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#18 NASCAR Team News and Links

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch (2019)
Kyle Busch Foundation
Joe Gibbs Driven
Kyle Busch Motorsports
True Speed Communications (PR)

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
M and M's(26 races)(2019)
M&M's NASCAR
Interstate Batteries(6 races)
Interstate Batteries Racing
Skittles (? races)
Banfield Pet Hospital (? race)
Pedigree Dog Food (? race)
Snickers Crisper (? race)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS
Stanley Racing
Stanley Black & Decker
Mac Tools
Freightliner Trucks
Sherwin Williams

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS
Joe Gibbs Racing - Twitter
Joe Gibbs Racing - Facebook
Kyle Busch - Twitter
Kyle Busch - Facebook
Kyle Busch - Instagram
M&M's Racing - Facebook
Skittles - Facebook
Interstate Batteries - Twitter
Interstate Batteries - Facebook

STATISTICS
Kyle Busch - ESPN.com
Kyle Busch - RacingReference.info

MORE INFO
2017 #18 Paint Schemes
2016 #18 Paint Schemes
2015 #18 Paint Schemes
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact

Special M&M's schemes are scheduled to be run at the following 2017 races:
Kansas - 5/13, Red Nose Day
Charlotte, 5/20, Caramel
Interstate Batteries [6 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2017 races:
Auto Club - 3/26
Texas - 4/9
the rest TBA

Skittles [? races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2017 races:
Phoenix - 3/19
Talladega - 5/7

Snickers [?2 races] scheduled to be primary sponsor at:
Atlanta - 3/5, Crisper

There are only TWO current race tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs on that Kyle Busch has not won at a Cup race:
Charlotte, best finish 2nd, 10/16/2010 & 10/15/2011
Pocono, best finish 2nd, 6/6/2010 & 8/7/2011
Won Martinsville on 4/3/2016 & Kansas on 5/7/2016

Kyle Busch wins by sponsor:
Mars Total: 26 - M&M'S: 12 - M&M'S Crispy: 3 - M&M'S Brown: 1 - M&M'S Pretzel: 1 - M&M's 75th Anniversary: 1 - M&M's Red Nose Day: 1 - Snickers: 2 - Combos: 2 - Skittles: 2 - Double Mint: 1 - Mint Crisp M&M's / Indiana Jones: 1 Interstate Batteries: 7 Kelloggs: 3 Carquest / Kelloggs: 1 Career Wins = 38

Contract Status: Driver: 2019; Primary Sponsors: M&M Mars 2019; Interstate 2017+


#18 Team / Driver News

Race Recap: Kyle Busch finds his mojo at Charlotte with Monster Energy All-Star Race win: Kyle Busch took control of Saturday night's Monster Energy All-Star Race on the final restart with 10 laps left and motored away to a 1.274-second victory-his first in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[More](5-20-2017)

M&Ms Caramel debuts on the #18: M&M'S is unsquaring caramel with its new M&M'S Caramel Chocolate candies now available at retailer nationwide. So it only seems appropriate that M&M'S Caramel will make its debut on Kyle Busch's #18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) on the 1.5-mile oval at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedwa[More](5-16-2017)

Busch to run a M&M's Red Nose scheme at Kansas again: To join in on the Red Nose Day fun, Kyle Busch and his #18 M&M'S Toyota will feature the aforementioned special Red Nose Day paint scheme in Saturday night's race. And Busch and his car won't be the only ones at Kansas donning Red Noses for the cause as M&M'S will provide attendees at Saturday night's prerace festivities with their own Red Nose. Busch will also have some fun with fans by being part of a #NosesOn super selfie after a special Red Nose Day fan Q&A.(Joe Gibbs Racing)[click to continue](5-10-2017)

Kyle Busch to driver a Skittles America Mix scheme at 'Dega: Kyle Busch's #18 racecar will feature a special Skittles America Mix scheme in Sunday's Cup Series Geico 500. The Skittles America Mix is a must-have for summer gatherings, road trips and, of course, a great snack while watching a NASCAR Cup Series race either in-person or on television. Every bag contains red, white and blue Skittles with fruit flavors that include strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, wild berry and "yumberry" - the first white fruit-flavored Skittles candy - and are available from April-August this year.(JGR / TrueSpeed Communications)[More](5-4-2017)

