Hendrick Motorsports and driver Jimmie Johnson will salute NASCAR Hall Of Famers David Pearson and Dale Earnhardt, Sr., in this year’s Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day Weekend.
Johnson will campaign a throwback paint scheme that pays tribute to the No. 2 Chevrolet driven by the pair in 1979.
Earnhardt was a rookie that season, driving for car owner Rod Osterlund. When he suffered an injury during the season, Pearson replaced him and drove a Lowe’s-sponsored car to a runner-up finish at Talladega Superspeedway on August 5.
Pearson made three additional starts in the car as Earnhardt convalesced, winning the Southern 500 in his final start.