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Joe Gibbs Racing Names David Ragan Interim Driver of the No. 18

February 24th, 2015 by
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David Ragan will pilot the No. 18 M&M’s/Interstate Batteries Toyota while Kyle Busch recovers.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday that Sprint Cup driver David Ragan will replace Kyle Busch in the No.18 Interstate Batteries/M&M’s Toyota until Kyle recovers from serious injuries sustained Saturday night in the NASCAR Xfinity race at Daytona International Speedway.

David has run eight full seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 291 career starts.  The 29-year-old Georgia native has two career Sprint Cup wins including most recently at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013.

He will drive the 18 for at least the next several weeks. This will include the Interstate Batteries Sprint Cup paint scheme coming up in Fontana, CA on March 22 and possibly at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11.

After surgery in Daytona Saturday night to repair the compound fracture of his right lower leg and three nights recovering in the hospital,  Kyle was flown to Charlotte where he will be undergo further evaluation of bones broken in his left foot and rehab on his injured leg.

Joe Gibbs: “Kyle is eager to return…”

JGR Team Owner Joe Gibbs held a press conference Sunday and, according to Foxsports.com, would not speculate on how long Kyle will need to return.

“As far as time or length, I haven’t really … I don’t think I have a really good understanding of that with the doctors and everything,” said Gibbs. “I think we’re just going to pray for him to bounce back.”

Coach Gibbs said Kyle is eager to return. “He’s already telling Sam (wife), ‘I just want to get back to racing,'” Coach said. “He has a great spirit about things like that.”

Erik Jones will sub for Kyle Busch in Saturday's Xfinity Series race in Atlanta. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Erik Jones will sub for Kyle Busch in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race in Atlanta. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Erik Jones to Sub for Kyle in Xfinity Series

In addition, JGR announced that Erik Jones will pilot the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend in Atlanta. An announcement on who will drive the Monster Energy Camry following Atlanta will be made at a later date.

Erik is currently running a full season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Kyle Busch Motorsports and a partial schedule for JGR in the No. 20 NASCAR Xfinity Series Camry.

Want to send Get Well wishes to Kyle? Here’s how:

Many of Kyle’s fans are sending Kyle their get-well-soon messages on social media. One popular hashtag is #BowForKyle, where fans imitate Kyle’s trademark Vegas Showman Bow from Victory Lane. Fans can post their bows anytime, but they’re especially encouraged to post during lap 18 of each Xfinity Series and Sprint Cup Series race while Kyle recovers. Another popular hash tag is #GetWellKyle.   Click here to see the tributes, and post your own on Twitter or Instagram. You can also write simple get-well-soon messages and send them to Kyle Busch, Kyle Busch Motorsports, 351 Mazeppa Road, Mooresville, NC 28115.

Crew Chief Adam Stevens upbeat about Kyle’s quick recovery

Regarding Kyle’s accident and injuries, Adam Stevens, Kyle’s new crew chief said, “Everybody is in high spirits to start this season. We got the wind taken out of our sails (Saturday), but we’ve all been in communication with Kyle and we know that he’s a strong person and he’s going to come back stronger than ever. Whatever the doctors tell him, he’s probably going to shave about three or four weeks off of that and be beating on our door,” Nascar.com reported.

JGR teams pull together in support of the 18

“Joe Gibbs Racing has always operated with a one team philosophy,” said JD Gibbs, President. “Although we have four cars on the race track each week competing against each other and 39 other competitors, the crew chiefs, drivers and team members all work together to share information and assist one another however possible to give each team its best opportunity to be successful.”

Watch for Kyle Busch Updates

JGR and Interstate will provide updates as soon as they are available. Take a moment to encourage Kyle and Samantha Busch by posting a message using this twitter hashtag: #BowForKyle

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Team Interstate: Kyle Busch Injured in Daytona Crash

February 24th, 2015 by

Team Interstate Results for the 2015 Daytona 500The annual Daytona 500 is often filled with drama. Unfortunately, the drama struck Team Interstate before the race even began.

