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Michael Annett driving Brad Doty sprint car scheme in Xfinity Darlington race

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The paint scheme Michael Annett will sport in the Xfinity Series’ Sept. 2 race at Darlington Raceway has never been run in NASCAR, but it means a lot to Annett.

JR Motorsports announced Wednesday Annett’s No. 5 Chevrolet will be based on a paint scheme used by Brad Doty in the World of Outlaws sprint car series in the 1980s.

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Annett’s father, Harrold Annett, is the owner of TMC Transportation and was once a major team sponsor in the World of Outlaws series and is close friends of Doty.

Doty competed against Steve Kinser, Doug Wolfgang and Sammy Swindell, who all drove the No. 1 TMC machine owned by Annett’s team.

Doty’s racing career ended in 1988 when he was involved in a first-lap crash in an event that fractured a thoracic vertebrae and left him paralyzed from mid-chest down.

The following year, Harrold Annett was a promoter of the inaugural Brad Doty Classic, a benefit race for Doty and his family, at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park. The event has been held 28 times since.

“I’m very humbled and honored that they would do something like that,” Doty said in a press release. “I’ve never been to Darlington, just seen it on TV, but it looks like they’ll be rubbing the TMC off the quarter panel from what I’ve seen!”

The announcement of Annett’s scheme comes the same day Stewart-Haas Racing revealed Cole Custer’s tribute scheme to Sam Ard.

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Cole Custer honors two-time Xfinity champion Sam Ard with Darlington paint scheme

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Rookie Cole Custer will honor the memory and career of Sam Ard with a special paint scheme in the Sept. 2 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.

Custer and Stewart-Haas Racing revealed the paint scheme Wednesday at Darlington.

Sam Ard with the No. 00 car he drove in the early 1980s. (Photo by ISC Images & Archives via Getty Images)

A two-time Xfinity Series champion in 1983 and 1984, Ard passed away on April 2 at the age of 84. Custer, 19, drives the No. 00 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing. Ard drove the No. 00 in all 92 of his Xfinity Series starts.

In those 92 starts in what was then the NASCAR Budweiser Late Model Sportsman Series, Ard won 22 races and earned 67 top-fives, 79 top 10s and 24 poles.

Custer’s car will have the colors and lettering of Ard’s No. 00 Oldsmobile Omega that now sits on “Glory Road” in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Ard’s name will also be on the roof of the car.

“The 00 number has been a part of my entire NASCAR career, and over the years I’ve gotten to know its history and met some of the people who worked with Sam and saw him race,” Custer said in a press release. “The more I learn about Sam and all that he accomplished, the more impressive it becomes. I feel like I’m driving his car, and I want to make him and his family proud. Guys like Sam Ard helped shape the sport into what it is today. Without him, I don’t know if the opportunity to drive racecars for a living would exist. I’m grateful for it and I’d like him and his family to know it.”

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Ard was was born in Pamplico, South Carolina, roughly 45 minutes southeast of Darlington. Ard worked on aircraft at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina, during the Vietnam War.

Ard made four starts at Darlington and never finished worse than sixth.

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Ryan Blaney to drive Kyle Petty’s 1987 paint scheme in Southern 500

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The countdown to this years’ throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway began Monday with Ryan Blaney revealing his retro paint scheme on NASCAR America.

With the help of NBC Sports analysts Kyle Petty, Blaney announced his No. 21 Ford will have Petty’s 1987 paint scheme in the Sept. 3 Southern 500, which will air on NBCSN.

This is the third year for NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway

Kyle Petty’s Ford Thunderbird from the 1987 season. Source: Wood Brothers Racing.

Petty drove for Wood Brothers Racing from 1985-88, when he earned two of his eight Cup wins with the team and scored 19 top five and 48 top-10 finishes. He placed in the top 10 in points in three of his four seasons with the Wood Brothers.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Petty’s win in the Coca-Cole 600.

Blaney will be making his third start in the Southern 500. His best finish in his first two starts was 13th last season.

“When he was with us, Kyle used to build his own aluminum seats,” team co-owner Eddie Wood said in  press release.. “He won a total of eight Cup races. He’s a talented singer and guitar player. He’s done great work with the Victory Junction Camp and the Kyle Petty Charity Ride, and he’s an excellent TV commentator.

“Kyle can do anything he wants to do. He’s that talented. We’re happy to have his name back on our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Fusion for the Southern 500 at Darlington.”

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Kevin Harvick will give one fan a shot at $1 million with All-Star Race scheme

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The winner of next month’s Monster Energy All-Star Race might not be the only one who leaves Charlotte Motor Speedway with $1 million.

One fan could jump a few tax brackets if – and only if – Kevin Harvick takes his No. 4 Ford and its money-themed paint scheme to victory lane in the May 20 exhibition race.

Stewart-Haas Racing and sponsor Busch Beer announced its “Busch Bucks” contest, which begins today and runs through May 6.

Any fan who enrolls in the “Busch Bucks” loyalty program before May 6 will automatically be eligible to win the contest. The fan who wins the grand prize will be invited to Charlotte to watch the race and Harvick’s pursuit of the checkered flag.

If Harvick wins the revamped All-Star Race, it would be his second victory in the event after his victory in 2007. The 2014 Cup champion also has three points wins at the 1.5-mile track.

Here’s how you can become eligible for the “Busch Bucks” prize:

  • Register at BuschBucks.com.
  • Purchase eligible Busch products.
  • Collect points by taking a picture of your receipt and uploading it to BuschBucks.com.
  • Redeem your points for Busch prizes ranging in point values. Prizes include everything from hats and t-shirts to coolers and tents.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will race enemy colors at Pocono with Philadelphia Eagles paint scheme

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The June 11 NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway just became quite a bit awkward for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The diehard fan of the NFL’s Washington Redskins will be representing the enemy … Philadelphia Eagles … with a special “All Pro Teachers” scheme on his No. 88 Chevrolet for the Axalta “We Paint Winners” 400.

“All Pro Teachers” is charity program that recognizes the efforts of teachers in the tri-state area around Philadelphia.

That’s right, Earnhardt will be driving with the support of the Redskins’ NFC East rivals, who play about 95 miles south of Pocono Raceway.

Though he’s lived his whole life in North Carolina, Earnhardt’s love of the Washington, D.C.’s team has never wavered. Earlier this year, Earnhardt went on Twitter spiel about roster moves he thought the team should execute.

Three years ago, Earnhardt was a guest of the Redskins’ radio team during an exhibition game. The 14-time most popular driver got the chance to call a touchdown play.

After the announcement of the Eagles’ paint scheme, Earnhardt made it clear it was weird for him as a Redskins fan.

Earnhardt later took to Periscope to try explain the situation, saying “I’m really sad about that, being a Redskins fan. It was very hard for me to wrap my brain around that.

“I hope that my Redskin pals, all the fans, the fandom that I’m a part of, I hope you don’t disown me,” Earnhardt continued. “HTTR. Hail to the Redskins. … I know it probably shocked a few of my fellow Redskins fans. It seems like it made some of the Eagles folks happy. Interesting day. … I had to explain myself, how a Redskins fan is going to drive an Eagles car.”

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