Fastenal Throwback Weekend at Darlington
Darlington Raceway has long been the home of one of the sport’s most famed events; The Southern 500. Last season the track launched its Tradition Returns NASCAR Throwback weekend. The platform has quickly grown into one of the most popular events of the NASCAR season, with teams paying tribute to the past and the legends that paved the way for where the sport sits today.
“The retro ideas and remembering our history and the things that made us proud and got us where we are today are certainly on everybody’s mind, and the things going on at Darlington fall right in line with that,” said Roush Fenway team owner Jack Roush.
“It’s a great event,” added Roush. “To pay tribute to those who have made the sport what it is, and do it in a way that rewards the fans and provides attention for the partners and shines a light on our sport is really an amazing concept.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will drive a Darrell Waltrip inspired orange and blue Fastenal Ford; a tribute to Waltrip’s 1975 scheme that he scored his first career victory driving that same year.
For Roush Fenway, the throwbacks have not been limited to just the track. Members of Roush Fenway’s marketing and management staff will wear retro ‘70s style’ Jack Roush Performance shirts and hats this weekend at the track. The No. 16 and No. 17 crews will wear special throwback uniforms at the track, with the 17 team’s outfit including vintage white high-top Converse sneakers that Stenhouse personally purchased for the team. All three Cup teams will sport retro ‘80s style ‘trucker’ hats.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3:
ON TRACK: DARLINGTON
Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series qualifying canceled; Lineups per rulebook
-- 11 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, CNBC for entirety, simulcast on NBCSN from 11:30-12:30
-- 1:30-2:50 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, NBCSN
SUNDAY, SEPT. 4:
ON TRACK: DARLINGTON
-- 6 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 (367 laps, 501.3 miles), NBC/NBC Sports App
Stenhouse at Darlington Raceway
Stenhouse Jr. has three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starts at Darlington Raceway with an average starting position of 16.7 and average finishing position of 25.3.
As part of Darlington’s Tradition Continues events this weekend, Stenhouse’s No. 17 Fastenal Ford will carry a special tribute paint scheme to honor Darrell Waltrip.
This orange and white retro scheme will carry the colors the NASCAR Hall of Famer drove to his first NSCS win in 1975 at Nashville Speedway. Darlington is also the track where Waltrip got his last NSCS win.
Last time at Darlington
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was running in the top 20 when his No. 17 Ford got loose under the No. 15 machine causing the No. 17 machine to spin sending it to the garage for repair. The crew worked feverishly to repair his machine to maximize points but Stenhouse Jr. settled with a 38th-place finish at Darlington Raceway.
On the Car
Fastenal is currently in its fifth season as a primary partner in the NSCS for Roush Fenway. They spent three years on the No. 99 before jumping over to the No. 17 entry, and were the primary partner on the No. 60 XFINITY team that captured the owner’s championship in 2011.
Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Darlington:
“I’m definitely looking forward to Darlington this weekend and seeing all the throwback paint schemes under the lights. It is a huge honor to be able to run the 1975 throwback paint scheme of Darrell’s at Darlington. Darrell’s first win was with this scheme and his last win was at Darlington so it seems fitting that we get this Fastenal Ford into victory lane on Sunday night to get my first win and have Darrell there to celebrate with us.”
Nick Sandler on racing at Darlington:
“I’m looking forward to Darlington this weekend. Darlington is definitely a driver’s track which suits Ricky’s driving style. Our short track program has been strong this year. We’re running a Darrell Waltrip tribute scheme that looks awesome. Darrell will be at the track on Sunday so hopefully we can have a solid run for him.”