David Ragan will race at Martinsville Speedway this weekend with a special, throwback paint scheme honoring NASCAR Hall Of Fame Inductee Wendell Scott.
Like Ragan, Scott drove a No. 34 entry on what was then the NASCAR Grand National Series, and the Wendell Scott Hall of Fame Tribute Ford carries the same powder-blue paint scheme and white numerals as Scott campaigned in the 1950s and `60s. A native of nearby Danville, Va., he was the last Cup driver to win in the No. 34 before Ragan turned the trick in May of last year at Talladega Superspeedway.
"It's going to be really cool to have our No. 34 Ford on the track at Martinsville with Wendell Scott's old paint scheme,” said Ragan. “I've always had an appreciation for the history of our sport and the people who made it what it is today, and Wendell Scott achieved quite a bit in his career, not just for himself but others that followed.
"It's perfect that we're doing this tribute at Martinsville, which was Wendell's home track,” he added. “I love Martinsville. It's got a great feel to it. It feels like you're going back a couple of decades when you walk in. You're also back to working on the mechanical side of the race car. You don't have to worry about your aero platform or your ride height. You just go and get your car mechanically to drive good.
"It's a good track for us. We qualified eighth there last year and had a Top-15 car until we had a part issue. But Martinsville is a lot of fun. I enjoy racing there and just enjoy being there in that throwback environment."
Ragan has one Top-10 and four Top-15 finishes in 16 career Martinsville starts, with a best finish of eighth in 2011.