In his 11th season with Toyota flagship Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 SNICKERS® Almond Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, the place where the winning began in 2008 with JGR, the SNICKERS® brand of Mars Inc., and Toyota.
Back in 2008, his first year with JGR, Busch headed to Atlanta for the fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season aiming to bring home those maiden victories for the team’s two new partners – Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. and Toyota.
After leading a race-high 173 laps, the Las Vegas native broke through for the SNICKERS® brand and also for the first time in NASCAR’s top series for Toyota, which was in its second year of Cup Series competition and its first year with JGR.
The win also marked the end of a 147-race drought for JGR’s No. 18 team, and it was Busch’s first of 39 Cup Series wins for JGR to date. Busch now has 162 overall wins among NASCAR’s top three series driving Toyota vehicles – 39 in the Cup Series, 80 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and 43 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Add his 21 wins prior to joining JGR at the beginning of 2008 and Busch is at 183 combined Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series wins, and counting.
It was déjà vu all over again for Busch and the No. 18 team at Atlanta in 2013 as he led 36 laps en route to his 100th career win in a Toyota and his 24th Cup Series win with JGR.
This weekend, Busch will debut the SNICKERS® Almond scheme. Available at retailers nationwide, SNICKERS® Almond Bar handles hunger with a satisfying combination of roasted almonds, caramel and milk chocolate. For more information on SNICKERS® or the Almond variety, fans can visit SNICKERS® on Facebook or Twitter.
Busch and his entire No. 18 SNICKERS® Almond Toyota Camry team hope to add to their winning ways at Atlanta by rolling up their collective sleeves as they try to rekindle the magic from 2008 and 2013 in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.
So, as the Cup Series heads back to Atlanta, Busch and the SNICKERS® Almond team will undoubtedly be feeling just a bit nostalgic with the SNICKERS® colors on the racecar, all the while recalling those 2008 and 2013 race wins at the 1.5-mile oval where the winning all began.