Since its introduction in 2015, NASCAR’s Annual Return Weekend at Darlington Raceway has quickly become one of the most popular and anticipated on the calendar thanks to the way it celebrates the loud and colorful history of stock racing. because. And as always, the weekend back in 2021 delivered more than its fair share of classic looks on modern machines.
As the performance of the cars took over once the green flag flew, the preparation for Throwback Weekend presented a kind of competition between the NASCAR teams, the drivers and their creative minds. And in our opinion, 10 particular feedback patterns stand out due to a combination of things like loyalty, creativity, and overall aesthetics.
Here is a ranking of the 10 best retro paint schemes of the NASCAR Throwback Weekend in Darlington.
# 10: The Tasmanian Devil’s Ride by Justin Allgaier
During the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Justin Allgaier raced a Chevrolet Good Humor Ice Cream painted identically to the “Tasmanian Devil” car that Dale Earnhardt drove in the 2000 Daytona 500. One of the best details of this program was the “NASCAR 2021”. âThe logo-based sticker that raced on all cars during the 2000 season, and a Good Humor ice cream man – conveniently placed in an ice cream cone – in Taz’s place was an exceptional touch, all like the Earnhardt style figures.
As beautiful as it was when he hit the track, he looked better at the finish of the race: Allgaier was able to take the lead from his JR Motorsports teammate Josh Berry on a late restart, preventing him from winning his second victory of the 2021 season. and first in Darlington.
# 9: Chase Briscoe’s AJ Foyt Returns
While Stewart-Haas brought four different comeback schemes to Darlington, none looked better than the return to âSuper Texâ led by rookie Chase Briscoe. Briscoe’s car was painted the same as the Copenhagen-sponsored car Foyt drove in the mid-1980s, with a can of Smoke-branded snuff on the rear quarter panels.
Briscoe did the paint job well, as he finished in 11th place on Sunday, tying his season record.
# 8: Kris Wright’s Ron Hornaday Paint Scheme
As a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie, Kris Wright is always trying to find ways to stand out among the crowd. And it certainly caught everyone’s attention with a paint scheme based on the GM Goodwrench sponsored truck that Truck Series legend Ron Hornaday drove in 2005 – Complete with the “Goodwright” branding.
Unfortunately, Wright’s comeback was only on track for 25 laps as he crashed in Friday night’s truck race and would finish 39th.
N Â° 7: The John Andretti look by Quin Houff
Second-year Cup Series driver Quin Houff had one of the weekend’s most popular paint schemes, as his StarCom Racing team referred to RCA Ford that the late John Andretti drove to his first career Cup victory in the 1997 Pepsi 400 at Daytona. Houff’s car not only featured a virtually identical paint scheme, but an identical typeface as well as the old RCA label – and dogs – on the rear quarter panels.
Houff avoided trouble throughout Sunday’s Goodyear 400, but only managed a 30th place finish in one of two tributes to John Andretti.
# 6: Tommy Joe Martins’ Rich Bickle comeback show
Tommy Joe Martins ‘choice of comeback scheme might not have been the most famous, but it was one that was instantly recognizable: Martins’ team opted for a paint scheme identical to the No.45 Pontiac. 10-10-345 purple and yellow driven by Rich Bickle in the 1999 NASCAR Cup Series season. The Martins team also took the extra step of making refueling shirts for their Chevrolet Capital City Towing.
Driving for his family racing team, Martins made a good comeback in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race: Martins finished sixth in stage one thanks to an alternate tire strategy, then struggled two laps after cutting one tire to finish 14th. .
# 5: Brandon Brown’s Dale Jarrett UPS flashback
Saturday’s Xfinity Series race featured two flashbacks to Dale Jarrett’s mid-2000s UPS systems, with Jeremy Clements running the 2006 version and Brandon Brown driving the 2002 version. Both looked great, and Clements. actually scored a fifth place with his own. However, the backlash advantage belongs to Brown thanks to the way he leaned into UPS branding, doing everything from spoofing an old UPS slogan (“What can [Brandon] brown do for you? “) complete UPS packaging, delivery attire, and even a UPS truck.
Brown had a strong run, but had to make an unscheduled pit stop and finished 23rd.
# 4: Tyler Reddick’s Marty Robbins Look
Tyler Reddick had country music label Quartz Hill Records on the side of his No.8 Chevrolet on Sunday, and couldn’t have picked a better driver to turn to: country music legend Marty Robbins, who turned himself enlightened as a NASCAR driver – with an impossible-to-miss bright pink and yellow car – from 1966 to 1982.
With the same colors and his No.8 in the same style as the old No.42 Robbins, Reddick ran ahead throughout the day on Sunday before fading later in the race and returning to 12th.
# 3: The Jason Leffler paint scheme from Sheldon Creed
For their roll-back program, Sheldon Creed’s GMS Racing team opted for one of the classic looks from the Truck series and a tribute to a popular West Coast racer: Creed’s No.2 has been painted like the old trucks from Ultra Motorsports’ # 2 ASE team, especially the one driven by the late Jason Leffler during the 2002 and 2003 seasons.
Creed put one of the most recognizable paint schemes of the Truck Series’ first 10 years back in its place: in a chaotic race, Creed outlasted Ben Rhodes at the finish to claim his first victory of the season.
N Â° 2: The return of John Andretti by Erik Jones
As a rule of thumb, a return to any of Richard Petty’s # 43 STP paint schemes will be a winner no matter what. But this one, piloted by Erik Jones, was particularly well received. Jones drove the same STP paint scheme that John Andretti drove in the 1999 season, which saw him win at Martinsville.
After winning the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series race on Wednesday night, Jones appeared to be heading for a race worthy of his car on Sunday. But a cut tire relegated him to 18th place at the finish – Although his paint scheme won the fan vote for return schemes owned by NASCAR.
# 1: The Return of Corey LaJoie’s Alan Kulwicki
NASCAR Hall of Famer and ultimate underdog Alan Kulwicki were well represented on the comeback weekend, as three paint schemes of Sunday’s Goodyear 400 were based on cars he drove during his career. But Kulwicki’s throwback wasn’t quite like Corey LaJoie’s: LaJoie drove a car with the exact number and the exact paint scheme like Kulwicki’s Zerex car from the 1989 and 1990 seasons, which was prepared in the same racing store that once housed the Kulwicki team.
Not only that, but LaJoie sported an authentic Alan Kulwicki firefighter jumpsuit during the pre-race. LaJoie brought his car back to 22nd, but he and Spire Motorsports can be assured that their flashback has been one of the most creative, loyal, and beautiful of the whole flashback weekend.