It’s time for the Retro Rundown. We’re now less than three weeks from the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway (Sept. 6 on NBCSN) and the start of the Cup Series playoffs.
Since 2015, the Southern 500 Throwback Weekend has played host to various retro paint schemes that pay tribute to NASCAR’s past.
Here’s the first Retro Rundown of the year as we catalogue the throwback schemes Cup and Xfinity Series teams will bring to the track “Too Tough to Tame.”
Brad Keselowski, No. 2 Ford
The Team Penske driver will have the Discount Tire scheme he had in the Xfinity Series 10 years ago.
10 years later and still going strong! @DiscountTire has done so much for me this past decade, but I’ve got to say… them making this year’s #NASCARThrowback scheme a tribute to our first season together and at @Team_Penske is pretty cool! pic.twitter.com/Cf96QDRfjC
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) August 19, 2020
Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet
The Richard Childress Racing driver’s car will be a tribute to NASCAR Hall of Famer Junior Johnson, who died last year at the age of 88.
Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Ford
Harvick will drive a paint scheme based on the 1997 NASCAR-themed Busch Beer cans.
A #NASCARThrowback Darlington paint scheme for @KevinHarvick’s Ford Mustang calls for a throwback paint scheme for @BuschBeer’s cans! Look for Busch’s 1997 custom cans during the week of the race in the Darlington area!#BUSCHHHHH // #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/yUKPaodL7x
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 17, 2020
Ryan Newman, No. 6 Ford
The Roush Fenway Racing driver will pilot a scheme based on the 1999 scheme from the USAC Silver Crown Series, where he won the national championship.
— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) August 18, 2020
Josh Bilicki, No. 7 Chevrolet
Tommy Baldwin Racing will honor Tommy Baldwin Sr.’s racing career.
“Today marks 16 years since he passed away, and I can’t think of a better way to honor him than to run his paint scheme in the Southern 500. Love You Dad.” – Tommy Baldwin pic.twitter.com/HFhCfsCMjl
— Tommy Baldwin Racing (@TBR_Racing) August 19, 2020
Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Chevrolet
The Richard Childress rookie will throw back to the paint scheme NASCAR on NBC’s Jeff Burton had in 1994 when Burton won Cup rookie of the year honors.
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) August 17, 2020
Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet
Elliott will pay tribute to Jimmie Johnson with his 2009 championship scheme.
Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota
Hamlin’s scheme is a throwback to when FedEx was first founded at Federal Express in 1973. The design of the No. 11 is based based on Cale Yarborough’s number that year when he won at Darlington.
Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Ford
The Team Penske driver will sport the Menards paint scheme that Paul Menard had when he competed in the ARCA Menards Series in 2003.
Clint Bowyer, No. 14 Ford
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will honor NBC Sports analyst Kyle Petty. Bowyer’s car will have the Peak Antifreeze scheme Petty drove for SABCO Racing in 1990 and won at Rockingham in.
Looking cool as penguin feet, @ClintBowyer. 🥶
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) June 4, 2020
Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Toyota
We’ll be running the 2003 @BassProShops colors that Hank Parker Jr raced in at Atlanta that year. This car was one of Johnny Morris’ first primary sponsorships in @NASCAR, so we’re excited to bring it back at @TooToughToTame! #NASCARThrowback pic.twitter.com/HF1x39ChlC
— Martin Truex Jr. (@MartinTruex_Jr) August 26, 2020
Matt DiBenedetto, No. 21 Ford
DiBenedetto will arrive in Darlington with a tribute to the Wood Brothers’ 1963 Ford Galaxie. That’s the car Tiny Lund won the 1963 Daytona 500 with. It’s also the car Glen Wood won his final Cup Series race in at Bowman Gray Stadium on July 13, 1963.
Joey Logano, No. 22 Ford
Logano will drive a scheme inspired by the No. 22 Miller car that Bobby Allison raced in 1985.
William Byron, No. 24 Chevrolet
Byron will honor Jimmie Johnson with his 2013 All-Star Race winning scheme.
J.J. Yeley, No. 27 Ford.
