It’s that time of year again: the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series return to Darlington Raceway for Labor Day weekend and its festivities, leading up to the Bojangles Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 1.
This year, the theme throws back to the years 1990-1994, though some chose schemes outside that period. A few teams throwback to cars in movies, while others mirror their personal or family vehicles. Some schemes resemble racecars from the 1950s, while others are as recent as 2011. There’s even a throwback to a sponsor’s tractor design.
Many teams and drivers revealed their throwback designs, though not all chose to participate in the weekend’s theme. Those who announced their schemes are included below; if a driver isn’t listed, they either aren’t running one or haven’t released it at press time.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
StarCom Racing Honors NASCAR Veteran @SMR_114 at @TooToughToTame. SCR is representing the #40 @coorslight Dodge that Marlin drove in his final Cup Series victory at Darlington in 2002. We are also proud to have @MichaelJFoxOrg on board with us for this race! #GoTeamFox pic.twitter.com/Qe5gbevmQ6
— StarCom Racing (@StarcomRacing) August 26, 2019
Throwback: Sterling Marlin’s No. 40 Coors Light Dodge, which he drove at Darlington in 2002 and in which he won his last Cup Series race.
— Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) August 28, 2019
Throwback: Busch’s 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28. The model year was among the Camaro’s first generation.
— Team Penske (@Team_Penske) August 19, 2019
Throwback: Rusty Wallace’s Miller Lite scheme from 1996.
Two #ThrowbackWeekend paint scheme announcements in one day?? 🤯@austindillon3 and @RCRracing are celebrating #RCR50 by throwing it back to Richard Childress' racing days in the #3⃣ car! #BojanglesSo500 pic.twitter.com/WQK3pu06sI
— Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) April 4, 2019
Throwback: Richard Childress’ black gold Oldsmobile Cutlass from the late 1970s.
— Roush Fenway (@roushfenway) May 28, 2019
Throwback: Honors Mark Martin’s 1993 Southern 500 scheme that earned owner Jack Roush his first Darlington victory.
The first of the #BojanglesSo500 throwback schemes is here! 🤩@DanielHemric and @RCRracing’s designed their scheme after @CaterpillarInc’s first line of tractors produced in 1925. #ThrowbackWeekend | #RCR50 pic.twitter.com/bZowAF6XLY
— Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) April 4, 2019
Throwback: Caterpillar’s colors and logo from its tractors produced in 1925.
— Chase Elliott (@chaseelliott) June 12, 2019
Throwback: Dad Bill Elliott’s scheme when he won his first Cup pole at Darlington in 1981.
Orange you glad to see this fantastic 🎨, fans?! @Aric_Almirola and the No. 10 @SmithfieldBrand crew will sport the colors of @TonyStewart's 2002 championship-winning car at @TooToughToTame. Tap the ❤️ if you think we'll see them get a win on Sunday. 🏁#NASCARThrowback pic.twitter.com/SUvRhEQDkz
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 25, 2019
Throwback: Honors owner Tony Stewart’s 2002 championship run.
It's a big day for the #FedEx11 team, unveiling @DennyHamlin's @TooToughToTame throwback scheme honoring Darrell Waltrip, a true @NASCAR legend. RT to wish Darrell congratulations and props to Denny on such a cool scheme! pic.twitter.com/oHbvBeOOlj
— FedEx (@FedEx) June 21, 2019
Throwback: Darrell Waltrip’s chrome-numbered scheme from the 1990s. This was unveiled at Waltrip’s final race broadcast at Sonoma Raceway before his retirement.
FINALLY! Here it is! 🎨🤩🤩
— Team Penske (@Team_Penske) July 3, 2019
Throwback: Michael Waltrip’s No. 30 Pennzoil scheme from 1991-1995.
Wait a second…. we're seeing double! 👀 This Sunday, @ClintBowyer and the No. 14 @RushTruckCenter / @Mobil1 team will throw it back to @TonyStewart's 2011 #NASCAR Cup Series Championship. Whatcha think of Bowyer's ride for @TooToughToTame, fans?#NASCARThrowback | #GoClintGo pic.twitter.com/XHxp53esxb
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 27, 2019
Throwback: Commemorates Stewart’s third and final Cup title in 2011.
