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Interstate Batteries Goes Six for Six in Workplace Survey

November 17th, 2014 by
Interstate Batteries is one of just 12 companies to make the Top 100 Places to Work list all six years. Photo via The Dallas Morning News

Interstate Batteries is one of just 12 companies to make the Top 100 Places to Work list all six years. Photo via The Dallas Morning News

The Dallas-Fort Worth area may be under a cold spell at the moment, but Interstate Batteries is riding a hot streak.

For the sixth straight year, Interstate has earned a spot in The Dallas Morning NewsTop 100 Places to Work listing.

Top 100 Places to Work 2014 - The Dallas Morning NewsThis year, Interstate Batteries came in 17th. We were also recognized as a member of the newspaper’s Dynamic Dozen — 12 companies that have made the Top 100 every year since 2009, the survey’s inception.

The Dallas Morning News partnered with WorkplaceDynamics to survey workers at 315 companies. Using 22 statements about the workplace, job, work/life balance and other topics, companies receive a ranking. According to The Dallas Morning News, this year’s top-ranking statement was “This company operates by strong values and ethics.”

Want to work for a company that’s consistently recognized among the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s best? Visit our careers page today.

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Team Interstate: A Thrilling End to the 2014 Season

November 17th, 2014 by
Team Interstate's Denny Hamlin led 50 laps in Sunday's Ford EcoBoost 400. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin led 50 laps in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin was just eight laps away from his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, but a series of late cautions proved too much to overcome.

Kevin Harvick was able to use fresher tires to make his way to the front to win Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and with it the 2015 championship. Meanwhile, Team Interstate’s Matt Kenseth finished in sixth place, and a broken axle left Kyle Busch back in 39th.

Denny Hamlin's No. 11 pit crew was nearly flawless all night. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 pit crew was nearly flawless all night. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

“We gave an amazing effort today and left it all out on the track,” Denny said on Twitter after the race. “I’m proud of what we accomplished getting to this point.”

Denny would lead five times for a total of 50 laps over the course of the race. He was up front late when the team made the call to remain out to maintain its track position with 18 laps remaining. Denny would restart second and would grab the lead, but two late cautions allowed several other teams that had come down pit road for fresh tires on the earlier stop to gain ground. Denny got caught three-wide in the middle on the final restart and ended up finishing seventh. He completes his season officially third in the standings.

Matt finished the season seventh in the standings, while Kyle closed out the 2014 campaign 10th in the final standings.

Race report (Joe Gibbs Racing)

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Note: In 26 Nationwide Series starts this year, Kyle had seven wins and 25 top-4 finishes.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Homestead-Miami Speedway

Next Races

  • The 2015 Sprint Cup season kicks off Feb. 13-22 with the traditional Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway.
  • The 57th Daytona 500, the first points-paying Sprint Cup race of the season, is scheduled for Feb. 22.
  • The 2015 Supercross season begins Jan. 3.

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7 Steps to Keep Your Battery From Leaving You Out in the Cold

November 11th, 2014 by

Cold Interstate BatteryHere’s a chilling fact: Cold weather affects auto batteries more than any other engine component. That’s because they’re filled with fluid containing mostly water and are susceptible to freezing when the battery is not fully charged.

Expert Advice

mr-battery-web-300x300“In colder temperatures, engines require more cranking amps and batteries are less efficient,” explained Interstate Batteries engineering services manager Gale Kimbrough, also known as “Mr. Battery.” “That reduces the battery’s charge acceptance and ability to start an engine. If not properly maintained, it could create a big damper on your travel plans.”

