Texas race winner.
Busch brings a lot of optimism, along with 23 important playoffs, to the Round of 8. With the unknowns of Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway and the Charlotte Roval now in the rearview mirror, Busch can focus on the next three lanes ahead of him in the round of 8 – Texas, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, and Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. Busch has a combined eight wins on those three lanes, including wins at both Texas and Kansas within the past calendar year.
With Interstate Batteries offering its six primary sponsorships of Busch’s no. 18 Toyota concluded in 2021, JGR’s founding partner hopes to place an exclamation mark on a major milestone as the team celebrates its 30th anniversary of Interstate Batteries being together every step of the way. manner. Busch brought home nine wins in the colors of Interstate Batteries. Add Bobby Labonte’s 21 wins and Dale Jarrett’s two, and Interstate has made 32 visits to the winning series over the years. Labonte scored his last win for Interstate Batteries in the 2003 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and five years later it was Busch who brought Interstate back to the winning track during his first season at JGR, when he defeated Carl Edwards around July 2008 to win. racing at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
As autumn is in full swing and winter is fast approaching, Busch encourages race fans to stop by a local Interstate dealer to check their vehicle batteries, as cold weather from winter can adversely affect a car’s battery.
So while NASCAR’s top series goes to Texas on Sunday for the start of the Round of 8, Busch and the Interstate Battery team are chasing after back-to-back fall victories in the Lone Star State. While Busch wears the colors of JGR’s official battery and founding sponsor for the last time this season, he hopes there’s another celebration for his 30th anniversary season, back at a famous venue – Texas Victory Track.