In the closing laps of Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, Team Interstate’s Kyle Busch was involved in a big crash, an unfortunate byproduct of a restrictor plate race with cars lined nose to tail and reaching speeds of nearly 200 mph. Kyle got a bit loose and had contact with the No. 20 car in front of him, which was driven by his teammate Erik Jones. Kyle’s car went down through the infield grass and into the inside retaining wall. He suffered a compound fracture of the lower right leg and a broken left foot as a result of the impact.

Kyle had surgery Saturday night to repair the injury on his right lower leg. The surgery was a success. Kyle is in good spirits. And he returned to Charlotte Tuesday morning where he will undergo further evaluation, including a specialist for his left foot injury.

Matt Crafton drove the No. 18 M&M's Crispy/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry in Sunday's Daytona 500.

Matt Crafton drove the No. 18 M&M’s Crispy/Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry in Sunday’s Daytona 500. Copyright 2015 Autostock Images

Defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Matt Crafton substituted for Kyle in Sunday’s Daytona 500. Despite having no practice in the No. 18 M&M’s Crispy/Interstate Batteries car, Matt performed admirably.

He largely used the first half of the race simply to adjust to the car’s handling. His experience in the truck series proved valuable. He was patient. Then, late in the race, he was battling for a spot toward the top ten late when an accident ahead cost him several spots on the final lap. He finished 18th.

Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth finished fourth, 23rd and 35th, respectively. Joey Logano won the race.

What Happens Next?

On Tuesday, Joe Gibbs Racing named veteran Sprint Cup Series driver David Ragan to replace Kyle while he is recovering.

David has run eight full seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 291 career starts.  The 29-year-old Georgia native has two career Sprint Cup wins, including most recently at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013.

He will drive the 18 for at least the next several weeks. This will include the Interstate Batteries Sprint Cup paint scheme coming up in Fontana, CA on March 22 and possibly at Texas Motor Speedway on April 11.

Share Your Well Wishes!

Spectators Bow for Kyle at Daytona.Many of Kyle’s fans are sending Kyle their get-well-soon messages on social media. One popular hashtag is #BowForKyle, where fans imitate Kyle’s trademark Vegas Showman Bow from Victory Lane. Another popular hashtag is #GetWellKyle.

Other Team Interstate Results

Xfinity Series – Daytona

  • Daniel Suarez, No. 18 – 39th
  • Erik Jones, No. 20 – 18th
  • Kyle Busch, No. 54 – 26th

Monster Energy AMA Supercross – Atlanta

  • Weston Peick, No. 23 – 5th
  • Phil Nicoletti, No. 46 – 11th

This Week

  • NASCAR: Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Supercross: Georgia Dome, Atlanta

 

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Powerful Reading for National Battery Day

February 18th, 2015 by
February 18 is always National Battery Day

February 18 is always National Battery Day

It’s National Battery Day, believed to be named in honor of Alessandro Volta, the Italian physicist who invented the electric battery. He was born on February 18, 1745, so celebrate with your favorite batteries!

Or curl up with your battery-powered laptop, tablet or phone and read our favorite articles:

Top 10 Reasons to Love Your Battery

Why not treat your batteries as other members of your family?

Why not treat your batteries as other members of your family?

You depend on batteries for so much of your daily life. Isn’t it about time you showed them some love? From smartphones to cars, batteries are all around us.

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11 Great Moments in Battery History

We’ve been charged with the important task of building awareness of and cranking up the excitement surrounding National Battery Day. To that end, we present 11 great moments in battery history. Some of them are actually true!

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5 Life Lessons Batteries Taught Me

Today's lesson Batteries aren’t the most vocal, active or even visually stunning things out there. But if you pay attention the way we have, you pick up some real heartfelt ideas.

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Battery tips for National Battery Day

We offer up some tips to keep your batteries in good running order so so they can keep your life running smoothly and help you stay safe during emergencies.

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The History of the Battery

 How Batteries Changed the World

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Team Interstate: Matt Makes Opening Statement

February 16th, 2015 by

 

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Team Interstate’s Matt Kenseth won Saturday night’s wreck-filled Sprint Unlimited exhibition race, the unofficial start of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.

The Sprint Unlimited was an invitation race open to drivers who were a part of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, had won a pole during the 2014 season, were a past winner of the Sprint Unlimited or had previously won the pole for the Daytona 500.

