Both drivers racing No. 34 special paint schemes this weekend at Martinsville RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today MARTINSVILLE, Va. -- Darrell Wallace Jr . and David Ragan unveiled special paint schemes several weeks back, giving a sneak peek at their tribute to future NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott in this weekend's races. Friday at Martinsville Speedway , their matching powder-blue No. 34 designs first took to the track with an appropriate throwback touch. On the back of each vehicle was a nod to the do-it-yourself spirit that made Scott a racing pioneer -- plain script that said, "Mechanic: Me!" While both Ragan and Wallace have shown plenty of versatility in their driving careers, could the weekend feature a hands-on tribute to Scott's practice of changing his own tires in a pit stop? Wallace, for one, seemed willing to give it a shot. "I think our first pit stop today is just going to be me," Wallace said before the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' Kroger 200 . "They're just going to sit on the wall and eat ice cream -- I'm going to get out and change our tires for that stop. 'Mechanic, Me,' that's pretty cool to see that. I saw him (Scott) on TV pointing to it and I did the same thing so it's kind of cool to see that and see what they used to do back in the day and see how the sport has changed as a whole." Ragan , who has a mechanical bent as part of his racing background, agreed. "It's cool to embrace that," he said. "Obviously, we've got a lot of good employees that are going to be wrenching on our Front Row Motorsports car this weekend, so they probably won't let me touch it, but I grew up racing and working on my own race car, so I have an appreciation for what goes into building one of these cars and to know what Wendell was able to do with limited resources and probably a small crew back in the day, it makes you appreciate the accomplishments even more." Wallace landed his first Truck Series triumph at Martinsville last fall, becoming the first African-American winner in a NASCAR national division since Scott's lone premier series victory on Dec. 1, 1963 in Jacksonville, Florida. Saturday, he was joined by Scott's descendants, who made the trip to lend their continued support from the driver's nearby hometown of Danville, Virginia. "As many times as they've texted me my phone bills have gone up," Wallace said of his communication and with the Scott family. "It's been really cool to have that relationship with the Scott family. I was doing appearances with them last week and really getting to know them just outside of racing and in school hearing all the stories about (Wendell) Senior and that's something cool. ... It's cool he keeps it interesting and he's always on me about being the best person I can and doing the right thing. It's always some help for sure." Wallace shifted from his customary No. 54 to honor this weekend's occasion and Scott's approaching induction to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. For Ragan , the tribute didn't involve changing a car number. When Ragan scored a thrilling triumph at Talladega Superspeedway in the spring of 2013, it marked the first time since Scott's landmark win that the No. 34 had visited Victory Lane in NASCAR's top series, the scrappy Front Row team's win also resonating with Scott's underdog spirit. "As a driver you always pay attention to the car numbers that you have and you're always interested to go back and look at the history of those numbers," said Ragan , who joined the Bob Jenkins-owned team in 2012. "Throughout a career you don't often see one driver stay with one car number their entire career through the different divisions, so when I got in the number 34 you definitely look back and see who raced it and who won. That was one of the first things that crossed my mind when we were able to get that victory last season, the significance of it, and it was quite a big deal so it's definitely coming full circle here driving a tribute car for them here at Martinsville this weekend." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
David Ragan and Darrell Wallace Jr. are proud to carry on Wendell Scott’s legacy with special tribute paint schemes on their No. 34 machines at Martinsville Speedway.
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Driver of the No. 34 Ford will have a retro look at Martinsville RELATED: Track your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge and Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota BUY: Purchase the No. 34 David Ragan Wendell Scott NASCAR Hall of Fame 2015 die-cast CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Taking the wraps off a new No. 34, revealing a car in the likeness of his famous father's racers, was enough to get Wendell Scott Jr.'s adrenaline pumping. The boldly styled number, the familiar pale and almost pewter blue against the backdrop of a modern Front Row Motorsports Ford had the next-generation Scott -- who claims to be 68 years old ("I've lied about it so much, I can't even remember") -- ready to turn back the clock himself Tuesday afternoon at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. "I'm ready to do some hot laps in that bad boy," Scott said, forming a wry grin. "Yeah, it is cool. It's our pet color. My brother Frankie used to do the bodywork on them, so it means a lot." When the car takes to the track Oct. 26 for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's seventh battle at Martinsville Speedway , the driving duties will fall instead to David Ragan , but the name of 2015 Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott will still adorn the top of the driver's door. The car was part of a double-unveil Tuesday in the stock-car shrine's Great Hall; Darrell Wallace Jr. will change his traditional No. 54 to 34 for the fall race weekend in Martinsville, where he is the defending winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series . Though there were some subtle differences from the paint scheme on Ragan's 2014 Generation-6 model and the 1960s Chevrolet Impala tribute car carrying Scott's colors, many of the retro styling cues carried over. Ragan was among the team's biggest advocates for keeping the throwback look as authentic as possible, even down to the period-correct "380 horsepower" claim on the hood. "Cars back then just looked a little different," Ragan said. "Maybe they didn't have the opportunities for the graphics and designs, and a lot of this stuff was hand-lettered back in the day. Definitely, an honor to represent and really to drive a car similar to what a Hall of Famer did." The No. 34 has just three victories in NASCAR's premier series, but all have their place in the sport's history. -- Kansas native Jim Roper campaigned the No. 34 on the Lincoln that won the inaugural event for the NASCAR Strictly Stock Division, now the Sprint Cup Series. -- In 1963, Scott notched the first victory by an African-American driver in the top rung of the NASCAR ladder with the No. 34. That breakthrough stood as the only win