Coming to NASCAR Authentics
Over Labor Day weekend, NASCAR fans will be transported
back in time to an era when life was simpler and the sport
was experiencing an unprecedented amount of growth.
DAN GU T TENPLAN
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Below is a list of the throwback cars
scheduled to arrive on store shelves
shortly after Labor Day weekend.
Austin Dillon: No. 3 American Ethanol/Ricky Rudd Tribute
Kevin Harvick: No. 4 Busch Darlington/Cale Yarborough Tribute
Trevor Bayne: No. 6 AdvoCare/Mark Martin Tribute
Regan Smith: No. 7 Nikko/Alan Kul wicki Tribute
Danica Patrick: No. 10 Nature: Bakery Special
Denny Hamlin: No. 11 Sport Clips Throwback
Casey Mears’ No. 13 GEICO/Smokey Yunick Tribute
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: No. 17 Fastenal/Darrell Waltrip Tribute
Kyle Busch: No. 18 Interstate Batteries/Dale Jarrett Tribute
Carl Ed wards’ No. 19 ARRIS Throwback
Chase Elliott: No. 24 NAPA Throwback
Paul Menard: No. 27 Valvoline Throwback
Ryan Newman: No. 31 Caterpillar/Ricky Rudd Tribute
Aric Almirola: No. 43 S TP/Richard Petty Tribute
Dale Earnhardt Jr.: No. 88 Nationwide/Buddy Baker Tribute
With drivers like Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker and Darrell Waltrip in the prime of their careers and
Dale Earnhardt and Ricky Rudd just starting
out, the late 1970s and early 1980s saw
NASCAR’s popularity soar with intense on-
track competition and iconic paint schemes.
On Sunday, Sept. 4, Darlington Raceway
will channel the excitement and energy
from that era by bringing back its wildly
popular throwback campaign after its
successful debut last season. With even
more drivers participating in this year’s
program, the on-track action isn’t the only
thing fans will be paying close attention to.
They’ll be staring at the nostalgic designs
that whisk them back to yesteryear, from
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s “Gray Ghost” tribute to
Baker, to Austin Dillon and Ryan Newman’s
homage to Rudd’s first win.
Lionel Racing is getting in on the fun,
too. In addition to producing 1:24-scale
Darlington throwback die-casts, the
company is also offering many of the
throwback paint schemes in 1:64-scale
as part of its NASCAR Authentics line.
The first 15 cars are set to hit select
Walmart and other mass retail stores
shortly after the Bojangles’ Southern 500
with additional throwback 1:64-scale
die-casts included in future waves.
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