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Retro Rundown 2019: Throwback schemes for Southern 500


We’re now just a month away from the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (Sept. 1 on NBCSN), which will mark the fifth year of NASCAR’s official Throwback Weekend.

Here’s your guide to the retro paint schemes that have been announced so far for the weekend, including schemes for the Aug. 31 Xfinity Series race.

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.

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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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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.


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

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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.


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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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

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

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

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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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