By AMANDA VINCENT
The throwback theme of the 2015 Southern 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway that celebrated the track’s return to its traditional Sunday of Labor Day weekend slot on the annual Sprint Cup schedule was such a hit that Darlington is going to throw it back again next year.
The 2016 Southern 500 race weekend, scheduled for Sept. 2-4 and culminating with the running of the Southern 500, will carry a throwback theme for the second-straight year. For the 2016 race weekend, the focus will be on the era between 1975 and 1984. There was no specific era for the 2015 celebration.
“We had tremendous response from the industry last season, which included the race teams, NASCAR, NBC, Goodyear and the NASCAR Hall of Fame, to name a few,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said in a press release. “This is a fun and unique way to honor the history and heritage of NASCAR racing at one of the sport’s most iconic tracks on Labor Day weekend.”
For the 2015 race weekend at Darlington, race teams from both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity series put retro-inspired paint schemes — some reminiscent of paint schemes from years ago and others featuring older logos of sponsors — and some crews and drivers donned retro uniforms. Goodyear used retro lettering on the tires it issued to race teams and NBC utilized retro logos through portions of its race broadcast.
The popularity of the 2015 throwback weekend garnered Darlington Speedway the 2015 National Motorsports Press Association Myers Brothers Award earlier this month during NASCAR Champion’s Week in Las Vegas.
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