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Kyle Busch to drive the Skittles Sweet Heat scheme at Chicago

As the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs take the green flag Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, Kyle Busch plans to bring the "heat" to the first race of the postseason.

Busch, driver of the #18 Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), will have a new product and a new scheme to start the 10-race playoffs this weekend. The new sweet, yet spicy, candy will debut on the track this weekend and is available at Walgreens stores with a full, nationwide rollout set for early next year.

Along with setting his sights on advancing throughout the playoffs, the 2015 Cup Series champion is looking to rekindle the magic he showed at Chicagoland in 2008 - when he captured a dramatic win at the track just southwest of Chicago - during Sunday's Tales of the Turtles 400.

Back in 2008, a late-race caution set up a green-white-checkered finish. Busch lined up behind now seven-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. On the final restart, the Las Vegas native 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.

As Busch looks ahead to the kickoff of this year's playoffs at Chicagoland, he and the Skittles Sweet Heat team hope to bring the "heat," as a win Sunday could go a long way toward helping him and his team bring home their second Cup Series title.

The Tales of The Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois will mark Kyle Busch's 453rd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and his 13th NASCAR Cup Series start at Chicagoland.

Busch has career totals of 40 wins, 25 poles, 157 top-five finishes, 235 top-10s and 13,707 laps led in 452 career Cup Series races. His most recent Cup Series win came last month at Bristol. Busch's most recent pole, the 25th of his career, also came last month at Watkins Glen International. He now has six poles this season, a career high.

Busch has one win, four top-five finishes and seven top-10s and has led a total of 429 laps in 12 career Cup Series starts at Chicagoland. Busch's average Chicagoland finish is 11.1.

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