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BUSH’S BEANS® INKS MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP RENEWAL WITH JTG DAUGHERTY RACING
Partnership through racing program extends nearly two decades

HARRISBURG, N.C. (August 16, 2018) – As one of the longest standing partners with JTG Daugherty Racing, BUSH’S Beans has signed a multi-year partnership renewal with the race team as a primary partner on the No. 37 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and an associate partner on both the No. 37 and the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
 
“BUSH’S Beans has been with us almost since our first season in NASCAR, a partner with the team for more than 15 years,” JTG Daugherty Racing team owner Tad Geschickter said. “BUSH’S Beans is a private, family-owned business and has a culture that shares a lot of the same values that we do at JTG Daugherty Racing. Not only are they one of our longest standing partners of the race team, but they are also very close friends and we are proud to continue to showcase their brand at NASCAR’s highest level of competition.”
 
BUSH’S Beans is celebrating their 110th-year anniversary in 2018, a family-owned operation that began as a tomato cannery in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee in 1908. Since then, they have grown to be one of the largest high-quality canned variety bean distributors in the world and are still family-owned and operating out of Chestnut Hill.
 
“We are proud to extend our relationship with JTG Daugherty Racing,” Mike Morris, senior brand manager at Bush Brothers & Company, said. “Jodi, Tad and all the folks at JTG have been incredibly helpful in growing our business for nearly two decades and we look forward to continuing our partnership on and off the race track.”
 
BUSH’S Beans next primary appearance will be on Buescher’s No. 37 Camaro ZL1 at BUSH’S Beans hometown track, Bristol Motor Speedway, on August 18 for the coveted Bristol night race.

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JTG DAUGHERTY RACING CONTACT:

Kelly Boyd 
KBoyd@jtgracing.com
813-453-1289

Posted Date: 8/16/2018

CHRIS BUESCHER TO PAY HOMAGE TO BUSH'S® BEANS 110-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AT DARLINGTON RACEWAY

No. 37 BUSH'S Best Since 1908 Camaro ZL1 to Honor Can Design from 1930s

HARRISBURG, N.C. (August 14, 2018) – Chris Buescher and the No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing team is paying homage to BUSH’S Beans long family history at Darlington Raceway for NASCAR Throwback, driving the No. 37 BUSH’S Best® Since 1908 Camaro ZL1. Buescher’s paint scheme honors the rich history of the Bush Brothers & Company while celebrating 110 years of success.
 
“It’s pretty special to be able to honor BUSH’S Beans 110-year anniversary during the NASCAR Throwback weekend,” Buescher said. “Not only is BUSH’S Beans one of JTG Daugherty Racing’s longest-running partners, but they have come such a long way in their history and it’s really cool to be able to celebrate that with them this year. Darlington Raceway is one of my favorite tracks, and the throwback weekend is so fun and it’s great to participate this year with our No. 37 Bush’s Best Since 1908 Camaro ZL1.”

The paint scheme honors BUSH’S Beans 110-year anniversary, resembling labels and the logo that Bush Brothers & Company used in the 1930s and 1940s. BUSH’S Beans has been a family-owned company since 1908 and is still owned by the Bush family. Founded as Bush Brothers & Company in Chestnut Hill, Tennessee, the family originally started out as a tomato cannery. As Americans clamored for the convenience of canned fruits and vegetables, Bush Brothers & Company added blackberries, peaches, and green beans to their product line, grown and harvested locally in Tennessee.
 
A little-known fact about BUSH’S Beans is that the company did not add a line of canned beans until 1952, operating as a successful vegetable cannery for almost the first fifty years of existence. Pork & Beans, a staple of BUSH’S Beans since 1934, were commonly being used as an ingredient in homemade Baked Beans. Baked Beans were growing in popularity in the 1960s, but it was Condon Bush of the Bush family that was convinced existing Baked Beans just hadn’t hit the right taste profile. Using a Secret Family Recipe, the Bush’s Baked Beans product was introduced in 1969. Those Baked Beans are credited to be the biggest success in company history.
 
