One of the highlights of the summer stretch of NASCAR races every season since it’s inception is the Darlington Throwback weekend. Every year, the stars of NASCAR’s top series race in paint schemes that are a throwback to a particular era of the sports history. We have witnessed some of the most iconic liveries in history reborn for a single night under the lights at Darlington Raceway and this year will be no different, as the theme is titled, “NASCAR’s Champions … Past, Present and Future.” With the Darlington race fast approaching, here are the throwback schemes announced, so far!
Brad Keselowski (Himself)
Keselowski will drive the Discount Tire Ford Mustang in honor of his own scheme driven in the 2010 NASCAR Xfinity Series. It represents Keselowski’s first championship in NASCAR, but also Roger Penske’s first championship as an owner.
Austin Dillon (Junior Johnson)
The No. 3 RCR Chevrolet driven by Austin Dillon will be wrapped in the colors of NASCAR’s “Last American Hero” the late Junior Johnson. While Johnson never won a drivers championship, he claimed six titles as a car owner.
Kevin Harvick (NASCAR Busch Series)
While most drivers are using their throwback schemes to honor a driver, Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 car will feature something completely different. Honoring the former sponsor of the NASCAR Busch Series, Busch Beer, Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 will feature the iconic former logo of the beer company. Harvick won two Busch Series championships in 2001 and 2006.
Ryan Newman (Himself)
Ryan Newman, Oscar Mayer and Roush Fenway racing will honor a 1999 paint scheme not from NASCAR, but from the USAC Silver Crown Series. Who is the driver they are honoring? That of course, is Newman himself, as his scheme is a tribute to his 1999 USAC Silver Crown Series championship.
Tyler Reddick (Jeff Burton)
Richard Childress Racing and Tyler Reddick will sport a throwback scheme to honor the 1994 Raybestos car that Jeff Burton drove.. The red, blue, yellow and white scheme is the same scheme Burton drove and won the 1994 Rookie of Year award.
Chase Elliott (Jimmie Johnson)
The first of the Hendrick Motorsports cars to honor 7-time champion Jimmie Johnson is the No. 9 Cheverolet Camaro of Chase Elliott. His scheme represents the scheme Johnson won his fourth of seven NASCAR Cup Series Championships in 2009.
Denny Hamlin (Cale Yarborough)
Throwing it back to not only the year Cale Yarborough won the Southern 500 at Darlington, but also the year Federal Express (Hamlin’s primary sponsor) was created, Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota Camry will combine the two for a scheme that will surely turn heads. The purple and orange of FedEx, with the No. 11 and style of Cale Yarborough’s 1973 win make this scheme very special.
Ryan Blaney (Paul Menard)
The No. 12 Ford Mustang of Ryan Blaney will sport a scheme that is reminiscent of the paint scheme Paul Menard drove in his early years in NASCAR. Menard claimed his first ARCA Series victory in 2003 at Talladega Superspeedway driving in this exact scheme. The scheme also was present on Menard’s car when he drove in his first Xfinity and Cup Series races.
Clint Bowyer (Kyle Petty)
If you’re a long time NASCAR fan, this scheme is one you absolutely remember. The No. 14 Ford Mustang of Clint Bowyer will showcase a Peak Antifreeze scheme Kyle Petty raced in 1990. With the light blue and hot pink stripe down the side, this scheme represents the third win of Kyle Petty’s Cup Series career as well as the first win for Peak Antifreeze as a sponsor.
Martin Truex Jr. (Bass Pro Shops)
Longtime sponsor of Martin Truex Jr., Bass Pro Shops made its full sponsor debut on the No. 8 Chevrolet of Hank Parker Jr. in 2003 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Truex’s throwback scheme will honor that moment in history, with his No. 19 Toyota Camry wrapped in the familiar black, red and yellow of Bass Pro Shops.
Matt DiBenedetto (Wood Brothers Owners Championship)
In 1963, the Wood Brothers won the NASCAR Cup Series owners championship with three different drivers. That season, Tiny Lund, Marvin Panch and Glenn Wood raced and won races, on their way to claiming the owners championship. To honor that year in history, Matt DiBenedetto will drive his No. 21 Ford Mustang wrapped in the iconic colors of that 1963 accomplishment.
Joey Logano (Bobby Allison)
Joey Logano will honor NASCAR legend Bobby Allison at Darlington, with a scheme that takes us back to 1985. The No. 22 Ford Mustang will sport the red and while scheme that Allison drove in the 1985 NASCAR Cup Series.
William Byron (Jimmie Johnson)
The second Hendrick Motorsports scheme to honor seven-time Champion Jimmie Johnson will honor his 2013 All-Star race victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway. William Byron will drive the No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro with a red, white and blue scheme that resembles the scheme Johnson raced and won in 2013.
J.J. Yeley (Kenny Irwin Jr.)
Rick Ware Racing and J.J. Yeley will throw it back to 1997, the year the late Kenny Irwin Jr. made his first starts in the NASCAR Cup Series. The No. 27 Ford Mustang will sport the colors of Nerf, representing a car that Irwin Jr. attempted to qualify in at the Fall race at Rockingham in 1997.
Cole Custer (Curtis Turner)
Cole Custer’s No. 41 Ford Mustang will honor the late Curtis Turner at Darlington this season. Turner, who drove a similar Ford Galaxie in 1965, won the 1956 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
Jimmie Johnson (Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty)
This scheme, is awesome! 7-time Cup Series Champion awesome! Jimmie Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet Camaro will sport a dual scheme look, honoring the two other drivers who share the distinction of being the only 7-time Cup Series Champions. Honoring the late Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, Johnson’s car will featured the famous Petty blue and red stripe on the hood, roof and back of the car, while sporting the famous Goodwrench colors of black, while and grey on the rest of the car.
Alex Bowman (Jimmie Johnson)
The last of three paint schemes to honor Jimmie Johnson is the No. 88 Chevrolet Camaro of Alex Bowman. His car will honor the scheme Johnson drove in 2006, the year Johnson won the first of his seven NASCAR Cup Series Championships with Hendrick Motorsports.
Christopher Bell (Himself)
Christopher Bell and Leavine Family Racing decided to honor….well, Christopher Bell at this weekend’s Darlington Throwback race. The No. 95 Toyota Camry will showcase a paint scheme very familiar with Bell, as it resembles the scheme Bell drove to his first Truck Series Championship in 2017.
Daniel Suarez (Himself)
Daniel Suarez and Gaunt Brothers Racing will honor Suarez’s 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship. The scheme, which features the sponsorship of ARRIS, highlights the crowning achievement so far in Suarez’s NASCAR career.
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