It’s not necessarily an iconic paint scheme from the rich history of NASCAR Cup Series racing that Cole Custer’s No. 41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) will sport in Sunday’s Goodyear 400. Coincidentally, this year’s featured event of the annual NASCAR Throwback Weekend at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway will be just the eighth race run on Mother’s Day in Cup Series history. Fittingly, Custer’s colorful paint scheme will be, in essence, a 130-mph Mother’s Day card from SHR co-owner Gene Haas and his siblings, addressed to their mother Margaret.
A Haas family photo from back in the day will adorn the rear quarterpanels of Custer’s No. 41 SHR Mustang, and the door panels will feature a recent photo of Margaret, a fixture at West Coast NASCAR races over the years who turns 96 next month. Red and pink flowers accent the paint scheme throughout, while “Happy Mothers Day” appears on the hood and rear of the racecar. And the image of a special greeting to Margaret serves as the background on all sides of the racecar. It reads:
Happy Mother’s Day Mom. You’re a fabulous, strong, and beautiful woman. Your never-ending love taught us to work hard, be kind, fair, and generous to others. Your love for family and God is always on display. Our family get-together traditions are always memorable. You love watching NASCAR, and have always been proud of your four children and grandchildren. You’ve dedicated 43 years of your life being a religious school teacher and Principal. You were a great role model to the many students you taught. We love you, respect you, and thank you. Love, from your kids, Bob, Gene, Joanne, Darlene.
— True Speed Communications —