Retro Rundown: 2022 Darlington throwback paint schemes


NASCAR Throwback Weekend is back at Darlington Raceway.

All three of NASCAR’s national series will feature cars with paint schemes celebrating the sport’s history. Take a look at all the different designs that will hit the track in the Cup, Xfinity and Truck series this weekend:


Trackhouse Racing Chevrolets

Ross Chastain‘s No. 1 Chevrolet throwback to Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Daniel Suarez‘s No. 99 to Dale Earnhardt, both schemes from the 1998 exhibition race in Japan

Austin Cindric, No. 2 Team Penske Ford

Throwback to Rusty Wallace’s 2005 paint scheme

Kevin Harvick, No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Throwback inspired by “Chasing a Cure” scheme Harvick ran in October 2011 and 2012

Kyle Larson, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Tim Richmond‘s No. 0 Hendrick paint scheme

Brad Keselowski, No. 6 RFK Racing Ford

Throwback to Mark Martin’s 2004 paint scheme

Corey LaJoie, No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback inspired by Marty Robbins’ 1964 paint scheme

Chase Elliott, No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Jimmy Means’ 1993 paint scheme

Aric Almirola, No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Throwback to grandfather and former dirt sprint car champion Sam Rodriguez’s paint scheme

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback to Hamlin’s 2016 Daytona 500 paint scheme

Chase Briscoe, No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Throwback to Tony Stewart’s 2001 Indianapolis 500 car, when he became the first driver to complete both races on the same day

Rick Ware Racing Fords

JJ Yeley‘s No. 15 Ford throws back to Clint Bowyer’s 2013 paint scheme while Cody Ware‘s No. 51 Ford throws back to Mike Stefanik’s 1996 Xfinity Series paint scheme

Chris Buescher, No. 17 RFK Racing Ford

Throwback to Matt Kenseth’s 2004 paint scheme

Kyle Busch, No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback to Ernie Irvan’s 1998 paint scheme

Christopher Bell, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback to Bell’s 2017 paint scheme from his championship-winning Truck Series season

Harrison Burton, No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford

Throwback to father and NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton’s 2000 paint scheme

Joey Logano, No. 22 Team Penske Ford

Throwback to Logano’s first quarter midget car paint scheme

Bubba Wallace, No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota

Throwback to Wallace’s 2008 late model paint scheme

William Byron, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Jeff Gordon’s 2007 paint scheme

Cole Custer, No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to Jason Leffler’s 2003-04 paint scheme

Petty GMS Motorsports Chevrolets

Ty Dillon‘s No. 42 Chevrolet throws back to Lee Petty’s 1959 Daytona 500 car, while Erik Jones‘ No. 43 car resembles Richard Petty’s from the same race

Kurt Busch, No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota

Throwback to Bill Elliott’s 1996 paint scheme

Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Mark Martin’s 1992 paint scheme

BJ McLeod, No. 78 Live Fast Motorsports Ford

Throwback to McLeod’s 2004 super late model paint scheme, which Josh Williams will also run in Xfinity


Sam Mayer, No. 1 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Rick Mast’s paint scheme

Brett Moffitt, No. 02 Our Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Mark Martin’s 1982 rookie paint scheme

Ryan Vargas, No. 6 JD Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Jeff Gordon’s 1999 Xfinity Series paint scheme

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

Throwback to Buckshot Jones’ 2001 paint scheme

Justin Allgaier, No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Dale Earnhardt’s 1984 paint scheme

David Starr, No. 08 SS Green Light Racing Ford

Throwback to Bobby Dotter’s 1995 paint scheme

Josh Berry, No. 8 JR Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 2002 Xfinity Series Richmond paint scheme

Brandon Jones, No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback to Paul Menard‘s 2011 Brickyard 400 win

Jeb Burton, No. 27 Our Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to father Ward Burton’s 1992 Xfinity Series Rockingham paint scheme

Myatt Snider, No. 31 Jordan Anderson Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to Ken Schrader‘s 1987 paint scheme

Josh Bilicki, No. 44 Alpha Prime Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to Bill Elliott’s 2006 paint scheme

Tyler Reddick, No. 48 Big Machine Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to Bobby Allison’s 1972 Southern 500 paint scheme

Jeremy Clements, No. 51 Jeremy Clements Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to Dale Earnhardt’s 1982 paint scheme

