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Interstate Batteries holds food drive as NASCAR race comes to town

April 12th, 2016 by
Visitors to Klyde Warren Park in Dallas donate to the North Texas Food Bank during Interstate Batteries' #DrivingforGood event.

Visitors to Klyde Warren Park in Dallas donate to the North Texas Food Bank during Interstate Batteries’ #DrivingforGood event.

Interstate Batteries hosted a food drive at the downtown Dallas Klyde Warren Park for the North Texas Food Bank as part of our #DrivingForGood campaign, in the lead-up to Saturday’s NASCAR® Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

In just two hours, Interstate Batteries and the North Texas Food Bank received 2,508 meals-worth of donations. Of those 2,508 meals, 800 came from canned items alone.

Dorothy Jones, Chief Marketing Officer at Interstate Batteries, volunteered with many others from the Dallas headquarters and local Interstate All Battery Center stores.

“This is only the beginning for Driving for Good,” she said. “But one thing’s for certain, Driving for Good is about enriching lives in the communities in which we serve, and we will continue to do so.”

Defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch drove the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry to victory in Saturday’s race.

NTFB is a hunger relief organization and the largest charity in North Texas, serving Dallas and 12 surrounding counties.

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Kyle Busch wins at Texas

April 11th, 2016 by
Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning Saturday night's Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. ©2016, John Harrelson / NKP

Kyle Busch celebrates in Victory Lane after winning Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
©2016, John Harrelson / NKP

Shortly before the clock struck midnight Saturday night, Kyle Busch seized control of the Duck Commander 500 and cruised to his 36th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

The driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry began the rain-delayed race in the 15th position but quickly moved up through the field. He cracked the top-10 by lap 33 and moved up to seventh by lap 77. With every pit stop, Crew Chief Adam Stevens made a number of adjustments to improve the car’s handling, and Kyle responded by moving up in the field.

But the move of the race happened after a caution fell on lap 287. With Kyle in the runner-up spot behind leader Martin Truex Jr., he came down pit road, even though they had just pitted four laps prior. With tire wear at a premium, Kyle restarted fifth on the ensuing restart and quickly moved up to second again behind Truex.

Team Interstate results from the Duck Commander 500

On lap 301, Kyle took the lead for good. Saturday night’s win was his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in a row, and his his second win and sixth top-10 finish of the season. It was also his second career win at Texas. The win also marked Kyle’s fourth NASCAR victory in eight days as he also won last week’s Camping World Truck Series and Sprint Cup Series races at Martinsville and Friday night’s Xfinity Series race at Texas.

See some of our favorite moments from Saturday night’s race here:


Kyle Busch wins at TexasSome of our favorite moments from the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Congratulations once again, Kyle Busch! You’re making our 25th year with Joe Gibbs Racing our best yet! #InterstateJGR25

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Interstate Batteries: Celebrating 25 Years with Joe Gibbs Racing

April 5th, 2016 by

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

Back in 1991, Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs ended up in the Dallas office of Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller.

Gibbs was there to make his pitch to have Miller’s company sponsor the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach’s first foray into what is now called the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The only problem was that Gibbs had no race shop, no employees, not even a driver to drive his cars. What he was selling to Miller that day was nothing more than a dream.

During his entire business career, Miller was never shy about taking chances. And while Interstate Batteries had sponsored a few races with a little-known team with Stanley Smith as the driver, Miller and Interstate Batteries agreed to sponsor Gibbs’ team more than 25 years ago, and Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) was formed. Now, a quarter of a century later, an organization that started from humble beginnings before the commitment of Interstate Batteries has now become one of the premier teams in all of NASCAR.

Not only did Gibbs gain a lifetime sponsor in Miller and Interstate Batteries, but a lifetime friendship, as well. Needless to say, it’s a relationship that cannot be overemphasized when discussing JGR’s evolution and longevity.

The team, which had less than 20 employees during its first season, hit the track for the first time in February 1992 with Dale Jarrett driving the No. 18 Interstate Batteries car and Jimmy Makar serving as crew chief. Under Gibbs’ leadership, the inaugural season was a success as Jarrett scored eight top-10 finishes, including a second-place result in April at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.

Ironically, just as he had done during his second season with the Redskins, Gibbs won the Super Bowl in his second season as a NASCAR team owner. In 1993, Gibbs helped Jarrett and the No. 18 team to a victory in the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing” – the 35th Daytona 500.