Several drivers collect commitment line penalties at Richmond: The video was clear and to make sure competitors understood, NASCAR repeated the rule in the drivers meeting before Sunday's race at Richmond International Raceway. Drivers needed to have all four tires under the orange box at the commitment line to enter pit road.[More](5-1-2017)

Kyle Busch to Support National Infertility Awareness Week with Special Helmet at Bristol In support of National Infertility Awareness Week, NASCAR driver #18-Kyle Busch will wear a specially-designed helmet in the Monster Energy Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday, April 23. The helmet will feature the Kyle Busch Foundation's (KBF) Bundle of Joy Fund and photos of Busch's family, including his wife Samantha and son Brexton. Following the race, Busch will auction off his race-worn helmet and replica mini-helmets will be available in the coming months with all proceeds benefiting the Bundle of Joy Fund. Busch's race helmet will go on sale Monday, April 24 at 10am/et on KBF's eBay site ebay.com/usr/kylebuschfoundation and end Saturday night, April 29.(Kyle Busch Foundation / KBM)[More](4-21-2017)

Interstate Batteries making first appearance on the #18: Kyle Busch will pilot the colors of Interstate Batteries at Fontana for the first of six Cup Series races this season. The founding partner of JGR, Interstate Batteries has been powering the championship-winning organization for more than 25 years and is the "Official Battery of Joe Gibbs Racing." This year, the iconic brand is celebrating its 65th anniversary. To commemorate the milestone, special 65th anniversary branding will be featured in each of the paint schemes JGR will race during the 2017 NASCAR season.[More](3-24-2017)

Kyle Busch selling 'Everything is great' shirts for charity: On Friday at Phoenix International Raceway before practice was set to begin, #18-Kyle Busch stepped out of the NASCAR transporter after NASCAR had met with Busch and Joey Logano. Busch was determined to avoid making any meaningful comments to reporters about the incident with Logano at Las Vegas the weekend before or the meeting. And a catchphrase was born. To five straight questions, Busch answered with some variation of the following: "Everything's great. Looking forward to getting back to the race track and back in my race car." So on Monday, March 20th, a day after finishing 3rd in the Camping World 500 at PIR, Busch tweeted he is selling T-Shirts that say "Everything Is Great", proceeds go to the Kyle Busch Foundation.[More](3-21-2017)

Have Kyle Busch and Joey Logano buried the hatchet? Sporting dark sunglasses, Kyle Busch stepped out of the NASCAR transporter determined to do his best impression of former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who scrupulously avoided making meaningful comments to reporters. To five straight questions, Busch answered with some variation of the following: "Everything's great. Looking forward to getting back to the race track and back in my race car." Everything wasn't so great for Busch last Sunday in Las Vegas, when, during a battle for third place, Joey Logano's Ford slid up the track into Busch's Toyota on the last lap of the Kobalt 400. Busch spun toward the inside wall and eventually finished 22nd. Logano saved his car and came home fourth, only to have Busch launch a haymaker in his direction on pit road. When Logano's crew members jumped into the fray to protect their driver, Busch was taken to the pavement and wound up with a bloody cut to his forehead. That's why NASCAR summoned both Busch and Logano to the hauler on Friday morning at Phoenix International Raceway.(NASCAR Wire Service)
AND Busch spoke to a pair of reporters (including Jeff Gluck) on pit road after his qualifying lap, telling us why he punched Logano last week and adding he still didn't buy Logano's explanation. When Busch tried to make a move down the backstretch and avoid a slowing Brad Keselowski on the last lap, he made contact with Loga#He felt Logano then took revenge right away. "It was instantaneous," Busch said. "I made a move down the backstretch that cut Joey off - and I had to; I wasn't just going to roll out of the gas and fall in behind Brad and probably lose spots to more guys behind me. So I made a bold move - I was two-thirds of my way past Logano, and I figured I can wedge my way through there a little bit. And I did, and it was instantaneous retaliation. That's what I thought and that's kind of what I still think." Logano presented Busch with data during their meeting with NASCAR that he felt proved the incident was unintentional, but Busch didn't believe it. "No," Busch said after being asked whether the data changed his mind. "Nope."(JeffGluck.com)[More](3-18-2017)

