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Jimmie Johnson to run Earnhardt/Petty throwback scheme

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Jimmie Johnson is one of just three drivers to win seven NASCAR Cup Series championships. He'll use his throwback scheme for this year's Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway to honor the other two.

Johnson, who is competing in his final full-time year as a NASCAR Cup Series driver, will run a scheme that pays homage to both Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt.

The hood and top-end of the car will feature the iconic Petty blue while the sides, rear bumper and nose area will pay tribute to the black No. 3 driven by Earnhardt.

Johnson has 83 wins at the Cup level in 673 starts, surpassing Earnhardt's 76 in 2016. Richard Petty sits above them all with 200 wins, the most of any driver in Cup Series history. Johnson hopes to end the longest winless streak of his career as his time in the No. 48 draws to a close, having gone over 100 races without a race win. His most recent victory came at the concrete mile Dover in June, 2017. 

Johnson tweeted earlier Wednesday: "I’m proud to honor these two legends and what they’ve meant to me and the sport with this 7x scheme at Darlington."

The 44-year-old veteran will also have a special '777' badge representing the three seven-time champions of NASCAR. 

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"This is next level what you are doing this year,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr. of the scheme. "I don’t know why it’s not been done before, but I think it may make people really reconsider how they approach the throwback weekend. I may be overstating it because Dad is involved but it’s not been done quite like this. You are going to honor both Richard Petty and my father with your paint scheme."

Johnson is currently 17th in the championship standings with just races remaining in the regular season. After a strong top-five showing at the Daytona Road Course, he finds himself 25 points behind Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron in the final transfer spot. Along with a string of misfortune that has plagued his farewell tour, Johnson also missed the Brickyard 400 due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Throwback Weekend at Darlington will take place Sunday, Sept. 6th at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Dale Earnhardt

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Richard Petty

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jimmie Johnson , Richard Petty
Author Nick DeGroot