Kyle Busch will be sporting a new color and, more importantly, the new M&M’S Hazelnut Spread Chocolate Candies scheme for Saturday night’s NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway.
M&M’S Hazelnut Spread, which comes in a bright teal bag, will hit the track for the first time this weekend on Busch’s bright teal No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR). M&M’S Hazelnut Spread Chocolate Candies features a hazelnut spread center covered in delicious milk chocolate, offering a perfect combination of chocolate and hazelnut flavors in every bite-sized piece.
Busch’s latest M&M’S Hazelnut Spread scheme for the All-Star Race will debut in an race that always seems to be tailor-made for the aggressive driving style of the 2015 Cup Series champion. Busch first left his mark in the non-points event in the 2009 edition of the All-Star Race. NASCAR introduced short-track-style, double-file restarts for just the All-Star Race that year. After Busch pulled off several bold moves that helped inject plenty of excitement into the event, it prompted NASCAR to go ahead and institute the double-file restart rule permanently for its top three series shortly after the 2009 All-Star Race. Fittingly, Busch went on to score his first All-Star win in 2017 by using a late restart to sling to the front of the field and bring home his first victory in the event.
The driver of the No. 18 M&M’S Hazelnut Spread Toyota Camry has had well-documented success at Charlotte in NASCAR’s Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series with eight Xfinity and seven Truck Series wins there. Busch’s record in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series isn’t too shabby, either, with 11 top-five finishes and 16 top-10s to his name. However, until his All-Star Race win two years ago, Busch had not gone to victory lane at Charlotte in NASCAR’s top series. And he hadn’t brung home a points-paying win at the 1.5-mile oval until last year’s dominant win in the traditional Memorial Day weekend Coca-Cola 600. He’ll look to add to his two Charlotte Cup Series victories these next two weekends just a stone’s throw from where most every NASCAR team is headquartered.
Busch locked in his spot for Saturday night’s main event – comprised primarily of 2018 and 2019 Cup Series race winners, plus past All-Star Race winners and past series champions – via his eight series wins in 2018 and three thus far in 2019. The Las Vegas native not only has earned the title of all-star, he’s one of the dominant forces in NASCAR’s top series, totaling 204 career wins in its top three divisions and sitting tied for 10th on the all-time Cup Series win list with NASCAR Hall of Famer Lee Petty at 54.
Busch views Saturday’s non-points All-Star Race as his annual opportunity to throw patience out the window at his own discretion, a common theme among all of its competitors which has led to plenty of “nutty” finishes over the years. With an All-Star victory already under his belt, he hopes the new M&M’S Hazelnut Spread colors will bring the No. 18 team good luck once again as it looks to add to its growing list of accomplishments.