Fire up the radio, it is time for Crew Chatter with Speedway Digest writers. This week we tackle Darlington with the question, “With NASCAR embracing throwback weekend at Darlington, what are your thoughts on Darlington or favorite throwback theme?"
Brett Winningham: NASCAR throwback weekend is one of the most looked forward things in all of NASCAR. It allows drivers an opportunity to run their favorite paint schemes as their favorite racers ran back in the day. It also allows fans to get a sneak peek of what those paint schemes looked like going around the track. It would be really cool if throwback weekend could be further expanded in the XFINITY Series and adopted by the Camping World Truck Series.
Davey Segal: I absolutely hate this question, because there are SO many great, meaningful and beautiful looking throwbacks this weekend. But if I had to pick just one, I would have to go with the No. 14 car of Tony Stewart, honoring Hall of Famer Bobby Allison with sponsorship from Coca-Cola. Being Smoke's farewell season, and Darlington being one of the tracks he has never found victory lane at, putting Allison;s old paint scheme into the winner's circle would be one of the biggest wins of Stewart's career. It's being rumored that Coca-Cola will become the new sponsor of the Cup Series, but I love seeing their brand on a legendary driver's race car once again. The mix of the colors, old school number, history tied throughout the car and circumstances surrounding the driver of the No. 14, I am absolutely in love with this throwback paint scheme, and can't wait to see it on track at The Lady in Black.
Caleb Whisler: I absolutely love the continuation of the throwback weekend at Darlington since it was around before the finished construction of Daytona International Speedway. I am huge proponent in embracing the history of NASCAR. I also love the fact that everyone within the NASCAR community wants to participate. I cannot wait to the surprises that Kerry Tharp and his team have come up with for the fans. There are so many paint schemes that are my favorite from Greg Biffle’s Hooters car to Tony Stewart’s Coca-Cola car to Landon Cassill’s scheme honoring JD McDuffie. In order to pick a favorite, you would have to ask me after the first practice session on Friday. The paint schemes all look great in pictures, but seeing them through the TV screen on the track will help solidify that decision. My hope is that “throwback weekends” will be specialized for the NASCAR Xfinity and Camping World Truck series to allow for their own “brand identity”.