The win legitimized JGR immediately and set the stage for the organization to become a NASCAR powerhouse, starting from just one team to the now four Sprint Cup and three Xfinity Series teams it has today.

So as the Sprint Cup Series heads to its semi-annual stop at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth for Saturday night’s Duck Commander 500, there could be no better way than to kick off the 25th anniversary celebration of JGR than a stop in Interstate Batteries’ backyard down in the Lone Star state.

Kyle Busch stats

Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota for JGR, enters this weekend’s race as the hottest driver on the Sprint Cup circuit. In addition to leading a race-high 352 laps at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway last Sunday and scoring his first win of the season, Busch has also scored five top-five finishes in the six races contested thus far in 2016.

The Las Vegas native will look to keep the hot hand as he sets his sights on another Texas trophy to kick off the 25th anniversary in Interstate’s backyard. The 30-year-old Busch drove the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota to victory lane at Texas back in April 2013, giving the brand its first win at its home track. The win ended a streak of 19 Sprint Cup races in which Interstate had competed at Texas without a coveted victory.

Kyle takes his trademark bow after winning the 2013 spring Texas race. Copyright 2013 NKP.

Kyle takes his trademark bow after winning the 2013 spring Texas race. Copyright 2013 NKP.

On top of his 2013 Sprint Cup win there, Busch is no stranger to victory lane at Texas in other NASCAR series, as well. He reeled off an incredible string of five consecutive Xfinity Series wins there from April 2008 to April 2010, adding two more wins in April 2013 and November 2014. Add his three Camping World Truck Series wins in November 2009, 2010, and 2014 and he enters the upcoming Duck Commander 500 race weekend with a total of 11 NASCAR wins at the 1.5-mile oval.

Some 25 years later after JGR’s humble beginnings, not only has Miller’s gamble paid off for his company, but JGR wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of Interstate Batteries. Safe to say that Busch – the 2015 Sprint Cup champion – would like nothing more than to keep adding to his hot streak and bring home another win for hometown sponsor Interstate Batteries in the Lone Star State during its 25th anniversary celebration.

KYLE BUSCH, Driver of the No. 18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

Now in its 25th year, how special is the partnership between JGR and Interstate Batteries?

“It’s crazy if you think about it. If it weren’t for Norm (Miller, Interstate Batteries Chairman), JGR wouldn’t even exist today. Personally, Norm and everyone at Interstate Batteries treats me and my family like we are a part of their family. We won the race at Daytona back in 2008 and that was the first time Interstate Batteries had been to victory lane in a long time, and we’ve been able to add more for them over the years. I’ll never forget how excited Norm was back a few years ago when we won the Sprint Cup race at Texas. He had been trying for so many years and he really soaked it up the entire night. He and Joe (Gibbs) came up to the Speedway Club and told some stories about how long they had been trying to win there. So I was very proud to be able to do that for Norm. Would love to get him another one this weekend at Texas. We are doing some cool stuff this year to celebrate Interstate Batteries being with the company for 25 years, so we would like to give Norm, along with all the dealers and distributors, a reason to celebrate this weekend.”

Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller, left, with Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing, at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Interstate Batteries Chairman Norm Miller, left, with Joe Gibbs, owner of Joe Gibbs Racing. Copyright 2011 Autostock Images

How special was it to get Interstate Batteries to victory lane in the company’s backyard back in 2013?

“It felt good to sit on the pole with a new track record and go to victory lane. On top of that, just to see the look on Norm’s (Miller, Interstate Batteries Chairman) face was priceless and something I will never forget. Doesn’t get much better than that. It was a fast race and I expect more of that this weekend. Texas is fast. We were able to carry a lot of speed throughout the turns and down the straightaways throughout the whole race. It was a tough day there for a bit, getting loose, trying to slide around, trying to find grip, being able to move to the middle or move to the top. As soon as that caution came at the end, my boys stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam and got us to victory lane. I was very proud of those guys and, hopefully, they can get us another good stop on Saturday night when it’s crunch time.”

Do you feel as confident as you ever have in your career?

