And with all due respect to Thunder Valley, it was Darlington and four consecutive wins in the Southern 500 where Wonder Boy served notice to all that he may have looked new and shiny, but he was as throwback as they come.
. Teams are digging out old school paint schemes, from classic STP for Aric Almirola’s No. But we do know that car is pretty good at the first part.
1. 43 to old school David Pearson for No. Or Larry Smith’s Carling Black Label. It all ended terribly, with the team suing Stacy and Stacy suing back and his eventual disappearance from the sport.
But, on the bright side, he did bring Mark Martin into NASCAR.
Rick Hendrick should reenact this using his cars and three of his affiliates from Stewart-Haas Racing. How? By printing out this list and making it happen. Trevor Bayne in the No. Dale Earnhardt’s pink No. Alex Bowman in the No. Unless the inspectors were too busy weeping in happiness and taking selfies with it to notice we’d stolen an approval sticker and slapped it onto the windshield.
3. Surely there’s a stack of unused decals in a race-shop storage closet somewhere we could use at Darlington.
When I floated this idea on Twitter a few weeks ago, Rusty Wallace’s son and business manager, Greg, said he had plenty of suggestions and both Keselowski brothers immediately responded that they supported the idea. Wrote Brian: “Where’s the Sampson Stone busch and truck. And then he should sue someone, just to do it.
10. For decades he shied away from that story. Tribute to sponsors who never paid their billsSpeaking of lawsuits, remember Big Daddy’s Barbecue Sauce?
At one point they were on the hoods of machines at every level of NASCAR. A little pink streak might look good among all those Darlington Stripes slapped along the Turn 1 retaining wall.
2. Then they were gone, only to return in court documents. Or Boris Said’s Genesee Beer. Something with a Superbird wingNo, it’d never pass NASCAR tech inspection. 10 Four Star WhiskeyBecause if there’s going to be a Stroker Ace, there has to be an Audrey Meadows– er, Aubrey James.
7. Danica Patrick in Aubrey James’s No. Goodyear has gone with old-school white logos on the tires. It peaked in 1982, when he fielded two cars as an owner (shout-out to Joe Ruttman and Jim Sauter), but then also sponsored five other cars.
So, in a time when most starting grids had 30 cars, seven of those rides were adorned — hood, quarter panels and rear deck — with giant STACY decals. 98 Jr.Hill will run the Mike Curb-owned No. I’m not picky here. I’m still waiting on that $$$.”
9. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. So, put on your corduroys, grab a pack of Winston No Bulls, and adjust your aluminum foil TV antenna. StacyFrom the late 1970s through the mid-1980s, a coal mining millionaire named J.D. 7 car, just like Stroker Ace. He already drives the No. K-2In 1970, 19-year-old Dale Earnhardt was finally going to get to race. It didn’t fit his image. 24 Rainbow WarriorC’mon,how is this not happening?
They just did it at Bristol. Or Genny Light. Darlington itself has a pile of plans still to be unveiled. 42, despite the fact that the movie Days of Thunder is two years older than driver Kyle Larson.
Every reveal of every paint job has electrified social media. More accurately, he wanted to dominate racing by flooding the garage with not just cars, but also his name. Timmy Hill in the No. NBC Sports is digging out graphics that look like something built on a Commodore 64.
But it could still be better. Speedblock?
I once stood in the garage and watched Johnny Benson’s crew furiously yank Lycos stickers off the hood of the car because team owner Tim Beverley was so mad about an online ad deal that Lycos had reneged on that he had demanded they not be in the race. Unless the topics of discussion are “Is Richard Petty cooler than a peppermint rocket?” or “Was Dale Earnhardt tougher than a truck stop flank steak?”
But race fans are joined in arm-and-arm lockstep when it comes to their feelings on the upcoming Throwback Weekend at Darlington Raceway. But when the die cast collector’s boom hit, he had no problem selling little versions of it.
So, I don’t think he’d have had a problem with seeing someone in a pink machine wheeling around The Track Too Tough To Tame. Jeff Gordon’s No. Hendrick going full J.D. His father Ralph bought a 1956 Ford Victoria from some neighbors, rebuilt the engine, secured a sponsor in Dayvault’s Tune-Ups & Brake Service, and then mixed up a few buckets of paint to match the car’s purple roof.
Unfortunately, the mixture came out pink. No, not the Hulk from The Avengers or even The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton, but the weird one with Eric Bana and Nick Nolte where they kept showing algae growing on rocks and injected dogs with gamma rays to make Hulk dogs.
Or Kenny Wallace’s Red Dog. Even more unfortunately, there was no time for a do-over. Stacy decided he wanted to go racing. Small Soldiers, Jurassic Park III, Shrek 2 and The Hulk. So The Intimidator’s first race car was pinker than a baby girl’s nursery. 6 Mark Martin Salute To You sponsorship quilt carRemember when baseball Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry would play in MLB Old-Timers’ Daygames and wear a jersey embroidered with the logos of all nine teams that he played for? Bayne now drives the number six Ford at Roush Fenway Racing.
So why not pay tribute to man who made it famous by wrapping it in a quilt work of his sponsors? The Apache Stove/Stroh’s Light/Folger’s/Viagra/AAA/US Army/Kellogg’s/Steak-umm Burgers/Go Daddy/Aaron’s/Bass Pro Shop Ford.
And during driver introductions they should play Johnny Cash’s “One Piece At A Time.”
We’ll call it the Salute To You car in honor of Martin’s so-named farewell tour that ended up lasting eight years.
During the late 1990s, one-off paint schemes to promote movies became all the rage, and no one did more of those than B-Lab at Joe Gibbs Racing.
And man, what a list of Oscar-winning classics. NASCAR fans as a group don’t agree on much. In the inaugural Southern 500, held on Labor Day weekend in1950, Hollywood stuntman-turned-racer Johnny “Mad Man” Mantz won NASCAR’s first asphalt speedway race in a jet-black taxi cab, adorned with nothing more than a set of truck tires, his name on the hood and a giant, white “98″ with a little bitty “jr.” slapped alongside.
Who knows? Perhaps start-and-parker Hill could even employ Mantz’s strategy of cruising slowly along the apron while everyone else blows tires and wrecks.
Well, OK, maybe not. I just want to party.
And if all that ends up being too much, we could add Gary Bradberry’s 1999 sponsor, Pharb’s Hangover Relief.
4. 98 this weekend. 7 Clyde Torkel’s Cluck BucketC’mon, this is too obvious. It’s time for the Top 10 (11!) Throwback Paint Schemes We Should See At Darlington But Won’t.
11. “I’m Alex Bowman and the only think I like more than winning the race is stuffing Torkel Chicken in my face.”
8. to even Cole Trickle’s Mello Yello colors for the No