HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (Aug. 1, 2018) - After capturing his sixth win of the season Sunday at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Kyle Busch now has 49 career victories in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Even before he gets to this weekend's race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International, he'll already have a winner riding along on his No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR).
After the return of its popular Flavor Vote campaign this spring, the M&M'S brand announced that Crunchy Mint was the winner of the promotion, topping Crunchy Espresso and Crunchy Raspberry to not only win the Flavor Vote title but, beginning this month, join the M&M'S lineup and continue to be sold at stores nationwide for an 18-month period, while supplies last.
All three flavors from the campaign rode along with Busch into victory lane back in April as the Flavor Vote car was victorious at Richmond (Va.) Raceway. Fresh off its newly announced victory, M&M'S Crunchy Mint gets to ride along with Busch on the Watkins Glen road course for Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen in hopes of the flavor's first solo trip to victory lane.
Busch and his No. 18 M&M'S Crunchy Mint Toyota head to Upstate New York for the second and final true road-course race of the NASCAR Cup Series season as he looks to keep his summer hot streak going when the series visits Watkins Glen. If the 2015 Cup Series champion were to grab another checkered flag in Sunday's Go Bowling at The Glen, he could also join some elite company as a road-racing ace in NASCAR's top series.
Busch is tied with David Pearson and Mark Martin with four Cup Series road-course wins apiece. That's some pretty good company, already. But with a fifth road-course win, he could tie Darrell Waltrip, Tim Richmond and Dan Gurney on the road-course win list. There is a bit of distance to the top two spots on the all-time road-course wins list, however, as second-place Jeff Gordon has seven wins and leader Tony Stewart has nine.
So as Busch heads to Upstate New York for some road racing this weekend, he would like to accomplish a few things - add another victory to win column for the M&M'S Crunchy mint flavor, while also adding to the record books as one of NASCAR's best road-course racers and continue climbing the ladder on the all-time overall win list. Seems like a win-win for all involved.
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