Not only are Cup Series teams putting together throwback schemes for Darlington, but Xfinity and Truck teams are putting schemes together as well! What types of schemes do we see in these lower tier series? We at the Daily Downforce have you covered.
Cole Custer will be running a throwback scheme honoring the late Jason Leffler’s 2004 Xfinity Series car. In a part-time 27 race schedule, Leffler had 17 top-10s go go along with eight top-fives. He also won his first career Xfinity Series race in the car at Nashville that season.
Josh Berry will run a scheme based on Hut Stricklin’s 1996 Circuit City car. Stricklin recorded his best career Cup Series finish in the scheme in the 1996 Southern 500. That day, he led 143 laps eventually finishing second to Jeff Gordon.
Sammy Smith will run a scheme throwing it back to his sponsor, Pilot Flying J’s first logo. It commemorates the 65th anniversary of Pilot Flying J in business.
Mayer will run a scheme honoring Kurt Busch’s rookie season in 2001. Busch had six top 10s and three top fives with a best finish of fifth at Talladega that season.
Clements will run a scheme honoring Geoff Bodine’s 1980s Hendrick Motorsports Levi Garrett car. Bodine, recently named to NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers list, famously won the 1986 Daytona 500 in this scheme.
Ryan Ellis is running a scheme honoring Kevin Harvick’s 2005 quicksilver scheme. With Harvick entering his final Cup Series season, it seems only appropriate to honor some of his best schemes.
Jeffery Earnhardt will run a scheme throwing it back to Dale Earnhardt’s 1997 All-Star Race Wheaties car. Dale finished fourth in the race leading 11 laps.
Allgaier will run a scheme honoring his sponsor, Brandt. It is not throwing back to a particular past scheme, but it is honoring the history of Brandt through its’ 70 years in business.
Brett Moffitt’s throwback will honor the late Tim Richmond’s scheme from 1986-87. Driving for Rick Hendrick, Richmond won seven races in 1986 finishing third in the points, which, tragically, turned out to be Richmond’s last full-time season. After running only 8 races in 1987, winning two, Richmond stopped racing and passed away from complications of AIDS in 1989.
Finchum will be throwing it back to his former car owner, the late Eric McClure. Specifically throwing it back to the black and orange scheme from the 2011 Xfinity (then Nationwide) Series.
Sage Karam will run a Richard Childress throwback. A former owner-driver, Childress finished as high as fifth in the Cup Series standings in 1975, a year he accrued 15 top tens.
Contrary to some accounts, we did not have any input into this scheme being used as a throwback. The car is based off of the Disney film series on Herbie the Love Bug, more specifically, the 2005 film Herbie Fully Loaded.
Dillon is running a scheme that is throwing it back to his sponsor Ferris’ first scheme in NASCAR in 2003. Martin Truex Jr ran the scheme in what was then known as the Busch North Series (Now ARCA Menards Series East) at New Hampshire finishing 15th.
Kaz Grala will run a vintage firetruck inspired scheme honoring firefighters. The scheme was appropriately released on International Firefighters Day.
Xfinity Series teams are going all out this weekend for throwback weekend. Who has the best throwback?