“Yes. You’ve got to have confidence and belief in what you’re doing and what your team is doing and who your team is, and I feel like we’ve got all that. Our team has got really good charisma. Everybody rallies around Adam Stevens (crew chief) and myself, and Adam is a great boss and leader, as well, and I feel like I’ve gotten better in my leadership skills over the years. Everybody just enjoys – I think they do anyways, that they enjoy – working with one another, so we have some fun. Also, I think just having good results and having adjustments go our way and the cars continue to get better when you discuss things over the radio or even in practice. The cars always improve, that’s just a huge confidence boost, too, that you have within your team that they know what they’re doing.”

Kyle Busch and Coach Joe Gibbs: Forged to Soar

Do you approach Texas differently than other mile-and-a-half racetracks?

“Texas is a really fast mile-and-a-half racetrack. Charlotte has been fast the last few years and Texas has always kind of been that way. The asphalt is getting a little bit older but, for as old as the asphalt is, it’s still really fast for a few laps and it’s still kind of a pain, sometimes, because it is so aero-dependent that, when you do run the bottom, it’s hard to pass. You’ve got to be able to move around a little bit and run the middle, run the top and show some ability to go all over the racetrack. We’re getting closer each and every time, it feels like. Sometimes not so much – you kind of go forward and then you go backward and then you kind of come back forward some. Hopefully, Texas will be good to us this time around, also, and we can get a win with our Interstate Batteries Camry.”

How fast of a racetrack is Texas Motor Speedway?

“It is a fast racetrack. Texas was really hard for me at the beginning with the Cup cars for some reason. I took to it right off the bat in the Xfinity Series stuff. We’ve kind of correlated some of that information back and forth and, having had the cars from Jason Ratcliff (Busch’s former Xfinity Series crew chief and current crew chief of the No. 20 Sprint Cup team for JGR) and from Dave Rogers (Busch’s former Sprint Cup crew chief) as good as they’d been, we got really fast there. And now that Jason is on the Cup side with Matt (Kenseth), I’m hoping they can bring back a little of that magic that helped us win five in a row there in the Xfinity car. It’s a fun place. It’s really challenging because of the flatness of the corners, getting into the corners, and then they’re so banked through the turns, and then the exits of the corners, they kind of fall off really quickly. That was always really weird for me to try to figure out because the lateral grip seems to go away so fast on the exit of the turns. You kind of want to be straight by that point. It’s an interesting facility. Texas, Charlotte and Atlanta all might look exactly the same, but they drive nothing alike. It keeps you on your toes.”

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Daniel Suarez: Welcome to the Club

March 15th, 2016 by

Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing

Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California is the next stop for the NASCAR Xfinity Series. It marks the third and final race of the “West Coast Swing” for NASCAR’s top two touring series and the final race before both the Xfinity and Sprint Cup tours enjoy the week off in observance of the Easter holiday.

Driver Daniel Suarez will compete at Fontana while also making a debut of sorts as part of another exclusive “club” as he officially becomes one of the Interstate Batteries band of drivers.

As the founding partner and “Official Battery of Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR),” Interstate Batteries has been powering the team for 25 years. Since 1992, JGR’s first full season in NASCAR, Interstate Batteries has played an integral role in the organization’s development from start-up race team to championship powerhouse. Suarez is just the latest driver to join the past and present lineup of Hall of Fame, championship and race-winning drivers that includes Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano.

Team Interstate 2016

Saturday’s 300 Xfinity Series race is the first of two in which Suarez will race the colors of Interstate Batteries. The October race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway is the other.

And although the 2016 Xfinity Series season is still in its infancy, Suarez looks poised to assume a few of the monikers used to describe his Team Interstate Batteries counterparts.

The native of Monterrey, Mexico goes into the 300 race weekend as the championship points leader. It is the second consecutive week for Suarez to lead the series. He started his 2016 campaign with four consecutive finishes of eighth place or better, including a runner-up finish at Las Vegas Motor Speedway two weeks ago and a third-place effort last week at Phoenix International Raceway. He owns an eight-point lead over second-place Elliott Sadler and aims to tighten his grasp on the top spot at a track Suarez labeled as one of the most challenging he faced during his rookie season in 2015.

For his part, Suarez’s trip to the sweeping, 2-mile Southern California track last season for the Xfinity Series event is his lone start at Fontana in any series. Any challenges that may have thwarted Suarez were somewhat masked by the respectable 13th-place finish he earned after starting ninth. He will be looking to improve upon the top-15 effort from 2015 at Fontana – something he’s done at the majority of tracks he’s had the opportunity to visit for a second time.

