Retro Rundown: 2021 Darlington throwback paint schemes

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The Retro Rundown returns a bit earlier this year.

That’s because after six years paired with the Southern 500, NASCAR Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway has moved to the track’s new spring weekend.

Here’s a look at the various throwback paint schemes that Cup, Xfinity and Truck Series teams will race this weekend at “The Lady in Black” …

CUP SERIES

Quin Houff, No. 00 Starcom Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by John Andretti’s 1996-1997 RCA Ford

Austin Dillon, No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Fireball Roberts’ 1959 Pontiac

Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Throwback inspired by by the car Harvick drove in his first Cup start in 2001, the week after Dale Earnhardt’s death on the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Kyle Larson’s first-ever go-kart

Ryan Newman, No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford

Throwback inspired by sponsor Kohler Power’s 1976 SCCA national championship scheme

Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Alan Kulwicki’s 1989-90 Zerex Ford

Tyler Reddick, No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Marty Robbins’ 1972 Dodge

Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Alan Kulwicki’s 1992 championship-winning Hooters Ford

Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Throwback inspired by Mark Martin’s 2000 Winn-Dixie Ford

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback inspired by Slick Johnson’s 1983 Seamless Gutter Machine Buick

Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Team Penske Ford

Throwback inspired by Ryan Blaney’s 2010 PASS series late model car

Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Throwback inspired by A.J. Foyt’s 1986 Copenhagen/Gilmore Oldsmobile

James Davison, No. 15 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Dick Johnson’s 1989-90 Redkote Steel Tubing Ford

Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of team sponsor M&Ms

Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford

Throwback inspired by Mario Andretti’s Ferrari 312B from his first Formula 1 win in 1971

Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota

Throwback inspired by Wendell Scott, first African-American to win in NASCAR’s premier division 

William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Neil Bonnett’s 1987-88 Valvoline Pontiac

Michael McDowell, No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford

Throwback inspired by Bill Elliott’s 1985 Daytona 500-winning Coors Ford

Ryan Preece, No. 37 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by crew chief Trent Owens’ 2002 Dickies Ford F-150

Anthony Alfredo, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

Throwback inspired by Alan Kulwicki’s 1985 Hardee’s Ford

Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Car is dedicated to the mother of car owner Gene Haas.

Ross Chastain, No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Hut Stricklin’s 1993 McDonald’s Ford

Erik Jones, No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by John Andretti’s 1999 STP Pontiac

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by crew chief Greg Ives’ super late model

Cody Ware, No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Darrell Waltrip’s 1989-90 Exxon Superflo Chevrolet

Josh Bilicki, No. 52 Rick Ware Racing Ford

Throwback inspired by Lennie Pond’s 1979 Burger King Oldsmobile

Justin Haley, No. 77 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Robert Pressley’s 2001 Jasper Engines Ford

BJ McLeod, No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford

Throwback inspired by Joe Weatherly’s 1963 Darlington-winning Pontiac

Daniel Suarez, No. 99 Trackhouse Chevrolet

Celebrating the 55th birthday of team sponsor Camping World

 

XFINITY SERIES

Jeffrey Earnhardt, No. 0 JD Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by grandfather Dale Earnhardt’s 1996 GM Goodwrench/Atlanta Olympics Chevrolet

Michael Annett, No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Inspired by Darrell Waltrip’s 1979 Gatorade Chevrolet

Myatt Snider, No. 2 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by his grandfather’s Grand National car, driven by Jimmie Lewallen

Ryan Vargas, No. 6 JD Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Mark Martin’s 1994 Valvoline Ford

Justin Allgaier, No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Dale Earnhardt’s 2000 GM Goodwrench Service Plus/Tasmanian Devil Chevrolet 

Joe Graf Jr., No. 07 SS Green Light Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Dr. Emmett Brown’s DeLorean time machine from the movie “Back To The Future”

Josh Berry, No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s 2001 Pepsi 400-winning Budweiser Chevrolet

Jeb Burton, No. 10 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by father Ward Burton’s 1995 MBNA Pontiac

Justin Haley, No. 11 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Blake Koch’s 2014 LeafFilter Ford

Matt Jaskol, No. 13 MBM Motorsports Toyota

Throwback inspired by Mike Skinner’s 1991 Glidden Paints Chevrolet

Colby Howard, No. 15 JD Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by father Rodney Howard’s 1982 late model car

AJ Allmendinger, No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by AJ Allmendinger’s 2014 Scott/Kingsford Chevrolet

J.J. Yeley, No. 17 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Matt Kenseth’s 2012 Valvoline NextGen Ford