Logano discusses Kyle Busch incident #22-Joey Logano, who was involved in a post-race confrontation with former teammate #18-Kyle Busch Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, joined NASCAR RACE HUB Tuesday on FS1 to discuss the incident. Logano's appearance alongside NASCAR RACE HUB co-hosts Adam Alexander and Shannon Spake was part of his regular duties as an analyst on the one-hour program. See excerpts from Logano's comments regarding the events that unfolded on and off the track with Busch here (FoxSports)(3-15-2017)

No penalties for Logano-Busch incident NASCAR released the Post-Event Penalty Report for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There were no penalties for #18-Kyle Busch or #22-Joey Logano, who were involved in a pit road scuffle after the Kobalt Tools 400 at LVMS. Two crew chiefs were fined $10,000 for lug nuts (one lug nut) not properly installed: #13 Germain Racing crew chief Robert "Bootie" Barker and #78 Furniture Row Racing crew chief Cole Pearn.(NASCAR)[More](3-15-2017)

Mars, Inc. comments on Kyle Busch's fight with Logano: A day after Kyle Busch started a fight with Joey Logano that involved both team's crew members following the NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Busch's primary sponsor expressed it was "disappointed" in his actions.[More](3-14-2017)

O'Donnell comments on Las Vegas fight: NASCAR plans to meet with Kyle Busch and Joey Logano to discuss their last-lap contact and altercation on pit road Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but a series official said on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that "our intention would be not to react'' unless new evidence emerges. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's executive vice president and chief racing development officer, addressed the Busch-Logano incident Monday on "The Morning Drive,'' saying that it remained under review.[More](3-13-2017)

Race recap: Truex wins at Las Vegas; Kyle Busch, Logano brawl on pit road In a race whose aftermath left hometown driver Kyle Busch with a bloody forehead, Martin Truex Jr. passed the faltering car of Brad Keselowski on the white-flag lap and cruised to a sweep of all three stages in Sunday's Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As Truex approached the checkered flag to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race for the first time this season and the first time at LVMS, Joey Logano's Ford slid up into Kyle Busch's Toyota in a battle for third position. Busch spun into the inside wall on pit road and limped across the finish line in 22nd place.[More](3-12-2017)

Goodyear continues examination of Kyle Busch's Daytona 500 tires Goodyear officials have sent the tires that were on Kyle Busch's car when it wrecked in Sunday's Daytona 500 for further testing. Busch lost control, spun and collected several other cars, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was leading the race at the time. On Wednesday morning's "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Goodyear director of racing Greg Stucker said Busch's tires arrived Tuesday at company headquarters in Akron, Ohio. "Our engineers went over them very thoroughly, just to make sure we didn't miss anything at the racetrack," Stucker said. "We feel we didn't. We sent them down to our research facility, where we have forensic specialists if you will, that can really do a deep dive into all the different components, all the different parts of the tire and look at them in a lot more detail than you can visually with electron microscopes and a lot of other different tools they have at their exposure. It's very impressive some of the detail they can go into and we'll find out as much as we can. That takes a little bit of time to do, but that's in the works."(NBC Sports)(3-2-2017)
UPDATE Goodyear has refuted Kyle Busch's claim that a flat tire caused his spin in the Daytona 500. Busch blamed the crash on a rear tire that went flat and said, "You know, obviously Goodyear tires just aren't very good at holding air." Goodyear general manager of worldwide racing Stu Grant said definitive video evidence showed that all four tires on Busch's #18 Toyota were up when it began to spin. Speaking before Sunday's Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Grant said no cuts were found on Busch's tires at the track or at Goodyear's technical center and research facility in Akron, Ohio. Technicians also analyzed broadcast video to determine that Busch's right rear was up when the car spun. Goodyear contacted the NASCAR R&D Center for additional video to verify the left rear was up.(NBC Sports)[More](3-6-2017)

Oil spilled on Kyle Busch's tires in Atlanta garage Goodyear and driver Kyle Busch seem to be inextricably linked in the news fodder of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, and that continued to be the case Sunday morning here at Atlanta Motor Speedway. [More](3-5-2017)

