Throwbacks Wild: No. 8 Hellmann’s Car Wins Paint Showdown vs. No. 1 Baby Ruth

Ron Lemasters | 12/19/2019

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Darlington Hellmann's News Throwback XFINITY Series

The fans have spoken and Dale Jr.'s #8 Hellmann's Throwback from Darlington has been voted as JRM's best paint scheme for 2019.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Dec. 19, 2019) – Another NASCAR Xfinity Series season has passed for JR Motorsports, and while the racing on the track won’t pick up until February, there was still competition a-plenty to end 2019.

In JRM’s annual social media-based faceoff for paint schemes from the season just past, it came down to a pair of throwback efforts from the No. 8 team and the No. 1 team. In a spirited final voting session, which ended yesterday, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 8 Hellmann’s throwback scheme from Darlington topped the No. 1 Baby Ruth throwback from the same race.

The winning scheme was devised by Earnhardt Jr. himself, replicating the paint worn on May 25, 1975 on the No. 8 Dodge Charger driven by Dale Earnhardt Sr. in his first career NASCAR Cup Series start. The paint scheme featured a brilliant blue with yellow lettering, just as the 10,000 RPM Speed Equipment Dodge had that day at Charlotte Motor Speedway, when Earnhardt Sr. made the first of his 676 career top-level starts. Also included was the stylized No. 8 from that car, owned by Ed Negre.

Earnhardt Jr. and Norman Negre, Ed’s son, collaborated on bringing the colors to the track some 44 years after it first race with an Earnhardt’s name above the door.

The No. 1 Baby Ruth throwback was based on the 1992 Baby Ruth paint scheme that a young driver named Jeff Gordon drove on the way to eventual NASCAR superstardom. The paint scheme featured the Baby Ruth logo on both sides and the hood with Pilot Flying J signage on both rear quarter panels. It was launched in May with a popular video treatment.

The No. 8 Hellmann’s Chevrolet topped the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital scheme run by Noah Gragson in the first round, then outpointed the No. 9 team’s Lockheed Martin scheme in the Round of 8. In the semifinals, the No. 8 beat out a third straight entry from the No. 9 team, Gragson’s PUBG Mobile scheme.

The No. 1 Baby Ruth car won a tough first-round decision over Justin Allgaier’s No. 7 Armour Vienna Sausages throwback (to Ricky Rudd’s 1979 scheme with legendary NASCAR car owner Junie Donlavey), then edged the No. 7’s FilterTime scheme in the Round of 8. In the semifinals, the No. 1 knocked out the No. 9 team’s Switch Salutes scheme to set up the final matchup with the No. 8.

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XFINITY Series Schedule

  • February 15 02:30 PM ET
    NASCAR Racing Experience 300Daytona International Speedway
  • February 22 04:00 PM ET
    Boyd Gaming 300Las Vegas Motor Speedway
  • February 29 04:00 PM ET
    NXS 300 at Auto Club SpeedwayAuto Club Speedway
  • March 7 04:00 PM ET
    NXS 200 at PhoenixPhoenix Raceway
  • March 14 04:00 PM ET
    Atlanta 250Atlanta Motor Speedway

XFINITY Series Standings

After Ford EcoBoost 300

Homestead-Miami Speedway | 11/16/2019
RankDriverPointsBehind
1Tyler Reddick (P)40400
2Cole Custer (P)4035-5
3Christopher Bell (P)4032-8
4Justin Allgaier (P)4023-17
5Chase Briscoe #2302-1738
6Austin Cindric2294-1746
7John Hunter Nemechek #2253-1787
8Noah Gragson #2246-1794
9Michael Annett2239-1801