Tony Stewart's retro No. 14 voted best throwback paint scheme
Throughout his career, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart has always been a winner, and this week he chalks up another victory of sorts: FOXSports.com readers voted Stewart's throwback paint scheme the best of the best for Sunday's Bojangles' 500 at Darlington Raceway.
This weekend, Stewart's No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet has Coca-Cola sponsorship and the same red-and-gold paint scheme Bobby Allison used to win the Southern 500 in 1971 and '72, the first of five premiere series wins Allison earned at Darlington.
And Allison crushed the field at the Track Too Tough To Tame in both those Southern 500s, leading 558 of the 734 laps run -- 76 percent -- in the two races.
As of 8:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Stewart's car earned 34 percent of the fan vote, with the Buddy Baker Grey Ghost scheme on Jeff Gordon's No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet second at 26 percent. Completing the final four were Matt Kenseth's Tide ride (21 percent) and Greg Biffle's Alan Kulwicki/Hooters scheme (19 percent).
Stewart's car features Coca-Cola's tagline of that era, "The Real Thing," on the car, along with period-correct details like gold wheels and engine displacement listed on the hood.
"I've been a member of the Coca-Cola Racing Family for my entire NASCAR career and been a part of some pretty cool and unique promotions, but this one is definitely my favorite," said Stewart, who will retire following the season finale Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Stewart is a three-time NASCAR premiere series champion with 49 career victories. Allison is the 1983 NASCAR premiere series champion with 85 career victories. Allison was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2011, the year Stewart won his third Premier Series title.
"Those red-and-gold Coca-Cola cars were very good to me," said Allison. "From 1970 through 1975, Coca-Cola was on my car and we won a lot of races. We won 11 races in '71, the most I ever had in a single season, and then we came back to win 10 more in '72. And that first win at Darlington -- it was such a tough track and such a long race -- it meant so much."