After winning his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway last month, Kyle Busch crossed one more track off the list of venues he had not won at in NASCAR’s top series.
In fact, after crossing off a win at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway last summer, and adding Martinsville to the list this spring, the 31-year-old Las Vegas native now has just three venues where he has not brought home a Sprint Cup win. Those are Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, and Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, site of Saturday night’s Go Bowling 400.
Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Red Nose Day Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), heads to Kansas coming off a fifth-place finish during his most recent trip there last October. Add a third-place run in October of 2014 and Busch hopes to parlay two consecutive top-five finishes into a win this weekend at a track that has caused him misfortune, but is also a place where the surface has finally started to wear and become more agreeable.
The special paint scheme Busch will be running on the No. 18 M&M’S Toyota Saturday night highlights M&M’S support of Red Nose Day. Parent company Mars is proud to be a partner of Red Nose Day, a nationwide charitable event that will be held on May 26. Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money by simply having fun and making people laugh. Money raised is spent to help lift children and young people out of poverty in the U.S. and in some of the poorest communities in the world. The inaugural Red Nose Day was held in the U.S. last May, and is coming back for a second time later this month.
For the second year in a row, M&M’S is engaging consumers in the #MakeMLaugh campaign, designed to generate laughs and funds for Red Nose Day. M&M’S is on a mission to raise money and awareness for Red Nose Day by hosting a 30 days of laughs challenge. Busch will launch his own Red Nose Day challenge May 6 on Twitter (@KyleBusch), the day before he runs his M&M’S Red Nose Day Toyota in the 400-miler at Kansas. When someone does the challenge and shares it on social media using the hashtag #MakeMLaugh, M&M’S will donate $1 to Red Nose Day, up to $500,000.
Despite the dry spell at Kansas in NASCAR’s top series, Busch has tasted success at Kansas in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition – as is the case at most racetracks on the Xfinity schedule – with victories in 2007, and the fall races in 2014 and 2015. Busch also brought home a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win at Kansas in April 2014, all of which no doubt add to his growing confidence on the fast, 1.5-mile oval.
So, as the Sprint Cup Series heads to Kansas for Saturday night’s race under the lights, Busch will look to finally have a nose for victory lane as he looks for his first-ever Sprint Cup win in the Heartland of America.