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My Top 5 Southern 500 #Throwback Paint Schemes

This weekend I will have the honor of going to yet another Sprint Cup Series event.  This will be the fourth event for me this season including the All-Star, Coca Cola 600, and the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol.  I am not stating this to brag, I am just wanting to say that even with these events under my belt this year, I am still as excited as ever for this weekend.  The throwback theme is absolutely amazing, and has taken over the garage.  In fact the throwback theme has been embraced so much that if you don't have a throwback scheme this weekend then you should be ashamed (Jamie McMurray, Sam Hornish, Casey Mears, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, J.J. Yeley, Travis Kvapil, Brett Moffitt, Cole Whitt, David Gilliland, AJ Allmendinger, Timmy Hill, Matt Dibenedetto, and TJ Bell).  This is a theme that I hope expands and continues on in the Cup Series.  

Let's get straight into it.  This weekend the throwbacks are awesome, but we all have to have our favorites!! I will admit most of these schemes I have never seen run before since I am still only 21-years-old, but I can still pick a good throwback from a bad one.  Also I would like to state this is MY opinion, and these are the schemes I like the most.  My criteria for a good throwback is a combination of two things.  For one it has to look good... DUHHHH and secondly it needs to resemble the original, that's the point of a throwback!  Okay so let's get this list going!!  I will start the countdown with #5 and work my way to #1!!  

5) Josh Wise #32 Corvetteparts.nets Ricky Craven throwback:

 I really love this car.  I remember the old Ricky Craven days and that bright orange, yellow, and white, Tide car!  Also, this car has to be represented at Darlington.  Who doesn't remember the amazing finish between Craven and Kurt Busch?  Still to this day this has to be considered one of the best finishes in history, and is still the closest finish in NASCAR history.  I really enjoy neon colors, and the neon orange is an amazing color.  Also the number style is a great and resembles the ride perfectly.  The only way to get this ride even better would have been to convince Tide to sign for one race, now that would have been awesome (maybe even put Craven in the car)!!

Ricky Craven Tide Ford

Josh Wise 2015 Ford

4) Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Mark Martin throwback:

Now, this car was before my time, but I really enjoy looking at this car.  The scheme is pulled off very well, and is almost identical to Martin's 1999 car.  The only real difference between Bayne's car and Martin's car is the ripples in the middle.  Advocare uses the A's while Valvoline used the V's to create the ripple.  This car is awesome!!  Nothing really to critique, just wish Bayne could put this car near the front this weekend to due this scheme it's justice.  Martin has some of the most successful years in his career with this scheme.  In fact he earned 9 of his 40 wins with this scheme in '98 & '99.  Martin also finished 2nd in 1998 and 3rd in 1999 in the final points standings with this particular scheme.

Mark Martin Valvoline 1998 Ford

Trevor Bayne 2015 Advocare Ford

3) Paul Menard #27 Menard's throwback: 

Okay I will be honest, I may be a little bias with this one.  Menard is my favorite driver, but let's be honest this scheme is great.  Many NASCAR fans may not realize the significance of this scheme, due to the fact that the origin of it was in Indy Car.  Menard's father John Menard owned Indy Cars for years, and this was one of the early schemes the team ran.  The scheme is very clean, and completely different from anything Menard has ran in the past.  I really enjoy this car due to the cleanliness of the car.  The lines are crisp and all the elements of this ride come together to make a great scheme.  

Menard's Racing Indy Car Original

Paul Menard 2015 Menard's Chevy

2) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Cargill Beef David Pearson throwback: 

Who doesn't like this scheme?  This is one of the most original throwbacks in the garage this weekend.  The car looks almost identical to the original car driven by Pearson.  The combination of gold and blue look great on the modern day Ford Fusion, the only issue anyone can find with this car may be the driver behind it.  I will give my opinion of Stenhouse another day, but I believe most fans will be upset come Sunday.  I was never fortunate to see Pearson race, in fact I wasn't even alive, but I would like to see this scheme run up front and get plenty of air time!  

David Pearson Ford

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 2015 Cargill Ford

1)  Kyle Larson #42 Mello Yellow Kyle Petty throwback:

Did you really think I wouldn't have this car on the list?  This has to be the best throwback in the garage!  Again the Mello Yello car was before my time, but I understand just how good of a throwback this is.  I honestly believe that this car looks the best and most identical to the original.  Kyle Petty's Mello Yello car burned up the track from 1991-1994.  Petty won 5 of his 8 career races with this car, and made this a car to recognize on track.  This is the car I am most looking forward to seeing in person, and to make things even better, Larson may actually have a chance to do something with it.  Yes, he hasn't done what we wanted him to do yet, but Larson is still a driver that could snag his first win any weekend.  This car is absolutely, hands down... the best throwback scheme at Darlington this weekend for the 2015 Bojangles Southern 500.

Kyle Petty Mello Yellow Pontiac

Kyle Larson 2015 Mello Yello Chevy

Well, thanks for reading!  Hope you enjoyed!!  Comment let me know your top-5!!  Enjoy this race weekend and go Gordon and go Menard!!!!

Pics: (No pics are mine, found from various sites.  I do not take credit for these photos)

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