NASCAR Throwback Weekend: Paint Schemes That Will Take You Down the Memory Lane

Published 08/19/2020, 7:35 AM EDT


The newest paint scheme for NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway next month has been revealed. Richard Childress Racing revealed the paint scheme that driver Austin Dillon will run in his No. 3 Chevrolet. It will be in honor of Junior Johnson, a former NASCAR driver and then team owner. “NASCAR’s Champions – Past, Present and Future” is the theme for this year’s throwback event.

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Junior Johnson was one of the best NASCAR drivers in the 1950s and 1960s. He won 50 NASCAR races in his career before announcing retirement in 1966. He never won the Cup Series championship as a driver, but had six titles to his name as a team owner.

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Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet car for the Darlington race weekend will be clean white with stripes. The car also gave a glimpse at the ‘playoffs’ visor above the windshield that the 2020 playoff contenders will sport on their cars. Austin Dillon missed the previous race at Daytona Road Course after testing positive for COVID-19 and will receive a playoff waiver.

Tyler Reddick joins Austin Dillion in throwback scheme

Dillon’s teammate at Richard Childress Racing, Tyler Reddick will run a throwback paint scheme in honor of Jeff Burton. The scheme is a throwback to Burton’s rookie year in NASCAR in 1994. Other drivers have also come up with their paint schemes for the labor-day throwback weekend.

Other paint schemes for NASCAR’s throwback weekend

Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing will have a retro blue-and-white look and will honour former NASCAR Busch Series champions. Roush Fenway Racing’s (RFR) Ryan Newman will drive a new-look No. 6 Ford for the Darlington race. In association with Oscar Mayer, RFR’s car for Newman will be a tribute to his scheme from the USAC Silver Crown Series in 1999 when he won the National Championship.

Joey Logano will revive this look of Bobby Allison’s car in 1985

Ryan Blaney’s Team Penske No. 12 Ford will be a tribute to Paul Menard’s first ARCA win back in 2003. The paint scheme also ran in Menard’s Cup Series and Xfinity Series debuts. Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford will take fans back in time to Kyle Petty’s Cup Series win at Rockingham Speedway in 1990. Matt DiBenedetto and Wood Brothers’ No. 21 car will sport the look of the car that was driven to victory by Tiny Lund, team founder Glenn Wood, and Marvin Panch as well in 1963.

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Joey Logano’s No. 22 car for Team Penske will honor Bobby Allison’s car during the 1985 Cup Series season. JR Motorsports and Michael Annett will pay tribute to Dale Earnhardt Jr’s induction into the Hall of Fame. The car’s look will be similar to Earnhardt Jr’s car from his famous Xfinity Series win at Daytona in 2002. JR Motorsports’ Daniel Hemric will pay homage to the late John Andretti through his paint scheme. Jeremy Clements’ No. 51 Chevrolet will honor five NASCAR champions born in South Carolina. They are – Buck Baker, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Sam Ard, and Larry Pearson.

The labor-day race weekend will be one to remember by the looks of it.

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Aayush Majumdar

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Aayush Majumdar is a NASCAR content strategist, a Tennis Writer, and a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. He is well-tenured as a tennis and NASCAR writer, with over 900 articles across both sports. After pursuing a Post Graduate program in Sports Management, Aayush explored various roles in Sports Media, including a Sports Reporting role at a leading English daily.

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