Stewart-Haas Racing driver Kurt Busch played a starring role in one of the most memorable finishes in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series history ? and certainly the closest.
This season marks 15 years since Busch and Ricky Craven battled door-to-door, to and through the start/finish line in a frenetic set of final laps at Darlington Raceway.
When Busch heads back to Darlington in 2018, it will be with a car that honors that piece of NASCAR history.
Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing and NASCAR Digital revealed the driver?s No. 41 Ford paint scheme for the annual Labor Day weekend. It?s the first unveil of the throwback season, a sharp black, red and gray Haas Automation CNC scheme that closely resembles Busch?s No. 97 Rubbermaid car.
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Stewart-Haas has a history of producing well-loved paint schemes at Darlington, which for the fourth year running will host a throwback-themed weekend for the Southern 500.
Last year, in a vote made up of fans and members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Danica Patrick?s No. 10 Ford was named the best throwback paint scheme in her blue-and-white look that honored Robert Yates.
In 2016, Tony Stewart won the vote for best in show while driving a classic Coca-Cola, Bobby-Allison inspired look.
Busch?s Darlington reveal comes as NASCAR Digital looks back at the historic 2003 Darlington race with articles, videos and photos from that slice of NASCAR history.
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