“We are incredibly proud to celebrate our company’s 110th anniversary with NASCAR fans at Darlington,” Drew Everett, Chairman, Bush Brothers & Company said. “In 1908, my great-grandfather started Bush Brothers & Company in the small community of Chestnut Hill, Tennessee to give local folks a place to work and local farmers an outlet for their produce. Over the last 110 years, we have weathered depressions, recessions, world wars and ever-changing consumer preferences but we have persevered as a family-owned company, thanks in part to our fellow NASCAR fans.”
 
“We have had Darlington circled on our calendar for over a year,” Mike Morris, Senior Brand Manager for BUSH’S Beans said. “We thought a NASCAR Throwback car design would be a perfect way to honor our company’s 110th anniversary. Our partners at JTG Daugherty Racing did a great job of converting a 1930’s era BUSH’S can label into an outstanding paint scheme.”
 
The No. 37 BUSH’S Best Since 1908 Camaro ZL1 will race under the lights at Darlington Raceway for NASCAR Throwback weekend in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sunday, September 2 at 6:00pm ET on NBCSN.
 

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JTG DAUGHERTY RACING CONTACT:

Kelly Boyd 
KBoyd@jtgracing.com
813-453-1289

Posted Date: 8/15/2018

BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY ADVANCE

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING
BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY ADVANCE

Event: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race
Date/Time: Saturday, August 18 at 7:30pm ET
TV Network/Radio: NBCSN | PRN Radio | SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CLICKLIST CAMARO ZL1 
RACING AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: "Bristol Motor Speedway is a little different now since they put the compound down," Allmendinger said. "The bottom groove lasts longer with the addition of the traction compound. The Bristol spring race is hard to get a read from, because of the rainy and snowy weather and having to finish the race on Monday. In the spring during our practice sessions, we would run the top, and then it would rain and wash it out so we ended up using the bottom a lot more. In the end, with 500 laps around a half-mile track and 40 stock cars, that compound gets used up and eventually you get to the top because you just run out of real estate. I think what we see now is in practice, we still run the bottom mostly. Some guys try to work the top in and once those first few drivers start, then everyone tries to make their way up there. For the first 200-300 laps, the bottom works. But, the last 150 laps are going to be the guys that can make the top roll. You can do all you want to try and stay on the bottom groove, but the top is going to be the place where the race winner is coming to the checkered. Hopefully, that's where our Kroger ClickList Camaro ZL1 will be."

CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 37 BUSH'S BEANS CAMARO ZL1 

HOMETOWN RACE FOR BUSH'S BEANS: "Bristol Motor Speedway is my favorite racetrack," Buescher said. "The atmosphere at the track, and having BUSH'S Beans on our car near their hometown makes Bristol a really special place to be. We always have a great group from BUSH'S Beans in attendance, and the copper paint scheme on our Camaro ZL1 has been one of my favorite paint schemes of the season. It looks especially good under the lights in The Last Great Colosseum."

TRACTION COMPOUND AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: "The traction compound that they put down is a balancing act," Buescher said. "The first time they did it, it was three-feet wide and too narrow. Then the second time, it was ten-feet wide, which was too wide. But, we got it back to a width where I feel like it's usable for a while, then throughout the course of the race it fades back down. However, it doesn't wear away evenly. It wears out in patchy spots. So it'll have a ton of grip, and then it'll have no grip and it ends up giving you these really bad feelings. It's like when you're flying and you hit a pocket of air and the plane drops ten feet, that's what it feels like going into the corner and out of nowhere you lose grip and don't know why, and then it grips up again. It changes where the line goes during the race. We're definitely searching for a new line once that compound wears out. As far as the top groove goes, the top has a tremendous amount of grip once someone is brave enough to run up there and clean it off. It just makes it a lot of fun. We've had some strong runs there, but accidents have ended our day early. We're looking forward to putting it all together and being there at the end with a shot at it." 
 


