Impeccable driving and a lightning-fast pit crew sent Kyle Busch and his No. 18 Interstate Batteries team to victory lane in a thrilling first-time hometown triumph for Dallas-based Interstate Batteries chairman Norm Miller. Busch dominated Interstate Battery’s backyard track in Fort Worth with his win at the NRA 500 Sprint Cup race in April.
“For Interstate Batteries and Norm Miller to be in victory lane in Texas, there’s nothing better than putting them right here,” said Busch. “We’ve been trying for a long time and fortunately we finally got it done.”
More than 20 years ago, Miller agreed to a risky partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing, a time when Joe Gibbs said all he had was a dream—no manufacturers, no building, not even a driver.
But Miller saw promise in the dream and Interstate Batteries became a founding, full-time sponsor of JGR. Since then, they have been a huge part of JGR history and culture said Todd Meredith, vice president of operations for JGR. Miller is not just a sponsor, he is “a huge friend to all of us,” said Meredith.
“It means so much to have a guy like that on your side,” Busch said.
And it meant a lot for Miller and Interstate Batteries to have a driver like Busch bring them to victory lane for the first time at their home track. It was a momentous and record-setting weekend for Busch, too. Breaking the track qualifying record at 27.509 seconds, 196.299 mph, Busch took the pole position in his 300th start. It was his 26th career Cup win and his first at the 1.5-mile Texas track. He became the first driver to sweep the weekend and have wins in all three series at Texas. Busch also set a NASCAR record in winning both races in the same weekend for the seventh time of his career.