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Martin Truex Jr. to honor Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s support with Darlington throwback

Martin Truex Jr. has unveiled his throwback paint scheme for this year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

The former Southern 500 winner and driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota showed off a die-cast of his scheme in this week’s edition of the “Dale Jr. Download,” before tweeting it out Wednesday. The black and yellow livery pays tribute to both the show’s host and a longtime sponsor.

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The scheme pulls from Truex Jr.’s first season of racing full time at the national series level, driving the No. 8 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet in what is now the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Chance2 Motorsports, a precursor to JR Motorsports. The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion won six races that year and feels he owes his career to the support Earnhardt and Bass Pro Shops founder and CEO Johnny Morris offered him along the way.

“I was a little weird with this one at first because nobody throws back to something they drove. … But then I was like, this would be really cool because … so many things had to happen to get to where I’m at right now and this car was the first car, first real, sponsored car I had,” Truex said. “So for Johnny, for Dale … all the guys who made that deal happen, we’re throwing back to 2004.”