Friday, May 9, 2008

NASCAR Going with Old-time Paint this weekend

NASCAR will be kicking it old school this weekend at Darlington.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.is going retro this weekend. His No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet will have the green-and-white Mountain Dew paint scheme similar to that used by Darrell Waltrip when he won Cup titles in 1981 and 1982.

Yates Racing digs even further into the history books this weekend. Travis Kvapil's No. 28 will carry sponsorship from the Lafayette Ford dealership and a historic paint scheme, reminiscent of Fast Freddie Lorenzen's cars from the mid '60s.

Lorenzen, the "Golden Boy" of one of NASCAR's best eras, scored 25 wins for the Holman-Moody team, including eight in 16 tries in 1964.

"I guess when you think of throwback race tracks, Darlington is one of those," Kvapil said, "and I think it's going to be neat to have a '60s-looking car at one of the older tracks in the sport."

The Wood Brothers, a team with plenty of heritage in its own right, will join the fun with a 1971 Mercury look for Bill Elliott this weekend. The paint job, with gold numbers on a classic red-and-white body, will certainly bring back thoughts of David Pearson, "The Silver Fox."

The 73-year-old Pearson, a South Carolina native, drove a Mercury just last month with Carl Edwards as the two tested out the new asphalt at the track "Too Tough to Tame."

The tight, egg-shaped oval, which held its first race 58 years ago, is legendary in NASCAR and known as "the Lady in Black" because drivers routinely scrape its walls -- or worse -- as they maneuver around the 1.4-mile circuit.

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