Dating back to last October’s race at Dover, Suarez has finished 10th or better in the last 10 Xfinity Series events. And all but the event at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City came at tracks Suarez visited for at least a second time.

It’s a trend that Suarez intends to not only continue this weekend in Fontana but also potentially top by scoring his first career victory in Xfinity Series competition.

Daniel Suarez, Driver of the No. 19 Interstate Batteries NASCAR Xfinity Series Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

What challenges does Auto Club Speedway present?

 “Fontana is a lot of fun. It’s a big racetrack – 2 miles and not a lot of grip, but it has been pretty fun. I had the pleasure to spend a few days over there with the media a couple of weeks ago. It seems like everyone is super excited to have us over there. Like I said, for me, this whole trip to the West Coast with everyone has been great and unbelievable so far this year. We’re just looking forward to keep going with what we are doing right now with the good momentum on the West Coast and are looking forward to getting our first win.”

You’re going back to a lot of these tracks for just a second time. Is that a lot easier than the initial visit?

“For sure, it is. I would like to say that California was one of the toughest racetracks that I had last year – for grip, it was fast, it was early in the season, and I didn’t have a lot of experience at that point. So it was tough. Right now, it’s one of the racetracks I’m really looking forward to because I think that racetrack was a challenge for myself and I want to see how much we’ve improved from last year at a track that was pretty challenging for us.”

What does it mean to you to have the Interstate Batteries colors on your car this weekend?

“It’s very exciting. I have very supportive sponsors and now Interstate Batteries has come on board with us. They have meant a lot to Joe Gibbs and the whole race team and being where we are today. This is the 25th anniversary and I’m just super excited to have them on board for California.”

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Don’t be alarmed: 7 smoke alarm safety tips

March 11th, 2016 by

Time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

This weekend marks our semi-annual ritual of changing the time on our clocks in an effort to make better use of our daylight hours. If you find it annoying to set your clock ahead one hour every March and back again each November, you may be amused to learn that what we call Daylight Saving Time was first proposed by Benjamin Franklin as a joke.

Portrait of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, Daylight Saving Time Prankster. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We take it seriously today. Well, at least everywhere but in Arizona, Hawaii and the U.S. territories. Those folks do just fine without Daylight Saving Time, thank you very much.

Whether or not your state observes Daylight Saving Time, this weekend is a perfect opportunity to take something else seriously: your home’s smoke alarms.

According to the American Red Cross, almost 900 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms. That means testing your smoke alarm batteries once a month and changing the batteries out at least twice a year. So if you’re reading this after the time change, go back through the house and put in fresh 9-volt batteries, won’t you?

Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top ...

Recommendations on where to put smoke alarms in your house. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Interstate Batteries wants to help you keep your family safe from fires, so here are seven other smoke alarm safety tips:

  1. Make sure your smoke alarms are placed near or in your bedrooms. Half of home fire deaths happen between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
  2. Too busy to replace your smoke alarm batteries when you change your clocks? Get the 10-year Ultralife smoke alarm battery instead. It’s more expensive up front, but then you won’t have to think about it for a decade.
  3. That 10-year battery is perfect for the fire alarm you keep in the attic. You do have a fire alarm in the attic, don’t you? This report from the Federal Emergency Management Agency outlines why you should, and experts recommend heat alarms (rather than typical smoke alarms) for unfinished attics and garages.
  4. Keep a supply of backup 9-volt batteries on hand. Sometimes your smoke alarm will start giving you the low-battery chirp in the middle of the night. What do most of us do? We remove the battery, go back to sleep and forget about putting a new one in. Having a supply on hand ensures you can replace the battery before you go back to bed.
  5. Vacuum over and around your smoke alarms regularly. Dust and debris can interfere with your alarm’s operation. A clean alarm is a safe alarm.
  6. Teach your children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it. Plan regular fire drills to practice your escape plan. ( has great tips on how to create and practice your fire escape plan.)
  7. Replace your smoke alarms every 10 years. That’s right – smoke alarms wear out. If you can’t remember when you last replaced them, buy new alarms that are interconnected if possible.

Do you have any other smoke alarm safety tips? Share them in the comments.

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Interstate Batteries Executive Joins Digital Media Board

March 10th, 2016 by

Reflect Systems has been creating brand experiences since 2011. Photo courtesy Reflect Systems.

