The famed Darlington Raceway has been a staple on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule since 1950. This Sunday though, Darlington is taking competitors and fans back in time with the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Darlington throwback race.
The track is taking NASCAR fans back to a time when roller skates were big, 8-track players were all the rage, Daisy Dukes were in style, “The Happy Days” was popular on T.V. and everyone who was cool had their very own pet rock. Yes, Darlington Raceway is turning back the clock to the 1970s.
It was a decade that saw the introduction of floppy disks, the breakup of The Beatles, the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon, the release of the original Star Wars movie and the premier of “Saturday Night Live,” but it also was a time of great change and growth for NASCAR. From the introduction of Winston as the title sponsor for the premier series to the historic 1979 Daytona 500 that ended up in a fistfight between three popular drivers, the 1970s was a great time for the sport … the drivers … the teams … and, most importantly, the fans.
Darlington Raceway has changed their logo to one with a retro feel that you would have seen back in the 70s. The famed “Lady in Black” will also play host to several NASCAR legends and surprise announcers in the booth for portions of the race.
They wanted the NASCAR teams to get in on the fun too, so they reached out to many of them about possibly running throwback paint schemes. Whether you’re watching from the comforts of your home couch or from your trackside seat, this weekend will be like watching races from the past. Although the track is focusing on a 1970s theme, many of NASCAR’s drivers will take to the track in iconic paint schemes from the 1970s, 80s, 90s and the 00s.
We hope you enjoy looking at these throwback NASCAR Sprint Cup paint schemes!
Jeb Burton: This weekend in Darlington, Burton will drive the No. 23 Estes Toyota, which will be decorated to look like his father Ward Burton’s car from the 1990s.
From Jeb Burton’s Facebook page.
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Kyle Larson: Larson is bringing back a fan favorite to Darlington Raceway over Labor Day weekend. His retro-looking No. 42 Mello Yello Chevrolet was made famous by Kyle Petty in the early 1990s.
From Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates website.
Go Green Racing
Josh Wise: Wise is driving the No. 32 CorvetteParts.net / BeerFrost.com Ford this Sunday at Darlington. His car will sport the same colors Ricky Craven’s car had in 2003 when he was the victor in the closest finish since electronic scoring and time was introduced to NASCAR.
From Go Green Racing press release.
Kasey Kahne: This weekend, Kahne has a new sponsor on his race car. The paint scheme on his No. 5 HendrickRideAlong.com Chevrolet honors Brett Bodine’s No. 5 vehicle from the mid-1980s when Hendrick Motorsports was known as “All-Star Racing.”
Chase Elliott: In his final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start of 2015, Elliott pays homage to his father NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott with his “Million Dollar Bill” paint scheme. The design on the younger Elliott’s No. 25 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet honors the race car in which his father won the Winston Million at Darlington in 1985.
Jimmie Johnson: Johnson’s primary sponsor, Lowe’s, is on board for this weekend’s race, but with a retro paint scheme that pays tribute to the company’s look from the mid-1940s and 1950s. The cream and dark blue colors of the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet reflect back on the company’s prestigious history.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Earnhardt is bring back Cale Yarborough’s famous No. 27 Valvoline paint scheme on his No. 88 Valvoline Chevrolet. The red, white and blue design is sure to be a fan favorite.
Landon Cassill: Cassill’s No. 40 #Snap Honor Chevrolet brings back an iconic design with Sterling Marlin’s “God Bless America” paint scheme. Marlin originally ran the patriotic scheme a couple weeks after the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
From Hillman Racing website.
Michael Annett: Annett’s No. 46 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet will have a new retro design in Darlington honoring the company’s beginning in 1993.
From HScott Motorsports Facebook page.
Justin Allgaier: At Darlington, Allgaier will be at the wheel of the No. 51 Brandt Chevrolet, which will be running a paint scheme reminiscent of A.J. Foyt’s paint scheme that he ran on his No. 51 car back in 1976.
From HScott Motorsports Facebook page.
Joe Gibbs Racing
Denny Hamlin: Hamlin will hit the egg-shaped oval of Darlington in his No. 11 Sports Clips Toyota sporting a paint scheme inspired by the car Cale Yarborough drove during his championship run in the late 1970s.