Seven Steps to Staying On the Road to Safety

To help you keep your vehicle battery running in cold weather – and know what to do when it’s time to replace it-consider these seven tips for winter battery maintenance:

  1. Have the vehicle’s starting and charging system tested every three months or every oil change.
  2. Use a battery charger to maintain charge levels and keep the battery in good condition.
  3. Inspect the battery cables, posts and fasteners. Cable corrosion prevents power from flowing freely from the battery, reducing the power available to start the car.
  4. Clean the battery terminals with a wire brush or battery cleaner spray.
  5. When possible, keep the vehicle in a garage overnight or plugged in, especially in extremely harsh weather conditions. If garage storage is not possible, it may pay to invest in a battery heater.
  6. If the battery is not a sealed model, check the fluid levels, using distilled water to fill any cells that appear low.
  7. You can drop your old batteries to be recycled at any Interstate Batteries or Interstate All Battery Center retail store. While you’re there, you can get a free winter battery check.

Learn more

We love helping customers learn more about battery maintenance (it’s kind of our thing). Brush up on your knowledge at Mr. Battery’s page, or ask a question.

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Team Interstate: Denny Advances to Finale

November 10th, 2014 by

 

Denny Hamlin brings his car in for a pit stop during Sunday's race at Phoenix. He is one of four drivers eligible for the championship. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Denny Hamlin brings his car in for a pit stop during Sunday’s race at Phoenix. He is one of four drivers eligible for the championship. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Denny Hamlin will represent Team Interstate in the Championship Round for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup next week after battling through some early-race struggles Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.

The driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry started Sunday’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 from the pole and led the opening 24 laps before relinquishing the top spot on lap 25. A caution on lap 32 would bring the leaders down pit road, but Denny suffered a flat rear tire after the round of pit stops, forcing him to pit again and restart in the back of the field. Denny would eventually go a lap down, but some well-timed cautions helped him get back on the lead lap. He finished fifth, giving him enough points to claim his place in the finals.

Kyle Busch's Banfield Pet Hospitals/Interstate Batteries scheme before an accident. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch‘s Banfield Pet Hospitals/Interstate Batteries scheme before an accident. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Teammate Matt Kenseth ran strong all day and earned a third-place finish, but it wasn’t enough to advance to the championship round. Kyle Busch also showed strength early on with his No. 18 Banfield Pet Hospital/Interstate Batteries Toyota, but an accident on lap 212 left his car badly damaged and two laps down to the leaders. He would go on to finish 34th.

Kevin Harvick won the race and also advanced to the final round. Kevin and Denny will be joined by Joey Logano and Ryan Newman.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion will be crowned next Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and whichever of the four Chase finalists finishes first wins the championship.

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If you’re participating in the Chase Grid Battle, check your progress and make your Championship pick. Who did you choose before the Chase? Who do you choose now? Let us know in the comments.

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NASCAR Nationwide Series

Phoenix International Raceway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Phoenix International Raceway

This Week

  • NASCAR: Homestead-Miami Speedway

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Team Interstate: Kyle Rallies, Denny Shares Lead

November 3rd, 2014 by
Kyle Busch's No. 18 team makes repairs to his Toyota Camry on Sunday. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch‘s No. 18 team makes repairs to his Toyota Camry on Sunday. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Team Interstate experienced an up-and-down, topsy-turvy day at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Kyle Busch and his No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries team battled back from plenty of adversity, scraping the wall on two occasions and eventually falling a lap down. But he and the team fought their way back onto the lead lap with less than 50 laps to go in the AAA Texas 500 and worked their way to the front, finishing fourth.

Kyle Busch spent much of Sunday's race a lap down to the leaders, but he rallied back for a fourth-place finish. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle Busch spent much of Sunday’s race a lap down to the leaders, but he rallied back for a fourth-place finish. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

“Our run to the front tonight there at the end was very impressive,” said Kyle, who won the April 2013 race at Texas to score his first Sprint Cup win in the Lone Star State. “We weren’t very good to start the race today. The guys did a phenomenal job getting the car fixed for me. … It’s good to continue to fight like that and bring home a top-five.”

Teammates Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth also battled through ups and downs. Denny started 20th and briefly led the race before ultimately finishing 10th. Matt started from the pole position and stayed near the front for much of the race, but a problem on a lap 253 pit stop left him mired in 18th. Several cautions later found him up front and later back in the field thanks to the varying pit strategies of his competitors. He finished 25th.

