With 14 combined wins between the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch has spent plenty of time in victory lane at the 1.5-mile oval in the heart of NASCAR country.
But the driver of the No. 18 Doublemint Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) would love to highlight his resume with his first Charlotte Sprint Cup win in Saturday night’s Bank of America 500 at the racetrack Busch calls his favorite on the circuit.
As primary sponsor of Busch’s No. 18 Toyota this weekend, iconic chewing gum brand Doublemint would like nothing more than to have a celebration of their 100th anniversary after Saturday night’s 500-miler in victory lane at Charlotte.
Despite falling just short of earning his first Charlotte Sprint Cup victory twice in the last three seasons, Busch has managed to enjoy plenty of success on the 1.5-mile oval known as the “Beast of the Southeast” during his 21 previous Sprint Cup starts there.
He’s riding a streak of 12 top-10 finishes in the last 14 points-paying races there dating back to October 2006. In addition to solid Sprint Cup finishes, Busch has captured eight NASCAR Nationwide Series wins (May 2004, 2005 and 2008, 2010 and 2013, and October 2008 and 2013) and six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014).
Coming off an impressive third-place showing Sunday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City – statistically one of Busch’s worst racetracks – the Las Vegas native heads to one of his strongest tracks Saturday night shooting for a win with his Doublemint Camry. Busch is looking to extend his strong start to this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. He sits second in the standings, just six points behind leader Joey Logano, and has recorded four straight top-10 finishes to start this year’s playoffs.
So, with a strong record at Charlotte over his 10-plus seasons on the Sprint Cup circuit, Busch and his team are looking to add a long-awaited win in the NASCAR mecca of Charlotte to his growing resume during Doublemint’s 100th anniversary year, while also keeping the fight going in a 2014 championship battle that still has a long way to go.