— SNICKERS (@SNICKERS) August 22, 2019
Throwback: Bobby Hillin’s Snickers scheme from 1990.
As we talked about on the @DaleJr Download, we’re bringing back my 2004 @BassProShops Chance2 paint scheme for @TooToughToTame this year. It means a lot to me because without Johnny Morris and Dale putting me in that car, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. pic.twitter.com/y2BHm4WBBZ
— Martin Truex Jr. (@MartinTruex_Jr) May 15, 2019
Throwback: Truex’s first full-time season in the Xfinity Series in 2004, driving the No. 8 car for Chance 2 Motorsports.
Throwback: Jones’ first late model scheme. He will make his 100th career Cup Series start in the Southern 500.
— Wood Brothers Racing (@woodbrothers21) July 18, 2019
Throwback: Wood Brothers Racing team founder Glenn Wood’s 1957 Ford Sunliner from the NASCAR Convertible Series.
— Shell Racing US (@shellracingus) August 27, 2019
Throwback: Harvick’s 2007 Daytona 500 victory scheme in which he edged Mark Martin by two-hundredths of a second. The video highlights a memorable quote from Logano after his 2010 altercation with Harvick.
AND 👏 WE 👏 ARE 👏 SO 👏 ABOUT 👏 IT 👏
— Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) August 1, 2019
Throwback: Cole Trickle’s paint scheme from the movie Days of Thunder.
Stay tuned today and this week for merch! pic.twitter.com/RvKZGQZoVk
— Go Fas Racing (@GoFasRacing32) July 9, 2019
Throwback: Dale Jarrett’s 1991 Nestle Crunch paint scheme from the Xfinity Series.
— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) August 20, 2019
Throwback: Jimmy Means’ No. 52 Alka-Seltzer scheme from the late ’80s to early ’90s. Front Row Motorsports was originally a partnership between Means and Bob Jenkins that lasted a year. Jenkins then broke away and founded FRM.
— Front Row Motorsports (@Team_FRM) August 26, 2019
Throwback: David Hilliker’s late model car, which Tifft’s father owned during Tifft’s childhood.
Honoring Shriner and NASCAR champ David Pearson. pic.twitter.com/JOYspVRTaU
— David Ragan (@DavidRagan) August 26, 2019
Throwback: David Pearson’s Torino Cobra from 1969, when he won his third and final championship. It’s also the year Pearson became a Shriner, of which Ragan is also a member.
Check out that #Haasome 🎨! @Daniel_SuarezG and the No. 41 @Haas_Automation team will pay homage to @TonyStewart's 2005 #NASCAR Cup Series Championship on Sunday at @TooToughToTame. 🏆 How excited are you to cheer them on, fans?#NASCARThrowback pic.twitter.com/7rsBE3syxa
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 26, 2019
Throwback: Stewart’s 2005 Cup Series championship scheme. This was Hall of Famer’s second of three titles.
— Chip Ganassi Racing (@CGRTeams) August 28, 2019
Throwback: Ricky Craven’s 1995 Kodiak scheme in which Craven earned Rookie of the Year honors.
We are excited to unveil the No. 43 @victoryjunction Throwback that @bubbawallace will race at @TooToughToTame, and proud to honor Adam and his vision of Victory Junction with this special paint scheme! #VictoryJunction #FeelYourHeartRace #15GoingonForever pic.twitter.com/8za3nWhTZJ
— Richard Petty Motorsports (@RPMotorsports) August 6, 2019
Throwback: Honoring the late Adam Petty with a scheme similar to Petty’s first ARCA victory in 1998.
— JTG Daugherty Racing (@JTGRacing) August 16, 2019
Throwback: Honors Ron Bouchard’s car driven at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway in 1984. Bouchard also drove for Preece’s grandfather Bob Judkins in the Modified Series.
— Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) August 26, 2019
Throwback: Johnson’s 1990 Chevy Thunder Sportside from his off-road racing days. He drove this truck in the 1995 Baja 1000 Trophy Truck division.
