The Darlington throwback schemes keep rolling in, but only a select few standout from the rest. Tommy Baldwin Racing’s scheme for the Southern 500 fits in that category.
For the Labor Day weekend race, Regan Smith will honor 1992 Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki. Sharing the same number as the former NASCAR driver, TBR revealed the throwback livery Tuesday night.
“It’s an honor for us to pay tribute to a true champion of our sport,” team owner Tommy Baldwin said in a release. “Sharing the car number is a great way to celebrate his accomplishments, it is even more special because Alan achieved success as an independent team.
“We’re grateful to Darlington Raceway and NASCAR for giving us such a special platform.”
TBR didn’t lack for originality last season, either. To honor Tom Baldwin, a former modified driver and Tommy’s father, the team ran a scheme with nerf bars along the sides. Former TBR driver Alex Bowman finished 24th with the modified look.
This year, TBR hopes to improve on that result with Smith behind the wheel. In 2011, Smith won the only race of his career at Darlington and holds an average finish of 17.6 at the track. With Kulwicki’s likeness on its car, maybe TBR can pull off some more single-car magic like the former champion.