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August 1, 2019

William Byron brings back ‘Thunder’ with Darlington Throwback scheme

The retro No. 24 Chevrolet with Days of Thunder design for Darlington Raceway.
Hendrick Motorsports

William Byron helped unveil his retro No. 24 paint scheme Thursday, channeling Tom Cruise in a Days of Thunder-inspired video reveal ahead of next month’s throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway.

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Byron ‘Days of Thunder’ gear

The retro No. 24 Chevrolet poster with Days of Thunder design for Darlington Raceway.
Harris Lue | NASCAR Creative Design

Byron and crew chief Chad Knaus co-starred in the short video, pulling the wraps off a green and yellow City Chevrolet/Hendrick Autoguard sponsored No. 24 Chevy. The 21-year-old driver will use the throwback design in the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sept. 1 (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM).

Byron and Knaus borrowed lines from the opening scenes of the 1990 drama with a Hendrick-prepared car that was used in filming as a backdrop. Tom Cruise starred as aspiring driver Cole Trickle opposite Robert Duvall as crew chief Harry Hogge in the movie.

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