Kurt Busch and Stewart-Haas Racing are the first to release a throwback paint scheme for this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Darlington Raceway.
The No.41 Haas Automation Ford will resemble a paint scheme that Busch drove to notoriety in 2003. Ironically that was also at Darlington.
In one of the sport’s most memorable finishes, Busch’s red and gray car – at the time sponsored by Rubbermaid as he drove the No.97 for Jack Roush – came up .002s short of a victory. Ricky Craven nipped Busch by inches at the finish line as the two went door-to-door off the final turn. Tomorrow, March 16, is the 15-year anniversary of that race.
While Busch is a two-time pole winner Darlington, the 2003 race is the closest he has come to winning at the famed speedway. Busch has an average finish of 17.4 at Darlington and last season finished third.
Darlington will celebrate “seven decades of NASCAR” with the theme of this year’s throwback weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 2. For the teams participating, the desire is to honor specific moments in NASCAR’s history.
This season is the fourth straight year Darlington has hosted the popular throwback weekend.