In the age of digital media, brands connect to customers through story.

And one Dallas-based digital media company is telling those stories with dynamic in-store digital signage – now guided by branding and marketing experience from Interstate Batteries.

Reflect-logo President and General Manager of National Accounts for Interstate Batteries Tyler Reeves joined the board of directors of Reflect Systems, Inc., a premier digital media company creating brand experiences since 2001.

“Interstate Batteries has a lot of experience to share with other business leaders, and I was very impressed with the team at Reflect,” Tyler said. “There’s a lot we can learn from each other, such as how brands create their story and share it in digital media.”

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Reflect announced Reeves’ new place on their board of directors Wednesday, March 9.


Tyler Reeves

Reflect CEO Bill Warren said, “We are very fortunate to have Mr. Reeves join our board of directors. As Reflect continues to grow and provide customer-facing digital media solutions to our Fortune 500 clients, his passion for developing brands and understanding consumers will be invaluable.”

In the last 12 months, multiple major clients have signed on with Reflect for content strategy and creation, interactive development, scheduling, hardware procurement and more. Some of the brands Reflect currently serves include Best Buy, GameStop, Verizon, Macy’s and The Container Store.

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Erik Jones: All in a Year

March 3rd, 2016 by


Erik Jones, driver of the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

A lot can change in a year. Just ask Erik Jones.

One year ago, the young racing prodigy had just launched a NASCAR Xfinity Series campaign that, by design, was meant to serve as a supplement to his full-time efforts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. By season’s end, however, Jones had not only captured the Truck Series championship, he also solidified himself as a legitimate championship contender in Xfinity Series competition by way of two wins in just 23 starts in NASCAR’s second-tier touring series.

In addition to the trail he blazed in both the Xfinity and Truck series, the Byron, Michigan native also managed to make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut, competing in a total of three races in 2015 and earning a career-best 12th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth last fall.

While change has littered the last 12 months of Jones’ racing career, he goes into this weekend’s Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway with at least one holdover from 2015 – he will once again pilot the colors of Interstate Batteries on his No. 20 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).

Erik drove the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota at Las Vegas in 2015. Copyright 2015 Terry Gilg

Erik drove the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota at Las Vegas in 2015. Copyright 2015 Terry Gilg

As the founding partner and “Official Battery of JGR,” Interstate Batteries has been powering the team for 25 years, and this weekend’s races in Las Vegas will be the first of several events planned to celebrate the milestone. A trip to victory lane would be the best way to kick off Intestate Batteries’ silver anniversary, and it just so happens winning at Las Vegas is something with which Jones is fairly well acquainted.

Included in Jones’ seven career victories in Truck Series competition is a 2014 win at Las Vegas. Driving the No. 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundra that year, Jones started 13th and ran a patient race, methodically making his way through the field and positioning himself to take over the top spot in the closing laps. Jones raced to the lead with just 14 laps to go and scored what was then his third win in just 14 Truck Series starts.

It was a successful outing that Jones nearly duplicated just one year later during his first Las Vegas start in the Xfinity Series. After starting third and getting shuffled through the field during the early stages of the race, the tenacious driver relied on his talent and instinct to not only make up what was lost but also to race his way to the lead. In total, Jones led twice for a seven laps and was running second when he was collected in an accident that relegated him to a 29th-place finish.

While it wasn’t the desired result, it was an effort that helped to solidify Jones’ foundation in Xfinity Series competition. During his next 20 starts, Jones scored a total of 17 top-10 finishes, including a pair of wins at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois – both of which fall into the same intermediate-track designation that defines Las Vegas.

In select situations, the winds of change can wreak havoc. For Jones, however, change has equated to a championship in one of NASCAR’s top three series at the age of 19 and the opportunity for more. A lot can change in a year and, for his part, Jones hopes part of that change is another championship in another series.

Erik Jones, Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry © 2015, Nigel Kinrade NKP

Erik Jones, Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry
© 2015, Nigel Kinrade

Erik Jones, Driver of the No. 20 Interstate Batteries NASCAR Xfinity Series Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing:

 What are your expectations headed back to Las Vegas with so much more experience than you had a year ago?

