NASCAR & Auto Racing

Mars formally announces deal with Gibbs, more

Short takes from the busy midweek notebook:

  • Mars North America formally announced in New York Wednesday that it will sponsor the No. 18 Toyotas that Kyle Busch will drive for Joe Gibbs Racing. It’s a three-year deal. M&M’s, Snickers and Pedigree will serve as the primary sponsor on that car for 30 of the 36 Sprint Cup races next season. Interstate Batteries will be on it for six races.
  • Tony Eury Sr., the director of competition at JR Motorsports, has been named interim crew chief for the team's No. 88 Chevrolet and driver Brad Keselowski for the remainder of the season. Eury Sr. replaces Wes Ward. JR Motorsports has elected not to renew Ward’s contract.
  • A few Domino’s Pizza customers in Charlotte will get a special delivery on Wednesday as David Reutimann, driver of the No. 00 Toyota, will be delivering pizzas for his team’s sponsor. People ordering pizzas Wednesday can ask to have Reutimann be their delivery man and he may just show up. For more information, go to
  • Steve Carlson, a 50-year-old from Black River Falls, Wis., who races primarily at LaCrosse Speedway in that state, is the 2007 national champion in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. He finished with 862 points. Woody Pitkat, who raced at Thompson and Stafford speedways in Connecticut, was second and Philip Morris, who ran mostly at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va., was third.
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