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JR Motorsports reveals Darlington throwback honoring late John Andretti

JR Motorsports revealed a retro paint scheme Tuesday for the No. 8 Chevrolet that will take part in Darlington Raceway’s annual throwback weekend, a design that pays tribute to the memory of John Andretti.

Daniel Hemric is scheduled to drive the Poppy Bank sponsored entry Sept. 6 in the Xfinity Series’ Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200. The No. 8 design is reminiscent of the Kranefuss-Haas Racing cars that Andretti drove during the 1995-96 seasons.

Andretti won two NASCAR Cup Series races as part of a long career that established him as one of motorsports’ most versatile drivers. He also excelled in IndyCar, sports-car circuits and briefly in NHRA drag racing.

Andretti died Jan. 30, 2020 after a nearly three-year battle with colon cancer. In the last years of his life, he used his platform to promote awareness and encourage testing and early detection of the disease. His message of #Checkit4Andretti will also be featured on JRM’s car during Darlington weekend.