Denny Hamlin unveils Darlington throwback schene honoring Darrell Waltrip

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.

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.

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