Recently, Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) founding sponsor Interstate Batteries ran a contest on its official Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/InterstateBatteries) in which consumers were asked to send in their favorite photos of themselves having fun in the sun (#FunInTheSun).
If Kyle Busch was to submit a photo, it very well might be from a beautiful March afternoon earlier this year where he was having fun in the Southern California sun. In particular, it was victory lane at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, where he brought home his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory of the season, which came in Interstate Batteries colors, nonetheless.
So as NASCAR’s top series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon for Sunday’s Camping World RV Sales 301, Busch is hoping he’ll add another photo or two in victory lane of some midsummer fun in New England.
Busch has enjoyed plenty of success at the “Magic Mile,” particularly at the start of his career when he scored a Sprint Cup win in July 2006 to go with eight top-10s in 18 starts. He’s coming off his strongest year to date at the New England track, where he finished second in both 2013 Sprint Cup races contested at New Hampshire to give him six career top-five finishes there. Outside the Sprint Cup ranks, Busch has four wins, one pole and five top-five results in eight NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Loudon to go with three wins, one pole and six top-10s in seven NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races.
In addition to Busch’s growing list of successes at the 1.058-mile oval, both races at New Hampshire serve as a homecoming for Marshfield, Vermont-native Dave Rogers, crew chief for Busch’s No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota.
While Rogers has reached victory lane at his home track in the Nationwide Series in 2008 with former JGR driver Tony Stewart, Busch would like nothing more than to bring Rogers a coveted Sprint Cup victory, but also for all the Interstate Batteries dealers and distributors from New England and across the country.
With the marathon-like 36-race Sprint Cup schedule, Busch and Rogers don’t have too much time for any lengthy trips to the beach. However, they’ve had Sunday circled on their calendar in hopes of another photo opportunity depicting their fun in the sun in victory lane at New Hampshire.