When it comes to the patriotism among sports fans, the passion that NASCAR fans have for their country is difficult to beat.
With Fourth of July on the horizon, 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 as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series heads to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois for Sunday’s Overton’s 400 that is sure to be a hit with NASCAR’s patriotic fans.
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 at retailers nationwide throughout the summer.
With the Chicagoland race weekend returning to July after seven seasons as the September Cup Series Playoff opener, the event takes on a different feel. For Busch, that means a chance to rekindle the magic of his dramatic win at the track just southwest of Chicago in 2008, when the race was also contested in July.
In that 2008 race, a late caution set up a green-white-checkered finish. The Las Vegas native lined up behind now seven-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. On the final restart, Busch made a bold and surprising move to the outside in turns one and two, passing Johnson and holding him off to bring home the win.
In addition to Mars Wrigley Confectionary U.S.’s Hackettstown, New Jersey headquarters near its home track of Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Mars has home offices in Chicago, as well, and Busch would like nothing more than to score another “home” win for the Mars Wrigley associates located in downtown Chicago, like he did at Pocono in 2017.
So as Busch heads back to Chicagoland this weekend, he hopes the Skittles America Mix Red, White, and Blue colors will propel him to a second career Chicagoland win. There would be no better way to kick off the July 4 celebration than in victory lane at the 1.5-mile oval in the backyard of one of the main hubs for his primary backers.