 “I think we’re looking forward to getting back to Vegas since it’s more of a traditional mile-and-a-half. Last year, we had the speed and thought we had a really good shot at the win, but we didn’t end up making it to the end of the race with our Interstate Batteries Camry. We’re just ready to get back there because I think the 1.5-mile tracks will really be our strength this year and the type of places where we can pick up some wins along the way.”

 Is Las Vegas more representative of the type of racing we’ll see on a majority of the 1.5-mile ovals, as opposed to Atlanta this past weekend?

 “I think so, much more than Atlanta will. Las Vegas is much more like a lot of the 1.5-milers and I think it will be a really good test for us to see where our program is on those types of tracks. That’s going to be a really good test for our team. Just knowing how good we were on those tracks the last half of last year gets me really excited for what could be ahead for us this weekend.”

Erik Jones, Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry © 2015, Nigel Kinrade NKP

Erik Jones, Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry
© 2015, Nigel Kinrade

What does it mean to carry the Interstate Batteries colors this weekend?

 “I’m really proud to have Interstate Batteries back on our car there in Las Vegas. Joe Gibbs Racing and Interstate are celebrating 25 years together this year. They’ve been racing together longer than I’ve been alive, but I know how important the company is to JGR and I would love nothing more than to get them a win in their first time on one of our cars this year.”

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Team Interstate: Denny Wins the Daytona 500

February 22nd, 2016 by
Denny Hamlin won the 2016 Daytona 500 by the slimmest of margins. Copyright 2016 NKP.

Denny Hamlin won the 2016 Daytona 500 by the slimmest of margins. Copyright 2016 NKP.

Team Interstate opened its 25th anniversary season with a win in NASCAR’s biggest race when Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

All four Team Interstate drivers ran inside the top five late in the race with an opportunity for a win, but in the end it was a bold last-lap move to the outside that propelled Denny and the No. 11 FedEx team to the win.

Watch the final lap here:

Denny edged Martin Truex Jr. at the line to earn the win in the closest Daytona 500 finish in the history of the event.

It was the first Daytona 500 victory for Joe Gibbs Racing since Dale Jarrett captured the organization’s first overall win at the race in 1993.

Denny’s teammates Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth finished third, fifth and 14th, respectively.

Team Interstate Results: 2016 Daytona 500


Team Celebrates at Steak ‘n Shake

After their first Daytona 500 win in 1993, Coach Joe Gibbs and members of the team took the trophy to a nearby Steak ‘n Shake. Sunday night, they renewed the tradition.

“We were down there, we had the trophy and the guys were in there,” Coach Joe Gibbs said Monday morning. “It was fun because they recognize you and then they all want to take pictures and everything.”

Learn how the tradition got started: Big win, mass confusion

Denny’s Childhood Dreams Come True

Your mother always told you to write down your dreams, right? Denny did that in elementary school, and being a good mom, Mary Lou Hamlin held on to his writing.

The letter reads:

“The Daytona 500

My wish is to win the Daytona 500. If I won the Daytona 500, I would like it to come true on February 17, 1998. My car would be red, white, blue and gold. Just like Bill Elliott’s car. If I do win the Daytona 500, I could win 1,000,000 dollars. My crew chief would be Gary Barden and my tire changer would be Ernie Elliott. The reason for all of this is because I love racing.”

NASCAR Xfinity Series


  • No. 18 – Bobby Labonte – 23rd
  • No. 19 – Daniel Suarez – 8th
  • No. 20 – Erik Jones – 31st

Monster Energy Supercross

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • No. 28 – Weston Peick – 21st
  • No. 34 – Phil Nicoletti – 15th

This Week:

NASCAR and Supercross both travel to Atlanta.

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20 electrifying facts about batteries for National Battery Day

February 17th, 2016 by

National Battery Day

Alessandro Volta's electric battery prototype

Alessandro Volta’s electric battery prototype (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thursday is National Battery Day, in honor of the birthday of Alessandro Volta, inventor of the voltaic pile, the basis of our modern electric battery. Volta stacked copper and zinc discs with brine-soaked cloth in between them. When he completed the circuit, the stack produced an electric current.

And there was much rejoicing.

In honor of Volta and his great invention, we present 20 great facts about batteries.

