MENCS: Circle K Joins Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth for Six Races Featured

MENCS: Circle K Joins Joe Gibbs Racing and Matt Kenseth for Six Races Getty Images for NASCAR

Matt Kenseth and Joe Gibbs Racing owner Joe Gibbs met with members of the media on Wednesday at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte for a special announcement. Prior to the announcement, which has been known for the past week, many thought that Kenseth would be announcing his retirement or a sponsor for Darlington’s throwback weekend.

Nope.

Instead the team announced that Circle K will sponsor Kenseth for six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this season. In addition, Circle K will also serve as an associate sponsor for all events remaining in 2017.

“This is an exciting day for us at Joe Gibbs Racing, and really, for our sport,” said Joe Gibbs, owner and founder of Joe Gibbs Racing. “Circle K is growing rapidly across the country and it’s a thrill for us to have them as a primary sponsor for Matt and the No. 20 team.  We’re looking forward to developing our partnership with them.”

The announcement welcomes a new sponsor that has never served as a primary sponsor in the world of NASCAR. Though it isn’t the first time their logo has appeared on a NASCAR stock car as they did so through vendor sponsorship programs.

“With the launch of our new global Circle K brand, our team is always on the lookout for ways to connect more and more with its community. We feel this partnership is a great fit for us,” stated Alex Miller, Senior Vice-President, Global Fuels at Circle K .  “By growing our presence in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with our company’s first primary sponsorship in the sport aboard the No. 20 Toyota Camry with Matt Kenseth, we aim to continue to position ourselves as the preferred destination for fuel and convenience. We are quite proud to be partnering up with the Joe Gibbs Racing team and truly believe this is the beginning of a long and strong collaboration.”

Races Circle K will appear on the No. 20 Toyota:

Date:

Track:

4/30

Richmond

5/7

Talladega

5/28

Charlotte

7/8

Kentucky

11/5

Texas

11/12

Phoenix

“It’s always great to be able to welcome a new primary sponsor to the sport,” said, Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 20 Toyota Camry.  “I’m excited to welcome Circle K to JGR (Joe Gibbs Racing) on our No. 20 Camry this season, and look forward to representing them.  They are a growing company, with locations all over the country, so it’s a great fit to have them involved in the sport.”

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