Kyle Busch to run Snickers Crisper scheme at Atlanta In his 10th season with Toyota flagship Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 SNICKERS Crisper Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, the place where the winning began in 2008 with JGR, Mars Inc. and its SNICKERS brand, and Toyota. Back in 2008, his first year with JGR, Busch headed to Atlanta for the fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season aiming to bring home his first win for the team's two new partners - Mars Chocolate North America and Toyota. This weekend, Busch will also have the SNICKERS Crisper scheme along for the ride once again after the scheme debuted last August at Watkins Glen International. The SNICKERS Crisper is "crispy satisfaction" in the form of crisped rice and peanuts, topped with a layer of caramel and coated in creamy SNICKERS brand milk chocolate. A singles pack of SNICKERS Crisper contains two squares that are less than 100 calories each. See more images on the #18 Team Schemes page [More](3-2-2017)

Kyle Busch not happy with Goodyear after wreck: Kyle Busch was not happy about his early exit from Sunday's Daytona 500. Busch was ahead after the first 60 laps in "The Great American Race" and became the first stage winner in the new era of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there in a big way.[More](2-27-2017)

M&M's Carmel to be featured on #18 Toyota in 2017: Mars this year is rolling out what likely is its largest launch ever for a new kind of M&M's with M&M's Caramel, and the company will support the roll-out with a major push in NASCAR. M&M's will start selling the Caramel product in May. Part of that will be in NASCAR, where the M&M's Caramel brand will run as the primary paint scheme of Kyle Busch's #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for a third of the season's 36 races. Due to the spring release of the candy, M&M's will hold off on running its first Caramel paint scheme until the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series All-Star Race in Charlotte. M&M's will support the launch with TV, digital, social and in-store activation, as well as shoot a digital content series with Busch about "unsquaring" caramel. M&M's is looking at having at-track activation on midway fanzones, and will have a non-Caramel display to start the season at the Daytona 500. The other brands Mars will run paint schemes around this year are original M&M's, Skittles, Pedigree Dog Food and Banfield Pet Hospital, plus special red, white and blue and Halloween paint schemes around the Fourth of July and Halloween, respectively. Mars, which sponsors around 30 races a year with JGR in a deal worth eight figures annually and has been involved in NASCAR for more than 25 years, renewed its official deal with the sanctioning body last year through 2019.(Sports Business Daily)(2-14-2017)

Kyle Busch to run Winter Showdown: The SRL Winter Showdown is in just its third year of existence, but the event has quickly grown into one of the biggest Super Late Model races of the year in North America. The payout is a whopping $30,000 to the winner, and as a result, the entry list has become a who's-who in asphalt Super Late Model racing. The latest entrant is non-other than 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch. Kyle Busch will be piloting the #51 Toyota Camry sponsored by JBL in his first trip to Kern County Raceway Park for the Saturday, February 11, 2017 Winter Showdown. "They have a pretty strong field lined up again this year with Bubba Pollard coming back and trying to make it three-in-a-row. And then you add in some of the West Coast guys like Derek Thorn, David Mayhew and Noah Gragson, who will be running one of my trucks full-time this season, and it has a lot of great drivers," Busch told Speed51.com. "One of the things that is going to be really cool is that this will be the first time that Erik Jones and I get to race against each other in the supers since he beat me in the Snowball Derby back in 2013." Busch said he has only one goal for his first trip to Kern County and that's to win.(Speed 51)(2-6-2017)

Vettel beats Busch brothers in Race of Champions: In a contest of America vs. everyone else, the world had a solid day, despite the best efforts of Kurt and Kyle Busch. Four-time Formula 1 champion Sebastian Vettel defended his Nations Cup title for Germany and Norwegian former World Rally champion Petter Solberg romped Scott Speed by 2.1 seconds in the decisive final of the "America vs. The World" competition in the Race of Champions at Marlins Park. The Nations Cup final came down to the Buschs and their Team NASCAR against Vettel, and he was more than up to the challenge in winning for a record seventh time, beating the former NASCAR Cup champions single-handedly. He beat Kurt Busch in a buggy by 1.2 seconds in the final and Kyle Busch by .22 in a rally car. The Buschs also were crucial in the unique second event, in which a team of Americans competed against a world contingent in a series of best-of-threes, with points awarded for each win. Kurt Busch won one of his two events and his younger brother both, including a sweep of F1 driver Jensen Button that gave the Americans a two-point lead entering the final. But Solberg's win over Speed was worth three points, giving the global team an 8-5 triumph.(USA Today)(1-23-2017)