  1. Volta’s invention of the electric battery in 1800 was inspired by an argument over frog legs.
  2. The volt, our unit of measure for electrical potential, is named after Volta.
  3. Fun fact: Alessandro Volta was born in that awesome Italian town where George Clooney has a home, on Lake Como. The Tempio Voltiano museum that has his original voltaic pile design is in Como’s public gardens by the lake.
  4. Volta’s face was featured on the back of the 10,000 lire banknote, which was worth roughly $5 US. The flip side had a pic of the Clooney-adjacent Tempio Voltiano. Sadly, the Italians converted to the Euro in 1999.

    The battery and its inventor are on their own bank note. (Image credit: Wikipedia)

    The battery and its inventor were on their own bank note. (Image credit: Wikipedia)

  5. You gotta love the names Volta gave his kids: Zanino, Flaminio and Luigi.
  6. Although Volta invented what we now call the battery, Benjamin Franklin actually coined the term in 1748. He borrowed the term from the military to describe some Leyden jars (early ancestors of the battery that stored static electricity in water jars) as being similar to a “battery of cannon.”
  7. In other arenas, battery is a criminal offense involving “the unlawful physical acting upon a threat.” Which any first-year law student will tell you is different from assault, man, which is, like, the act of creating apprehension of such contact. DUH.
  8. A little Parthian jar found in what’s now Iraq suggests Volta may have been beaten to the punch by about 2,000 years. (That’s why we call him inventor of the modern battery.)
  9. The first rechargeable battery was invented in 1859 by a French guy named Gaston Planté. That first version was a spiral roll of two sheets of pure lead separated by a linen cloth in a glass jar of sulfuric acid solution. (Yikes!)
  10. Planté’s battery is similar to the lead-acid battery that starts your car.
Interstate Batteries MT7 AGM battery

Taa-daa! A modern lead-acid battery.

  1. Fun dino fact: That same French dude (Gaston Planté) discovered the first fossils of a prehistoric flightless bird named Gastonis (after him) near Paris just a few years before his success with the battery. (Think ostriches and emus.)
The Gastornis geiselensis. (image credit: Wikipedia)

The Gastornis geiselensis. (image credit: Wikipedia)

  1. Lead-acid batteries are the most recycled consumer product in America. You’re welcome.
  2. Thomas Edison produced a Nickel-Iron battery in 1901. It’s popular in European mining operations and railway vehicles.
  3. Ever wonder why you can find AA, AAA, C and D batteries, but no A or B? Here’s why.
  4. Metals reclaimed from recycled alkaline batteries are used as rebar for concrete work. So that bridge they’re building across the river may be somewhat battery powered.
  5. That old tip for storing your batteries in the fridge or freezer? Not so helpful.
  6. NiCd batteries have the lowest cost per cycle of all rechargeable chemistries.
  7. But they can suffer the dreaded memory effect.

  1. If you use a smartphone or laptop computer, you should send John B. Goodenough a thank-you note.
  2. Lithium-ion batteries can get you in trouble with the FAA if you aren’t careful.

Although National Battery Day is celebrated every February 18, we at Interstate Batteries celebrate it all year long (for obvious reasons).

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With battery life, winter’s not the only culprit

January 25th, 2016 by

NOAA temperature outlook for February 2016.

Cold kills car batteries. And heat is its accomplice.

That’s why auto shops across America are stocking extra batteries this year.

Low temperatures slow down chemical reactions, including the one retaining a charge in your car battery. In winter, most commuters will hear a sluggish ignition – if they hear one at all.

However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a strong El Niño to create a mild, wet winter for most Americans.

Mild winters mean fewer battery problems, right? Not necessarily.

According to NOAA, summer 2015 was the hottest on record in more than a century. Many cities experienced highs more than 10 degrees above their average – which, according to a Battery Council International study, is hot enough to damage a battery’s life and capacity. If a battery gets hot enough, its internal components corrode and weaken how much power the battery has.

It’s called heat deterioration. Every vehicle in North America is suffering from it this year, and no one has noticed it. But they will. Temps don’t have to fall far to give car owners a sluggish ignition – if they get one at all.

Be like Bill. Get your car battery tested.

The problem is most car owners only think about replacing their battery when it’s dead. So when a cold snap hits, no matter how severe, drivers often find themselves stuck.

That’s why Interstate Batteries encourages you to test your battery now. The ED-18 Battery Analyzer available at many Interstate Batteries dealers can detect heat damage and predict exactly how cold it has to get to kill a battery.

Find an Interstate Batteries dealer now and get your battery tested.

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