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VIP Racing Experience Winner Announced!

This year’s Official Throwback Weekend will be celebrating the 1985-89 era of the sport. Since the 5-hour ENERGY® #77 Toyota Camry has been making such a splash with rookie driver Erik Jones this season, we thought it only appropriate to honor the past rookie drivers from that era. This year, the Southern 500 #77 paint scheme will feature photos of past rookie drivers and some of their crowning career moments.  It is remarkable to look back at the accomplishments of the rookies during that era, and we expect to see the same type of great moments in the future for Erik.

Of course, we are not going to leave our fans out of all the throwback fun, so we gave YOU a chance to participate! We had a great turn out of fans who submitted a photo of themselves taken between 1984 and 1989. Our lucky Grand Prize winner is Rick Redpath of Greene, NY and he will have his photo included on the HOOD of the 5-hour ENERGY® #77 Throwback Toyota Camry paint scheme, and wins a VIP trip to a race of his choice!

Rick Redpath - Grand Prize Winner!
Rick Redpath - Grand Prize Winner!

Grand Prize Winner – Rick Redpath!

Rick’s Throwback photo will be featured on the #77 car during the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 3, 2017 AND he wins a trip for two to a premier series race of his choice during the 2017 season including:

Round trip airfare

Hotel accommodations

TWO track Hot Passes for a VIP experience

Second Place Winner – Melissa Craig

Signed Erik Jones #77 driver’s uniform from the 2017 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

Third Place Winner – Melissa Montoya

A set of Erik Jones #77 driver’s gloves and shoes from the 2017 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

Fourth Place Winners


  • Craig Clarkson
  • Kimberly O’Hanlon
  • Carol Naes
  • John Sparks
  • Christopher Blanchard

Winners will receive an Erik Jones #77 prize pack including:

  • One Erik Jones 5-hour ENERGY® #77 t-shirt
  • One Erik Jones 5-hour ENERGY® #77 hat
  • One pair of 5-hour ENERGY® sunglasses
  • One signed Erik Jones Hero Card
  • One 12-count pack of 5-hour ENERGY®

“Erik Jones®” is a registered trademark of Paragon Racing, LLC.  Erik Jones’ name and likeness are used under license by Erik Jones Racing, LLC.
Toyota trademarks used with permission.

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