Two drivers in the top 10 all season: Just two drivers spent the entire 2016 Cup season in the top 10 in points: #18-Kyle Busch and #19-Carl Edwards. Busch spent four different weeks at the top - after Atlanta (Feb), Las Vegas (March), Texas (April), and Richmond (Sept). His lowest point in the standings was 9th, following Michigan and Sonoma in June. Edwards led the points after Richmond in April. He was 10th after New Hampshire and Dover in September. (NASCAR)(12-31-2016)

Kyle Busch to run five truck races in 2017: Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced that owner-driver Kyle Busch will compete in five NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2017. Busch's #51 Tundra will carry primary sponsorship from Textron Aviation, an aircraft industry leader that provides its customers with the most versatile and comprehensive general aviation product portfolio in the world. KBM will promote Textron Aviation's Cessna, Hawker and Beechcraft brands. Busch ranks second on the Truck Series All-time win list with 46. The Las Vegas native has been victorious in a remarkable 34.6 percent (46/133) of his starts since debuting in NASCAR's third division in 2001 and has finished first or second 52.67 (70/133) percent of the time. 'Rowdy' collected two wins and three top-five finishes across four Truck Series starts in 2016. His 170 all-time combined NASCAR national series wins rank second to NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty (200). Busch will make his 2017 Truck Series debut Saturday March 4 at Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway and will also race May 12 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, May 20 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, July 29 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway and Aug. 12 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Announcements for the rest of the driver lineup that will share driving duties behind the wheel of the #51 Tundra with Busch are forthcoming.(Kyle Busch Motorsports)(12-20-2016)

Kyle Busch to compete in Race of Champions: Kyle Busch is the latest star in the field of racing legends who will compete at the first Race Of Champions on American soil - inside Marlins Park in Miami on January 21-22, 2017. Busch joins a star-studded ROC Miami field that features many of the greatest stars in world motor sport. Along with the American drivers, other competitors include Formula 1 world champions Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button, fellow F1 greats Felipe Massa and David Coulthard, 'Mr Le Mans' Tom Kristensen, Indianapolis 500 winners Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan, IndyCar star Gabby Chaves plus double FIA World Rallycross Champion Petter Solberg. Even more big names will be announced in the run-up to January's event. The Race Of Champions is an annual contest which has been held for over 25 years. It brings together some of the world's greatest drivers from motor sport's major disciplines - including Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, Le Mans, MotoGP, Touring Cars, World Rally and action sports - and sets them free to battle head-to-head in identical machinery. All the racing takes place in a stunning range of superfast cars. The ROC event is run over two days: first comes the Race Of Champions itself (on Saturday, January 21) featuring a flat-out battle for individual glory. Then on Sunday, January 22 comes the ROC Nations Cup when drivers pair up in teams based on nationality to bid for the title of 'World's Fastest Nation'. In 2017, this will see America take on the rest of the world in a special contest in celebration of the host venue.(Race of Champions)(12-20-2016)

Kyle Busch gives teens NASCAR experience of a lifetime: #18-Kyle Busch gave two NASCAR fans the homecoming experience of a lifetime, but the fun didn't stop there. In addition to sending the couple a race car to drive to the dance in style, Busch invited the two out to Talladega to watch him compete in the NSCS Hellmann's 500 on Sunday. Holman Head and his long time friend, Taylor Johnson, got to experience NASCAR like they never had before. "Holman said it was the best day of his life," said Johnson. "And it truly was great!" When they arrived, the couple had the opportunity to ride around the track in a pace car, got a tour from Busch's crew chief, learned what the crew does on race day and took home many goodies.(WCNC.com)(10-25-2016)

