As Kyle Busch heads to Upstate New York for the second and final road-course race of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Busch will no doubt have a “Crisper” weekend at Watkins Glen (N.Y) International on several fronts.
The driver of the No. 18 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) has the SNICKERS® Crisper brand on his racecar for the first time this weekend but, with the historic road course undergoing a repaving project in the offseason, the new pavement will make it a new challenge at a place that has been very good to Busch over the years.
And if the Las Vegas native were to grab another checkered flag in Sunday’s 355k at the Glen on the newly repaved surface, he could join some elite company as a road-racing ace in NASCAR’s top series.
Currently, Busch is tied with David Pearson and Mark Martin with four Sprint Cup road-course wins apiece. That’s some pretty good company, already. But with a fifth road-course win, he could tie Darrell Waltrip, Tim Richmond and Dan Gurney on the road-course win list. More big names, to say the least. There is a bit of distance to the top two spots on the all-time road-course wins list, however, as second-place Jeff Gordon has seven wins and leader Tony Stewart has nine.
Busch scored his fourth career Sprint Cup road-course win in June 2015 at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway, and he heads to Watkins Glen with an impressive nine top-10 finishes in his 11 career starts at The Glen, which includes two victories. Add an average finish of 10.5, along with his 191 laps led, and Busch’s record is quite dazzling at the site of Sunday’s 355-kilometer race.
Busch will also have the new SNICKERS® Crisper scheme along for the ride this weekend. The SNICKERS Crisper is “crispy satisfaction” in the form of crisped rice and peanuts, topped with a layer of caramel and coated in creamy SNICKERS® brand milk chocolate. A singles pack of SNICKERS® Crisper contains two squares that are less than 100 calories each. For more information on SNICKERS® or the Crisper variety, fans can visit SNICKERS® on Facebook or Twitter.
After Busch’s inaugural Sprint Cup victory at The Glen in 2008, he nearly won for the second time on the 2.45-mile, 11-turn road course in his 2011 and 2012 visits there before breaking through again in 2013 with another victory in New York’s scenic Finger Lakes region. A third victory Sunday at The Glen would continue to solidify Busch and the SNICKERS Crisper team as the favorite each time the series comes to town.
So as Busch heads to Upstate New York for some road racing this weekend, he’ll hope to add his name to the record books as one of NASCAR’s best road-course racers with some new colors along for the ride.