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Erik Jones to Pilot the No. 18 M&M’S® Toyota Camry Starting at Kansas Speedway

18-Year-Old Byron, Michigan Native to Make First NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Start

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that Erik Jones will fill in for Kyle Busch in the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starting at Kansas Speedway on May 9, 2015. This will mark the 18-year-old Byron, Michigan native’s first official NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start.

“I’m pretty excited and grateful for the opportunity to drive the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Camry in the Sprint Cup Series and make my debut for Joe Gibbs Racing. This is a really good opportunity for me. We are going to try to manage our expectations and if we can go out and get a top-15 run and gain some experience, that would be a great day for us. I’m also excited about representing M&M’S, a great longtime partner at JGR and such a well-known brand. I am looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the M&M’S Toyota at Kansas.”
At Kansas, Jones will be running a special paint scheme highlighting M&M’S support of Red Nose Day on the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota.

Mars is proud to be a partner of Red Nose Day, a major charitable event that will be held on May 21, 2015. The M&M’S Brand is one of the world’s most beloved chocolate candies and a leader in colorful fun, so it’s a natural fit to leverage the M&M’S brand and humor to help raise money through this partnership. M&M’S is bringing Red Nose Day to NASCAR for the first time at Kansas and May 15 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

Jones currently runs full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for Kyle Busch Motorsports and a partial schedule for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS).

With three races complete in the 2015 NCWTS season, Jones sits third in the point standings, six points out of the lead on the heels of two top-five and three top-10 finishes to start the season. In just 20-career starts in the series, Jones has earned four wins.

Continuing to impress, Jones has made his mark in the XFINITY Series, making eight starts this season between the No. 20 and No. 54 Camry’s. In those starts, Jones has garnered one win, three poles and five top-five finishes.

Kansas will mark Jones first official Cup Series start, but earlier this season he was able to make laps in the No. 11 Toyota Camry at Bristol Motor Speedway after Denny Hamlin was unable to continue the race following an extended rain delay. Jones finished the race in the 26th position.

Mac Tools Wrenching for a Cure

Mac Tools has made donations of more than $30,000 to The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research and over $4,000 to The Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Mac Tools would like to thank their Franchisees and Customers for their purchases of our Wrenching for a Cure products in 2014 to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Research.

The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research is devoted to advancing research in breast cancer and 100 percent of every gift to the fund goes directly to research at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. The Breast Cancer Society of Canada is committed to progressing breast cancer research in Canada and proudly funds high-caliber research teams that are located near patient treatment clinics.

“We are so very appreciative for the partnership between The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research and Mac Tools. Their support helps to fund the level of life-saving research being performed at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. Partners like Mac Tools help us reach new audiences, garnering support and appreciation on the importance of breast cancer awareness and screenings.” – Kim Collins, Director, Community Partners Program. “It gives me great pride to present donations to both of these foundations on behalf of our Mac Tools Franchisees, customers, and employees” said Brett Shaw, President of Mac Tools, “and we look forward to offering our continued support in the future.”

For over four years Mac Tools has been a proud partner of the Stefanie Spielman Fund and the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. Our Wrenching for a Cure products have become great collectors’ items for our Mac Tools customers and community and we are proud to help a greater cause.

Joe Gibbs Racing Selects Ross Kenseth to Drive No. 20 Camry at Chicago

Dollar General to Sponsor Ross Kenseth in NASCAR XFINITY Series Debut

Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) announced today that Ross Kenseth will make his NASCAR XFINITY Series debut in the No. 20 Toyota Camry at Chicagoland Speedway on June 20. Dollar General will proudly partner with Kenseth for his first NASCAR National Series career start.

“This is an exciting time for us,” said Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, “We’ve got several young, talented drivers in our stable, and now we have the chance to add Ross Kenseth to that list. Ross has been working hard and showing that he is ready for this next step. We’re excited that he will be doing that in the No. 20 car with our partner Dollar General.”

Dollar General joined JGR in 2012 with sponsorship in NASCAR’s top two series. Since joining the organization, Dollar General has been a part of 14 visits to Victory Lane between the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series.

“We’re excited to expand our partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing and return to the XFINITY Series with Ross (Kenseth) as he makes his series debut,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and chief executive officer, “We’ve been fortunate to work with great drivers over the years and have success across all three of NASCAR’s top series. We know Ross will do a great job and represent the Dollar General brand well.”

In addition to making his XFINITY Series debut this season, 21-year-old Kenseth will also compete in a limited Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) and late-model racing schedule.

