#18 NASCAR Team News and Links

Joe Gibbs Racing
Kyle Busch (2019)
Kyle Busch Foundation
Joe Gibbs Driven
Kyle Busch Motorsports
True Speed Communications (PR)

M and M's(26 races)(2019)
Interstate Batteries (6 races)
Interstate Batteries Racing
Snickers Crisper

Stanley Racing
Stanley Black & Decker
Mac Tools
Freightliner Trucks
Sherwin Williams

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

Kyle Busch - ESPN.com
Kyle Busch - RacingReference.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, 5/29, Red, White, Blue
Kentucky, 7/8, Rowdy
Kansas - 10/22, Halloween
Martinsville - 10/29, Halloween

Interstate Batteries [6 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2017 races:
Auto Club - 3/26
Texas - 4/9
Daytona - 7/1
New Hampshire - 7/16
Michigan - 8/13
the rest TBA

Skittles [? races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2017 races:
Phoenix - 3/19
Talladega - 5/7
Indianapolis - 7/23
Chicago - 9/17, Sweet Heat

Snickers [1 race] scheduled to be primary sponsor at:
Atlanta - 3/5, Crisper

Pedigree [1 race] scheduled to be primary sponsor at:
Dover - 6/4

There is only ONE current race track the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series runs on that Kyle Busch has not won at a Cup race:
Charlotte, best finish 2nd, 10/16/2010 & 10/15/2011

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

#18 Team / Driver News

NASCAR crew chief teleconference: Adam Stevens From Wednesday's NASCAR video teleconference, four crew chiefs going for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway discuss their chances, driver and preparation for the race, Cole Pearn is the crew chief for Martin Truex Jr. Adam, to start off, talk about your team's success this season and how you plan to approach this race this weekend in Homestead. ADAM STEVENS: Well, 2017 for the M&M's Camry has been an interesting one. We've had a lot of speed all year but haven't had too many opportunities to really capitalize on it. We had a couple slip away from us early in the year and finally started to right the ship about mid-season and cranking off some wins. Built a little momentum here in the Chase, and really looking forward to getting to Homestead and letting it loose.(NASCAR)[See full transcript](11-15-2017)

Miami Zoo Vulture Picks 2017 NASCAR Cup Champion Homestead-Miami Speedway is in championship form and all eyes are set on South Florida, as the track and the local community are ready to welcome fans from all 50 states and more than 20 countries to Ford Championship Weekend, November 17-19. In anticipation of the three-day championship tradition, Zoo Miami, in partnership with Homestead-Miami Speedway, hosted an event featuring Peanut, a white-rumped vulture who is the only one of its kind in the United States. At Zoo Miami, Peanut played the role of "Wildlife Prognosticator" and picked from numbered signs of Championship 4 contenders Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski. Peanut made his prediction as to who he thought would win the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship this Sunday, November 19, and ultimately selected Kyle Busch as the victor.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)[Read More Here](11-14-2017)

Kyle Busch wins wild race at Martinsville The sun went down, the new lights came on, and all hell broke loose at Martinsville Speedway. In a wild overtime finish that took Sunday's First Data 500 to 505 laps at the .526-mile short track, Kyle Busch beat Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series leader Martin Truex Jr. to the stripe by .141 seconds to take the checkered flag and earn a spot in the Nov. 19 Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As Busch crossed the finish line, a multi-car wreck behind him scrambled the running order and left a parking lot of mangled cars on the frontstretch. But that was simply the final act in a drama that saw a succession of Playoff contenders lose excellent chances to win the first event in the Round of 8. Chase Elliott held the lead with three laps left in regulation distance when Denny Hamlin dumped Elliott's #24 Chevrolet in Turn 3, causing the 11th caution and sending the race into overtime. Ten laps earlier, Brad Keselowski appeared headed for victory and a guaranteed ticket to Homestead before Joey Logano developed a severe tire rub after contact from Busch's #18 Toyota in Turn 1. Logano spun off Ryan Blaney's front bumper when the tire went flat in Turn 2, and Elliott grabbed the lead after the restart on Lap 497, with Hamlin following. Hamlin punted Elliott a lap later, and hard feelings continued after the race, with Elliott running Hamlin's Toyota into the outside wall on the cool-down lap. Elliott's wreck set the stage for Busch to win for the second time at Martinsville, the fifth time this season and the 43rd time in his career. After Hamlin cleared Busch on the overtime restart, Busch cut to the inside and wheel-hopped into Hamlin's Camry, forcing his JGR teammate up the track. Hamlin fell to seventh at the finish behind Clint Bowyer in third, Keselowski in fourth, Kevin Harvick in fifth and Trevor Bayne in sixth.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](10-29-2017)