From earlier: Kyle’s RR tire, or what was left of it. #NLTX #NASCAR

A photo posted by Interstate Batteries (@interstatebatts) on

Jimmie Johnson won the race. The AAA Texas 500 was the second of three races in the Eliminator Round of 8 under the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase for the Championship format. Since Jimmie is no longer Chase eligible, at least three of the final four spots for the Championship round in two weeks at Homestead-Miami Speedway will be decided by points.

Denny is currently tied for lead in points with the 22 team, while Matt is fifth, but just one point out of the fourth and final position heading into next week’s race at Phoenix.

Driver Points Behind
Joey Logano 4,072
Denny Hamlin 4,072
Ryan Newman 4,070 -2
Jeff Gordon 4,060 -12
Matt Kenseth 4,059 -13
Carl Edwards 4,059  -13
Brad Keselowski 4,055  -17
Kevin Harvick 4,054  -18

 

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Texas

Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller, driver Kyle Busch and Coach Joe Gibbs celebrate after Kyle earned Joe Gibbs Racing's 100th Nationwide Series victory. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller, driver Kyle Busch and Coach Joe Gibbs celebrate after Kyle earned Joe Gibbs Racing’s 100th Nationwide Series victory. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images

Kyle’s win was the 100th victory for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Read more

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Texas

This Week

  • NASCAR: Phoenix International Raceway

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Team Interstate: Tricks and Treats in Martinsville

October 27th, 2014 by

Team Interstate experienced both the sweet taste of victory and the bitter disappointment of missed opportunities this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

Team Interstate's Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch drive all in a row at Martinsville. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch drive all in a row at Martinsville. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

First, the missed opportunities. Although all three Team Interstate drivers spent much of Sunday at or near the front of the field, they were unable to leave the paperclip-shaped track with the prestigious grandfather clock trophy given to the winner of the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500.

Denny Hamlin, a four-time winner at Martinsville, finished eighth Sunday after slipping back during a late restart. Matt Kenseth clawed his way to a sixth-place finish despite being involved in a midrace accident, and Kyle Busch fought a tight-handling M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry to finish 11th.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race. Matt and Denny are the two remaining Team Interstate drivers in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. They are among the eight drivers of the original field of 16 who advanced to the Eliminator Round. The four final spots will be determined after the Nov. 9 race at Phoenix.

Rank Driver Points Behind
1 Jeff Gordon 4,044
2 Ryan Newman 4,041 -3
3 Joey Logano 4,040  -4
4 Matt Kenseth 4,039 -5
5 Denny Hamlin 4,037 -7
6 Carl Edwards 4,024 -20
7 Brad Keselowski 4,013 -31
8 Kevin Harvick 4,011 -33

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Team Interstate's Darrell Wallace Jr. with the celebratory battery and celebratory clock in Victory Lane. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Team Interstate’s Darrell Wallace Jr. with the celebratory battery and celebratory clock in Victory Lane. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Now, for the sweet taste of victory. Team Interstate’s Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. collected his third win of the season and fourth of his young career in Saturday’s Kroger 200 at Martinsville.

Bubba, carrying a special paint scheme and the No. 34 in honor of 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott, led a race-high 97 laps. He’s now third in the Truck Series point standings with three races remaining.

This Week

NASCAR: Texas Motor Speedway

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Interstate Batteries Lights Up Lives in Haiti

October 21st, 2014 by
Fayeton Orphanage in northwest Haiti got a solar power system thanks to Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Fla., Interstate Batteries and SonLight Power. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

Fayeton Orphanage in northwest Haiti got a solar power system thanks to Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Fla., Interstate Batteries and SonLight Power. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

For one underprivileged orphanage in Haiti, there really is a light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to the help of some pretty Outrageously Dependable® folks in the Interstate Batteries system.

Fayeton Orphanage in northwest Haiti was blessed with a solar power system in November 2013, bringing light into the dark campus for the first time.

