Kyle Busch gets dirty
As the NASCAR Cup Series heads to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway this weekend, some things will happen that haven’t been seen often in NASCAR’s 74-year history. First, the high-banked, half-mile concrete oval is currently covered in dirt as NASCAR’s top series is set to compete on a dirt surface for only the second time in 50 years with the Food Race City Dirt back in Bristol for the second consecutive year.
Second, NASCAR’s top series will race on Easter for only the 12th time in its history and the first time since Rusty Wallace took victory at Richmond (Va.) Raceway on Easter Sunday 1989. Interestingly enough, the first race in the Cup series was held at Easter was in 1953 and also took place on a dirt road. Dick Passwater took this victory on a 0.75 mile dirt track named Charlotte Speedway, which was located near Little Rock Road, just south of what is now Charlotte (NC) Douglas Airport.
This year, as racing fans enjoy the contents of their Easter baskets, many likely containing M&M’S candy, they can settle in to watch M&M’s latest creation, M&M’S Crunchy Cookie make its way around the oval of Bristol on Sunday evening when Kyle Busch drives his No. 18 M&M’S Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) in the 250 lap event.
For the third race in a row, M&M’S Crunchy Cookie will grace its #18 Toyota in Bristol on Sunday evening. M&M’S Crunchy Cookie combines two favorite treats – M&M’s and chocolate chip cookies – and is now available nationwide. It’s meant to give racing fans a fun, nostalgic snack to enjoy during this weekend’s race. M&M’S is also teaming up with cool cookie maker, Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, to create 100 unique, limited-edition cookies that will be made available to racing fans on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans can register at MMS.com to find out when they drop.
Although Busch primarily has pavement racing experience, he is no stranger to track racing. Although he drove midget cars, Legends cars, and even modified cars on dirt growing up, he didn’t return to dirt until he took part in the Prelude to the Dream charity event. Dirt Super Late Model from 2007 to 2012. at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. At the final Prelude to the Dream event in 2012, Busch broke through and won against a strong field of competitors in a car prepared by Dirt Super Late Model stalwart Scott Bloomquist.
Busch has eight career Cup Series victories at Bristol, albeit on the concrete surface, so he is looking to add another kind of victory to his already voluminous resume at Bristol. So, as the Cup Series returns to the dirt for the second time since 1970 and only the 12th time on Easter Sunday, Busch is hoping for more than an Easter egg, aiming for a solid Sunday night run at a place where he is a been very successful over the years, albeit on a very different surface.