#18-Kyle Busch won the First Data 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in NASCAR Overtime for his 5th win of 2017, 2nd win at Martinsville and 43rd career win.
After #11-Hamlin wrecked then leader #24-Elliott going for the lead, the race ended in NASCAR Overtime, adding five extra laps.
#11-Hamlin took the lead with #18-Busch 2nd, Busch was able to take the lead, #11 fell back and just before the checkered flag, #21-Blaney made contact with #11-Hamlin.
The #11 spun collecting a bunch of cars including: 11 21 41 6 19 48 31 4 20 17
The win assures that Kyle Busch will run for the championship at Homestead.
#78-Truex Jr. finished 2nd followed by #14-Bowyer, #2-Keselowski, #4-Harvick, #6-Bayne, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #20-Kenseth and #17-Stenhouse Jr.
Pole winner, #22-Logano led 59 laps and finished 24th after wrecking late while running up in top-five.
#78-Truex Jr. leads the driver points over #18-Busch by 17 points
Stage 1 was won by #2-Keselowski, finished 4th
Stage 2 was won by #2-Keselowski, finished 4th
There were 16 lead changes among 6 drivers and 11 cautions for 74 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 70.902mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

M&Ms Halloween scheme for Kyle Busch at Kansas & Martinsville: Sunday afternoon in Kansas, Busch and the M&M'S Halloween team will look to tackle the final race of the Round of 12 of the 2017 Playoffs. Busch is looking to overcome a seven-point deficit to the all-important eighth-place spot in the playoff standings after bad luck struck when he was collected in a multicar accident Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. The Las Vegas hopes for a strong run at Kansas in order to advance to the Round of 8. Busch will also run the Halloween scheme at Martinsviile on Oct. 29th.[More](10-18-2017)

Kyle Busch's rough day at Charlotte puts him in surprising points hole: Kyle Busch didn't stagger, nor did he stumble as he emerged from the Charlotte Motor Speedway Infield Care Center on Sunday. Still he gingerly made his way toward a golf cart while he delicately slipped a pair of dark sunglasses across an ashen face. Busch spent nearly an hour in the clinic following the Bank of America 500, receiving fluids and other treatment for the effects of a muggy day that was masked by overcast skies. Medical personnel attended to him shortly after he exited his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry following a 29th-place finish.[More](10-8-2017)

NASCAR community rallies to support Las Vegas: Las Vegas native drivers will have t-shirts and stickers available for sale in support of victims and families.[More](10-6-2017)

Kyle Busch's Comments after winning Dover #18-Kyle Busch won the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of 2017, 3rd win at Dover and 42nd career win.
Q) Is this what you race for?
Kyle Busch: "Yeah, no doubt. Yeah, it is. It's no doubt the moment that you live for. It's the moment that all these guys live for and what we with do with this M&M's Caramel team and this Toyota Camry was not the best there early on, but we made a lot of gains on it and got it where it was really good there at the end and I was making the most out of it there and being able to run the top and get some speed going with some momentum around the top side and I can't say enough about Chase (Elliott). I mean, he's an awesome competitor and great kid, great friend. I raced with him in late models and coming off of (Turn) 2 there, you know, he could have pulled up and checked up my momentum. I did kind of check up because I wasn't quite sure, but then he gave me a enough room and I put it back down and just kept my momentum up there, got along side of him and get ready for the entry to (Turn) 3."(Toyota Racing([Read More Here](10-2-2017)

Kyle Busch steals Playoff win at Dover from Chase Elliott Call him the Grinch. Halloween may be the next holiday on the calendar, but Kyle Busch stole Christmas morning from Chase Elliott late on Sunday afternoon at Dover International Speedway. Running Elliott down from more than four seconds back in the last 40 laps of the Apache Warrior 400 at the Monster Mile, Busch powered his #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota around the outside of Elliott's No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and cleared him off Turn 4 as the cars approached the white flag. A lap later, Busch had his second straight victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff, leaving a disheartened Elliott still in search of his first victory in the series and agonizing over what he might have done differently. Though Elliott was inconsolable, there were plenty of positives in his performance. The Hendrick cars showed real speed for the first time since the Playoff began two weeks earlier at Chicagoland, and Elliott moved on comfortably to the Round of 12. Not as fortunate were Ryan Newman, Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne and Kurt Busch, who were eliminated from the Playoffs, as Ricky Stenhouse Jr., claimed the 12th and final spot in the next round by two points over Newman, thanks to a risky-but-serendipitous pit call by crew chief Brian Pattie.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](10-1-2017)