All four Team Interstate drivers qualified for the event, and although no points were at stake, drivers did vie for bragging rights. Bragging rights led to aggressive moves to get up front, and sometimes those moves didn’t quite pan out. Such was the case on lap 46 of the 75-lap event, when Team Interstate’s Denny Hamlin was caught up in a multi-car accident and was forced to retire from the race early.

Kyle Busch was involved in a couple of incidents, but the No. 18 team was able to make repairs to keep him on the race track. Matt and new Team Interstate driver Carl Edwards both avoided calamity.

Daytona 500 Qualifying

Denny led Team Interstate in qualifying for the 57th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, turning the third-quickest lap. Matt had the fourth quickest time, while Kyle was fifth and Carl seventh.

Jeff Gordon will start from the pole position in this Sunday’s big race. While yesterday’s qualifying locked in the front row, the remaining positions will be determined after Thursday’s Duel – twin 150-mile heat races that set the majority of the 43-car Daytona 500 field.

Supercross

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

  • Phil Nicoletti: 13th
  • Weston Pieck: DNF (wreck)
  • Justin Barcia: Recovering from injury

This week

 

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His first battery lasted 12 years. He had an easy choice for his next one.

January 14th, 2015 by
John Lisica's battery lasted 12 years in his Dodge Ram.

John Lisica’s battery lasted 12 years in his Dodge Ram.

When it comes to cars and trucks, we’re always surprised at what can go wrong: ignition coils, pinion bearings, undersized cup holders.

For Albuquerque resident John Lisica, the big surprise was what’s worked really well.

In 1995, John bought his brand new Dodge Ram 1500 pickup. When it was time to replace the original battery, his local mechanic recommended an MT-27 from Interstate Batteries.

John gave it a try. After all, how long can a replacement battery last? Try 12 years. Talk about dependable.

John was so impressed that his battery could withstand Albuquerque’s extreme temperatures that he only wanted an Interstate to replace it. Besides, he has more to do in the next 12 years than think about finding a new truck battery.

Cars and trucks may not always be reliable. It’s good to know their batteries can be.

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Our intern’s tips on finding the perfect hobby

January 12th, 2015 by

The Interstate Batteries intern wants to be a fashion blogger or vlogger.

January is National Hobby Month, so we asked our Interstate Batteries communications intern Madison to tell us about her passion. She said she wants to be a fashion blogger.

Madison, who has a tendency to overcaffeinate, told us how she decided to make blogging (or vlogging) her hobby, and the portable power devices available at interstatebatteries.com that will help her get there. 

Check it out here.

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Interstate Batteries Driver Whistles His Way to Stardom

December 24th, 2014 by
Interstate Batteries Route Sales Manager Ron Kneifl gets a touch-up before taping his recycling commercial.

Interstate Batteries Route Sales Manager Ron Kneifl gets a touch-up before taping his recycling commercial.

A typical day for Interstate Batteries route sales manager Ron Kneifl involves delivering batteries to mechanic shops and retail stores along his Sioux City, Iowa, route. Lately, however, his stops have been taking a little longer as his clients want to talk about more than just batteries – they want to talk about Ron Kneifl, the emerging television commercial star.

Kneifl, who earned an Interstate Batteries Route Sales Manager of the Year award in May, appears in one of the company’s national television commercials that began airing in November. The advertisement promotes Interstate’s commitment to keeping America beautiful through the company’s recycling program and features Kneifl whistling the tune of “America The Beautiful” while steering his route truck along a spectacularly scenic road.

“When you can’t sing, you have to learn how to whistle,” Kneifl joked about his talent on display in the commercial. “It wasn’t very hard to do, actually. It’s one of those songs we’ve all heard since childhood, so I didn’t have to think about it much. It just came out.”

During filming, Kneifl sat in the driver’s seat of his route truck in front of a green screen. Later, the production company edited in the scenic background video, which was shot in the Lake Tahoe area. Kneifl admits to being a little nervous on camera.

“I think it took five or six attempts at whistling the song before we got it just right,” Kneifl said. “We had a wonderful director who told me exactly what was needed.”

Quiet on the set! Behind-the-scenes at the Interstate Batteries commercial shoot.

Quiet on the set! Behind-the-scenes at the Interstate Batteries commercial shoot.