by an African-American in a NASCAR national series until Wallace's triumph last fall at Martinsville, not far from Scott's hometown of Danville, Virginia. -- Almost 50 years after Scott's lone victory, Ragan posted a thrilling upset at Talladega Superspeedway in May 2013 for a 1-2 sweep by the Front Row team and a first trip to Victory Lane for team owner Bob Jenkins. Next month at Martinsville, Ragan hopes to make more history, but will need more horsepower than the 380 advertised. Ragan's team has faced challenges as a lesser-funded team competing against the sport's powerhouses. That gap was underscored last weekend as Ragan competed at Chicagoland Speedway as a Chase outsider. Ragan said that changes to the 2014 rules package left the Front Row team playing catch-up against its better-heeled rivals, issues that the organization aims to address as it presses on. "We have struggled a lot and have a lot of unanswered questions," Ragan said. "We're hoping that there's not a big change in the package going forward and we'll be able to continue to evolve." If the going gets tougher, Ragan said he's not afraid to get some dirt under his fingernails. Reminded that Scott once exited the cockpit to change his own tires during a pit stop in the sport's formative years, Ragan said he wouldn't hesitate to apply the same old-school type of elbow grease if the need arose. "I do have a mechanic in me, and I am certified to work on these cars a little bit, but I don't know that my crew chief will let me," Ragan cracked. "Hopefully our guys will be able to pick up the slack on the weekend and cover me, but if I had to -- if push came to shove -- I could get out and do a pit stop." MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
See how the field will lineup up for the Eliminator Round premiere RELATED: Follow your picks in the Perfect Chase Grid Challenge for chance at $100,000 prize Pos Car Driver Team 1 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 2 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 3 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 4 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 5 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 6 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 7 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 8 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Halloween Toyota 9 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 10 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 11 99 Carl Edwards Ford EcoBoost Ford 12 15 Clint Bowyer AAA Insurance Toyota 13 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet 14 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 15 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Chevrolet 16 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 17 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 18 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Pit for a Pair Ford 19 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 20 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 21 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 22 51 Justin Allgaier # Auto-Owners Insurance Chevrolet 23 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 24 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 25 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 26 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 27 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 28 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 29 34 David Ragan Wendell Scott HOF Tribute Ford 30 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet 31 36 Reed Sorenson Zing Zang Chevrolet 32 23 Alex Bowman # DipYourCar.com Toyota 33 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 34 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 35 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 36 26 Cole Whitt # Uponor Plumbing Systems Toyota 37 7 Michael Annett # Allstate Peterbuilt Group Chevrolet 38 93 Clay Rogers Burger King Toyota 39 33 Travis Kvapil Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet 40 83 JJ Yeley(i) DipYourCar.com Toyota 41 44 Timmy Hill Phoenix Warehouse Chevrolet 42 32 Kyle Fowler(i) corvetteparts.net Ford 43 66 Mike Wallace(i) Testoril Toyota (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
See the order the cars will go off in on Friday (4:40 p.m. ET, FS1) RELATED: Follow your picks in the Chase Battle Grid Presented by Toyota # Car Driver Team 1 26 Cole Whitt # Uponor Plumbing Systems Toyota 2 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Breast Cancer Awareness Chevrolet 3 66 Mike Wallace(i) Testoril Toyota 4 4 Kevin Harvick Outback Steakhouse Chevrolet 5 42 Kyle Larson # Target Chevrolet 6 98 Josh Wise Phil Parsons Racing Chevrolet 7 51 Justin Allgaier # Auto-Owners Insurance Chevrolet 8 36 Reed Sorenson Zing Zang Chevrolet 9 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 10 34 David Ragan Wendell Scott HOF Tribute Ford 11 44 Timmy Hill Phoenix Warehouse Chevrolet 12 23 Alex Bowman # DipYourCar.com Toyota 13 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 14 3 Austin Dillon # Dow Chevrolet 15 15 Clint Bowyer AAA Insurance Toyota 16 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 18 33 Travis Kvapil Little Joe's Autos Chevrolet 19 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 20 31 Ryan Newman Quicken Loans Chevrolet 21 83 JJ Yeley(i) DipYourCar.com Toyota 22 32 Kyle Fowler(i) corvetteparts.net Ford 23 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Halloween Toyota 24 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet 25 7 Michael Annett # Allstate Peterbuilt Group Chevrolet 26 5 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevrolet 27 99 Carl Edwards Ford EcoBoost Ford 28 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 29 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Freight Toyota 30 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 31 27 Paul Menard Richmond/Menards Chevrolet 32 40 Landon Cassill(i) Newtown Building Supplies Chevrolet 33 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 34 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 35 38 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 36 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 37 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 38 93 Clay Rogers Burger King Toyota 39 47 AJ Allmendinger Clorox Chevrolet 40 2 Brad Keselowski Alliance Truck Parts Ford 41 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet 42 24 Jeff Gordon Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet 43 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Roush Fenway Racing Pit for a Pair Ford MORE: READ: Latest Chase news PLAY: Monitor your Chase Grid Game picks WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView
David Ragan and Darrell Wallace Jr. unveil special paint schemes to pay tribute to Wendell Scott's induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
David Ragan gets loose and collects several cars coming off Turn 4.
Farm Rich was sponsor for Ragan's historic Talladega win last May