#18-Kyle Busch won the Apache Warrior 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway for his 4th win of 2017, 3rd win at Dover and 42th career win.
#24-Elliott finished 2nd (5th career 2nd place finish, no win yet) followed by #48-Johnson, #78-Truex Jr., #42-Larson, #14-Bowyer, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #19-Suarez, #1-McMurray and #2-Keselowski.
Pole winner, #78-Truex Jr. led 51 laps and finished 4th.
#78-Truex Jr. leads the driver points after the round of 12 reset over #42-Larson by 18 points
Stage 1 was won by #2-Keselowski, finished 10th
Stage 2 was won by #42-Larson, finished 5th
Four drivers did not advance to the Round of 12 in the Playoffs:
#31-Newman, #3-Dillon, #41-Busch and #5-Kahne.
There were 15 lead changes among 5 drivers and 4 cautions for 24 yellow flag laps.
There was a 15:09 minute red flag to fix the sand barrels at entrance to pit road
The average speed of the race was: 129.171mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

Kyle Busch dodges disaster to win Playoff race at New Hampshire: Kyle Busch didn't need a smokescreen to win Sunday's ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway - he simply had to survive one. Driving unscathed through a cloud of smoke on the backstretch on the final lap of the second stage, Busch, the polesitter, took control of the race at the halfway point and beat Kyle Larson to the finish line by 2.641 seconds.[More](9-24-2017)

Kyle Busch won the ISM Connect 300 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for his 3rd win of 2017, 3rd win at New Hampshire and 41st career win.
The win automatically advances Busch to the Round of 12 (or round 2) of the playoffs. He joins Truex, Jr, who won at Chicago, and Larson and Keselowski, who are in on points, in the round of 12 with one race left in the round of 16.
#42-Larson finished 2nd followed by #20-Kenseth, #2-Keselowski, #78-Truex, Jr., #77-Jones, #14-Bowyer, #19-Suarez, #21-Blaney, and #22-Logano.
Busch and Truex combined to dominate the race, leading 299 of the 300 laps between them.
Stage 2 ended under caution after #3-Dillon and #4-Harvick made contact off turn 2, spinning Harvick around. Several cars, including #41-Busch, #33-Earnhardt, #78-Truex, Jr., #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #10-Patrick and #11-Hamlin suffered some damage. Harvick, Busch, and JEarnhardt were knocked out of the race. After the damage to Truex, Kyle Busch led the rest of the race except for a brief period after pit stops when Truex only took two tires.
#78-Truex Jr's points lead is 24 points over #42-Larson.
Stage 1 was won by #78-Truex, Jr., finished 5th.
Stage 2 was won by #18-Busch, finished 1st.
There were 6 lead changes among 3 drivers and 6 cautions for 32 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 108.958mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Pit Times (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Drivers Points Standings and
Owners Points Standings

Kyle Busch speeds to second straight Playoff pole: Kyle Busch went from the top of the chart to near disaster and back to the top again in winning the pole position for Sunday's ISM Connect 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.[More](9-22-2017)

Kyle Busch dominates Chicagoland qualifying for first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff race Fresh from a Twitter war with Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch proved a point with his pole run at Chicagoland Speedway-and may just have proved Keselowski's. "We are all in for a rude awakening," Keselowski tweeted two hours before Friday's knockout qualifying session at the 1.5-mile track, site of Sunday's Tales of the Turtles 400, the first event in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff. "Haven't let a manufacturer get this far ahead since the '70s." The tweet was a reference to Toyota's recent dominance in NASCAR's foremost series, and after a snarky social media exchange with Keselowski, Busch let his #18 Camry do the talking, leading all three rounds of qualifying and capping the session with a blistering 28.792-second circuit at 187.963 mph in the money round. Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin (186.168 mph) was second in the final round, 0.277 seconds off Busch's pace. The Coors Light Pole Award was Busch's first at Chicagoland Speedway, his seventh of the season and the 26th of his career.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](9-15-2017)

Kyle Busch to drive the Skittles Sweet Heat scheme at Chicago As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs take the green flag Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, Kyle Busch plans to bring the "heat" to the first race of the postseason. Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), will have a new product and a new scheme to start the 10-race playoffs this weekend. The new sweet, yet spicy, candy will debut on the track this weekend and is available at Walgreens stores with a full, nationwide rollout set for early next year.(JGR / TSC)[Read More Here](9-14-2017)

Transcript Kyle Busch Playoffs Kyle Busch met with members of the media at Playoff Media Day (Sept 13). Kyle Busch discusses pit crew changes; the playoff favorite; challenges in the playoffs; playoff strategy; past playoff experiences.(Toyota Racing)[Read Full Transcript here](9-14-2017)

Kyle Busch completes three-series sweep in thrilling race at Bristol: In a race fraught with tension, and with a pack of drivers with desperate agendas chasing him to the finish line, Kyle Busch held off Erik Jones to complete a sweep of all-three NASCAR touring series with Saturday night's keystone victory in the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. In winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series main event at the .533-mile concrete track, Busch capped a long weekend that saw him win Wednesday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event and Friday's NASCAR XFINITY Series race.[More](8-19-2017)

