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!”
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
“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.”