With Talladega Scheme, Josh Bilicki channels his inner Burt Reynolds.


On October 3, the NASCAR Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway will include some references to a very popular film. Josh Bilicki, driver of the No. 52, will start on the second row. A 66-mile track with a design that pays homage to “Smokey and the Bandit.” ”

Ahead of the trip to Talladega, Rick Ware Racing revealed his new scheme on Twitter, revealing the black Ford Mustang with the gold Screaming Chicken on the hood. Sponsor logos from The Boss Flooring, Junction Fuels, and RBR Aviation can be found on the sides. Bilicki also included a photoshopped image of himself in the No. 52 replicating the cover of the Pursuit Pack box set “Smokey and the Bandit.”

Bilicki will put this unique Burt Reynolds-inspired scheme on full display at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, October 3. He’ll start in the 17th position, alongside Xfinity Series driver Justin Allgaier. Bilicki will be racing in Talladega for the second time in his Cup Series career. He had previously competed in the Geico 500, finishing 36th overall on April 25.

Bilicki Is the Second Driver in 2021 to Channel Burt Reynolds

Bilicki becomes the second Cup Series driver in 2021 to channel Reynolds during the trip to Talladega Superspeedway. Corey LaJoie of Spire Motorsports was technically the first. He won’t show off his scheme in person until the Kansas Speedway race on October 24. Spire Motorsports announced on June 22 that LaJoie will run a special “Stroker Ace” scheme during the Hollywood Casino 400, a nod to the 1983 film starring Ryan Reynolds. He’ll arrive at 1:00 p.m. In a bright red Chevrolet Camaro with Circle B Diecast graphics, race a 5-mile tri-oval. A running chicken on the door and a yellow drop shadow on the numbers are two of the many references to the film’s hero car. In addition, instead of “Fastest Chicken in the South,” the slogan will read “Fastest Shipping in the South.” ”

“We’ve worked with Corey for years and have enjoyed being a part of his career,” Circle B Diecast President Brent Powell told Speedway Digest. “After sponsoring both of his races at Kansas last year, we knew we wanted to be a part of it when it was announced that he would be joining Spire for 2021. “We wanted to come up with something fans would enjoy when thinking about schemes for the No.7,” says

Stroker Ace was always a favorite of mine as a teenager in the 1980s. This scheme was knocked out of the park by the Spire team, and we hope the fans enjoy it! ”

NASCAR Drivers Have a Proud History of Referencing Movies

Throughout the years, several NASCAR drivers have referenced movies with their schemes, turning heads in the process. In the 2019 Southern 500, BJ McLeod used a “Stroker Ace” strategy, while Tyler Ankrum and Kurt Busch both mentioned “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.” ”

During Darlington Raceway’s Throwback Weekend, Ankrum showed off his special Will Ferrell scheme. He drove the No. 26 Liuna Chevrolet Silverado to the Camping World Truck Series race on May 7 in a scheme inspired by Will Ferrell’s Wonder Bread stock car from the movie.

At Talladega Superspeedway, Busch ran two separate “Talladega Nights” schemes. He started with the track’s 2012 Cup Series race, wearing the “ME” scheme from the film’s final race. Busch even had a stuffed cougar in the back of his race car during tech inspection.

A year later, the 2004 Cup Series champion arrived in the Wonder bread firesuit at Talladega Superspeedway. While the broadcast team made references to the film, he raced around the track in a white Chevrolet stock car.

Of course, Busch didn’t limit himself to “Talladega Nights.” He also showed up to a Daytona International Speedway race in 2013 with a scheme based on a fan favorite film. In an Xfinity Series race — then known as the Nationwide Series — he drove a green and yellow No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro with a “Days of Thunder” theme.

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