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NASCAR: The Best Paint Schemes From This Throwback Weekend In Darlington

NASCAR: The Best Paint Schemes From This Throwback Weekend In Darlington

It’s throwback weekend.

Every year when? NASCAR Darlington rolls in for their spring race, the sport uses it as an opportunity to pay tribute to the sport’s history—and the teams can break out some tough throwback paint schemes.

Seeing all these old-school paint schemes is pretty cool, and if you’re a longtime NASCAR fan, they’re sure to spark some hardcore nostalgia from some of your favorite drivers and their iconic rides. And if you’re new to NASCAR, the throwback weekend is a great way to learn about the history of the sport.

In addition to all the throwback paint schemes, NASCAR legend Richard Petty will wave the green flag to start the Cup Series race, and Bill Elliott (who is Chase Elliott’s father, of course) will serve as grand marshal. Both Petty and Elliott, along with Bobby Labonte, will also join Mike Joy and Clint Bowyer in the TV booth.

So with all this nostalgia, let’s check out some of the best paint schemes we’ll see on the track this weekend:

Corey LaJoie

LaJoie honors the country singer turned NASCAR driver Marty Robbins with his throwback scheme that pays tribute to the bright pink and yellow color scheme Robbins ran in the 1970s.

Brad Keselowski

Brad will be making a return to Mark Martin’s early 2000s Viagra car. And Brad is now a co-owner of Martin’s former team, Roush Racing.

Chris Buescher

Buescher’s #17 car will also pay tribute to its former driver with a return to Matt Kenseth’s DeWalt livery.

William Byron

The driver who took over Jeff Gordon’s drive will pay tribute to Gordon’s 2007 livery in the #24 car.

Erik Jones

Jones will drive the iconic #43 car in a throwback look in honor of Richard Petty, complete with the iconic “Petty blue” livery.

Ty Dillon

And with the other Petty GMS Racing car in the field, Ty Dillon will be putting on a throwback look in honor of Lee Petty, Richard Petty’s father who competed in the first-ever NASCAR race.

Ross Chastain & Daniel Suarez

The Trackhouse Racing teammates will be honoring another legendary father and son duo and throwing it back to the paint schemes executed by Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. the first time the two ever race against each other. The race was an exhibition held in Japan that featured both Senior and Junior driving in Coca-Cola paint schemes – and Junior was even in the #1 car, the same number Chastain will be driving this weekend in the recreated Coke paint scheme .

Kurt Busch

Busch and his #45 23XI Toyota will use a McDonald’s color scheme that takes it back to Bill Elliott’s 1996 ride.

Alex Bowman

Bowman will be making a return to Mark Martin’s 1993 Valvoline paint scheme, the same scheme that drove Martin to victory that year at Darlington.

Cole Custer

Custer will pay tribute to the late Jason Leffler this weekend with his #41 Stewart Haas Racing Ford. Leffler, who died tragically in a sprint car race in 2013, Haas CNC Racing (which later became Stewart Haas Racing) took its first win at a Busch Series race in Nashville.

Matt Di Benedetto

Matty D replayed last night’s Truck Series race, honoring Sterling Marlin’s “Silver Bullet” livery from his early 2000s Cup Series drive.

Chase Elliot

NASCAR’s most popular driver takes a NAPA color scheme and throws it back to the car driven by Jimmy Means in 1993.

Denny Hamlin

Denny throws it back to… herself. His livery is the same one he used in his 2016 Daytona 500 win.

Kyle Busch

For M&M’s final season in NASCAR, Kyle Busch will be driving a throwback schedule that pays tribute to Ernie Irvan’s 1998 M&M’s car.

Harrison Burton

This one might be my favorite just because of all the memories of looking at that old Jeff Burton paint scheme at the time. Harrison Burton will honor his father with a return to the 2000 Exide ride.

Justin Allgaier

Allgaier’s #7 Xfinity Series car will pay tribute to Dale Earnhardt’s 1984 Wrangler livery – and it’s only fitting that Allgaier now drives for JR Motorsports, the team owned by Earnhardt’s son Dale Jr.

Tyler Reddick

Reddick is doing double duty this weekend, driving the Xfinity Series race this return to the legendary Bobby Allison livery of the 1972 Southern 500 at Darlington.

Ty Gibbs

Gibbs will be making a return to Bobby Labonte’s 2002 Interstate Batteries car, a livery Labonte used for Joe Gibbs Racing – owned by Ty’s grandfather, of course. This also happens to be Labonte’s livery the year Ty Gibbs was born, and damn, now I feel old.