The orphanage's solar power system relies on Interstate golf car batteries designed for deep-cycle applications. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

The orphanage’s solar power system relies on Interstate golf car batteries designed for deep-cycle applications. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

And it’s all thanks to Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, Fla., Interstate Batteries and a nonprofit ministry called SonLight Power.

“It was really exciting to see the kids screaming because it was the first time they had a light,” said Ken Poirier, Owner of Poirier Service Center, a repair shop in Boca Raton.

Ken, an Interstate Dealer and long-time member of Spanish River Church, spent eight days installing the system and wiring the buildings with his good friend and partner in ministry, Craig Kindell.

Together, they recently finished an upgrade to the system for outdoor security lighting as well as wiring for lights and fans in the chapel, school and clinic.

“As you can imagine, the installation of the solar power system has had a huge impact on the lives of the orphan children living there,” Craig said. “You can get a sense of this impact by viewing the children’s reaction [during] the lighting ceremony at the girls’ dormitory.”

Watch the lighting ceremony here:

The campus in northwest Haiti has flooded numerous times due to harsh tropical storms that have hit the island, leaving the campus with no reliable power source to house, school and provide medical care to about 200 children.

Interstate Batteries Dealer Ken Poirier and ministry partner Craig Kindell spent eight days upgrading an orphanage’s new solar power system. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

Interstate Batteries Dealer Ken Poirier and ministry partner Craig Kindell spent eight days upgrading an orphanage’s new solar power system. Photo courtesy Spanish River Church

Ken and Interstate contributed eight batteries for the first installation, and for the upgrade, they added 16 golf car batteries, which are specifically designed to handle deep-cycle applications. Jeremy Cannon, General Manager of Interstate Batteries of Coastal Florida, said Interstate also gave them a discount to help out.

“Interstate is the only battery I sell,” Ken said. “I’ve been around the block and I have the least amount of problems.

There’s no reason to look anywhere else for batteries.”

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Team Interstate: Mid-race Wreck Eliminates Kyle from Chase

October 20th, 2014 by
Crew members of the No. 18 team work on Kyle Busch's car after a mid-race accident Sunday at Talladega. Via @joegibbsracing/Twitter

Crew members of the No. 18 team work on Kyle Busch’s car after a mid-race accident Sunday at Talladega. Via @joegibbsracing/Twitter

A promising 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup came to a crashing halt for Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch Sunday in Talladega.

Kyle and the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries team did all they could to avoid the “big one” in the Geico 500 race, riding in the relative safety of the back of the field. On lap 102 of the 500-mile race, Kyle slowed up to avoid a multicar accident ahead of him. Unfortunately, the car of Austin Dillon behind Kyle did not. The result was heavy contact that sent Kyle hard into the inside backstretch SAFER Barrier, causing extensive damage to his Toyota Camry.

Watch the wreck here.

While the team was able to get the car back out to finish the race after extensive repairs in the garage, the 40th-place result was not good enough to make the top-eight in the point standings and advance to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

“We were just biding our time the first half of the race,” Kyle said. “The strategy was to hang around the back for a while and stay out of trouble, which we were able to do the first half of the race. We were going to pit there, so I was getting to the bottom to come to pit road the next lap. But a couple of guys got together in front of me, and I got my stuff slowed down, but the No. 3 (Dillon) didn’t look like he checked up at all. He got in the back of me, and we were along for the ride after that. I can’t say enough about how hard the M&M’s team worked to get our car back out there. They’ve done an awesome job the whole Chase. It’s just hard to take getting eliminated like that because of how great of a job the guys did to get us to where we were.”

Crew chief Dave Rogers was proud of his team’s effort in the face of a tough situation not of their own doing.

“My hat’s off to all these guys – everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and everyone at TRD (Toyota Racing Development),” Dave said. “It’s a shame; everyone has been working really hard. I felt like we got off to a slow start early in the season and we were advancing through the playoffs pretty well with hard work and good decisions and good teamwork.