“I am really thankful for the opportunity JGR and Dollar General have given me and I am excited to make my first XFINITY Series start,” said Ross Kenseth, “I couldn’t have asked to be in a better situation. Having Dollar General support me for my first start means a lot to me. JGR and Dollar General are used to running up front and competing for wins, and hopefully I can catch on quickly.”

The Chicago 300 from Chicagoland Speedway will air live on FoxSports 1 beginning at 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 20.

ACE HARDWARE FOUNDATION RACES FOR MIRACLES IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS

Carl Edwards vies for win to benefit children through ninth annual “Racing for a Miracle” program

The Ace Hardware Foundation has its hopes set on Joe Gibbs Racing driver Carl Edwards, as he races for miracles this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
The “Racing for a Miracle” initiative is a multi-faceted program celebrated in collaboration with the No. 19 STANLEY Racing team, the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) – all to benefit children by raising funds for the hospitals that provide their care.

If Edwards and the No. 19 team win, STANLEY will donate $1 million to CMN Hospitals through the Ace Hardware Foundation. The pledge is part of one of the most successful and longest-running campaigns in NASCAR that benefits patients of CMN Hospitals. Regardless of the race’s outcome, the “Racing for a Miracle” program with STANLEY and the Ace Hardware Foundation will once again pledge $100,000 to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. It’s a total contribution to CMN Hospitals of more than half a million dollars since the program started.

“Our STANLEY team never needs to be motivated to win a race, but we have the opportunity to race for $1 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and that really encourages all of us,” said Edwards. “We have to thank the Ace Hardware Foundation for continuing to support this program and giving us this opportunity. It would be the highlight of my career to be able to win this Saturday night for these kids.”

As part of the special week of events, representatives from the Ace Hardware Foundation, CMN Hospitals, STANLEY, and Joe Gibbs Racing, including Edwards and members of the No. 19 STANLEY pit crew, visited Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. While at the hospital, representatives spent time with the patients and their family members by giving them an inside look at the STANLEY race team, including pit stop demonstrations.

On April 10, Edwards along with representatives from STANLEY will present the $100,000 donation to the Ace Hardware Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at the Texas Motor Speedway. The special scheme includes four very special children who will also serve as “Honorary Crew Members” of the No. 19 team throughout the weekend.

As part of the campaign, the No. 19 racecar made special appearances at several Ace Hardware stores throughout the greater Fort Worth area, including two of Ace retailer Bill Jablonowski’s stores in Keller and Fort Worth, Texas. “I’m incredibly proud to be involved in this year’s ‘Racing for a Miracle’ events,” said Bill Jablonowski, owner of Jabo’s Ace Hardware. “Fundraising is in the DNA of our stores, in fact, in 2014 alone we raised more than $20,000 for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Cook Children’s in Fort Worth and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas,” Jablonowski said.

For more information on the “Racing for a Miracle” program, including more ways to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, visit www.stanleymotorsports.com. For more information about Ace Hardware and the Ace Hardware Foundation, please visit www.acehardware.com.

Bosch Charitable Contribution to Benefit Denny Hamlin Foundation

Fourth 2015 NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ Win for Bosch-Supported Teams

$1,000 contribution recognizes Hamlin’s STP 500 victory at Martinsville

In recognition of Denny Hamlin’s win at Sunday’s STP 500 at Martinsville, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket NA is contributing $1,000 to the Denny Hamlin Foundation.

Based in Mooresville, NC, the Denny Hamlin Foundation works to raise awareness and funds for children with cystic fibrosis. The foundation partners with organizations that focus on cystic fibrosis research, treatment advances and overall quality-of-life care. The Foundation also helps children with other chronic illnesses. Beneficiaries of the Denny Hamlin Foundation include: Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital, The NASCAR Foundation and Victory Junction Gang Camp.

Sunday’s win marked the fourth of the 2015 NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series™ by a Bosch-supported team and the fourth donation made by Bosch to team charities.

“It was great to see Denny Hamlin, and Joe Gibbs Racing, back in Victory Lane at Martinsville. Denny Hamlin is as good as it gets when it comes to short track racing, and Bosch is pleased to make this contribution to his foundation,” said Tony Pauly, director of advertising and brand management for Bosch Automotive Aftermarket North America. “Bosch also takes tremendous pride knowing that winning racing organizations like Joe Gibbs Racing depend on quality parts from Bosch to get them to Victory Lane.”

Bosch Aftermarket has a long-standing partnership with the NASCAR® Sprint Cup SeriesTM. Bosch has been providing quality parts — such as oxygen sensors, spark plugs, injectors, alternators, coils, filters, fuel pumps, starters and pressure regulators — to several NASCAR® top-performing teams for more than a decade.