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Retro Rundown 2019: Southern 500 paint schemes

NASCAR America Splash and Go previews this weekend's Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway, which will honor the late great David Pearson, who mastered the track in his storied career.

It’s here!

After all the waiting it’s almost time for the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (6 p.m. Sunday on NBCSN).

The fifth year of NASCAR’s official Throwback Weekend celebrates the 1990-94 era of the sport but there are paint schemes from various eras that we’ll be seen competing on the track “Too Tough to Tame.”

Here’s your guide to the retro paint schemes that have been announced so far for this weekend, including schemes for Saturday’s Xfinity Series race.

Landon Cassill, No. 00 Chevrolet - The StarCom Racing car will honor Sterling Marlin with his early 2000s “Silver Bullet” scheme.

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Kurt Busch, No. 1 Chevrolet - The Chip Ganassi Racing driver’s car will be made to look like his personal 1969 Chevy Camaro.

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Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Ford - The Team Penske driver will race Rusty Wallace’s 1996 Cup Series scheme.

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Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet - Dillon will boast a paint scheme that was driven by his grandfather and team owner Richard Childress in the late 1970s.

Austin Dillon

Ryan Newman, No. 6 Ford - With Oscar Mayer taking the place of Valvoline, Newman’s car will take its cue from the scheme Mark Martin raced in 1993, when he earned Roush Fenway Racing’s first Southern 500 victory.


Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet - Hemric will drive a car inspired by the design of CAT equipment and the logo used on them from its launch in 1925 until 1931.

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Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet - Elliott will boast the scheme his father, Bill Elliott, claimed his first Cup pole with in 1981 at Darlington.

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Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota - Hamlin’s car will evoke Darrell Waltrip’s Western Auto paint scheme from the 1990s.

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Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Ford - The Team Penske driver will have a scheme inspired by Michael Waltrip’s Pennzoil car from 1991-95.

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Kyle Busch, No. 18 Toyota - Busch will pilot a Snickers-sponsored car based on Bobby Hillin Jr.s 1990 No. 8 Snickers scheme.

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Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Toyota - The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will throwback to himself with the Bass Pro Shops paint scheme he drove during his 2004 Xfinity Series championship campaign. That year he drove for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chance 2 Motorsports.

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Erik Jones, No. 20 Toyota - To mark his 100th Cup Series start, Jones will boast a scheme based on his rookie late model car.

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Paul Menard, No. 21 Ford - Wood Brothers Racing will pay tribute to late team founder Glen Wood with the paint scheme Wood drove himself in 1957, including in his only appearance as a driver at Darlington.


Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford - The Team Penske driver will have the Pennzoil paint scheme Kevin Harvick used to win the 2007 Daytona 500.

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William Byron, No. 24 Chevrolet - Byron will drive one of Cole Trickle’s paint schemes from the 1990 Tom Cruise movie “Days of Thunder.”


Corey LaJoie, No. 32 Ford - GoFas Racing’s car will be based on Dale Jarrett’s 1990-91 Nestle Crunch sponsored Xfinity car.


Michael McDowell, No. 34 Ford - The Front Row Motorsports driver will have a paint scheme that pays homage to the career of long-time owner and driver Jimmy Means, who was once partnered with FRM owner Bob Jenkins.

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Matt Tifft, No. 36 Ford - The rookie driver will pay tribute to his father. The car is based on a Dirt Late Model car his father owned, which was driven by David Hilliker.

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David Ragan, No. 38 Ford - The Front Row Motorsports driver will drive a scheme inspired by David Pearson’s 1969 championship car.

Kyle Larson, No. 42 Chevrolet - Larson’s car will resemble Ricky Craven’s Kodiak scheme from his Cup Series Rookie of the Year season in 1995.


Bubba Wallace, No. 43 Chevrolet - Wallace’s car will be a tribute to the late Adam Petty and his 1998 ARCA win at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Ryan Preece, No. 47 Chevrolet - Preece will have a tribute to modified racing legend Ron Bouchard. The scheme is based on the No. 47 Majik Market/Hawaiian Punch car Bouchard drove at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway in 1984.


Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet - Johnson will throwback to his off-road racing days with a scheme from 1995.

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BJ McLeod, No. 51 Chevrolet - The car is inspired by one that Burt Reynolds’ character raced in the movie “Stroker Ace.”

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JJ Yeley, No. 52 Chevrolet

Garrett Smithley, No. 54 Chevrolet - The Rick Ware Racing car will pay tribute to Lennie Pond’s 1976 ride.


Reed Sorenson, No. 77 Chevrolet - The Spire Motorsports car will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Motor Racing Network and the 11 radio affiliates that have broadcast NASCAR races since its inception in 1970.


Alex Bowman, No. 88 Chevrolet - Bowman’s Axalta-sponsored car is inspired by Tim Richmond’s Folger’s Coffee scheme from 1986-87.

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Matt DiBenedetto, No. 95 Toyota - The Leavine Family Racing car will be a tribute to the GTO Celicas that won the IMSA GTU title in 1987.


Stewart-Haas Racing - In celebration of co-owner Tony Stewart’s election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, three SHR drivers will have paint schemes based on the cars Stewart raced to his three Cup Series titles. Aric Almirola’s No. 10 Ford will be based on Stewart’s 2002 car, Daniel Suarez’s No. 41 Ford will be based on the 2005 season and Clint Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford will look like the car Stewart drove to his 2011 title.

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Xfinity Series

Cole Custer, No. 00 Ford - The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will have a throwback to Buckshot Jones’ 1997 Xfinity Series car.

Gray Gaulding, No. 08 Chevrolet

Garrett Smithley, No. 0 Chevrolet

Michael Annett, No. 1 Chevrolet - The JR Motorsports driver has Jeff Gordon’s Baby Ruth paint scheme from the 1992 Xfinity season when he drove for Bill Davis Racing.

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Tyler Reddick, No. 2 Chevrolet - Reddick’s scheme is inspired by Kyle Petty’s 7-Eleven paint scheme from the late 1980s.


BJ McLeod, No. 4 Chevrolet - McLeod’s car is designed after the No. 44 Slim Jim car Bobby Labonte drove in the Xfinity Series in 1992.


Justin Allgaier, No. 7 Chevrolet - Allgaier’s scheme will be based on the No. 90 Truxmore Chevrolet Ricky Rudd drove in the 1979 season.


Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Chevrolet - Earnhardt will pilot the scheme his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., drove in his first Cup start in the 1975 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Justin Haley, No. 11 Chevrolet - Kaulig Racing will boast Jeff Burton’s 1994 rookie Cup paint scheme with matching sponsorship from brake parts company Raybestos. It also serves as a tribute to team owner Matt Kaulig’s father and team chief financial officer, Bob Kaulig, who served as a vice president of Raybestos from 1985-2008.

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Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Ford


Stephen Leicht, No. 15 Chevrolet - The JD Motorsports driver’s scheme is based on Ken Scrader’s mid-1990s Budweiser car.


Denny Hamlin, No. 18 Toyota - Hamlin will have a scheme based on Bill Elliott’s No. 11 Budweiser car.

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Brandon Jones, No. 19 Toyota - The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will have Bubby Baker’s “Gray Ghost” paint scheme.

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Austin Cindric, No. 22 Ford - The Team Penske driver will race the paint scheme Roger Penske had for his one and only NASCAR win as a driver.

Joey Gase, No. 35 Toyota - Gase’s throwback is based on the 1997 Tabasco paint scheme raced by Todd Bodine.


Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Chevrolet - Like William Byron, Clements will pilot a “Days of Thunder” paint scheme. He’ll be using Rowdy Burns’ No. 51 Exxon scheme.

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Brandon Brown, No. 86 Chevrolet - Brown’s scheme is inspired by Terry Labonte’s 1993 Kellogg’s Cornflakes scheme.


Chase Briscoe, No. 98 Ford - Briscoe will pilot a scheme based on the No. 98 Ford Parnelli Jones won the 1963 Indianapolis 500 with.


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