Kenseth: no talks with JGR about his future, Hamlin in talks: #20-Matt Kenseth has no insight into the news that Furniture Row Racing owner Barney Visser isn't expecting Erik Jones, who currently drives for Joe Gibbs Racing in the Xfinity Series, to return to his team after his rookie season in Sprint Cup. Furniture Row Racing is expanding to a field a #77 Toyota for Jones, teaming with Martin Truex Jr.'s #78. Multiple sources have told NBC Sports that Jones could return to Joe Gibbs Racing in 2018 or 2019, and that several scenarios are being considered depending on the future status of drivers and sponsors. Gibbs has #11-Denny Hamlin, Kenseth, #19-Carl Edwards and #18-Kyle Busch under contract in Sprint Cup through next season, and the team also has Daniel Suarez running for a second consecutive full season in the Xfinity Series. Kenseth, 44, said he hasn't discussed "the master plan for 2020" with team owner Joe Gibbs, though he was made aware of Jones' move to Furniture Row in 2017. "I've been involved in a lot of those talks, so I knew that was happening, but I can't say we've ever sat and had the conversation as to what exactly is 2018 going to look like and 2019," he said. "I don't think anybody probably knows 100% sure." Kenseth is sure he isn't considering retirement. "There's been times where I've been asked about (retirement) a lot," he said Tuesday. "Maybe you're not running as good and then you start thinking about it, 'Well, maybe is it time?' I don't really feel like I'm that close where I really can put a date on it to be honest. I feel great. More times than not, I'm having fun. I feel like we're really competitive more times than not. And we're capable of winning races, and I think we're capable of winning championships. That's just way on the bottom of my list of things to think about or worry about at the moment." Joe Gibbs said it's "probably unclear some right now" what will happen with Jones after 2017, but the team owner said Jones would remain in Sprint Cup and wouldn't return to the Xfinity Series with JGR. Could Jones return to Joe Gibbs Racing in a Cup car? "I think Furniture Row wanted to make this step to go to two cars, so their future is going to be two cars," Gibbs said. "And whatever their future is past that, it's up to them. I think it's kind of what Erik does. Does he stay there longer than that? That's the question." Gibbs noted that Jones' 2017 sponsor, 5 Hour Energy, also has a one-year deal. "It's whatever Furniture Row wants to do," he said. "They came up with the sponsor and are going to be footing the bill for everything. They're going to be ramping up out there. I'm sure that 5 Hour is going to have their option of what they want to do. I think Furniture Row is going to try to put together their future. They've done a real good job of putting this thing together." Gibbs said his team is in negotiations on a contract extension with Hamlin, who is signed through next season. "It's still in the works," Gibbs said. "We're talking now."(NBC Sports)(8-17-2016)

Kyle Busch wins at Indianapolis: #18-Kyle Busch won the Combat Wounded Coalition 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his 4th win of the season, 2nd win at Indianapolis, and 38th career win. He started from the pole and led 149 of 170 laps. That is the most laps led in a race at Indianapolis. The race required two NASCAR Overtime attempts to complete after a rash of late race cautions. Busch is the first driver to capture the XFINITY and Sprint Cup poles and win both races in the same weekend. #20-Kenseth finished 2nd followed by #48-Johnson, #11-Hamlin, #42-Larson, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, #78-Truex, Jr., #3-Dillon, and #27-Menard. #14-Stewart, running his final race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, finished 11th. Jeff Gordon, subbing for #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 13th. There were 4 lead changes among 3 drivers and 8 cautions for 34 yellow flag laps. The average speed was 128.940 mph. Scheduled Race Re-Air: None See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at: Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) Lap Summary Report (pdf) Penalty Report (pdf) Pit Stop Times (pdf) Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)

Kyle Busch nominated for "Best Driver" ESPY UPDATE: Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion #18-Kyle Busch could see his celebration of last year's championship continue on July 13 - at the ESPY Awards. The yearly awards show, hosted by ESPN with winners decided via fan voting, will air on Wednesday at 8:00pm/et on ABC. Busch is nominated for "Best Driver" and is up against Scott Dixon (IndyCar), Lewis Hamilton (Formula One), Erica Enders-Stevens (NHRA) and Alexander Rossi (IndyCar). NASCAR is the defending winner in that category as well. Kevin Harvick , the 2014 champion, took home the hardware last year.(NASCAR.com)(7-11-2016) UPDATE: The 24th annual ESPY Awards got a little "rowdy" as reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kyle Busch was named Best Driver at last night's ceremony. He received the most votes among fellow nominees 2015 IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon, 2015 Formula One World Driver's Champion Lewis Hamilton, 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi, and 2015 NHRA Pro Stock Champion Erica Enders-Stevens. NASCAR drivers have been victorious in the Best Driver category eight of the last ten years, with Busch joining fellow competitors Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson on the elite list of winners.(NASCAR) For a list of complete winners, see ESPN.com.(7-14-2016)

