Jimmie Johnson stated he was going “all in” for his ultimate throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, and he wasn’t kidding.
The Southern 500, a “crown jewel” race, is often the NASCAR Cup Sequence’ lone journey to the South Carolina observe — will probably be the third race in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic — and the weekend pays tribute to the game’s previous. Drivers and their groups run throwback paint schemes celebrating previous seems and NASCAR legends.
Whereas Johnson’s teammates are honoring him with their automobiles earlier than he retires from full-time NASCAR racing on the finish of the 2020 season, the No. 48 Chevrolet driver is paying tribute along with his paint scheme to the 2 seven-time champions who got here earlier than him: Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.
And he even dressed the half earlier than Sunday night time’s Southern 500.
The glasses are identical to the enduring ones usually worn by the late Earnhardt, whereas the hat, feathers included, resembles the one Petty nonetheless repeatedly wears to the observe.
Replace: In line with NBC’s Southern 500 broadcast, which included Dale Earnhardt Jr., each gadgets are genuine. Johnson bought Gargoyles sun shades from Dale Sr.’s sister, Cathy, and the signed hat from Petty.
Johnson’s No. 48 automobile and look Sunday mixed the 2 iconic paint schemes related to Petty and Earnhardt:
Though the Southern 500 was the primary race of the Cup Sequence playoffs, Johnson was not among the many 16 drivers who made the lower in his ultimate season earlier than retiring from full-time racing.