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Craven for some history: Go Green Racing’s paint scheme recalls closest Darlington finish

NASCAR Darlingotn Finish Auto Racing

FILE - In this March 16, 2003 image that was retrieved from the NASCAR scoring camera positioned at the start/finish line, Ricky Craven (32) beats Kurt Busch by .002 seconds to win the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 auto race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, S.C. It was 10 years ago that Busch came up an agonizing .002 seconds shy of victory to Ricky Craven at the track “Too Tough To Tame.” He gets his next chance at a Darlington checkered flag this week at Southern 500. (AP Photo/NASCAR, File)


That was exciting, wasn’t it?


Twelve years ago, Ricky Craven beat Kurt Busch by .002 seconds - tied for the closest NASCAR finish in the electronic timing and scoring era - to win the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 at Darlington Raceway.

Now Go Green Racing, which runs the No. 32 Ford with Josh Wise, is paying tribute to the finish in the Sept. 6 Southern 500 with the paint scheme Craven raced in his second-career win.

“Being a Maine native I always pulled for Ricky when he was running in the Cup Series,” said team owner Archie St. Hilaire in a team release. “I couldn’t see a more ideal situation to run this throwback scheme.”

It won’t be Tide on the car, though. Instead it will be and

Meanwhile, the No. 32 Pontiac Craven won in can be found at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. The car was one of the first donations to the museum.

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