NASCAR's Throwback Weekend Thrown Back to Spring
Just end this increasingly sad spectacle.
The Great Pandemic of 2020 scattered the original NASCAR season dates like a broken bag of flour in a hurricane and it’s continuing right into the 2021 season. Among the many date adjustments, the NASCAR Throwback Weekend at Darlington has been moved from Labor Day weekend to the spring, on Mother’s Day weekend.
NASCAR's 2020 season schedule just blowing away under the force of the pandemic.
NASCAR should have just thrown out the entire concept. The Throwback Weekend was great the first time around and was interesting the second and maybe the even the third year. But like all good things, it was ruined by overuse. Instead of running it every 2 or three years, which would have kept it interesting, they ladled it on, force feeding the audience an increasingly rancid soup.
Go ahead, dig right in! Yes, I know it looks like someone took a dump in it, but it's great, you've got my word on it!
There just are not that many truly iconic paint schemes, teams and drivers in NASCAR history to sustain a yearly exhibition. Running a scheme that some forgotten driver ran in one race in 1982 is not going to grab anyone’s attention except the fevered broadcasters with the unenviable task of selling a turd to the race fans by blathering on and on about it.
The 2020 edition had such non-stunners such as poor Eric Jones #20 running what was supposed to a throwback to one of Tony Stewart’s Home Depot schemes when he was at JGR. Well, a Home Depot scheme kinda needs Home Depot to work. Did JGR even approach their old former partner about a 1-race deal? Who knows?
It's a Home Depot tribute...if Home Depot had turned into Sport Clips. Yay!
Christopher Bell in the LFR #95 threw it all the way back to…the 2017 scheme Bell ran in the Truck Series. Yeah, that brought back so many memories…not.
Remember when Christopher Bell ran this scheme in the Truck Series? Yes, those were the days. Good times, good times.
The Wood Brothers #21 ran a scheme from one of their own cars back in the day. The problem here is that the Wood Brothers normal scheme is itself an iconic throwback to the glory days of David Pearson (and one of the best in the series).
The Throwback #21
It's a throwback every time it runs.
In another great leap into obscurity, Martin Truex Jr.’s #19 carried a ‘tribute’ to Hank Parker Jr.’s BASS car…which never ran in the Cup Series. And Hank Parker Jr. only ran a single season in Cup. Now, Hank Parker Jr. is actually an interesting guy with an intriguing backstory of a very talented driver who never got the breaks. But that doesn’t really need to be in the big old throwback festivities but it was. Because it’s become a very long reach to dredge up anything to run.
Let's all hark back to Hank Parker Jr.'s big NASCAR Cup career...wait a minute, he never had a big NASCAR Cup career.
Put it out of its misery for half a decade or so and then come back every 3 years or maybe not at all. In today’s sponsorship model, cars run a multitude of schemes every year, so much so that there really can’t be any truly iconic ones anymore. Just end it.