Drivers ranked on ESPN World Fame 100: It started off with a simple question: Who's the most famous athlete in the world? Ben Alamar, ESPN's director of sports analytics, devised a formula that combines salary and endorsements with social media following and Google search popularity to create the ESPN World Fame 100 rankings. The names might be familiar, but where the planet's biggest stars land on the list could surprise you. The #1 athlete is soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo. Motorsports drivers on the list include: 57. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (NASCAR) 58. Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR) 59. Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1) 63. Danica Patrick (NASCAR) 75. Fernando Alonso (Formula 1) 77. Tony Stewart (NASCAR) 94. Kyle Busch (NASCAR) 97. Kimi Raikkonen (Formula 1) (ESPN.com)(6-2-2016)

Kyle Busch wins at Kansas: #18-Kyle Busch won the GoBowling.com 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Kansas and 37th career win. Busch lead 69 of the 267 laps. He ties Tony Stewart for the winningest driver at Joe Gibbs Racing with 33.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #41-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #21-Blaney, #3-Dillon, #31-Newman, #47-Allmendinger, #24-Elliott, and #2-Keselowski.
Pole sitter #78-Truex, Jr. dominated most of the race, leading 172 laps. However he had to make two green flag pit stops late, after a lug nut got hung behind a wheel. He finished 14th.
There were 16 lead changes among 10 drivers and 6 cautions for 30 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 141.909mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at: Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)

Kyle Busch wins at Texas: #18-Kyle Busch won the Duck Commander 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of the season, 2nd win at Texas and 36th career win. He led 34 of 334 laps. Busch also won the XFINITY Series race on Friday night. It is the 9th time he has swept both races at a track during the same weekend. #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 2nd, followed by #22-Logano, #48-Johnson, #24-Elliott, #78-Truex, Jr., #19-Edwards, #5-Kahne, #41-Busch, and #4-Harvick.
Pole winner, Edwards led 124 laps but had to pit under green with a loose wheel, lost a lap, and couldn't get back to the front before the end of the race.
Truex, Jr. led 141 laps, the most of any driver, but did not pit under the last caution and lost the lead to Busch with 32 laps to go.
There was a large wreck late in the race when Johnson got into the back of #3-Dillon, who was on old tires, and sent him into a spin. 13 cars received some damage in the incident. The start of the race was delayed by nearly 2 hours after light rain hit the track.
There were 17 lead changes among 8 drivers and 7 cautions for 41 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 138.355mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at: Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)

Kyle Busch wins at Martinsville: #18-Kyle Busch won the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Martinsville Speedway and 35th career win. He led the most laps - 352 of 500 laps.
#47-Allmendinger finished 2nd, followed by #42-Larson, #3-Dillon, #2-Keselowski, #19-Edwards, #14-Vickers, #27-Menard, #49-Johnson, and #31-Newman. Pole winner, #22-Logano, lost a lap early but got back on the lead lap and finished 11th.
There were 11 lead changes among 5 drivers and 8 cautions for 51 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 80.088mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at: Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Pit Stop Times (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Official Bristol Race & Points Report (pdf).

Joe Gibbs Racing makes changes to executive team: J.D. Gibbs will join his father Joe Gibbs as Co-Chairman of JGR with Coy Gibbs officially joining the NASCAR operations as Vice-Chairman/Chief Operating Officer, and Dave Alpern, who has been with Joe Gibbs Racing since its beginning, has been named President of the organization. In addition, JGR announces Tim Carmichael will assume expanded responsibilities in his role as Chief Financial Officer, while Wally Brown will serve as Competition Director and Todd Bowland has been named Technical Director. Todd Meredith has resigned his position as Chief Operating Officer but will continue to consult for the organization over the next several months as he explores new opportunities. "The Lord has blessed me and my family with something that is truly remarkable and as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary at Joe Gibbs Racing this year, it is more apparent than ever that our people are responsible for the success we have experienced," said Joe Gibbs. "We feel the timing is right to bring Coy into the NASCAR operations in a more official capacity. He has done an outstanding job with our motocross operations and will continue to provide his leadership there as well. Coy Gibbs launched JGRMX in 2008 and has been at the center of every aspect of the operations from personnel decisions to sponsor acquisitions and competition direction. He will primarily be focused on the operations side for JGR's NASCAR team while continuing his daily role with JGRMX. "I'm excited to be more involved with our NASCAR operations," said Coy Gibbs. "I take great pride in what we have accomplished with our motocross operations and I will continue to provide direction there, while working more closely with my father and brother on the NASCAR side of the business. I know we have a tremendous team in place already and I'm looking forward to being more involved now in this official capacity." Alpern joined JGR in 1992 and has worked in the organization's marketing department since his arrival and most recently served in the capacity of Chief Marketing Officer the past two years. Alpern has been a key figure to JGR's involvement in the RTA and is well respected by his peers within the industry. Meredith joined JGR in 1992 and has spent the past 25 years working in the competition and operations departments of the organization. He was named Chief Operating Office in 2013.(Joe Gibbs Racing)(2-4-2016)

