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Wood Brothers Racing honors Glenn Wood with Darlington paint scheme

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Wood Brothers Racing will pay tribute to the man who started it all with its throwback paint scheme for this year’s Southern 500 (Sept. 1 on NBCSN).

Paul Menard‘s No. 21 Ford will honor the late team founder Glenn Wood, who passed away in January at 93. Wood, who went by Glen after the second N in his name was dropped over time, would have been 94 today.

The car will boast a black-and-red scheme inspired by the 1957 Ford Sunliner that Wood raced himself. In 1957 Wood made his only appearance as a driver at Darlington Raceway. The car finished 13th due to an engine failure after Wood was relieved by Fonty Flock.

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Wood also raced the car at Daytona in 1958 in the Convertible circuit’s final appearance on the beach road course. Wood finished sixth in that race. In 1957, Wood won four Convertible races and two poles and finished in the top five in 23 of the 46 races that year.

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The car, which Wood also raced in the Cup Series after he added a top to it, was originally used for endurance testing on the Ford proving grounds in the desert.

“They were going to scrap it once the endurance testing was over, but my Dad found out about it and called John Cowley, who ran Ford’s NASCAR effort back then,” Eddie Wood, Glenn’s son, said in a press release. “He gave the car to my Dad and they made a race car out of it.”

“They kept the red-and-black paint scheme that was on the car during the endurance tests.”

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Retro Rundown 2019: Southern 500 paint schemes

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We’re 54 days out from the Sept. 1 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, which will mark the fifth year of NASCAR’s official Throwback Weekend.

That means there will be a multitude of retro paint schemes racing around the 1.3-mile track in Darlington, South Carolina. You’ll be able to see all of them in action on NBCSN.

Here’s your guide to the paint schemes that have been announced so far for the weekend, including schemes for the Aug. 31 Xfinity Series race.

Austin Dillon, No. 3 Chevrolet – Dillon will boast a paint scheme that was driven by his grandfather and team owner Richard Childress in the late 1970s.

Ryan Newman, No. 6 Ford – With Oscar Mayer taking the place of Valvoline, Newman’s car will take its cue from the scheme Mark Martin raced in 1993 when he earned Roush Fenway Racing’s first Southern 500 victory.

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Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet – Hemric will drive a car inspired by the design of CAT equipment and the logo used on them from its launch in 1925 until 1931.

Chase Elliott, No. 9 Chevrolet – Elliott will boast the scheme his father, Bill Elliott, claimed his first Cup pole with in 1981 at Darlington.

Denny Hamlin, No. 11 Toyota – Hamlin’s car will evoke Darrell Waltrip’s Western Auto paint scheme from the 1990s.

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Ryan Blaney, No. 12 Ford – The Team Penske driver will have a scheme inspired by Michael Waltrip’s Pennzoil car from 1991-95.

Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Toyota – The Joe Gibbs Racing driver will throwback to himself with the Bass Pro Shops paint scheme he drove during his 2004 Xfinity Series championship campaign. That year he drove for Dale Earnhardt Jr.‘s Chance 2 Motorsports.

Paul Menard, No. 21 Ford – Wood Brothers Racing will pay tribute to late team founder Glen Wood with the paint scheme Wood drove himself in 1957, including in his only appearance as a driver at Darlington.

Corey LaJoie, No. 32 Ford – GoFas Racing’s car will be based on Dale Jarrett’s 1990-91 Nestle Crunch sponsored Xfinity car.

David Ragan, No. 38 Ford – The Front Row Motorsports driver will drive a scheme inspired by David Pearson’s 1969 championship car.

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Alex Bowman, No. 88 Chevrolet – Bowman’s Axalta-sponsored car is inspired by Tim Richmond‘s Folger’s Coffee scheme from 1986-87.

Stewart-Haas Racing – In celebration of co-owner Tony Stewart’s election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, three SHR drivers will have paint schemes based on the cars Stewart raced to his three Cup Series titles. Aric Almirola‘s No. 10 Ford will be based on Stewart’s 2002 car, Daniel Suarez‘s No. 41 Ford will be based on the 2005 season and Clint Bowyer‘s No. 14 Ford will look like the car Stewart drove to his 2011 title.