Daniel Hemric, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback inspired by Red Farmer’s Long-Lewis Ford

Brandon Jones, No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback inspired by Toyota’s first Truck Series title, which was won by Todd Bodine in 2006

Harrison Burton, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback inspired by father Jeff Burton’s No. 29 Holiday Inn Chevrolet

Brandon Gdovic, No. 26 Sam Hunt Racing Toyota

Throwback inspired by Kyle Petty’s 1997 Hot Wheels Pontiac

Alex Labbe, No. 36 DGM Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Kenny Wallace’s 1994-96 Red Dog Beer Ford

Tommy Joe Martins, No. 44 Martins Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Rich Bickle’s 1999 Lucky Dog/10-10-345 Pontiac

Kyle Weatherman, No. 47 Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Richard Petty

Jade Buford, No. 48 Big Machine Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Dan Gurney’s 1970 All-American Racers Plymouth Barracuda (Trans-Am series)

Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Dale Jarrett’s 2006 UPS Ford

Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback inspired by Dale Jarrett’s 1992 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet

David Starr, No. 61 MBM Motorsports Toyota

Throwback inspired by nine-time NASCAR Modified champion Richie Evans

Timmy Hill, No. 66 MBM Motorsports Ford

Throwback inspired by Rusty Wallace’s 2004 Duraflame Dodge

Brandon Brown, No. 68 Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Dale Jarrett’s 2002 UPS Ford

Bayley Currey, No. 74 Mike Harmon Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Bobby Allison’s 1981 Tuf-Lon car

BJ McLeod, No. 90 DGM Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Ken Schrader’s 1985 Ultra Seal Ford

Josh Williams, No. 92 DGM Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Rusty Crews’ Figure-8 race car

Riley Herbst, No. 98 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Throwback inspired by Tony Stewart’s 1999 Home Depot Pontiac

Ryan Ellis, No. 99 BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by grandfather Vic Ellis’ 1950s dirt car

CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

Hailie Deegan, No. 1 David Gilliland Racing Ford

Throwback inspired by Ford GT’s first endurance win in the 1966 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Sheldon Creed, No. 2 GMS Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Jason Leffler’s 2002 Team ASE/Carquest Dodge Ram

Kris Wright, No. 02 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Ron Hornaday Jr.’s 2005 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet Silverado

Jordan Anderson, No. 3 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Mark Martin’s 1982 Apache Stove car (future father-in-law Larry McReynolds was Martin’s crew chief that season)

Cory Roper, No. 04 Roper Racing Ford

Throwback inspired by Bobby Hamilton’s 2005 Tech-Net Dodge Ram

Spencer Davis, No. 11 Spencer Davis Motorsports Toyota

Throwback inspired by Darrell Waltrip’s 2004 Toyota Tundra

Darlington throwback schemes

Austin Hill, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

Throwback inspired by Mike Stefanik’s 2010-11 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour entry

Chandler Smith, No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota

Throwback inspired by sponsor Safelite AutoGlass’ former mobile glass shop vehicles

Derek Kraus, No. 19 McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Toyota

Throwback inspired by Michael Waltrip’s 2003 Daytona 500-winning NAPA Chevrolet

Spencer Boyd, No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Jack Sprague’s 2007 Con-Way Freight Toyota Tundra

Zane Smith, No. 21 GMS Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Glen Wood’s 1957 Ford Sunliner

Austin Wayne Self, No. 22 AM Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by spotter Tony Raines’ 1997-98 Pennzoil Dodge Ram and Ford F-150

Darlington throwback schemes

Chase Purdy, No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Davey Allison’s 1981 Sims Bros. Construction car

Timothy Peters, No. 25 Rackley W.A.R. Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Bobby Hamilton’s 2003 Darlington Truck race-winning Square D Dodge Ram

Tyler Ankrum, No. 26 GMS Racing Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Ricky Bobby’s Wonder Bread Chevrolet from the movie “Talladega Nights”

Danny Bohn, No. 30 On Point Motorsports Toyota

Throwback inspired by Michael Waltrip’s Country Time Lemonade Pontiac

Akinori Ogata, Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota

Throwback inspired by Kenji Momota’s 1995 Marukatsu Chevrolet Silverado

Todd Gilliland, No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

Throwback inspired by 1998 NASCAR Atlantic Seaboard Regional Champion Charles Powell III

Ryan Truex, No. 40 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by sponsor Marquis Hot Tubs

