What do âDays of Thunder,â The Intimidator, the grandson of âThe Kingâ and the Wienermobile have in common?
You wouldnât think there would be much binding them all together, but all are inspirations for throwback schemes that will run at Darlington Raceway for the weekend of the Bojanglesâ Southern 500 on Sept. 1 (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
And all those schemes are vying for the coveted âBest in Showâ title that will crown the fan-favorite scheme.
This year, the track âToo Tough to Tameâ celebrates the NASCAR era from 1990-94 â a span when Richard Pettyâs career was wrapping up but Jeff Gordonâs was just beginning.
Voting opened Aug. 6 and runs through Aug. 30, and so far, Bubba Wallaceâs No. 43 Chevrolet honoring Adam Petty has a substantial lead on the pack.
William Byronâs âDays of Thunderâ neon green look is in second, while Chase Elliottâs No. 9 in honor of his father, Awesome Bill, is third. Corey LaJoieâs No. 32 honoring Dale Jarrett is fourth, while Paul Menardâs No. 21 that celebrates late team owner Glenn Wood is fifth.
Somehow, once-perennial âMost Popular Driverâ Dale Earnhardt Jr.âs Xfinity Series scheme honoring his fatherâs first premier series start doesnât even crack the top 10.
Thereâs only one way to rectify that: Vote.