Michael Waltrip Racing
Clint Bowyer: Bowyer honors the late Buddy Baker this weekend at Darlington Raceway in the No. 15 Buddy Baker Tribute Toyota. The scheme his Camry will carry is similar to the scheme Baker ran in 1974.
From Michael Waltrip Racing Facebook page.
David Ragan: By driving the No. 55 Ol’ Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota, Ragan will honor his father Ken. The younger Ragan’s race car will carry a paint scheme his father ran when he drove in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
From Michael Waltrip Racing Facebook page.
Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon: Dillon honors his grandfather and team owner Richard Childress with his No. 3 American Ethanol Chevrolet. The vehicle is painted to look like the No. 3 car Childress raced in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Paul Menard: On Sunday night, Menard will drive the No. 27 Moen / Menards Chevrolet that reminds many racing fans of the car Herm Johnson drove in the IndyCar Series back in the 1980s.
Ryan Newman: Newman will be at the wheel of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet this weekend at Darlington. His car’s throwback scheme mimics the company’s heavy equipment design that was popular in the 1970s.
Richard Petty Motorsports
Sam Hornish Jr.: Winn-Dixie returns to NASCAR action this weekend in the form of primary sponsor for Hornish’s No. 9 Winn-Dixie Ford. The Winn-Dixie paint scheme was made famous by Mark Martin in the 1990s.
Aric Arimola: Almirola takes to Darlington Raceway in the No. 43 STP Ford carrying Richard Petty’s famous STP paint scheme from 1972. The Petty Blue and red colors are sure to bring back memories of the legendary No. 43.
Roush Fenway Racing
Trevor Bayne: Bayne is piloting the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford this weekend in Darlington’s Bojangle’s Southern 500. His car’s paint scheme is similar to the design of Mark Martin’s Valvoline-sponsored vehicle from 1998.
From Roush Fenway Racing website.
Greg Biffle: Biffle’s No. 16 Ortho Ford that is unloaded this weekend at Darlington features a retro design and numbers.
From Roush Fenway Racing Facebook page.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: The throwback paint scheme of the No. 17 Cargill Ford driven by Stenhouse honors David Pearson’s car in which he won two championships and ran in the 1968 Darlington event.
Kevin Harvick: This weekend, Harvick once again has his Budweiser sponsor on his No. 4 Budweiser / Jimmy John’s Chevrolet, but with a new spin. When the famous brewing company first introduced cans in the mid-1800s, they were gold in color. The reigning NASCAR champion’s car pays homage to his long-standing sponsor and their gold cans.
Danica Patrick: This weekend, Patrick is running a paint scheme on her No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet that goes along with the track’s nickname, “The Lady in Black.” With the black and neon green car under the lights, it will be neat to see the Lady of NASCAR take on the Lady in Black.
Tony Stewart: At Darlington, Stewart will pay tribute to Bass Pro Shops with their logo from the 1970s, when they were Bass Tracker. The paint scheme on his No. 14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet showcases the brand’s first complete boat motor and trailer package with a retro 1970s look.
Kurt Busch: Busch will be running a throwback version of his No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet with a new retro design that will be sure to catch your eye while it’s on the track.
Brad Keselowski: This weekend, Keselowski brings back the famous Miller High Life car made famous by NASCAR legend Bobby Allison. Keselowski’s No. 2 Millier High Life Ford celebrates the 25-year partnership between Miller Lite and Team Penske.
Joey Logano: Logano will be running a throwback paint scheme on his No. 22 Shell / Pennzoil Ford this weekend that was inspired by Mario Andretti’s Shell Lemans car.
From Team Penske Faceboook page.
Tommy Baldwin Racing
Alex Bowman: Bowman’s No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet will honor the memory of “Tiger” Tom Baldwin, the father of team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr. The elder Baldwin competed in NASCAR’s Modified series for 40 seasons.
From Tommy Baldwin Racing Facebook page.
Wood Brothers Racing
Ryan Blaney: Blaney is bringing a unique design to Darlington. The No. 21 Snap-On Tools Ford is decorated with photos of the Wood Brothers Racing team through the years from their beginning to the present.
From Wood Brothers Racing Facebook page.