REVEALED! Chase Elliott to Run Tribute Paint Scheme Honoring Alan Kulwicki in NASCAR Darlington Throwback Race

Published 03/30/2021, 11:42 AM EDT
WATKINS GLEN, NY – AUGUST 05: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 SunEnergy1 Chevrolet, poses with the winner’s decal on his car in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GoBowling at The Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

The NASCAR throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway is still less than a couple of months away, but reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott has already announced his special paint scheme for the race. NASCAR’s newest champion will honor the late Alan Kulwicki, the 1992 Cup Series champion.

Elliott has some interesting history with Kulwicki, which involves his father, another Cup champion, Bill Elliott. One of the best moments from that 1992 season was when Bill walked up to Kulwicki to congratulate him, after finishing second to him and missing out on the title.

Elliott will run a paint scheme similar to Kulwicki’s Nno. 7 Hooters Racing scheme from the 1992 finale.


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Elliott’s No. 9 car will bear quite a similar look to the iconic scheme from the past, with Hooters on the car, who is also Chase‘s primary sponsor for a limited number of races per season, since 2017.

Chase Elliott pays tribute to Alan Kulwicki’s legacy

Elliott, like everyone in NASCAR, is quite aware of Kulwicki’s legacy. However, Elliott has also heard first-person accounts from his father about Kulwicki and earned more respect for the former driver.

Elliott spoke about his Darlington scheme and what it means to him. “It’s weird, right? Because Alan beat Dad that year to win the championship,” Elliott said in an interview with AP.

“But as I’ve been around and listened to stories about Alan and listened to my dad talk about him, there was a lot of respect there for him,” he added.

Remembering an iconic NASCAR Cup Series race with Elliott’s scheme


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The 1992 Series finale was a race for the ages. There was not much to separate Bill Elliott and Kulwicki on the points table going into the final stages of the final race. Even though Bill won the race, Kulwicki finished second but still earned more points to eventually lift the title.

AVONDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 08: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, and his father Bill Elliott pose for a photo after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Season Finale 500 and the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Championship at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

While the 1992 race was already thrilling with an exciting title race, it was also monumental for other reasons. seven-time champ Richard Petty bid adieu to the sport that night. Along with that, Jeff Gordon made his Cup debut and went to be a legend in the sport in years to come.


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The Darlington throwback weekend will run from May 7-9, 2021, with the Cup race on Sunday. There will be a lot of excitement with more paint scheme announcements to come soon.


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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.