Austin Dillon kept his Dale Earnhardt throwback a secret until it was unloaded, just like the original
Austin Dillon will run Dale Earnhardt’s Quicksilver paint scheme this weekend at Darlington Raceway. Earnhardt ran the scheme in 1995 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“We had fun in the past with the throwback. Some people came up with a great idea for the throwback this year. We just want it to be special,” Austin Dillon referred to his throwback earlier in the week.
“Everyone’s kinda announced it going up to the race. We just want to announce it at the race. You’ll see it there,” he teased.
The paint scheme has since been unloaded at Darlington Raceway. Dillion will run a throwback to Dale Earnhardt when he ran a silver and orange paint scheme that boomed the diecast market.
“This is kind of the one that started all the wild paint schemes,” Dillon said Friday. “Talking to different guys about it, how special it was, and it was a secret. That’s why we kind of unveiled it the way we did is they didn’t unveil this car until it rolled off the back of the trailer.”
When Dale Earnhardt ran this same scheme it was also a big secret. In those days, it wasn’t just a secret to the fans but even the crew members. The day before RCR headed to the race track he took all the crew members to go home early.
“They rolled it out to the body shop and painted it in the middle of the night,” Jerry Hailey, tire changer for the #3 in 1995 stated of the original.
“They said, ‘Ok, everybody take the rest of the night off.’ They left. The next day we got to the race track and we lifted the back up to roll the car out. It was silver. That we the first time all of us saw it.,” Danny Lawrence, #3 engine tuner stated of the day he first saw the car.
Austin Dillon is happy with the way it turned out. So, who’s idea was it?
“I actually talked to Dale Jr early on in the process. He mentioned this car would be a cool idea. I kinda went along with that. It’s been an awesome process. This is such a special weekend.”
Watch the video of the Dale Earnhardt throwback wrap video below.
2018 Throwback Video
Related: Ryan Newman’s 2017 throwback