— Rick Ware Racing (@RickWareRacing) August 22, 2019
Throwback: The title character’s Ford Thunderbird scheme from the 1983 movie Stroker Ace.
In 1953 Bill Blair won at Daytona when they raced on the beach and HWY A1A. This design is to honor Bill Blair, and all the early racing pioneers, who helped shape what is now known as NASCAR, and also to the role High Point, NC played in the early years of stock car racing. pic.twitter.com/YDd7YAPEyN
— Rick Ware Racing (@RickWareRacing) August 27, 2019
Throwback: 1953 Daytona Beach race winner Bill Blair’s No. 2 Oldsmobile.
Throwback: Lennie Pond’s 1976 Pepsi car
— Motor Racing Network (@MRNRadio) August 29, 2019
Throwback: Honors Motor Racing Network’s 50-year run covering the sport.
— Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) June 7, 2019
Throwback: Tim Richmond’s No. 25 scheme from 1986-87, when Richmond drove for Hendrick Motorsports.
Here it is…our No.95 IMSA GTO Throwback Toyota Camry for this weekend @TooToughToTame!
The championship-winning IMSA GTO Toyota carried the classic red, orange & yellow striped scheme which is synonymous with Toyota performance in American motorsports.#NASCARthrowback #team95 pic.twitter.com/QEM7Qg0ZvM
— LeavineFamilyRacing (@LFR95) August 27, 2019
Throwback: 1987 IMSA GTU Championship-winning GTO Toyota Celica. The hues used on the cars are analogous to Toyota’s colors.
For @GarrettSmithley, this weekend means more than just throwing it back to NASCAR’s history. He will be honoring the late Mike Mittler of @mittler_bros with this tribute to one of NASCAR’s most recognizable independent team owners. #TeamJDM | #NASCARThrowback pic.twitter.com/MGZBF07J9D
— JD Motorsports w/ Gary Keller (@JDMotorsports01) August 28, 2019
Throwback: Tribute to the late Mike Mittler, who was Smithley’s first team owner (MB Motorsports) in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series.
— Cole Custer (@ColeCuster) August 21, 2019
Throwback: Buckshot Jones’ 1997 Aquafresh scheme.
— JR Motorsports (@JRMotorsports) May 17, 2019
Throwback: Jeff Gordon’s Baby Ruth Xfinity Series scheme from 1992, when Gordon drove for Bill Davis Racing.
— Tyler Reddick (@TylerReddick) August 27, 2019
Throwback: Commemorates Kyle Petty’s 7-Eleven scheme run in the 1980s.
We are proud to honor the 1991 NASCAR Busch Series Champion and 2020 NASCAR Hall of Fame member @Bobby_Labonte with our South Carolina Education Lottery Chevrolet driven by @bjmcleod78 later this month at @TooToughToTame. #TeamJDM | #NASCARThrowback pic.twitter.com/s6dBdyIFXO
— JD Motorsports w/ Gary Keller (@JDMotorsports01) August 8, 2019
Throwback: Bobby Labonte’s 1992 Xfinity Series Slim Jim paint scheme.
— JR Motorsports (@JRMotorsports) August 13, 2019
Throwback: Tribute to Ricky Rudd’s 1979 Truxmore Chevrolet.
Super pumped to unveil my paint scheme for @TooToughToTame this is dedicated to my team owner Bobby Dotter. He drove this pink machine back in 1991! I’ve been looking forward to #Throwbackweekend all year! Hope to see all you fans in Darlington🤘🏼@NASCAR pic.twitter.com/eCyp2VWbza
— Gray Gaulding (@graygaulding) August 27, 2019
Throwback: the 1991 Cling Free scheme of SS-Green Light Racing team owner Bobby Dotter.
We're so excited to see @DaleJr back behind the wheel of the No. 8 @Hellmanns Throwback later this year @TooToughToTame! Watch this video for more and to find out how you can still participate in the Race to Fight Hunger.