FAST FACTS - AJ ALLMENDINGER
Career Starts:     
358
Wins:                   1- 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen International
Top-fives:            11
Top-10s:              55
Pole Awards:      4
First Pole:           4/10/2010 ISM Raceway
Last Pole:           8/9/2015 Watkins Glen International 
First Start:          3/25/2007 Bristol Motor Speedway  
Best Start:          1st - 8/9/2015 Watkins Glen International (most recent)
Best Finish:        1st - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen International
Driver DOB:        12/16/1981        
Hometown:         Los Gatos, CA
Crew Chief:         Tristan Smith

FAST FACTS - CHRIS BUESCHER
Career Starts:     
101
Wins:                   1 - 8/1/2016 Pocono Raceway
Top-fives:            4
Top-10s:              8
Pole Awards:      0
First Start:          3/22/2015  Auto Club Speedway  
Best Start:          9th - 6/25/2017 Sonoma Raceway
Best Finish:        1st - 8/1/2016  Pocono Raceway
Driver DOB:        10/29/1992        
Hometown:         Prosper, TX
Crew Chief:         Trent Owens


JTG DAUGHERTY RACING CONTACT:

Kelly Boyd 
KBoyd@jtgracing.com
813-453-1289

Posted Date: 8/14/2018

Consumers Energy 400

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING
MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ADVANCE

Event: Consumers Energy 400
Date/Time: Sunday, August 12 at 2:30pm ET
TV Network/Radio: NBCSN | MRN Radio | SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CLICKLIST CAMARO ZL1 
RACING AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: "Throughout the years of racing at Michigan (International Speedway), the track has really gotten slick and widens out," Allmendinger said. "We definitely saw that in the first race in June. I always find it's a challenging weekend because when you start out the weekend for practice on Friday, the track is one groove-wide and it doesn't really widen out until the end of final practice on Saturday. It's starting to also get very temperature sensitive, similar to Charlotte (Motor Speedway). The weather is supposed to be really nice this weekend, which will be different from the rain that we saw in the first race weekend. It's going to be warm and slick, and we're all going to be sliding around throughout the large grooves. "

HIGH SPEEDS AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: "I think a lot of people forget that Michigan is one of the fastest racetracks we go to that's not a restrictor-plate track," Allmendinger said. "With the high-speeds we run at a two-mile track like Michigan, I'd say Turn 3 is the most challenging. There's a hump as you get into the corner that can get you really free. We had a top-20 run at the first race in June that we have some good notes from, including working on getting the Kroger ClickList Camaro ZL1 comfortable getting into the corner. It's really fast so you still have to have a good turn and get off the corner comfortably. It's a fast racetrack that you have to hold your breath in qualifying, then when you get next to cars in the race, you hold on and hope you make the right moves."

CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 37 SLIM JIM CAMARO ZL1 
SLIM JIM ON HOOD OF NO. 37 CAMARO ZL1: "It's really cool to have Slim Jim on the hood of our Camaro ZL1 this weekend at Michigan International Speedway," Buescher said. "The Slim Jim brand was really prominent in NASCAR with the Labonte family, and it's awesome to have them back and in a partnership with our Kroger racing family. I'm definitely looking forward to having Slim Jim snacks on the hauler all weekend!"

RACING AT MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: “Michigan (International Speedway) is a really fast racetrack," Buescher said. "I really like that track. It’s fun to race on, and is starting to get racier every time we go there. The track has come into its own a little bit slower than some of the other tracks that have undergone repaves, and it’s been really narrow. We’re starting to be able to move around and run the bottom a little bit more. You can make up some time going up a little bit higher than the middle groove too, and we can go and spread out and actually start to draft a little bit there as well. We had really good speed at the June race, and got a top-10 finish at this race last year, so I'm looking forward to getting back there and seeing what we can do with our Slim Jim Camaro ZL1."


FAST FACTS - AJ ALLMENDINGER
Career Starts:     
357
Wins:                   1- 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen International
Top-fives:            11
Top-10s:              55
Pole Awards:      4
First Pole:           4/10/2010 ISM Raceway
Last Pole:           8/9/2015 Watkins Glen International 
First Start:          3/25/2007 Bristol Motor Speedway  
Best Start:          1st - 8/9/2015 Watkins Glen International (most recent)
Best Finish:        1st - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen International
Driver DOB:        12/16/1981        
Hometown:         Los Gatos, CA
Crew Chief:         Tristan Smith

FAST FACTS - CHRIS BUESCHER
Career Starts:     
100
Wins:                   1 - 8/1/2016 Pocono Raceway
Top-fives:            4
Top-10s:              8
Pole Awards:      0
First Start:          3/22/2015  Auto Club Speedway  
Best Start:          9th - 6/25/2017 Sonoma Raceway
Best Finish:        1st - 8/1/2016  Pocono Raceway
Driver DOB:        10/29/1992        
Hometown:         Prosper, TX
Crew Chief:         Trent Owens


JTG DAUGHERTY RACING CONTACT:

Kelly Boyd 
KBoyd@jtgracing.com
813-453-1289

Posted Date: 8/8/2018

"Watkins Glen International is always going to be a special place for me," Allmendinger said.

