Dale Earnhardt Jr. unveils Darlington ‘Gray Ghost’ throwback scheme

Image courtesy of @nw88.
Image courtesy of @nw88.

Image courtesy of @nw88.

When Dale Earnhardt Jr. reveals a paint scheme, it’s a big deal. When he unveils a throwback for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway, it’s a huge deal.

Earnhardt headed out to Darlington on Wednesday afternoon to show off the new look, and it didn’t disappoint. The Nationwide team brought back a legendary scheme with Buddy Baker’s Gray Ghost making a return to the track.

It won’t be the No. 28 that Baker drove to a Daytona 500 victory in 1980, but the scheme is still a standout in the clubhouse early on. The blue and silver look Earnhardt is already running this season has simply been replaced with an old-school logo for Nationwide with orange and black along the side, which looks much closer to Baker’s car.

Last year, Junior was one of the last drivers to reveal his scheme, opting to tease it throughout the summer. The eventual No. 88 Valvoline ride was a sharp scheme, but might be trumped by the Nationwide look he’ll run at Darlington this year.

Over the last three years, Earnhardt has compiled three straight top-10 finishes with a second-place result in 2014. He has never won at Darlington, but the constant growth at the track over the last few years with Hendrick might earn him a victory before the Chase starts.

Darlington Raceway’s award-winning throwback event celebrates the history and heritage of NASCAR racing at one of the sport’s most iconic tracks. The campaign focuses on specific eras plus the historic moments and drivers that made impacts at the track Too Tough to Tame. The Tradition Continues throwback celebration will take place on Labor Day weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 is set for Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016.


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