Chase Elliott to run 'awesome' NASCAR paint scheme in Southern 500

Chase Elliott will drive a paint scheme similar to the one driven by ‘Awesome Bill’ back in 1981.

Chase Elliott has once again dipped into the family archives for his throwback paint scheme for the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

The fourth-year Hendrick Motorsports driver will fly a design that his dad, Bill Elliott, drove back in 1981. This paint scheme features the year the elder Elliott captured his first pole in the spring race at Darlington, the Rebel 500. He finished fourth in that race. He also earned seven top-10 finishes that year.

The No. 9 Ford Thunderbird was owned by his father, George Elliott.

This is the fourth season in which Elliott has honored a family member in the annual throwback race. In 2015, his scheme was based on the Coors car Bill Elliott drove in 1985, the year he won the Winston Million bonus by winning the Southern 500.

In 2017, he raced a light-blue Chevy based on his father’s scheme that debuted at Rockingham Speedway in 1976. Last season, he took a yellow paint scheme to Darlington modeled after a car that his late cousin Casey drove back in 1993.

“It’s always a cool thing to be able to honor family or throw back to something within your own blood,” the youngest Elliott said. “I have enjoyed doing that the past couple years. I felt like it was another good opportunity to do so, kind of fits the NAPA colors, car looks good and hopefully it goes fast.

“I look forward to getting to the track and seeing it live and in person.”

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