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING
WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL ADVANCE

Event: GoBowling at The Glen
Date/Time: Sunday, August 5 at 2:30pm ET
TV Network/Radio: NBC | MRN Radio | SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90

AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 47 KROGER CLICKLIST CAMARO ZL1 
RACING AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL: "Watkins Glen International is always going to be a special place for me," Allmendinger said. "It's the site of my first win in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and it's just an awesome place to have a race in the Finger Lakes of New York. Watkins Glen is like the superspeedway of road courses. There are such long straightaways that you're able to pick up some speed on, and then you really have to make sure you get into the corners right to be able to keep that speed and momentum up. There are a couple of passing opportunities. Fuel mileage always plays a key factor in that race. The bus stop is always somewhat challenging. Through the bus stop and the end of the carousel is where you can make up a lot of time. I've had races where my car hasn't been great through the bus stop, but I've been able to make that back up through the carousel. Every turn is important at Watkins Glen because there are so few compared to Sonoma, but you also need to have the aerodynamics for the straightaways. But overall, I have so much fun road course racing since it's in my racing background and I'm just really looking forward to having a good weekend for our Kroger ClickList team and our Kroger racing partners coming out for the event."

CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 37 VELVEETA CAMARO ZL1 
100th CAREER CUP SERIES RACE: "Heading to Watkins Glen International this weekend, and I'm ready to get back to road course racing," Buescher said. "This is also my 100th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, and to be able to do that at a track that I think we can be really successful at gets me really excited to head up to New York this weekend. I can't thank everyone at JTG Daugherty Racing and Kroger enough to have given me the opportunity to get to 100 races, and I can't wait for the next 100 and the next 100 after that."

RACING AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL: "While Watkins Glen is also a road course, it's nothing like racing at Sonoma Raceway," Buescher said. "We have such long straightaways that you really can pick up some speed, and there aren't as many turns at Watkins Glen than there are at Sonoma. We had a really strong run there last season, and I really lean on AJ (Allmendinger) a lot when we go to road courses, and I know that can only make us better. He's the best when it comes to these places and I'm really fortunate to have him as a teammate. It won't be hard to miss our Velveeta Camaro ZL1 on track, and it'll look even better in Victory Lane on Sunday."


FAST FACTS - AJ ALLMENDINGER
Career Starts:     
356
Wins:                   1- 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen International
Top-fives:            11
Top-10s:              55
Pole Awards:      4
First Pole:           4/10/2010 ISM Raceway
Last Pole:           8/9/2015 Watkins Glen International 
First Start:          3/25/2007 Bristol Motor Speedway  
Best Start:          1st - 8/9/2015 Watkins Glen International (most recent)
Best Finish:        1st - 8/10/2014 Watkins Glen International
Driver DOB:        12/16/1981        
Hometown:         Los Gatos, CA
Crew Chief:         Tristan Smith

FAST FACTS - CHRIS BUESCHER
Career Starts:     
99
Wins:                   1 - 8/1/2016 Pocono Raceway
Top-fives:            4
Top-10s:              8
Pole Awards:      0
First Start:          3/22/2015  Auto Club Speedway  
Best Start:          9th - 6/25/2017 Sonoma Raceway
Best Finish:        1st - 8/1/2016  Pocono Raceway
Driver DOB:        10/29/1992        
Hometown:         Prosper, TX
Crew Chief:         Trent Owens

 


JTG DAUGHERTY RACING APPEARANCES

AJ Allmendinger Media Availability

Where: Watkins Glen Deadline Room
When: Friday, August 3 at 11:30 a.m.


JTG DAUGHERTY RACING CONTACT:

Kelly Boyd 
KBoyd@jtgracing.com
813-453-1289

Posted Date: 8/1/2018