LEXINGTON, N.C. – Kaulig Racing will pay tribute to Darrell Waltrip’s 1981-82 No. 11 Mountain Dew Buick Regal with their throwback LeafFilter paint scheme for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Darlington Raceway on Sept. 3.
Of Waltrip’s 84 career NASCAR premier series wins, 24 of them came with the Mountain Dew paint scheme, including one win at Darlington Raceway in 1981 in the CRC Chemicals Rebel 500.
Waltrip would go on to win his first series championship in 1981, doubling-up with his second in 1982, both with Mountain Dew onboard his Buick.
“Running this paint scheme at Darlington is a huge honor for us at Kaulig Racing as well as those of us at LeafFilter,” said team owner Matt Kaulig. “Darrell Waltrip is a true icon in the sport of NASCAR, and his success in the Mountain Dew paint scheme makes it extremely recognizable to both those in the racing industry and fans new and old.”
“In 2015, Darlington Raceway delivered on its first ‘throwback’ themed Labor Day weekend, and we’re excited to be apart of this year’s celebration that’s guaranteed to be even bigger.”
While Waltrip is tied for fifth with Bobby Allison, Bill Elliott and Cale Yarborough on the track’s all-time win list, Koch hopes the luck of the No. 11 helps to add his name to the list of first time winners at the Track Too Tough to Tame.
“It is an awesome feeling to be apart of something as cool as the throwback weekend at Darlington,” Koch said. “It’s even cooler to be able to run a Darrell Waltrip paint scheme, a driver who is a legend in our sport. He had a ton of success during his career in the No. 11, hopefully we can continue that trend.”