Ty Gibbs, No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Throwback to Bobby Labonte’s 2002 paint scheme

JJ Yeley, No. 66 MBM Motorsports Toyota

Throwback to Bobby Hamilton’s 1993 paint scheme

Brandon Brown, No. 68 Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Brown’s first late model win

Mason Massey, No. 91 DGM Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to uncle Marty Massey’s 2003 dirt late model paint scheme

Stefan Parsons, No. 99 BJ McLeod Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to father Phil Parsons’ 1988 paint scheme


Hailie Deegan, No. 1 David Gilliland Racing Ford

Throwback to Bobby Allison’s 1975 paint scheme

Blaine Perkins, No. 9 CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to crew chief Doug George’s 1996 paint scheme

Spencer Boyd, No. 12 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Michael Waltrip’s 1986 paint scheme

Tyler Ankrum, No. 16 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

Throwback to Mike Skinner’s 2005 paint scheme

Ryan Preece, No. 17 David Gilliland Racing Ford

Throwback to Reggie Ruggiero’s modified paint scheme

Chandler Smith, No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota

Throwback to 2012 and prior when Safelite’s MobileGlassShop vehicles were predominately white with red and black stripes on the side, per a KBM team release

Derek Kraus, No. 19 McAnally Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to owner Bill McAnally’s first NAPA paint scheme

Danny Bohn, No. 20 Young’s Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Darrell Waltrip’s 1981-82 paint scheme

Matt DiBenedetto, No. 25 Rackley W.A.R. Chevrolet

Throwback to Sterling Marlin’s “Silver Bullet” paint scheme

Dean Thompson, No. 40 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to sprint car racer Dean Thompson’s paint scheme

Carson Hocevar, No. 42 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Travis Pastrana’s 2012 Xfinity Series paint scheme

Akinori Ogata, No. 43 Reaume Brothers Racing Toyota

Throwback to Mike Skinner’s 2008 paint scheme

Kris Wright, No. 44 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Ron Hornaday’s 2008-09 paint scheme

Lawless Alan, No. 45 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet

Throwback to Jeff Gordon’s 2007 Coca-Cola 600 paint scheme

Stewart Friesen, No. 52 Halmar Friesen Racing Toyota

Throwback to dirt modified racer Jack Johnson’s paint scheme

Chase Purdy, No. 61 Hattori Racing Enterprises Toyota

Throwback to Darrell Waltrip’s final Truck start in 2005

Colby Howard, No. 91 McAnally Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet

Throwback to the 1970s

Helio Castroneves rules out Daytona 500

Helio Castroneves Daytona 500
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Helio Castroneves might be at the 2023 Daytona 500, but the four-time Indy 500 winner won’t be in a race car.

During a news conference Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, Castroneves confirmed in response to a question from NBC Sports that he essentially has ruled out attempting to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut in the Feb. 19 season opener.

As recently as last Thursday at Rolex 24 Media Day, Castroneves, 47, said he still was working on trying to piece together a deal.

The Brazilian had been negotiating with the Cup team co-owned by boxer Floyd Mayweather and would have been in an “open” entry that lacked guaranteed entry to the Great American Race. That potentially would leave him in the precarious position of needing to make the race on qualifying speed or a qualifying race finish (as action sports star Travis Pastrana likely might need in his Cup debut).

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“Unfortunately for me, lack of experience, no testing,” Castroneves said. “A lot of things. I believe it would be a little bit tough throwing myself in such a short notice, and to go in a place that you’ve got to race yourself into it. So as of right now, yes, it’s not going to happen.

“But we did have an opportunity. We just got to elaborate a little bit more to give me a little more experience on that. So there is more things to come ahead of us, but as of right now, I want to focus on the IndyCar program as well and (the Rolex 24 at Daytona).”

Castroneves, who has a residence in Key Biscayne, said he still might attend the Daytona 500

“I might just come and see and watch it and continue to take a look and see what’s going to be in the future,” he said.

Castroneves enters Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona having won the event the past two years. He made his signature fence-climb after winning last year with Meyer Shank Racing, which he will be driving for full time in the NTT IndyCar Series this year. He became the fourth four-time Indy 500 winner in history in his 2021 debut with Meyer Shank Racing.

