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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

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
2018 #18 Paint Schemes
2017 #18 Paint Schemes
2016 #18 Paint Schemes
Paint Scheme Gallery
Driver Appearances
Team Address/Contact


Interstate Batteries [6 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2018 races:
TBA

Skittles [? races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor at the following 2018 races:
TBA

Snickers [? races] scheduled to be primary sponsor at:
TBA

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 2018+


#18 Team / Driver News

M&M's Caramel returning to the #18: After a significant push last year around the Caramel line, which was its largest launch ever for a new kind of M&M's, Mars has decided to keep with that theme in 2018.[More](1-4-2018)

Kyle Busch wins Snowball Derby: Kyle Busch returned to his short track roots over the weekend and won arguably the biggest race in the recent history of Super Late Model competition in the 50th annual Snowball Derby. The race featured NASCAR notables Corey LaJoie, Harrison Burton, Mason Mingus, Ty Majeski and Noah Gragson. And yet, the fight came down to Busch versus two Late Model lifers: Bubba Pollard and Jeff Choquette.[More](12-4-2017)

Kyle Busch running Sunday's Snowball Derby: Snowball Derby week has arrived on the Florida Gulf Coast, and the entry list appears nearly set. The most prestigious asphalt Super Late Model event in the country is notorious for inviting some of the best in NASCAR to compete alongside weekly racers from across the country. This year is no different, especially considering this is the 50th running of the Super Bowl of Short-Track Racing.[More](11-30-2017)

Kyle Busch the early favorite to win 2018 MENCS Championship: He finished 2nd in the 2017 points, but Kyle Busch opens as the favorite to win the 2018 title at 9-2. Defending champ Martin Truex Jr. is just behind at 5-1, with Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick.[More](11-26-2017)

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)

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 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)

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 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 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)

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)

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)

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