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Darlington throwback: Keselowski relishes NASCAR celebration

DARLINGTON, S.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski can’t wait to get to Darlington Raceway — and it’s not just because he won the last time NASCAR’s best showed up.

This the fifth year the Southern 500 is NASCAR’s throwback weekend, kind of an Old Timer’s Day for fans and competitors to honor and mimic the greats of the past. That includes bringing back splashy old paint schemes, vintage uniforms and outfits, and even some oddball facial hair styles like mutton chops and bushy mustaches.

“It’s NASCAR Halloween,” said Keselowski, the defending Southern 500 c hampion.

Darlington is celebrating the 1990-94 era in NASCAR and teams have been unveiling specially painted machines for the occasion.

Along with the work he and his Penske Racing Team will put in prepping for the next-to-last Cup Series event before the playoffs, Keselowski takes time to stroll the garage and the pits.

“It’s crazy to see all that goes into this,” said Keselowski, a three-time winner this year .”It’s great that we can keep doing this at a place with such a special history like Darlington.”

Keselowski won with a throwback last September honoring former Penske great and NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Rusty Wallace. Keselowski looks to channel the past Penske great again this week with a black-and-yellow, Miller Genuine Draft, No. 2 Ford that Wallace raced to five victo

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