For many Americans, the week of July 4th is a time to take a break and recharge the batteries from the daily grind while also celebrating Independence Day with family and friends.
Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), will be recharging his batteries in a different way, most notably wheeling the “Outrageously Dependable” colors of the longtime JGR partner in Saturday night’s traditional midsummer Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
Along with recharging the batteries near the beach to celebrate the July 4th holiday, the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series champion knows he will not only need to beat his fellow competitors, but also the Florida summer heat. This part of the season happens to be the hottest for Cup Series competitors, with select race venues seeing record temperatures, and also for those who are heading out on their summer road trips. The summer months can be taxing on both man and machine, whether it’s on the highway or at the track. Caring for the latter is one of the ways JGR founding partner Interstate Batteries leverages its NASCAR program, reminding consumers to have their batteries checked during the hot summer months at a local dealer prior to their summer road trips.
Interstate Batteries’ colors are already in the win column in 2019 via Busch’s March victory at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, which also happened to mark his 200th overall NASCAR victory. With his four wins so far this, only JGR teammate Martin Truex Jr. has as many wins as Busch as the Interstate Batteries team will look to add another victory Saturday night at Daytona.
Busch is certainly no stranger to victory lane in the Coke Zero Sugar 400, having won the July 2008 race behind the wheel of – yes – the Interstate Batteries Toyota. The Las Vegas native has fared much better in his summer races at Daytona during his career, when the track is much more slick thanks to Florida’s July heat. He has five top-five finishes in his 15 July starts at the track.
With all of that on his side, Busch hopes to have a strong car and track position in pack-style racing, where a driver not only has to be good, but must have good fortune to go along with it. He would like nothing more than to start July in the best way possible – by bringing the Interstate Batteries green-and-white-striped paint scheme to victory lane Saturday night.
Even though Busch is focused on beating the rest of the field, he and Interstate Batteries will not only look to beat the heat during the remaining months of summer, but recharge the batteries in his favorite place – victory lane.