Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and his Roush Fenway Racing/Cargill Beef Ford team unveiled a “throwback”paint scheme for the Labor Day weekend running of the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington (SC) Raceway.
The package honors NASCAR Hall Of Famer David Pearson, who remains the winningest driver at Darlington with 10 career trips to Victory Lane.
“David Pearson is not only an icon in our sport, he is one of the greatest racers of all time,” said Stenhouse. “He knew how to save his car for when it counted and that’s why he had over 100 wins. From the time I thought this paint scheme might be a possibility, I have been counting the days to get that car on the track at Darlington. I only hope I do it justice.”
The gold and blue paint scheme that will run on the No. 17 Roush Fenway entry in Darlington is the scheme that Pearson drove to two Grand National Championships in 1968 and 1969 for Holman Moody. Two of his 10 Darlington wins were also with the gold and blue Torino in 1968 & 1970.
“Seeing the car that Stenhouse is running in Darlington brought back some great memories,” recalled Pearson. “We won a lot of races with that paint scheme. I think bringing back some of these old paint schemes is a great way to remind a new generation about some of the best years in NASCAR history.”
“As soon as the folks at Roush Fenway told us about the throwback weekend in Darlington, we knew we wanted to be a part of it,” said Mike Martin, director of communications for Cargill Beef. “All diehard NASCAR fans know of the ‘Silver Fox’ and his accomplishments and we’re honored to have our logo on the car for what promises to be a memorable race weekend.”