M&M's Renews with Joe Gibbs Racing UPDATE2: On the cusp of his first potential NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship which would cap an amazing comeback season, #18-Kyle Busch and his team at Joe Gibbs Racing have even more reason to celebrate. Mars, Inc. finalized a multi-year contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) that will continue the winning alliance for the next several seasons. The new agreement with JGR cements one of the longest-standing and most successful partnerships not only in NASCAR, but in all of sports. Kyle Busch has piloted the #18 Toyota and dozens of Mars, Inc.'s iconic brands including M&M'S Brand, Snickers Brand, Skittles Brand, Double Mint Brand and Pedigree Brand to victory lane 29 times since 2008, as well as 15 poles and 142 top ten finishes. "In order to get to victory lane, you have to have the best team on and off the track," said William Clements, Vice President, Sponsorship Mars. "Our partnership with JGR and Kyle has routinely delivered for us at the track, as well as in-store and with millions of fans. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to build upon this amazing partnership." "When working with a partner, collaboration, teamwork and a burning desire to win inspires us as a team, and Mars is the epitome of those qualities," added Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. "Their brands have been a big part of our sport and team for a long time and we're honored to carry them on the #18 for the foreseeable future." "Representing Mars, Inc's family of brands on the #18 since 2008 has been an honor, and knowing they are committed to JGR for the next several seasons is awesome," said Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Toyota. "Their support for me, my family and everyone at JGR has been incredible and this energizes me to work even harder for them and the team."(Joe Gibbs Racing PR), Mars had been sighed thru 2017, no word how long this deal is for.(11-17-2015) UPDATE Joe Gibbs Racing has locked in primary sponsor Mars for the next several years as driver Kyle Busch looks to win his first Sprint Cup championship this weekend. Mars, mostly through its M&M's brand, has sponsored Busch at JGR since 2008 and the extension will continue the JGR-Mars relationship at least through 2018. Specific terms were not announced, but Mars is expected to continue as primary sponsor for 32 of the 38 yearly events[36 points races, Sprint Unlimited, All-Star race]. Busch is signed with the team through at least 2017.(ESPN)(11-17-2015) UPDATE2: Kyle Busch will remain at Joe Gibbs Racing for the foreseeable future, as Busch confirmed he has signed a contract extension that correlates with the one the team announced Tuesday with sponsor Mars. Busch wouldn't give the exact length of what he called a multiple-year extension, but it is expected to run through at least 2019, considering he was already signed with JGR through the next couple of years. Busch also said he has a deal with Toyota that runs concurrently and includes support of his Kyle Busch Motorsports entries in the Camping World Truck Series.(ESPN)(11-20-2015)

Joe Gibbs Racing Launches Pit Road with Pals Game App: Joe Gibbs Racing announced the launch of their new interactive pit crew competition app: Pit Road with Pals. The new version of the popular pit stop game is now available for download on all Apple and Android devices. Pit Road With Pals App is a free app and provides fans the opportunity to test their skills in all facets of a pit stop. New to this version is the opportunity to play with friends in a best-of-three round competition style similar to many popular word games.(more info and links on JGRs Facebook page)(8-27-2015)

Congrats - Kyle Busch: from Kyle Busch's Facebook: "Samantha Busch and I are happy to announce the birth of our son Brexton Locke Busch. Born 5/18 at 9:45pm weighing 7lbs 10oz and 21 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great!"(5-19-2015)

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