The 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar champion also has indicated an interest in Trackhouse Racing’s Project 91 car that aims to place international drivers in a Cup ride (such as Kimi Raikkonen at Watkins Glen International last year). Team co-owner Justin Marks recently tweeted Trackhouse wouldn’t field the Project 91 car at the Daytona 500.

After winning the 2022 Superstar Racing Experience opener, SRX CEO Don Hawk had promised he would help secure a Daytona 500 ride for Castroneves.

Castroneves has been angling for a NASCAR ride for years, dating to when he drove for Team Penske from 2000-20. After winning the Rolex 24 last year, he said he had been lobbying Ray Evernham and Tony Stewart for help with getting in a Cup car.

Fire at Reaume Brothers Racing shop injures three


A Thursday fire at the Reaume Brothers Racing shop in Mooresville, North Carolina, injured three individuals, according to Mooresville (North Carolina) Fire-Rescue.

Firefighters were dispatched to the shop, which is scheduled to field entries for driver Mason Massey in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series this season, at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The fire department extinguished the blaze quickly. The department stated on its Facebook page that one individual was transported to Lake Norman Regional hospital for smoke inhalation, and another was transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. with burn injuries. A third was treated and released.

The Mooresville Fire Marshall’s office is investigating the cause of the fire. The fire department said the shop sustained “significant fire damage.”

In a tweet, the team said it is determining the extent of damage to the building. “More importantly,” it said, “a few of our team members did sustain injuries during the fire and are being transported for medical treatment.”

Trackhouse, RFK Racing, Front Row Motorsports sign sponsorship deals


Trackhouse Racing, RFK Racing and Front Row Motorsports announced sponsorship deals Thursday morning.

Trackhouse said WWEX, a Dallas-based global logistics group, will increase its sponsorship presence with the team this year, serving as the primary sponsor in 21 races for drivers Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez.

WWEX will appear on Chastain’s Chevrolets in 19 races and will sponsor Suarez twice. The organization was a Trackhouse sponsor in 11 events in 2022, which was a breakout season for both Chastain and Suarez.

RFK announced that Solomon Plumbing, which joined the team last season, will expand its presence this season and in future years. The Michigan-based company will serve as the primary sponsor for several races on driver Brad Keselowski‘s No. 6 Ford.

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Solomon specializes in plumbing and fire services for new development and construction. It initially sponsored Keselowski last season in the dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Front Row Motorsports has signed Quincy Compressor, a Bay Minette, Ala.-based compressor manufacturer, as a sponsor for four races.

Quincy will sponsor Todd Gilliland‘s No. 38 team in three events and Michael McDowell‘s No. 34 team in one race.



Stewart-Haas Racing signs Chase Briscoe to contract extension


Chase Briscoe has signed a multiyear contract extension to remain at Stewart-Haas Racing, the team announced Thursday.

The length of the deal was not announced.

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Briscoe is entering his third Cup season with the team. He won his first series race last year, taking the checkered flag at Phoenix last March. That victory put him in the playoffs. He finished the season ninth in the standings. 

“It’s huge to have stability, with my team and my partner,” Briscoe said in a statement from the team. “It just gives you more confidence. Stewart-Haas Racing is where I want to be for a long time. It’s the place I’ve known longer than anywhere else in my NASCAR career.

“I remember getting signed by Ford in 2017 and I told people, ‘You know, if I could pick one place to be, it would be Stewart- Haas Racing. And if I could drive one car, it would be the 14 car. That would be the ultimate dream.’ And now, here I am.

“SHR has such a great group of people, from the Xfinity Series to the Cup Series, and they’ve all just guided me in the right direction. From drivers to crew chiefs to crew members, they’ve always had my back, and that’s been a huge help – just having people believe in you.”

The 28-year-old Briscoe has been with SHR since 2018. He split a limited Xfinity schedule that season between what is now RFK Racing and SHR. He ran full time with SHR in the Xfinity Series in 2019 and ’20 before moving to Cup in 2021.

“Chase has made the most of every opportunity and the proof is in the results. Keeping him at SHR was a priority and we’re proud to have him in our racecars for many more years to come,” said Tony Stewart, who co-owns SHR with Haas Automation founder Gene Haas, in a statement from the team. 

Briscoe’s signing comes two weeks after teammate Kevin Harvick announced that this will be his final season in Cup. 

The Cup season begins Feb. 5 with the Busch Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before going to Daytona for the Feb. 19 Daytona 500.