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Hendrick Motorsports unveiled a special throwback paint scheme for its No. 5 Chevrolet on Wednesday afternoon, paying tribute to the team’s earliest days in NASCAR.
Kasey Kahne will drive the retro look in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 3 at Darlington Raceway, site of the sport’s annual celebration of all things vintage.
The yellow-and-white design borrows its style from the Levi Garrett-backed No. 5 that Geoff Bodine drove for team owner Rick Hendrick from 1985-89.
Bodine won four times in the yellow livery, including a victory in the 1986 Daytona 500.
Great Clips steps in as the primary sponsor for the remake, but all other cues — including the early typeface for the No. 5 — remain in place. A Hendrick Motorsports spokesperson indicated that Kahne and crew chief Keith Rodden had a hand in determining the car’s look and feel.