— JR Motorsports (@JRMotorsports) April 29, 2019
Throwback: A tribute to Dale Earnhardt’s first Cup Series start in 1975 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
🚨 THROWBACK ALERT 🚨@Justin_Haley_ will be sporting this Raybestos scheme at @TooToughToTame, honoring the same design @JeffBurton raced back in 1994. See it in action Labor Day weekend on @NBCSN! #NASCARThrowback pic.twitter.com/ZjeiUUxZj1
— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) June 10, 2019
Throwback: Jeff Burton’s Raybestos scheme from Burton’s rookie Cup season in 1994. It’s also a tribute to Matt Kaulig’s father Bob Kaulig, who was vice president of Raybestos from 1985-2008.
We can't wait to get to @TooToughToTame this weekend with @StephenLeicht sporting this #NASCARThrowback tribute paint scheme to @KenSchrader's No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet! What do you fans think?#TeamJDM | #NASCAR pic.twitter.com/cPsicc1QNj
— JD Motorsports w/ Gary Keller (@JDMotorsports01) August 26, 2019
Throwback: Ken Schrader‘s No. 25 Budweiser scheme he drove in the mid-1990s for Hendrick Motorsports.
Throwback: Bill Elliott’s early 1990s No. 11 Budweiser paint scheme.
Brandon Jones' throwback to Buddy Baker pic.twitter.com/etVQWKnZtE
— Ozair I (@ozair_i) August 27, 2019
Throwback: The Gray Ghost driven by Buddy Baker.
Check out the No. 22 @MoneyLion Ford Mustang Throwback Paint Scheme for Darlington! @AustinCindric is bringing back the look of Roger Penske’s 1963 Pontiac Catalina — the car that “The Captain” drove to his only NASCAR win in the Riverside 250.
#NASCARThrowback | #MoneyLion pic.twitter.com/Lie6GgZRIl
— MoneyLion Racing (@moneylionracing) August 28, 2019
Throwback: Resembles team owner Roger Penske’s first and lone race-winning car, a 1963 Pontiac Catalina.
In case you missed @NASCAR #RaceHub last night, here's what you didn't see! @JoeyGaseRacing is turning up the heat at @TooToughToTame with a hot & spicy @Team_Onion #35 throwback paint scheme. We can't wait to see this baby hit the track!#NASCAR #Throwback #CarolinaCooker #ASC pic.twitter.com/3yyS8oG2bC
— MBM Motorsports (@MBMMotorsports) August 21, 2019
Throwback: Todd Bodine’s Tabasco scheme from the 1998 season.
.Check it out!!!! @JClements51 will have the #51 @Repairable1 machine primed, painted & ready to race @TooToughToTame on Labor Day weekend #DaysOfThunder Style!! @NASCARonNBC @XfinityRacing @NASCAR #NASCARThrowback https://t.co/VIXhB5K3DG pic.twitter.com/wEWMMJUR77
— JeremyClementsRacing (@JCR_Clements51) August 1, 2019
Throwback: Another Days of Thunder tribute, this time the No. 51 Exxon paint scheme.
@MhrRacing The Tribute To Service Charity Theme Car @TooToughToTame was designed in honor of all whom serve their community, their Nation, and honor our fallen heroes gone too soon. Further details on this very special car will be released this week, stay tuned pic.twitter.com/owvSKoWVA2
— MHR Racing (@MhrRacing) August 26, 2019
Throwback: Harmon’s No. 24 car from the mid- to late 1990s.
— Brandonbilt Motorsports (@BMSRaceTeam) August 13, 2019
Throwback: Terry Labonte’s 1993 Kellogg’s Corn Flakes paint scheme.
It's that time of the year y'all 😎
Got another #ThrowbackAlert & this one is for #SportClips200 🙌@ChaseBriscoe5 will be honoring Parnelli Jones & his 1963 #Indy500 paint scheme 👏#DaysToDarlington || @StewartHaasRcng pic.twitter.com/0VcLGi3mvE
— Darlington Raceway (@TooToughToTame) August 7, 2019
Throwback: Parnelli Jones’ 1963 Indianapolis 500-winning paint scheme.