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Clint Bowyer peaks with Kyle Petty throwback scheme for Southern 500

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Kyle Petty thinks NASCAR is doing a commendable job adhering to the different guidelines that are in place within the states that they have raced in so far and that attracting new fans is key to the future of the sport.

The drumbeat toward this fall’s Southern 500 Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway has started, courtesy of Stewart-Haas Racing and Clint Bowyer.

Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford will take inspiration from the No. 42 car that NBC Sports analyst Kyle Petty drove in 1990 when he competed for SABCO Racing and was sponsored by Peak Antifreeze.

Bowyer will be sponsored by Peak in the race.

It’s the latest Darlington throwback to Petty’s career. Kyle Larson drove a Mello Yello scheme in 2015 and Ryan Blaney drove his Wood Brothers Racing scheme in 2017.

In 1990, Petty claimed one Cup win. He led 433 of 492 laps at Rockingham Speedway. It was one of his three wins at Rockingham from 1990-92.

The Southern 500 is tentatively scheduled to open the playoffs on Sept. 6 on NBCSN.