Denny Hamlin revealed his 2019 Darlington throwback scheme on Friday at Sonoma Raceway, and it was a tribute to Darrell Waltrip, the three-time champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer who is retiring from the FOX broadcast booth after Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 (3 p.m. ET, FS1, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
From 1981-86 Waltrip drove the No. 11 car, the numeral that has donned Hamlin’s car since 2005. This year’s scheme is a nod to Waltrip’s Western Auto look, and it was the winner of an employee vote at Joe Gibbs Racing.
— Pat DeCola (@Pat_DeCola) June 21, 2019
Hamlin joins Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Matt DiBenedetto among those in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series paying tribute to Waltrip. Cars will also carry a special decal commemorating Waltrip’s final broadcast and the hashtag #ThanksDW is being used across social media.