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William Byron wins Darlington paint scheme fan vote

The fans have spoken, and they have a favorite throwback scheme for the 2018 Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. There were lots of great schemes to pick from in the fourth year of the throwback celebration at the venerable South Carolina track, but fans selected William Byron’s No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet as their favorite.

Byron is sporting Sam Bass’s “Hot Summer Nights” design honoring four-time premier series champion Jeff Gordon’s rainbow car. But what seemed like a slam-dunk pick was anything but as Byron defeated Derrike Cope and the Bojangles’ scheme for the No. 99 Chevrolet, 52 percent to 48 percent, in their final-round matchup.

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The Darlington fan vote spanned the month of August and included three cutoffs to narrow the field to eight, then four, then two schemes. Schemes were pitted against each other starting with the final eight in a bracket-style tournament.

See all the schemes on the track in tonight’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).