Blake Koch to carry Darrell Waltrip ’85 scheme in Darlington throwback weekend

Photo courtesy Blake Koch Racing

Blake Koch will channel his inner Darrell Waltrip in next weekend’s Sports Clips Haircuts VFW Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.

The race will take place Saturday, Sept. 2, at 3:30 p.m. ET. It will be televised on NBCSN.

Koch will drive the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet Camaro that will pay homage to Waltrip and his 1985 NASCAR Cup championship-winning car.

Koch will carry the same red and white paint scheme that Waltrip took to three wins, 18 top-fives, 21 top-10s and four pole awards en route to the season title.

“Honoring Darrell (Waltrip) again this year seemed like a no-brainer after the reception last year’s scheme received in the industry,” said team owner Matt Kaulig. “We’re honored that Darrell is on board with us running another one of his paint schemes.”

Added Waltrip, “I can’t thank Kaulig Racing enough for wanting to run one of my cars again this year. This one is special because I drove it to a championship, and I hope Blake can too.”

In last year’s throwback weekend, the No. 11 carried a scheme to honor Waltrip’s 1981-82 green and white Mountain Dew Buick Regal scheme.

“Capturing my first career win at Darlington would be huge,” said Koch. “To do it in a car that looks this good and has so much history behind it would really be an honor.”

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