Kyle Busch driving Elliott Sadler scheme in Southern 500

Kyle Busch Southern 500
Joe Gibbs Racing

Reigning Cup champion Kyle Busch will go back to the early days of M&M’s paint schemes in NASCAR with his Southern 500 scheme this weekend (6 p.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN).

Busch will drive a scheme based on one raced by Elliott Sadler in 2004, Sadler’s second year competing for Robert Yates Racing.

The design of the 2004 M&M’s car has been used as a base for the M&M’s paint scheme ever since.

This isn’t the only Sadler scheme that will be seen in Sunday’s race. John Hunter Nemechek will drive Sadler’s 1999 and 2000 Citgo paint scheme from his first two years in the Cup Series with Wood Brothers Racing.

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Sunday’s Southern 500 at Darlington is the opening race in the Cup playoffs. The opening round has races at Darlington, Richmond (Sept. 12) and Bristol (Sept. 19). All three of those races  in the opening round will be on NBCSN.