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Aug26 Jjthrowback

Johnson revives ‘Butch’ for Darlington throwback

“Butch” is back.

For throwback weekend at Darlington Raceway, Jimmie Johnson will bring back a paint scheme from the 1990s — well before the seven-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion began stock-car racing. It’ll mirror “Butch,” a 1990 Chevy Thunder Sportside that Johnson drove in the Baja 1000 Trophy Truck division for a handful of races in 1995. Just 20 years old at the time, Johnson was the youngest driver to compete in the league and was ultimately named the SCORE Rookie of the Year.

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Nelson and Nelson Racing built the original SCORE International Class 8 pickup, which is a category of off-road racing vehicles made from full-sized two or four-wheel drive utility or SUV vehicles. “Butch” won four championships overall — two SCORE Heavy Metal titles and two SCORE Class 8 trophies. Larry Ragland was the first driver.

Johnson joined Nelson and Nelson Racing in 1993 and took over “Butch” in 1995 once Ragland got a new truck. Below is a list of what Johnson and “Butch” accomplished together:

1995 Baja 500 – Finished 10th in Trophy Truck class

1995 Nevada Desert Challenge – Finished 13th in Trophy Truck class

1995 Laughlin Leap Competition – Won with a jump of 86 feet over a man-made obstacle at the finish line

The Bojangles’ Southern 500 is Sunday at 6 p.m. ET (NBCSN/NBC Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).