Kasey Kahne is the latest NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver to unveil a cool throwback paint scheme for the upcoming Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.
The driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports unveiled his Darlington car Wednesday during a news conference at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and via a Facebook Live post by his primary sponsor LiftMaster (@LiftMaster.com).
The throwback paint scheme is a replica of Terry Labonte’s No. 44 J.D. Stacy-sponsored Buick he drove during the 1982 NASCAR Premier Series season.
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"Man, I hope it brings him some good luck," Labonte said Wednesday at the Hall. "I’d love to see it in Victory Lane."
Kahne said he was getting tired of seeing so many fellow Sprint Cup drivers unveil special throwback paint schemes for the Darlington race. He wanted to get in on the fun.
"I think it’s great. We get to see so many paint schemes we haven’t seen in a long, long time — and some I’ve never even seen at all in my lifetime," said Kahne, who was not quite five months old when Labonte, a NASCAR Hall of Famer now, won his first Premier Series race at Darlington on Sept. 1, 1980.
The Bojangles’ Southern 500 will be run on Sunday, Sept. 4 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina.