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Kyle Larson’s Xfinity paint scheme for Darlington is love letter to country music

Larson Darlington

Once upon a time, country music singer Marty Robbins sang the story of falling in love with a Mexican girl in El Paso, Texas.

Robbins, who died in December 1982 of complications of heart surgery, also competed in 35 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races. He ran majority of those with the No. 42 on his car.

Larson Xfinity

Source: Chip Ganassi Racing

That’s why Kyle Larson will drive a Robbins inspired paint scheme in the Sept. 3 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway as part of the track’s throwback weekend.

In his 35 Sprint Cup starts, Robbins’ best finish - his only top five - came in the 1974 Motor State 360 at Michigan International Speedway.

Chip Ganassi Racing announced Larson’s Xfinity paint scheme after a day of teasing it on social media.

Larson’s paint scheme for the Southern 500 is a tribute to Chip Ganassi’s first sponsorship with Target in 1990, when Eddie Cheever drove for the team in IndyCar.