One of the coolest nights in NASCAR will return for the 2016 season. Darlington Raceway announced it will bring back its throwback race for Labor Day weekend during its lone event of the year.
“The track will be celebrating the 1975-84 time period of the sport during our throwback weekend in 2016,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said in a release. “We had tremendous response from the industry last season, which included the race teams, NASCAR, NBC, Goodyear and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, to name a few. This is a fun and unique way to honor the history and heritage of NASCAR racing at one of the sport’s most iconic tracks on Labor Day weekend.”
While the first year of the promotion featured cars from multiple generations, the 2016 version will have a specific theme. The track plans to celebrate the years from 1975 through 1984.
During that span, Richard Petty (two), Cale Yarborough (three), Darrell Waltrip (three), Dale Earnhardt and Bobby Allison were all crowned champions. That leaves a variety of historically great paint schemes from champions alone. Waltrip offered one option for drivers looking to honor NASCAR’s past.
This car won 24 races and 2 championship in 2 years, that my friends is how you do ” the Dew” 😎😎😎🏁🏁🏁 pic.twitter.com/iNnsOgoiXE
— Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip) December 17, 2015
Kyle Larson was a fan favorite last year with his Mello Yello throwback, so he might take Waltrip up on the historic ride with another soda on the ride. While Dale Earnhardt Jr. will already be honoring Buddy Baker all season with the Grey Ghost Nationwide ride, it should be interesting to see which scheme he dons during the race.
After an outstanding event during the 2015 season, next year’s version has a lot to live up to. But with a potential return of Ned Jarrett to the booth and a spectacle on the track, tradition truly will continue at Darlington in 2016.