NASCAR Goes Throwback At Darlington Raceway

What is one thing that makes uniforms in every sport fun?  Well, that is obvious – it is throwback uniforms.  It is always fun to see the oldies – those baseball, basketball and football uniforms, to name a few, that goes retro.  These uniforms give the show of what it was like back in the older days.  The younger generation can experience a thing of the past in present day.

So what is the throwback version when it comes to NASCAR?  Since each driver’s paint scheme represents the driver on the track – similar to the uniform of players in other sports – the paint scheme is the oldie, but goodie.  So when do we get to see the throwback paint schemes of different drivers?  All you have to do is tune into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway on September 6th, titled the Bojangles’ Southern 500.

Will everyone have a throwback paint scheme?  We will wait and see, but why not take a look a few cool ones.

First, how about Austin Dillon.  Dillon, sponsored by American Ethanol for the race, is keeping his throwback in the family, as his No. 3 Chevrolet will carry a paint scheme looking like how his grandfather, Richard Childress, had his car painted while he was racing.

Who else is keeping it in the family?  That would be the No. 25 NAPA Chevrolet Chase Elliott.  In 1985, Chase’s father, Bill Elliott, won the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, which also meant Bill won the “Winston Million” that year.  So to Photo Courtesy @chaseelliottcommemorate this historic occasion, Chase will have a different colors and a different sponsor on the car, but the paint scheme will look how Bill’s did when winning in 1985.  It is the thought that counts, as Chase clearly knows

“I’m really looking forward to seeing this car on the track at Darlington.  It’s one of my favorite schemes that my dad raced and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of him winning the million dollars is very cool.  I appreciate NAPA for letting us do this and I hope the fans enjoy it as much as I am going to.”

Who else you ask has a cool throwback for Darlington race?  That would be defending race winner Kevin Harvick on his No. 4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet.  Harvick is ditching the red, white and black for this race and instead running a gold-and-black paint scheme.

Instead of his usual red, white and black, Harvick will drive a gold-and-black paint scheme during the Sept. 4-6 Bojangles’ Southern 500 race weekend.  The word on the description of how Harvick’s car will look

“The retro-themed, commemorative paint scheme mimics the first can Budweiser produced, which was gold and featured an eagle flying through the Anheuser-Busch stylized ‘A’ with five stars above and below the winged crest. Below the eagle, Budweiser is spelled out in block letters with ‘Lager Beer’ in script.”

So be ready come Labor Day weekend to enjoy a blast from the past.  Too bad you are not able to go out and buy one of these cars with the retro paint schemes at your local car dealership and drive the car around town.


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