Kyle Busch Earning His Stripes

As a winner of 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, which are included in his 162 top-five finishes and 197 top-10s, as well as the leader of 10,084 laps in 346 career starts, safe to say 29-year-old Kyle Busch has earned his stripes in his 10thfull season competing in NASCAR’s top circuit.

So it’s only fitting that the driver of the No. 18 Interstate All Battery Center Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) will don a unique green-and-white-striped livery for Saturday night’s traditional midsummer Coke Zero 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

It will be a different look for Busch & Company, which rolls into Daytona with support from Interstate Batteries and its Interstate All Battery Center retail stores as the company continues its franchise expansion throughout the United States, Canada and Latin America. Interstate All Battery Centers, which provide “Every Battery for Every Need” with more than 16,000 portal power solutions for all household needs, are recognized as a top-50 franchisor by Franchise Business Review.

Interstate Batteries’ colors are already in the win column in 2014 via Busch’s victory in March at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California. Busch and the No. 18 team look to add another victory Saturday night at Daytona, where they head with a little momentum on their side as they are coming off a strong second-place run last weekend at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. It’s been a much-needed step in the right direction as the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship gets closer by the week.

Busch is certainly no stranger to victory lane in the Coke Zero 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 as the track is much more slick thanks to Florida’s July heat. He has four top-five finishes in his nine July starts at Daytona and is coming off his first career pole position at a restrictor-plate track there last July.

With all of that on his side, Busch hopes sporting the unique color scheme helps his cause in this restrictor-plate style of 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 All Battery Center green-and-white-striped paint scheme to victory lane Saturday night. Even though Busch has earned his stripes, already, it doesn’t mean he isn’t as hungry as ever for another victory.


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Steven B. Wilson

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