Kneifl has worked with Interstate Batteries of Sioux City since 2008.

“Ron’s contribution to our national advertising campaign is wonderful,” Interstate Batteries Vice President of Communications Jane Koenecke said. “We wanted to tell the story of Interstate Batteries being a caring and committed neighbor, and this commercial expresses that message, well… beautifully.”

Interstate Batteries recycles more batteries than it sells, and the Dallas-based company has a special commitment to responsible and safe battery handling practices.

Learn more about Interstate Batteries Recycling.

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Mower Christmas Miracles

December 23rd, 2014 by

Santa Claus delivers lawn & garden batteries? Who knew?

The Interstate Batteries system just pulled off a customer service miracle for a U.S. serviceman trying to get his dad the only thing he wanted for Christmas: a new lawn & garden battery.

In early December, Ben Rohweder, a Vector Control Specialist stationed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, wrote to Interstate customer service about ordering a lawn mower battery. He didn’t realize the shipping restrictions on lead-acid batteries – but that’s only the start of his problems.

Interstate Batteries SP-35R lawn & garden battery

The Interstate SP-35R lawn & garden battery.

“Two problems, the closest dealer to my house is more than 30 miles away and a little over 6,500 miles from my current work location,” Ben wrote to Interstate. “I need this as a Christmas gift for my father. Amazingly, a lawn mower battery is all he has asked for Christmas.”

Customer service specialist Dawn Dumar set to work, finding the Distributor who served the area where Ben’s father lived and coordinating a battery delivery and pick up. She reached Distributor Todd Cook at Interstate Batteries of Southwestern Florida.

“I spoke with you yesterday regarding one of our servicemen whose dad lives in Lake Placid, Fla.,” Dawn wrote. “He’s trying to purchase an SP-35R for his dad for Christmas, and since he’s in Afghanistan, it’s a little difficult!”

Todd delivered the battery with instructions for its pickup, and “Also, let the serviceman know there is no charge, and please thank him for his service on behalf of IB of Southwestern Florida.”

By Dec. 10, Ben’s family had picked up the Christmas gift battery.

“All I can really think is just thank you! Thank you to you and Todd. This really means so much to me and I know that I will make my father happy for Christmas,” Ben wrote in a thank-you note to Dawn.

With a little extra effort, the Customer Service group and Interstate Distributor helped turn a hard-luck Christmas shopping experience into a holiday miracle.

And that’s what enriching lives is all about.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Gadgets

December 22nd, 2014 by

Interstate Batteries offers 12 great Christmas gift ideas

You know the old song, “12 Days of Christmas?” We thought it might be a bit outdated and unbalanced. Think about it: 12 drummers, but only 11 pipers? And with the seven swans, six geese, four calling birds, three hens, two doves and a partridge… well, that’s a lot of birds. And a lot of mess to clean up.

Merry Christmas from Interstate BatteriesAt Interstate Batteries, we thought it was high time to update the classic Christmas carol, so we asked our communications intern Madison to write something up about batteries and gadgets. We figured with all the great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers available at our online store and at Interstate All Battery Center locations, what could go wrong?

We may regret that decision after her caffeine-fueled essay.

Check it out: The All-Electronic 12 Days of Christmas

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Classic Christmas Movies Saved by Batteries

December 18th, 2014 by

Clockwise from top left: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Warner Bros. Pictures), You've Got Mail (Warner Bros. Pictures), It's A Wonderful Life (Paramount), and Elf (New Line).

Clockwise from top left: A Charlie Brown Christmas (Warner Bros. Pictures), You’ve Got Mail (Warner Bros. Pictures), It’s A Wonderful Life (Paramount), and Elf (New Line).

If you’re like us, you love curling up during these cold winter months to watch classic Christmas movies. At Interstate Batteries, we realized that many of our favorite Christmas movie plots depend heavily on battery power.

It’s true! Even It’s A Wonderful Life features an important battery.

That’s why we’re paying tribute to these unsung Christmas movie heroes with our own awards ceremony. There’s no red carpet (batteries can’t walk, of course) and nobody’s expected to give a speech.

Read on to learn How Batteries Saved 5 Classic Christmas Movies.

 

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