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M&M's won't back Busch for rest of 2011

Troubles continue to mount for NASCAR driver Kyle Busch since his on-track incident with Ron Hornaday in last weekend's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

M&M's, the sponsor of the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup Series entry driven by Busch, has pulled its sponsorship of the car for the remaining two races on the 2011 schedule -- Sunday's event at Phoenix International Raceway and next weekend's season-finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

"We strongly support Mars' (parent company of M&M's) decision," car owner Joe Gibbs said. "This gives us all time to work together to foster a positive change where Kyle can continue racing in a way we can all be proud of."

Busch will drive the car the final two races, just without M&M's sponsorship. Instead, Interstate Batteries will be the primary sponsor on the car.

Another sponsor of Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing, Z-Line Designs, has also, reportedly, pulled its sponsorship of the No. 18 JGR Nationwide car for the season-finale next weekend at Homestead-Miami, as Busch is scheduled to drive the Nationwide car there, with Z-Line sponsorship originally scheduled.

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2011 NSCS 18 car


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