Dawson Cram, No. 41 Cram Enterprises Chevrolet

Celebrating the 55th birthday of Camping World

Carson Hocevar, No. 42 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Johnny Benson’s 2002 Valvoline MaxLife Pontiac

Bayley Currey, No. 44 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Mike Stefanik’s 1999 Carlin Burners and Controls Ford F-150

Erik Darnell, No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by the sponsor Erik Darnell drove for when he won in 2007 and ’08

Stewart Friesen, No. 52 Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota

Throwback inspired by Tim Richmond‘s 1986 Folgers Chevrolet

Timmy Hill, No. 56 Hill Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Kenny Irwin’s 1998 Raybestos Ford

Sammy Smith to run full Xfinity season for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2023

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Sammy Smith will run the full Xfinity schedule in the No. 18 car, Joe Gibbs Racing announced Monday.

The 18-year-old Smith, a Toyota development driver, won the ARCA Menards Series East title for a second consecutive year in 2022 and also made nine Xfinity starts with JGR.

Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation and Allstate Peterbilt will be sponsors on Smith’s car throughout the 2023 season. Jeff Meendering will be Smith’s crew chief.

“This is an opportunity I have been working towards,” Smith said in a statement from the team. “I can’t wait to get behind the wheel full-time and am looking forward to a great season. I learned a lot in 2022 that will really help me to be competitive and run up front in the Xfinity Series. Thank you to Pilot Flying J, TMC Transportation, Allstate Peterbilt Group, and Toyota Racing Development for supporting me in my racing career. I am excited for next year and appreciate the opportunity.”

Said Steve DeSouza, JGR executive vice president of Xfinity Series and driver development, in a statement: “Sammy is a fantastic addition to our 2023 Xfinity lineup. He proved to have the passion and the talent to necessary to compete for wins in the races he ran for us in 2022,” .“We are excited to get him in the No. 18 full time and know he will be competitive from the jump.”

NASCAR Power Rankings: Racing through the numbers

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Some drivers carry one car number throughout their racing careers. The most famous racers in NASCAR’s 75-year history typically are associated with one number, although some have raced under several.

Victories, championships and driver personalities give life to something as generally mundane as a number. And the most popular produce even bigger numbers, as in sales of T-shirts, caps and other souvenirs.

Here’s a look at 10 of the most iconic NASCAR numbers:

NBC Sports NASCAR Power Rankings

1. 43 — Since Richard Petty’s emergence as a superstar in the 1960s, the number 43 has been NASCAR’s most iconic. Although Lee Petty, Richard’s father, usually drove No. 42, he actually scored the first win by the 43, in 1959. The Petty blue No. 43 carried Richard to a string of championships. He scored 192 of his 200 race wins with the number. It rolls on today with Erik Jones, who took the 43 to the Southern 500 victory lane this season.

2. 3 — The fiercely facing forward No. 3 became ultra-famous while driven by seven-time champion Dale Earnhardt (although Earnhardt won his first title driving the No. 2). Earnhardt’s black Chevrolet carried the number to new heights, but Fireball Roberts, David Pearson, Junior Johnson, Buck Baker, Buddy Baker and Ricky Rudd, among others, also won in the car.

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3. 21 — The list of drivers who have raced Wood Brothers Racing’s famous No. 21, with the familiar gold foil numbers, reads like a history of NASCAR. David Pearson brought the most fame to the number, but Tim Flock, Curtis Turner, team owner Glen Wood, Cale Yarborough, A.J. Foyt, Donnie Allison, Neil Bonnett and Dale Jarrett also have driven the 21.

4. 11 — This number is responsible for more race wins — 228 — than any other. It also has scored eight championships — three each by Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough and two by Ned Jarrett. Other stars in the 11 over the years: Junior Johnson, Bobby Allison, A.J. Foyt, Terry Labonte, Geoffrey Bodine, Bill Elliott and Denny Hamlin. And some guy named Mario Andretti.

5. 48 — This number was largely ignored until the arrival of Jimmie Johnson, who carried it to seven championships, including five in a row.

6. 24 — The number 24 was a lonely number until 1994 when a kid named Jeff Gordon drove it to its first win, in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The brightly colored 24 became a regular visitor to victory lane from that point forward, carrying Gordon to four championships and becoming one of NASCAR’s most decorated numbers.

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7. 18 — Although Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte won in the 18, Kyle Busch, draped in the bright colors of sponsor M&Ms, took it into new territory.

8. 22 — NASCAR’s first Cup champion (Red Byron) and its most recent (Joey Logano) rode with the 22. The number has produced 87 wins over the years, including victories by Fireball Roberts, Bobby Allison, Ward Burton, Kurt Busch, Byron and Logano.

