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Joe Gibbs Racing extends partnership with Interstate Batteries in multi-year deal

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced a multi-year extension with Interstate Batteries Thursday, continuing its relationship with its longest-running sponsor.

Interstate Batteries, which has been a sponsor of JGR since its inaugural season in 1992, will continue as a primary sponsor on Kyle Busch‘s No. 18 Toyota in six Cup races per year.

JGR said the agreement will stretch the partnership beyond 30 years. This season marks their 27th year together.

Busch had the company on his car when he won his 200th national NASCAR race at Auto Club Speedway on March 17. It will be back on the No. 18 this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Interstate Batteries and Joe Gibbs Racing have visited victory lane 32 times in the Cup Series, including twice with Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett, 21 times with Bobby Labonte and nine times with Busch.


Select Blinds to sponsor David Ragan in Daytona 500, more races

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David Ragan will be sponsored by Select Blinds in some of the biggest races of the Cup season this year, including the Daytona 500.

Front Row Motorsports announced Tuesday that the online retailer of custom window coverings will be on Ragan’s No. 38 Ford in four races: the Feb. 17 Daytona 500, the March 10¬†TicketGuardian 500 at ISM Raceway, the May 26 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Cup playoff opener on Sept. 15 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The partnership is rooted in the recent auction of one of Ragan’s 2018 Cup cars.

A car Ragan drove at Dover International Speedway was won by Select Binds co-founder and CMO Rick Steele, who bid $300,000 for it at Barrett-Jackson. The $300,000 went to Shriners Hospitals for Children, which sponsored the car.

“Rick and the team at SelectBlinds.com have been great to work with,” Ragan said in a press release. “They have really stepped up in a big way to support our race team and they’ll make a big impact at the Daytona 500. It makes me excited to get to Daytona, kick off our season, and have a great run with them. I’m looking forward to it.”

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Bubba Wallace lands sponsor for Daytona 500

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Bubba Wallace will be sponsored by AfterShokz in the season-opening Daytona 500, Richard Petty Motorsports announced Tuesday.

Wallace, who is scheduled to make an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show on Wednesday, will have the producer of open-ear headphones on the hood of his No. 43 Chevrolet as me makes his second start in the “Great American Race.”

Wallace made history in 2018 when he placed second in the race, making him the highest finishing African-American driver in the race’s history.

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“After last year, we know we can win the Daytona 500,” Wallace said in a press release. “Our team at Richard Petty Motorsports knows how to put together a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 that is capable of giving me the handling and speed I need.

“We raced up front last year at Daytona, both in the 500 and in July, so I expect us to do it that again. That’s going to make a great day for AfterShokz, too. I’m thrilled they are joining us in the journey this year. They have become friends of mine and we’re going to Daytona together to win it.”

Wallace enters the 2019 season with a new crew chief in Derek Stamets.

Wallace ended his rookie season 28th in the standings with three top 10s, including his Daytona 500 finish.

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Cody Ware entered in Daytona 500, has RFID Solutions as associate sponsor

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Cody Ware is set to compete in the Daytona 500 for Rick Ware Racing and will have RFID Solutions as an associate sponsor for the 2019 season.

Ware, who has nine Cup starts since 2017, will drive RWR’s No. 51 Chevrolet. The Daytona 500 will be his second Cup start on a superspeedway and his first at Daytona.

RFID Solutions, Inc., is a Florida based company that provides RAIN RFID systems to the global RFID market.

“I am excited to be partnering with RFID Solutions, Inc. for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season,” Ware said in a press release. “(RFID Solutions President) James (Snyder) and his team have been great to work with, and I look forward to expanding our partnership in 2019 and beyond.”

RWR will field two full-time cars this season after it purchased a charter from Front Row Motorsports. In addition to the No. 51, it will also field the No. 52.

The team also has acquired cars from Leavine Family Racing and FRM.

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Auto-Owners Insurance to sponsor Martin Truex Jr. at Joe Gibbs Racing

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Auto-Owners Insurance has followed Bass Pro Shops in signing a multi-year deal to sponsor Martin Truex Jr. at Joe Gibbs Racing, the team announced Tuesday.

The company will sponsor Truex and the No. 19 Toyota in eight races this season. Bass Pro Shops will be the primary sponsor in 24 races.

Auto-Owners sponsored Truex for the last three seasons at Furniture Row Racing. The eight scheduled races for this season are the same number as in 2018.

Auto-Owners’ first race is the April 7 event at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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