December 3, 2023

NASCAR fans who miss the vintage paint schemes and traditions of yesteryear are in luck ahead of the 2023 Goodyear 400.

NASCAR’s first trip to Darlington Raceway in 2023 will continue serving as the backdrop to its annual throwback weekend, where drivers’ paint schemes will pay homage to the history of the sport. The event takes on even greater importance this year as NASCAR celebrates its 75th anniversary.

As part of the festivities, the Goodyear 400 will also see NASCAR celebrate the series’ 75 greatest drivers: a continuation of the top 50 drivers that coincided with the NASCAR’s 50th anniversary in 1998. While there will be plenty of celebrations off the track, the most visible of those will occur during the race, where the cars themselves will honor NASCAR’s storied history.

As it stands, 27 drivers will go with throwback paint schemes for 2023. Here’s a look at all the vintage looks for this year’s visit to Darlington, as well as the history behind NASCAR’s throwback weekend:

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Why is NASCAR’s throwback weekend at Darlington?

NASCAR’s first throwback weekend occurred in 2015, in conjunction with the Southern 500 — long considered to be the series’ crown jewel race — moving back to its traditional Labor Day weekend. NASCAR decided to celebrate the race’s return to its traditional date — the first time since 2003 — with “NASCAR Throwback,” in which 32 cars in the 43-car field featured vintage paint schemes.

Darlington Raceway, the annual host of NASCAR’s throwback weekend, is also a fitting track for the celebration: Built in 1950, it was the first fully paved NASCAR track longer than a mile in length, and was the series’ only superspeedway until Daytona’s opened in 1959. It is NASCAR’s oldest superspeedway.

NASCAR Darlington throwback paint schemes 2023

Ross Chastain

Kevin Harvick

Kyle Larson

Brad Keselowski

Corey LaJoie

Chase Elliott

Aric Almirola

Denny Hamlin

Ryan Blaney

Chase Briscoe

Brennan Poole

Chris Buescher

Christopher Bell

Harrison Burton

Joey Logano

William Byron

Todd Gilliland

Ryan Preece

Noah Gragson

Erik Jones

Tyler Reddick

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Josh Berry

Ryan Newman

Ty Gibbs

Ty Dillon

Daniel Suarez


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