9. 2 — Although the 2 carried Dale Earnhardt (1980) and Brad Keselowski (2012) to Cup championships, it is perhaps most identified with Rusty Wallace, whose menacing black No. 2 was powerful at Team Penske. Also successful in the 2: Bill Blair, Kurt Busch and Austin Cindric, this year’s Daytona 500 winner.

10. 9 — The 9 was basically nondescript until Bill Elliott roared out of the north Georgia mountains to turn it into a big winner in the mid-1980s. His son, Chase, continues the trend.

 

 

Truck Series: Rajah Caruth joins GMS Racing

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Rajah Caruth will drive the No. 24 truck full-time for GMS Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2023, the team announced Tuesday.

The 20-year-old Caruth ran a full season in the ARCA Menards Series last year, placing third in points. He also made seven Xfinity starts and four Truck starts last year. 

“I am extremely honored, and really excited to join GMS Racing and be in the fold of a professional race team with so much history,” Caruth said in a statement from the team. “I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this throughout my whole career, and I’m going to do the best in my power to make the most of it.

“First and foremost, I can’t thank everybody at GMS enough for believing in me and believing that I have what it takes to drive one of their trucks. Same goes for everybody at Chevrolet for their support, we truly wouldn’t be able to make this happen without them. 

Caruth joins Grant Enfinger and Daniel Dye as GMS Racing’s full-time Craftsman Truck Series drivers. Chad Walter will be Caruth’s crew chief. Jeff Hensley will be Enfinger’s crew chief. Travis Sharpe will be Dye’s crew chief. 

The primary partner on Caruth’s truck will be the Wendell Scott Foundation. The foundation, named for the first Black driver to win a NASCAR Cup race, seeks to provide resources and services to underprivileged Black youth communities near Scott’s hometown of Danville, Virginia. Since the foundation’s formation in 2011, more than 25 students have been awarded more than $50,000 from the Wendell Scott Legacy Scholarship programs.

“We are excited for Rajah to compete full-time with GMS Racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2023,” said Dayne Pierantoni, GM Racing Program Manager for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. “Through Chevrolet’s partnership with Rev Racing, we have been impressed with Rajah’s talent both on and off the track. He has proven his ability to compete at the NASCAR national level, and we look forward to seeing his continued success with a series championship winning team.”

The Truck season begins Feb. 17 at Daytona International Speedway. 

In other Truck Series news:

Dean Thompson will drive the No. 5 for TRICON Garage this coming season. The 21-year-old was a rookie in the series this past season. He had a season-best finish of 11th at Las Vegas.

“I am thrilled to start the next chapter of my career with TRICON Garage and Toyota Racing Development,” Thompson said in a statement from the team. “The team and manufacturer have quickly made a statement in the Truck Series as striving to be the best of the best. I’m ready to take on the challenge and live up to the expectations of being a driver for TRICON.”

McAnally Hilgemann Racing announced Tuesday that Christian Eckes and Jake Garcia will drive full-time in the Truck series for the team next season.

Eckes, who will drive the No. 19 truck, moves over from ThorSport Racing. Garcia will drive the No. 35 truck in pursuit of the series Rookie of the Year award.

NAPA AutoCare will continue as a team sponsor.

Garcia is 17 and is scheduled to make his first start March 3 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Because of NASCAR’s age restrictions, he will miss the season opener at Daytona International Speedway. The team’s Daytona driver has not been announced.

Sponsor adds more races in 2023 with Josh Berry

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Jarrett Companies will increase the number of races it will sponsor Josh Berry‘s No. 8 JR Motorsports ride in 2023, the Xfinity Series team announced Monday.

Jarrett Companies will sponsor Berry in six races after serving as the primary sponsor in three races in 2022. Those six races will be Phoenix (March 11), Richmond (April 1), Dover (April 29), Atlanta (July 8), Indianapolis (Aug. 12) and Texas (Sept. 23).

The deal gives Berry at least 26 races with sponsorship for next season. Bass Pro Shops will serve as the primary sponsor of Berry’s car in 11 races in 2023. Tire Pros is back with JRM and will sponsor Berry in nine races in the upcoming season.

Berry, who reached the Xfinity title race and finished fourth in the points, will have a new crew chief in 2023. Taylor Moyer will take over that role with Mike Bumgarner serving as JRM’s director of competition.

The 2023 Xfinity season begins Feb. 18 at Daytona International Speedway.