Mars/M&MS re-ups with Gibbs, Kyle Busch

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The Mars corporation announced it has extended its partnership with Joe Gibbs Racing in a multi-year role as primary sponsor of Kyle Busch’s No. 18 Toyota Camry.

That means the M&Ms brand – which joined up with Busch and Gibbs in 2008 – isn’t going anywhere, including to a potential new fourth entry for Carl Edwards, which has been widely speculated.

“Being the M&M’s driver and representing Mars on and off the track has been one of the proudest accomplishments in my racing career,” Busch said in a release, via NASCAR.com.

Added NASCAR Chief Operating Officer Brent Dewar, also via NASCAR.com: “Mars is one of the most recognizable brands in NASCAR and is among the best-in-class marketers in all of sports. More than two decades after entering NASCAR, Mars continues to help make race day more fun and we couldn’t be more proud to see the company continue to re-invest in our sport.”

Mars entered NASCAR as a team sponsor in 1990 and stepped up to primary sponsorship beginning in 1999 with Ernie Irvan.

The heavy yellow presence on the Gibbs cars continues for 2015 with Busch’s No. 18 and Matt Kenseth’s No. 20 both seeing an uptick from their primary sponsors. M&Ms is on board the No. 18 the majority of the races and with the Home Depot pulling out from Kenseth, Dollar General is the featured primary on the No. 20.

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.