DARLINGTON, S.C. – Jumping into NASCAR’s official throwback weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway, officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today they are dialing back their knob to 1990 with their No. 51 JACOB Companies Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Sunday night’s Bojangles Southern 500.
Veteran B.J. McLeod will make his Cup debut at the track dubbed "Too Tough Too Tame" but others may mistakenly point him out as Russ Wheeler, the famed rival teammate of Cole Trickle in the 1990 sports action drama film Days of Thunder.
Designed by JACOB Companies president Don Perry’s son Jacob (Jake), a 17-year-old High School junior, McLeod’s Chevrolet will be a replica of Wheeler’s Hardees-themed race car with its signature blue and orange colors for NASCAR’s crown jewel event.
"JACOB Companies is very excited to be unveiling our No. 51 Days of Thunder throwback car," said Jake Perry. "This is JACOB Companies first throwback car and we are very eager to see it on the track this weekend with B.J. behind the wheel.
"We hope this car will be a fan favorite in NASCAR’s official throwback weekend."
Last year, RWR also sported a Days of Thunder scheme boasting the Mellow Yellow colors of Cole Trickle. Based on the feedback and overwhelming support of their choice, the Thomasville, N.C.-team said it was an easy decision to "throwback" to another paint scheme from the iconic film for the annual Labor Day race.
"We had been going back and forth with different throwback ideas," explained Bryan Clodfelter, RWR’s general manager. "Jake and I were in the hauler at Watkins Glen going over the different ideas and he came up with Russ’s throwback scheme.
"We did a Days of Thunder throwback last year and it was a big hit, so we decided to stay with that theme and the designed worked out very well."
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"RWR is very proud to be one of many Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams participating in this monumental weekend of NASCAR history," said RWR team principal Rick Ware. "The throwback weekend has collectively been one of the most successful campaigns when it comes to the teams working together to deliver fans an experience of a lifetime.
"B.J. has done a lot for our team this season and we’re excited to have him back for one of the sport’s marquee races."
McLeod, 34, a native of Wauchula, Fla. will make his ninth Cup Series start of the season and his 18th overall since 2015.
Rick Ware Racing made history at Daytona becoming the first Cup Series team in modern era to have two females serve as pit crew members. Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O’Leary changed tires for Black during his fourth career Cup Series start.
The team’s best effort to date this season came in the season-opening Daytona 500 when Justin Marks drafted his No. 51 car to a solid 12th place result. Ray Black Jr. followed up with a noteworthy 16th place run at the "World Center of Racing" in July.
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