During the 19th century, the Irish Hills area of Michigan – located near U.S. 12 just about halfway between Detroit and Chicago – was a well-known stopping point during the five-day stagecoach trip between the two large Midwest cities.
At the turn of the century, the Irish Hills turned into an enjoyable tourist destination with its plush, green landscape and more than 30 lakes for vacationers and residents to enjoy in peace and quiet.
For the last several decades, the Irish Hills become anything but peaceful and quiet two weekends per year when the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series visits Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.
During this weekend’s semiannual stopover at the track located approximately 80 miles southwest of Detroit, Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Red, White and Blue Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), looks to keep his hot start to the season going while also breaking out of some tough luck at Michigan in recent years during Sunday’s FireKeepers Casino 400.
Busch won at Michigan in August 2011 for his first Cup Series triumph there. However, the track was repaved prior to the 2012 season and, while he scored a solid fourth-place finish on the new surface in June 2013, he has just two top-10 finishes since the repave, both coming last year, which is not up to Busch’s high standards. This weekend, Busch looks to overcome that recent string of bad luck at Michigan and turn his fortunes around on the blazing-fast oval.
While Busch has had some tough luck at Michigan in recent years, he’s had no such thing during the 14 races contested in NASCAR’s top series thus far in 2018. He has four victories thus far among his impressive nine top-five finishes, and 11-top-10s, and he’s led 888 laps just past the halfway point in the Cup Series regular season.
Busch will bring the M&M’S Red, White and Blue paint scheme back for a third weekend in a row after running the colors at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway on Memorial Day weekend and at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway last weekend. The patriotic scheme celebrates M&M’S Red, White and Blue Mix, which is available at retailers nationwide and is the perfect treat to celebrate summer.
So, as Busch and the M&M’s Red, White and Blue team head to the Upper Midwest this weekend, they hope to turn their luck around with the ultimate goal of a second career Cup Series victory for Busch in the Irish Hills of Michigan.