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Michael Annett, No. 1 Chevrolet – The JR Motorsports driver will channel Jeff Gordon circa the 1992 Xfinity Series season with Gordon’s Baby Ruth paint scheme when he drove for Bill Davis Racing.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr., No. 8 Chevrolet – Earnhardt will pilot the scheme his father, Dale Earnhardt Sr., drove in his first Cup start in the 1975 World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Justin Haley, No. 11 Chevrolet – Kaulig Racing will boast Jeff Burton’s 1994 rookie Cup paint scheme with matching sponsorship from brake parts company Raybestos. It also serves as a tribute to team owner Matt Kaulig’s father and team chief financial officer, Bob Kaulig, who served as a vice president of Raybestos from 1985-2008.

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Corey LaJoie to drive Dale Jarrett Xfinity throwback in Southern 500

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Corey LaJoie and GoFas Racing will pay tribute to Dale Jarrett’s Xfinity Series career with their throwback paint scheme for this year’s Southern 500 (Sept. 1 on NBCSN).

LaJoie’s No. 32 Ford will be made to look like the No. 32 Nestle Crunch car Jarrett drove from 1990-91 in the Xfinity Series (then the Busch Series).

Jarrett won five times in that time, including twice at Darlington Raceway.

The Crunch-inspired scheme will have sponsorship from Keen Parts/CorvetteParts.net.

“The car looks great and I’ve always been a fan of Dale, so to carry this scheme around Darlington is awesome,” LaJoie said in a press release. “I think we did a great job keeping the scheme as close to the original as possible while incorporating the CorvetteParts.net logos into it. I can’t thank Tom and TJ Keen enough for allowing us to run this design – it’s one of my favorite schemes. I might even have to shave myself a mustache so I don’t do the car a disservice.”

Chase Elliott to drive Bill Elliott’s 1981 scheme in Southern 500

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Chase Elliott will once again drive a paint scheme used by his father in this year’s Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver will boast the scheme that Bill Elliott drove in 1981. That year he won his first Cup pole in the spring race at Darlington, the CRC Chemicals Rebel 500.

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Bill drove a No. 9 Ford Thunderbird owned by his father, George Elliott. He placed fourth in the race for his second career top five.

It was the last year Bill drove for his father.

The NASCAR Hall of Famer would go on to earn five Cup wins at Darlington, five poles and a career-best 22 top fives.

While Chase Elliott has one Xfinity Series win at Darlington, he has only one top five in four Cup starts on the “Lady in Black.”

This will be the third time Chase Elliott will have a scheme of his father’s for the Throwback Weekend.

In 2015, his scheme was based on the Coors car Bill Elliott drove in 1985, the year he won the “Winston Million,” an effort capped off by a win in the Southern 500.

In 2017, Chase’s car was based on the scheme Bill had in his first Cup start in 1976 at Rockingham Speedway.

Kaulig Racing to pay tribute to Jeff Burton, CFO with Darlington scheme

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Kaulig Racing will pay tribute to two people with its throwback paint scheme for the Aug. 31 Xfinity race at Darlington Raceway.

The first is NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton. The look of Justin Haley‘s No. 11 Chevrolet is inspired by the No. 8 Chevrolet Burton drove in his first Cup season in 1994 when he competed for Bill and Mickey Stavola and won Rookie of the Year honors.

The car will be sponsored by Raybestos, the brake parts company that sponsored Burton from 1994-95. The Raybestos sponsorship is a tribute to Bob Kaulig, the chief financial officer of Kaulig Racing and father of team owner Matt Kaulig.

The elder Kaulig served as vice president at Raybestos from 1985-2008.

“Using the Raybestos paint scheme from Jeff’s rookie year was a no-brainer for us,” Kaulig Racing president Chris Rice said in a release. “We really appreciate both Jeff and Raybestos for giving us the opportunity to use this special paint scheme and give a special surprise to Bob.”