Interstate Batteries Links Up with Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch for 2022 Season

Published 10/16/2021, 6:25 AM EDT
Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Earlier this year, Kyle Busch teamed up with Interstate Batteries as his primary sponsor for a few races. At the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253, Busch ran a striking green livery with the company logo emblazoned on the #18 car. Now, the battery marketing and distribution giant is going to be back with the Joe Gibbs Racing team for 2022.

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According to reports, the American brand will only associate with Kyle Busch for a limited number of races. Of course, none of the races have been confirmed, but the company also has other NASCAR designs. To be precise, Interstate Batteries will sponsor Xfinity rookie sensation, Ty Gibbs for three races.

All of this is part of a multi-year deal with JGR, though the duration is unconfirmed. Reports also say that the battery marketing giants will team up with Kyle Busch for six races as a primary sponsor.

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How long has Kyle Busch and JGR partnered Interstate Batteries?

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At the 2021 race at the Daytona road course, Joe Gibbs Racing and Interstate Batteries celebrated a 30-year partnership. Apparently, the company was one of the Joe Gibbs Racing team’s founding partners. So, to honor the link up, Busch ran the striking green livery at Daytona.

Jul 18, 2021; Loudon, New Hampshire, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) inspects damage to his car after a collision with driver Denny Hamlin (not seen) at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Sadly, the two-time Cup Series champion could only muster 35th after a wretched day behind the wheel. On that day, he ran wide onto the grass and wrecked the front fender of his car. As a result, he lost a chunk of momentum and dropped down the order like a stone. From there, he had a horribly difficult time trying to recover and never quite managed to make his way up the pack.

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Fast-forward to several months later, and Busch is in Playoff contention in the Top 8. This weekend, he and the NASCAR paddock head to the Texas Motor Speedway in order to try and make it into the Final 4.

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Dhruv George

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