A few weeks ago, NASCAR announced that it would be letting the drivers go back to the old grass-roots racing. In other words, they’re loosening the reigns, and letting drivers do what they want. Almost as if they’re turning back the clock to the good ‘ol days.
Perhaps, then, it is a humorous coincidence that two of NASCAR’s biggest teams are turning back the clock when it comes to some of their paint schemes.
Roush-Fenway Racing and Hendrick Motorsports have each unveiled paint schemes for their cars at various times throughout the offseason that may look familiar to you. Granted, these schemes won’t take you back very far; Just back to the last decade in most cases. So don’t expect to see Jeff Gordon’s rainbow scheme or the black Intimidator car.
If you wish to take a look at a paint scheme, just click on one of the highlighted areas(Note: You may need to scroll down on the other site’s page to see the car I refer to):
#5 Carquest Chevrolet: Mark Martin will drive this car in 8 races this season, beginning at Martinsville in March and ending at Texas in November.
Look familiar? That’s because back in 2004, Then-Hendrick development driver Kyle Busch drove a very similar #84 car in 6 races back in 2004, one year before his Rookie of the Year campaign, which took place in the #5 car.
#16 Post-It Ford: Greg Biffle will run this car at Texas Motor Speedway in April to honor the 40th anniversary of Post-It notes.
Look familiar? That’s because back in 2005, Biffle ran a very similar car in 9 races. One of which, ironically, was the April Texas race, won by none other than Greg Biffle.
#17 Valvoline Ford: Matt Kenseth will drive this car in an undetermined amount of races in 2010.
Look familiar? That’s because back in 1995, Mark Martin drove a very similar car for the full season.
#99 Scotts Ford: Carl Edwards will run this car at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March, almost 5 years to the day after his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.
Look familiar? That’s because back in 2005, Edwards drove a very similar car in 7 races. One of which, ironically, was the March Atlanta race, where Carl Edwards earned his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win.