We are honored to throwback to Kenny Irwin Jr. For this years @TooToughToTame #Throwback @CookOut #southern500 @jjyeley1 @Jacob_Companies @thriv5 @Knockaround @FortWorthScreen #Mustang pic.twitter.com/TmO5oSP5Hd
— Rick Ware Racing (@RickWareRacing) August 28, 2020
Cole Custer, No. 41 Ford.
Rookie @ColeCuster honors another #NASCAR great at @TooToughToTame. The No. 41 https://t.co/fKx0qUF9BM Ford Mustang pays homage to 1956 #Southern500 winner & #NASCARHall of Famer Curtis Turner who raced a 1965 Ford Galaxie in his final season in the Cup Series. #NASCARThrowback pic.twitter.com/We1oUao1cr
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 27, 2020
Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Chevrolet
For his final Southern 500, Johnson will pay tribute to his fellow seven time Cup champions, Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
Joey Gase, No. 51 Chevrolet
Gase will drive a tribute to Bobby Allison’s 1971 win in the Southern 500 and the Coca-Cola scheme he had that year. It’s the same Allison tribute Tony Stewart had in the 2016 Southern 500.
Alex Bowman, No. 88 Chevrolet
Bowman will honor Jimmie Johnson by racing his 2006 championship scheme, his first of five Cup titles in a row.
Daniel Suarez, No. 96 Toyota
The theme of this year's #NASCARThrowback weekend at @TooToughToTame is "NASCAR Champions… Past, Present and Future." We're celebrating @Daniel_SuarezG's 2016 @NASCAR_Xfinity Series Championship with ARRIS (now @CommScope) on board his Toyota #Camry. #NASCAR | #TeamToyota pic.twitter.com/OGbRz2Py4q
— Gaunt Bros Racing (@GauntBrosRacing) August 20, 2020
Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 0 Chevrolet
Really excited about this throwback for @TooToughToTame going back to one of my grandpaws paint schemes that my dad also ran. Can’t thank @KSDTCPA enough for the chance to run this sick paint scheme for our @JDMotorsports01 team. pic.twitter.com/4Qhi5dsQLx
— Jeffrey Earnhardt (@JEarnhardt1) August 26, 2020
Michael Annett, No. 1 Chevrolet
With sponsorship from Oreo, the JR Motorsports driver will honor his team owner, Dale Earnhardt Jr., with driving the scheme Earnhardt drove to a win in the 2002 Xfinity Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Justin Allgaier, No. 7 Chevrolet
— JR Motorsports (@JRMotorsports) August 27, 2020
Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet
The JR Motorsports driver will pilot a John Andretti tribute scheme. The scheme is based on the K Mart/Little Caesars car that the late Andretti raced in the 1995 and 1996 Cup seasons.
Tommy Joe Martins, No. 44 Chevrolet
Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Chevrolet
Clements, a South Carolina native, will drive a scheme that pays tribute to NASCAR champions from his home state. Drivers who will be honored include:
Cup Series: Buck Baker (Richburg, SC – C 1957-58), David Pearson (Spartanburg, SC – 1966, 1968-69) and Cale Yarborough (Timmonsville, SC – 1976-78)
Xfinity Series: Sam Ard (Pamplico, SC – 1983-84) and Larry Pearson (Spartanburg, SC – 1986-87)
Brandon Brown, No. 68 Chevrolet
Here is your 2020 @TooToughToTame throwback from @BMSRaceTeam. We want to honor the people’s champion Janet Guthrie. She is a pioneer and fought the odds in a male dominated sport becoming the first female to qualify for the Daytona 500 and Indy 500! We hope to make you proud! pic.twitter.com/4JMfYNZMrk
— Brandon Brown (@brandonbrown_68) August 26, 2020
Chase Briscoe, No. 98 Ford
The Stewart-Haas Racing driver will pay tribute to team owner Tony Stewart by driving his 2011 Cup championship scheme.
Two Hoosiers. 24 years apart. One paint scheme. @ChaseBriscoe5's No. 98 @HighPoint Ford Mustang will emulate @TonyStewart’s 2011 @NASCAR Cup Series championship-winning ride during #NASCARThrowback weekend at @TooToughToTame. https://t.co/nJLUuRvQtW#SHRacing pic.twitter.com/NJt5eJMISP
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 24, 2020
— GMS Racing (@GMSRacingLLC) August 28, 2020