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The Top 5 Best Truck Series Darlington Throwbacks of 2024

Corey Heim, Christian Eckes racing for position during the Buckle Up South Carolina 200 at Darlington Raceway, 5/12/2023 (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ah, throwback weekend. It has become such a timeless classic since its inception in 2015, and Darlington Raceway is a perfect venue for it, given its history in the grand scheme of NASCAR.

In 2020, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returned to Darlington for the first time since 2011, and in doing so, was able to join in on throwback weekend with the Cup Series and Xfinity Series.

2024 is no different, and the Truck Series’ batch features a lot of throwbacks that are worthy of being chosen as the best of the bunch.

So let’s take a look at what I believe are the five best Truck Series Darlington throwbacks in 2024.

Author’s Note: These schemes are not ranked, but rather shown in number order. To find out which scheme is the best, tune into my ‘Tracking the Trucks’ race report following the race at Darlington on Friday night (May 10).

Taylor Gray – No. 17 Mark Green Throwback

In 2000, Jeff Hensley was the crew chief and team manager of his family team, HMV Motorsports. The team fielded the No. 63 of Mark Green (brother of Xfinity champions David and Jeff Green) with sponsorship from Superflo, sporting a very cool-looking paint scheme complete with tiger stripes and a tiger on the hood of the car.

Now, Hensley is the crew chief for Taylor Gray at TRICON Garage. Gray will run a special throwback to Hensley’s team, with Green’s 2000 tiger scheme being the choice of paint.

Gray’s No. 17 features sponsorship from instead of Superflo, but the font of both his number and his sponsor are changed to better match Green’s No. 63. The cool tiger stripes make the scheme stand out more than anything, while the tiger on the hood of Green’s car also returns on the hood of Gray’s truck.

Overall, for a scheme being translated from a car to a truck, this is a really well-done paint scheme, and a touching tribute to Hensley and his family. Hensley serving as Gray’s crew chief ties the schemes together, despite being 24 years apart.

Tyler Ankrum – No. 18 Days of Thunder Throwback

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