Iconic NASCAR Paint Schemes
Throughout NASCAR history, a race car’s paint scheme has become just as beloved by fans as the actual driver in the car. For instance, in 1971 Richard Petty originally walked away from a deal with STP because he didn’t want to paint his
No. 43 Plymouth red. He held his ground, thus creating the Petty blue and red iconic paint
scheme that is still used to this day. In this space, we’ll share some of the most iconic
paint schemes in NASCAR history.
In 1974, Buddy Baker drove the
No. 15 RC Cola Ford in 16 Cup
Series events and carried the
basic scheme in 94 additional
races through 1977. Bobby
Allison (1978-1980) and Benny
Parsons also drove RC Cola Fords.
Mario Andretti, whose racing
career included four Indy car
championships, wheeled a
sharp metallic blue No. 11 Ford
trimmed in red for Ford Motor
Co. from 1966 to 1969. He won
the Daytona 500 in 1967.
Kyle Petty entered 829
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
events from 1979 to 2008.
He wheeled the Mello Yello-sponsored No. 42 Pontiac for
Felix Sabates in 108 races
from 1991 to 1994.
Ricky Rudd drove the No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Piedmont
Airlines Chevrolet in 1983. In
April of that year, he earned a
win at Martinsville Speedway.
All told, he claimed six pole positions in Piedmont Airline colors.
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