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Kyle Busch Undergoes Scheduled Offseason Surgery

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Expected to Return for Start of 2016 NASCAR Season

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) and current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion, had successful surgery this morning to remove two metal plates in his left foot and a metal rod and screws in his right leg. Busch is expected to make a full recovery in time for the start of the 2016 NASCAR season in February.

The scheduled offseason surgery removed the plates, rod and screws that were used to help stabilize his foot and leg following injuries suffered in an accident at Daytona International Speedway in February 2015. Today’s surgeries were performed by Dr. Robert Anderson of OrthoCarolina and Dr. Stephen Sims of Carolinas Healthcare System.

Daniel Suárez Wins NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award

In what has already been an impressive first full season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, Daniel Suárez added another accolade to his resume Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway – the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award. In doing so, he became the first Mexican-born driver and the second NASCAR Drive for Diversity (D4D) graduate to receive the award in a NASCAR national series.

“Congratulations to Daniel and his Joe Gibbs Racing team for this great achievement,” said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president, racing operations. “Watching Daniel and Darrell Wallace Jr. battle throughout the season, two hard-nosed competitors, really speaks to their talent and I look forward to seeing them compete in NASCAR for years to come.”

Also a member of the 2011-2013 NASCAR Next classes, an initiative designed to identify the sport’s next generation of stars, Suárez captured the rookie honors over fellow NASCAR Next and D4D graduate Darrell Wallace Jr. The Monterrey, Mexico native made 33 starts in 2015, posting three Coors Light Pole Awards, eight top-five and 18 top-10 finishes.

“The Sunoco Rookie of the Year program has rewarded drivers for their dedication and competitive drive for more than a decade,” said Drew Kabakoff, Director Brand Marketing, Sunoco. “Daniel has shown both of those qualities and more in his NASCAR XFINITY Series rookie season and is laying the groundwork for an exciting career.”

Suárez will be officially crowned the Sunoco Rookie of the Year winner on Monday, Nov. 23 at the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida.

Mars Extends Winning Partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing

On the cusp of his first potential NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship which would cap an amazing comeback season, Kyle Busch and his team at Joe Gibbs Racing have even more reason to celebrate. Today, Mars, Inc. finalized a multi-year contract extension with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) that will continue the winning alliance for the next several seasons.

The new agreement with JGR cements one of the longest-standing and most successful partnerships not only in NASCAR, but in all of sports. Kyle Busch has piloted the No. 18 Toyota and dozens of Mars, Inc.’s iconic brands including M&M’S® Brand, SNICKERS® Brand, SKITTLES® Brand, DOUBLE MINT® Brand and PEDIGREE® Brand to victory lane 29 times since 2008, as well as 15 poles and 142 top ten finishes.

“In order to get to victory lane, you have to have the best team on and off the track,” said William Clements, Vice President, Sponsorships, Mars. “Our partnership with JGR and Kyle has routinely delivered for us at the track, as well as in-store and with millions of fans. We look forward to the opportunity to continue to build upon this amazing partnership.”

“When working with a partner, collaboration, teamwork and a burning desire to win inspires us as a team, and Mars is the epitome of those qualities,” added Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Their brands have been a big part of our sport and team for a long time and we’re honored to carry them on the No. 18 for the foreseeable future.”

“Representing Mars, Inc’s family of brands on the No. 18 since 2008 has been an honor, and knowing they are committed to JGR for the next several seasons is awesome,” said Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Toyota. “Their support for me, my family and everyone at JGR has been incredible and this energizes me to work even harder for them and the team.”
To learn more about M&M’S® Racing, visit them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MMSRacing.

Bosch Aftermarket NA Makes Fourth Donation of Year to Motor Racing Outreach for Matt Kenseth’s Victory in Richmond

Bosch-Supported Teams Win 22nd of Season

Matt Kenseth dominated Saturday night’s NASCAR® Sprint Cup SeriesTM Race in Richmond, leading 352 of the 400 laps as he drove his Bosch-equipped No. 20 Dollar General Toyota to his fourth victory of the season. In recognition of the victory, Bosch Aftermarket NA is making its fourth $1,000 contribution to Motor Racing Outreach. To-date this season, Bosch has contributed a total of $12,000 to the charities of Joe Gibbs Racing’s drivers.

Motor Racing Outreach (MRO) works to support the motorsport community so that they may enjoy a more wholesome life together, and in turn, become good role models for millions of motorsport fans around the world. Originally founded in 1988 to serve the NASCAR Sprint Cup racing community, MRO has evolved over the years to serve other forms of motorsports such as motorcycle and powerboat racing. A faith-based organization, MRO’s mission includes introducing the racing community to a personal faith in Christ, encouraging active involvement in the church, understanding God’s Word and assisting in the development of leadership skills.

“It was impressive watching Joe Gibbs Racing dominate in Richmond as they have all summer long,” said Tony Pauly, director of advertising and brand management for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America. “Bosch congratulates Matt Kenseth on his latest triumph and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization on an incredible season. We’re proud to partner with Joe Gibbs Racing, providing teams with the Bosch parts and systems that propel them to victory time and time again.”

Bosch Aftermarket has a long-standing partnership with NASCAR, providing oxygen sensors to all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. Additionally, Bosch has provided quality parts — including spark plugs, injectors, alternators, coils, filters, fuel pumps, starters and pressure regulators — to multiple NASCAR teams for more than a decade, helping them to scores of wins and seven Sprint Cup Series championships since 2001.

Thus far in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Bosch-supported teams have won twenty-two races, garnering a total Bosch Aftermarket NA contribution of $22,000 to help their respective charities carry out their missions.