Joining the celebration to honor history at Darlington Raceway, Kaulig Racing will don its usual LeafFilter green with a special twist, paying tribute to Darrell Waltrip's 1981-82 No. 11 Mountain Dew Buick Regal during the NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help a Hero 200 on September 3rd.
Of Waltrip's 84 career NASCAR Cup Series wins, 24 came with the Mountain Dew paint scheme, including the CRC Chemicals Rebel 500 at Darlington in 1981. Waltrip went on to win his first series championship in 1981 and defended the crown in `82, both with Mountain Dew onboard his Buick.
"Running this paint scheme at Darlington is a huge honor for us at Kaulig Racing as well as those of us at LeafFilter," Matt Kaulig, Owner of Kaulig Racing says. "Darrell Waltrip is a true icon in the sport of NASCAR, and his success in the Mountain Dew paint scheme makes it extremely recognizable to both those in the racing industry and fans new and old. In 2015, Darlington Raceway delivered on its first 'throwback' themed Labor Day weekend, and we're excited to be apart of this year's celebration that's guaranteed to be even bigger."
Waltrip is tied for fifth with Bobby Allison, Bill Elliott and Cale Yarborough on the track's all-time win list, and Koch hopes the luck of the No. 11 helps to add his name to the list of first time winners at the "Track Too Tough to Tame."
"It is an awesome feeling to be a part of something as cool as the throwback weekend at Darlington," Koch says. "It's even cooler to be able to run a Darrell Waltrip paint scheme, a driver who is a legend in our sport. He had a ton of success during his career in the No.11, hopefully we can continue that trend."