Every year when NASCAR rolls into Darlington for their spring race, the sport uses it as an opportunity to pay tribute to the sport’s history – and the teams get to break out some badass throwback paint schemes.
It’s pretty cool to see all of these old-school paint schemes, and if you’re a longtime NASCAR fan, they’re sure to trigger some hardcore nostalgia of some of your favorite drivers and their iconic rides. And if you’re new to NASCAR, throwback weekend is a great way to learn some more about the history of the sport.
In addition to all the throwback paint schemes, NASCAR legend Richard Petty will be waving the green flag to start the Cup Series race, and Bill Elliott (who is of course the father of Chase Elliott) will serve as grand marshal. Both Petty and Elliott, along with Bobby Labonte, will also join Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the TV booth.
Richard Petty. Bobby Labonte. Bill Elliott.
The booth for Darlington is STACKED with Hall of Famers to join @ClintBowyer and @mikejoy500. Each former champion will call one stage.
The Trackhouse Racing teammates will honor another legendary father and son duo, throwing it back to the paint schemes that were run by Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. the first time the two ever raced against each other. The race was an exhibition held in Japan and featured both Senior and Junior driving Coca-Cola paint schemes – and Junior was even in the #1 car, the same number that Chastain will be driving this weekend in the recreated Coke paint scheme.
Custer will honor the late Jason Leffler with his #41 Stewart Haas Racing Ford this weekend. Leffler, who was tragically killed in a sprint car race in 2013, earned Haas CNC Racing (which later became Stewart Haas Racing) its first win during a Busch Series race at Nashville.
This one may be my favorite just because all of the memories of watching that old Jeff Burton paint scheme back in the day. Harrison Burton will be honoring his dad with a throwback to the 2000 Exide ride.
Allgaier’s #7 Xfinity Series car will pay tribute to Dale Earnhardt’s 1984 Wrangler paint scheme – and it’s only fitting that Allgaier now drives for JR Motorsports, the team owned by Earnhardt’s son Dale Jr.
Gibbs will be driving a throwback to Bobby Labonte’s 2002 Interstate Batteries car, a paint scheme that Labonte ran for Joe Gibbs racing – owned, of course, by Ty’s grandfather. This also happens to be Labonte’s paint scheme the year Ty Gibbs was born, and damn now I feel old.