When it comes to the patriotism of sports fans, the passion that NASCAR fans have for their country is difficult to beat.
Fittingly, as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to a venue this weekend that’s unmistakably American – Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 Skittles America Mix Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), will sport a special scheme that will proudly show off the Red, White, and Blue.
Busch’s No. 18 racecar will feature a special Skittles America Mix scheme in Sunday’s Cup Series Geico 500. The Skittles America Mix is a must-have for summer gatherings, road trips and, of course, a great snack while watching a NASCAR Cup Series race either in-person or on television. Every bag contains red, white and blue Skittles with fruit flavors that include strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, wild berry and “yumberry” – the first white fruit-flavored Skittles candy – and are available from April-August this year.
Busch has had up-and-down luck at the mammoth, 2.66-mile Talladega oval, winning just once in 23 career starts at the track. His lone win came in April 2008, and he has accumulated 10 other top-15 finishes at the track but also exited four outings early due to accidents.
The 2015 Cup Series champion celebrated his 32nd birthday this past Tuesday and would like nothing more than to continue the celebration in victory lane Sunday afternoon at Talladega with his second top-series win there. While Busch’s birthday isn’t on race day this year, he does hold the distinction of being only the second driver in Cup Series history to celebrate a victory on his birthday with a win at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on May 2, 2009. It was a feat first accomplished by Cale Yarborough – twice. Yarborough won on his March 27 birthday at North Wilkesboro (N.C.) Speedway in 1977 and at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1983. Since then, Busch’s JGR teammate Matt Kenseth equaled the feat as he won in 2013 on his March 10 birthday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
So as Busch heads back to Talladega this weekend, he hopes the Skittles America Mix Red, White, and Blue colors bring him some added luck, not to mention a great way to keep the birthday celebration going in a colorful way on Sunday afternoon.