This past weekend the CARS Tour held their Throwback 276 race at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC) where many teams ran schemes of retired or late NASCAR Heroes. CARS Tour and Speed51.com partnered to give fans a chance to vote on their favorite throwback scheme of the weekend.
Many legends were on-track again for the first time in years including a Richard Petty throwback driven by Nolan Pope, as well as Sam Ard/Tate Fogleman who won the Super Late Model race and Dick Trickle/Justin Carroll who captured the victory in the Late Model Stock Car division.
With the help of Junior Nation that was rallied across social media, Josh Berry won the fan vote and the $1,000 prize up for grabs with his tribute to Kelly Earnhardt. He ran the black “Ma and Pops” number 38 that Kelly was often seen running at Hickory along side her brothers, Dale and Kerry. Berry won the fan vote with 1,594 “likes” on his photo of his throwback ride.
“On behalf of myself, Jack McNelly, and the entire CARS Tour staff, we want to thank all the teams, drivers, crew members, and fans for participating in the inaugural Throwback 276 event. Congratulations to Josh Berry and The Decal Source for winning the Richard’s Painting/Hoosier Asphalt South Best Appearing Throwback Car award. His tribute to Kelly Earnhardt, who raced many times at Hickory, was one of the most sentimental and fitting schemes for all the fans that voted,” said CARS Tour series director Chris Ragle.
The McCaskill cousins rounded out the podium of the fan vote with Deac McCaskill in the popular No. 3 “Wrangler” Dale Earnhardt Sr. scheme and Bradley McCaskill with the No. 33 green and white Skoal Bandit throwback car of Harry Gant.
Nearly 8,000 total votes were cast through the fan vote and more than 20 teams showed up to Hickory with throwback schemes.
-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @HannahNewhouse
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com