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Mello Yello Returns to the Track on Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet SS

Wednesday, Aug 19 1710
After racing on the big screen in Days of Thunder in 1990 and the NASCAR circuit for four seasons, the classic Mello Yello paint scheme is set to return to the track over Labor Day weekend for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Kyle Larson’s No. 42 Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Chevrolet SS. The throwback paint scheme will be featured during a race weekend that is meant to highlight Darlington’s rich racing history.

The Mello Yello paint scheme was first made famous while being driven by Tom Cruise in the NASCAR-based movie Days of Thunder, and also served as the primary paint scheme on Kyle Petty’s No. 42 car from 1991 – 1994 in NASCAR’s top series. And, although Larson wasn’t alive for the release of Days of Thunder and had barely started watching racing when Petty drove the Mello Yello car, there is a connection between the 23-year-old NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) driver and the classic paint scheme – Felix Sabates. The long-time NASCAR team owner fielded Petty’s No. 42 car at SABCO Racing, and is currently a co-owner with Chip Ganassi on Larson’s No. 42 Target Chevy.        

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