Kyle Busch won the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway for his 2nd win of 2017, 5th win at Bristol, and 4th career win. He swept all three races at Bristol this weekend, also winning the Truck race on Wednesday and the XFINITY race on Friday. Busch also swept all three races at Bristol in the fall of 2010.
Pole sitter #77-Jones led 258 laps on the night, but lost the lead with 55 laps remaining and finished 2nd. #11-Hamlin was third, followed by #20-Kenseth, #41-Busch, #31-Newman, #6-Bayne, #4-Harvick, #42-Larson, and #21-Blaney.
#20-Kenseth won the second stage. #18-Busch won the first stage.
#78-Truex Jr's. driver points lead decreases to 101 points over #18-Busch. Truex did not clinch the regular season championship yet.
There were 21 lead changes among 6 drivers and 8 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 95.969mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).

Kyle Busch breaks 36-race winless drought with Pocono victory: Barely more than three hours after the Pocono crowd greeted Kyle Busch with a chorus of boos during driver introductions, Kyle Busch made converts of the fans in the grandstands - at least a large portion of them - with a spectacular burnout after his long-awaited victory in the Overton's 400. Benefitting from a splendid pit call by crew chief Adam Stevens, Busch charged through the field after his final stop and pulled away to beat runner-up Kevin Harvick to the finish line by a whopping 6.178 seconds, breaking a career-long 36-race drought and giving Toyota its 100th victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.[More](7-30-2017)

Kyle Busch won the Overton's 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st win of 2017, 1st win at Pocono, and 39th career win. He started from the pole, won the first stage, led 53 laps on the day and broke the longest winless streak of his career. It had been 36 races since he won at Indianapolis last July.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd then #78-Truex, Jr., #11-Hamlin, #2-Keselowski, #14-Bowyer (won the second stage), #19-Suarez, #77-Jones, #20-Kenseth, and #24-Elliott.
#78-Truex Jr. driver points lead increases to 85 points over #42-Larson.
There were 16 lead changes among 9 drivers and a record 5 cautions for 21 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 141.080mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)

Joe Gibbs Racing suspends #78 team pit crew members: Front-tire changer Chris Taylor and rear-changer Lee Cunningham were suspended for three races after a post-race incident with #18 crew chief Adam Stevens at Indianapolis.[More](7-27-2017)

Kyle Busch wins pole to start quest for third straight Indianapolis win: Kyle Busch's quest for an unprecedented third straight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway couldn't have gotten off to a better start on Saturday evening. Streaking around the 2.5-mile track in 48.051 seconds (187.301 mph), Busch won the pole position for Sunday's Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 by .250 seconds over Kevin Harvick (186.332 mph).[More](7-22-2017)

Snickers getting 'Rowdy' with Busch at Kentucky SNICKERS is bringing back its popular "Hunger Bars," and one of the new hunger symptoms will be quite familiar to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series fans. Kyle Busch has raced with the SNICKERS brand many times over the years, so it's only appropriate that the driver nicknamed "ROWDY' will sport his moniker on his SNICKERS Toyota Camry this weekend at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta as a way to kick off the newest versions of the award-winning "You're Not You When You're Hungry" campaign.[More](7-4-2017)

Kyle Busch's interim crew chief suspended one race....lugnuts: NASCAR issued a one-race suspension to #18-Kyle Busch interim crew chief Ben Beshore for Busch's car having two lug nuts not tight following the NASCAR Cup event Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. The suspension, along with the $20,000 fine, followed the guidelines set in the NASCAR rule book for having two of the 20 lug nuts (five per wheel) improperly installed.(ESPN)(6-28-2017)

With monster lap in final round, Kyle Busch wins Pocono pole: Running his fastest lap of the day in the final round of Friday's knockout qualifying, Kyle Busch won the pole position for Sunday's Axalta presents the Pocono 400 at Pocono Raceway by a comfortable margin.[More](6-9-2017)

Dover Double for the Dogs and Kyle Busch Fans attending this weekend's NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway will be seeing double when it comes to the PEDIGREE brand colors during races at the concrete mile oval. Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 PEDIGREE Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), will sport the familiar yellow colors for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA 400 Drive for Autism. Fans will also see double throughout the Dover weekend as the PEDIGREE Brand will also back talented up-and-coming driver Todd Gilliland in Friday's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). The 17-year old Gilliland, son of former PEDIGREE driver David Gilliland, is scheduled to make his Truck Series debut in Friday afternoon's race.(Joe Gibbs Racing)[Read More Here](6-2-2017)

Kyle Busch & Martin Truex, Jr comments: Busch finished 2nd and Truex finished 3rd after they combined to lead 296 laps at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[More](5-28-2017)

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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