“I can’t praise him (Busch) enough. He’s really stepped up to be a great leader of this race team in the Chase. We’ve had a couple things go against us – getting the nose knocked off at Loudon, today – and Kyle’s done a really good job of biting his lip and just backing the race team to let us do our job. Kyle, I can’t say enough good about him. I’m really proud of him. We can’t win the championship, but we can still advance in points and work our way up to fifth. We’re going to go to Martinsville working hard, and we’re going to try to win all these races.”

Kyle’s Team Interstate companions – Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry – finished second and 18th, respectively. Brad Keselowski won the race.

The eight remaining Chase drivers all had their respective point tallies reset to 4,000 after Talladega. Matt and Denny are joined in the Eliminator Round by Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Keselowski.

Baby Busch on the Way


The NASCAR season has its ups and downs, and here’s some happy news for Kyle and his wife, Samantha: They’re expecting! On Saturday, the couple announced that their first child is due next May.

Other Racing Results

Camping World Truck Series – Talladega

  • No. 54 – Darrell Wallace Jr – 9th
  • No. 35 – Daniel Suarez – 15th

Monster Energy Cup (Motocross)

  • No. 23 – Weston Peick – 15th
  • No. 51 – Justin Barcia – 9th

This week

NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series: Martinsville Speedway

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Team Interstate: Kyle Earns Fifth Top 10 in Chase

October 13th, 2014 by
Kyle Busch led early in Saturday night's race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch led early in Saturday night’s race. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

A little momentum can go a long way, and it’s something Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch hopes to keep rolling for at least another five weeks as the 2014 Chase of the NASCAR Championship continues to heat up. A fifth-place finish in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway marked his fifth-straight finish of 10th or better since the Chase kicked off five weeks ago at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet.

Kyle, driver of the No. 18 Doublemint/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, led three times for 41 laps. He led 13 of those laps after starting from the top spot but noticed that the car was getting a little too loose. Small adjustments to the car didn’t seem to help matters, but a more aggressive adjustment during the third caution on lap 135 brought his car back to life.

Kyle Busch was all smiles during practice. He's the only Chase driver to qualify and finish in the top 10 in each Chase race this year. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

Kyle Busch was all smiles during practice. He’s the only Chase driver to qualify and finish in the top 10 in each Chase race this year. Copyright 2014 Autostock Images.

“Little adjustments just didn’t help us tonight,” he said. “We made that one big change, and the car really took off for us. It wasn’t a win – which is what we really want – but it’s another solid finish for us. We just need to go to Talladega next week and try to avoid the ‘big one.’ ”

Kyle’s Team Interstate companions – Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Toyota Camry, and Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry – finished ninth and 19th, respectively. Kevin Harvick won the race.

After the race, Denny and Matt were involved in altercations with driver Brad Keselowski. Read more about it here.

With five races remaining before a champion is crowned after the season finale Nov. 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the top-12 drivers still competing for the title rank as follows:

Rank Driver Points
 1 Joey Logano 3,088
 2 Kyle Busch 3,082 (-6)
 3 Kevin Harvick 3,081 (-7)
 4 Ryan Newman 3,077 (-1)
5 Carl Edwards 3,076 (-12)
6 Jeff Gordon 3,074 (-14)
7 Denny Hamlin 3,073 (-15)
8 Kasey Kahne 3,057 (-31)
9 Matt Kenseth 3,056 (-32)
10 Brad Keselowski 3,038 (-50)
11 Jimmie Johnson 3,031 (-57)
 12 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 3,031 (-57)

 

Four drivers will be eliminated from championship contention after this week’s race at Talladega.

NASCAR Nationwide Series

Charlotte

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Be prepared for power outages

October 10th, 2014 by

Did you know? 3.5 million Americans experience a power outage each week. Weather is the most likely cause, but faulty equipment and sneaky critters also play a role. Since you can’t predict when a power outage will happen, it pays to be prepared. Check out our infographic for some important tips:

Stay empowered when you lose your power - everything you need to know about power outages.

Interstate Batteries wants to help you prepare for emergencies. Visit our National Preparedness Month page and check out our Family Emergency Checklist. Also, visit your local Interstate All Battery Center for the batteries, flashlights and accessories you need to stay safe.

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