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The 5 Best & 5 Worst 2024 NASCAR Throwback Schemes

2023 Cup Darlington II racing III - LEGACY Motor Club teammates Carson Hocevar, No. 42 Chevrolet, and Erik Jones, No. 43 Chevrolet (Credit: NKP)

Crank up the ‘ol time travel machine and go back in time with me as we revisit some of the best paint schemes to grace the track.

Oh, wait, we don’t have to, let’s just go to Darlington Raceway this weekend.

Incredibly, one of NASCAR’s newest traditions is already upon its 10th rendition as Darlington hosts throwback weekend once again.

With a grassroots theme on the table this year, several teams opted to go with looks that either its drivers or their icons raced to kickstart their careers, while others went with classics from NASCAR’s past.

This year’s lineup contains some throwbacks that may have an argument for being in the elite tier, while others missed the mark. With that, let’s take a look at the best and worst throwbacks of 2024.

Here’s your best-in-show.

5. Shane van Gisbergen’s No. 97 Chevrolet (Xfinity)

The Kiwi recognizes the Aussie.

Shane van Gisbergen‘s throwback is truly gnarly, as Kaulig Racing throws it back to Marcos Ambrose‘s 2012 Watkins Glen Interntional victory. This scheme is an absolute beauty, and it is perfectly executed. The font is the same, the color pallet matches, and they even added Ambrose’s name on one side of the name rails.

This is the throwback we didn’t know we needed.

4. Brad Keselowski’s No. 6 Ford (Cup)

Let me be honest, I could have easily put any of the Hendrick Motorsports throwbacks in the top five, and one will come soon. But leaving out Brad Keselowski‘s Castrol throwback made me grind my teeth too much.

In a hand-picked scheme by Keselowski, the car pays tribute to the Castrol TOM’s Supra, one of the most identifiable schemes in the Super GT Series in Japan. The curves perfectly emulate that of the Castrol Supra, and the colors come together to make this an absolutely clean scheme.

Castrol delivers again, as this one will be a classic for the ages.

3. Jack Wood’s No. 91 Chevrolet (Trucks)

As my high school history/PE teacher always says, this scheme goes “back to the Dark Ages, eons and eons ago, before anyone had any fun.”

Any time a team goes back to some of the earliest days of NASCAR and nails the scheme, it becomes an instant hit. Such is the case for Jack Wood and McAnally Racing in a throwback to Tim Flock‘s 1952 Hudson Hornet.

Not only was this an amazing choice given the number, but the baby blue and flying font of the No. 91 speaks volumes. To top it off, literally, they used the white…

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