NASCAR’s throwback weekend is back.
Drivers are set to compete in Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, the site of the sport’s annual throwback weekend. Nearly every driver will feature a paint scheme that honors NASCAR history, no matter how big or small.
Landon Cassill: No. 00 StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Cassill will honor Bobby Allison’s famed Miller High Life Car.
Jamie McMurray: No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
McMurray’s scheme is reminiscent of the McDonald’s 50th anniversary car that Bill Elliott ran in 1998.
Brad Keselowski: No. 2 Team Penske Ford
Keselowski’s scheme is a throwback to Rusty Wallace’s No. 27 car from 1990.
Austin Dillon: No. 3 Richard Chilress Racing Chevrolet
Dillon will pay homage to Dale Earnhardt Sr. and RCR’s silver 1995 All-Star Race paint scheme.
Kevin Harvick: No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Harvick’s paint scheme was inspired by a Busch Beer can design from 1996.
Matt Kenseth: No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Kenseth’s scheme isn’t necessarily a throwback, but it is a nod to RFR’s partnership with Oscar Mayer in the early 2000s.
Chase Elliott: No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Elliott’s paint scheme will honor a car driven by his late cousin, Casey Elliott.
Aric Almirola: No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Almirola will not sport a throwback paint scheme.
Denny Hamlin: No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Hamlin’s scheme is a nod to his first race car, a Mini Stock.
Ryan Blaney: No. 12 Team Penske Ford
Blaney’s scheme is inspired by the No. 77 Jasper Car that his father, Dave Blaney, once drove.
Ty Dillon: No. 13 Germain Racing with GEICO Chevrolet
Dillon’s scheme nearly is identical to the one that Germain Racing and GEICO debuted in 2009, their inaugural season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Clint Bowyer: No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Bowyer’s scheme honors a car driven by Jeff Jarrett in 1965.
Ross Chastain: No. 15 Premium Motorsports Chevrolet
Chastain will not feature a throwback paint scheme.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford
Stenhouse’s paint scheme is a throwback to a car that Chad Little once drove for Roush.
Kyle Busch: No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Busch’s car is a throwback to Ernie Irvan’s 1998 Skittles scheme
Daniel Suarez: No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Suarez will not run a throwback paint scheme.
Erik Jones: No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota
Jones’ scheme honors a REMAX truck his spotter, Rick Carelli, drove in the 1990s.
Paul Menard: No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford
Menard’s scheme honors NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough.
Joey Logano: No. 22 Team Penske Ford
Logano’s car is a nod to the 20th anniversary Pennzoil car that Steve Park drove in 1998.
Joey Gase: No. 23 BK Racing Toyota
Gase’s scheme honors his father.
William Byron: No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Byron’s scheme honors the famous rainbow-colored car that Jeff Gordon drove in the 1990s.
Ryan Newman: No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
Newman’s car is inspired by the Goodwrench/Mom & Pop’s paint scheme that Neil Bonnett drove in 1993.
Matt DiBenedetto: No. 32 Go Fas Racing Ford
DiBenedetto will honor the No. 99 Exide Ford that Jeff Burton drove in the late 1990s.
Michael McDowell: No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford
McDowell’s car honors the first Love’s Travel Stop location, which was founded in Texas in 1981.
Chris Buescher: No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
Buescher’s car is inspired by a Bush’s can design from the 1930s.
David Ragan: No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford
Ragan’s paint scheme honors the car that Dale Jarrett drove to his first Cup win in 1991.
Kurt Busch: No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
Busch’s scheme nearly is identical to the No. 97 Rubbermaid car he once drove.
Kyle Larson: No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Larson will honor NASCAR great Davey Allison.
Darrell Wallace Jr.: No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet
Wallace will honor the first paint scheme of the Richard Petty-STP partnership, which was formed in 1972.
AJ Allmendinger: No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet
Allmendinger will honor a JTG Daugherty Racing car from the 1998 NASCAR Busch Series.
Jimmie Johnson: No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Johnson’s scheme is a throwback to the car he drove to victory lane at Darlington in 2012. The win was the 200th for HMS.
B.J. McLeod: No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
McLeod’s car is a throwback to Russ Wheeler’s Hardees-themed car from the movie “Days of Thunder.”
J.J. Yeley: No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet
Yeley will not run a throwback scheme.
Timmy Hill: No. 66 MBM Motorsports Toyota
Hill’s car honors the same scheme Darrell Waltrip ran in 2000.
Corey LaJoie: No. 72 TriStar Motorsports Chevrolet
LaJoie’s car honors the one his father, Randy, drove in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in the 1990s.
Martin Truex Jr.: No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota
Truex will not feature a throwback scheme.
Alex Bowman: No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
Bowman will not sport a throwback scheme.
Kasey Kahne: No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Chevrolet
Kahne’s scheme was inspired by his No. 9 Dodge Dealers car from 2006.
Jeffrey Earnhardt: No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota
Earnhardt’s car honors Dale Earnhardt Sr’s 1978 Cardinal Tractor Ford.
Derrike Cope: No. 99 StarCom Racing Chevrolet
Cope’s scheme is nearly identical to the Bojangles car he drove in 1993.
So, there you have it. Per usual, the Southern 500 will be feature no shortage of eye candy.
Here’s the starting lineup:
Denny Hamlin, who won the Southern 500 last season, will begin the race on the pole. The Joe Gibbs Racing driver still is looking for his first win of the 2018 season.
At the end of the day, however, Sunday’s race is about celebrating NASCAR, its history and its fans. Let’s just the hope racing looks as good as the cars.
Thumbnail photo via Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR Getty Images
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