I try to think of some witty title for each race post and I admit it isn’t always the easiest of tasks. This time I did NOT come up with it myself: I totally credit my TwitterPeep @darksider14 with coming up with TallaKansas! So Kansas was a complete wreck fest on Sunday with a new track record of 14 cautions, the previous track record being set the day before at the Nationwide Series race on Saturday with 12.
Most NASCAR fans are familiar with the iconic (STP Dayglo) red and (Petty) blue paint scheme that adorned the number 43 car for years and years. I didn’t know this but STP signed their first deal with Richard Petty in 1972 and are celebrating their 40th Anniversary with “The King” this season. I know that there are certain drivers that when you think of them you think of their sponsors. Petty’s STP is one of the first. (I also think Dupont=Jeff Gordon, and Tide=Darrell Waltrip/Ricky Rudd and Lowes=Jimmie Johnson).
Anyway, because of this landmark anniversary, STP will be back as the title sponsor on the No. 43 Ford Fusion for the second consecutive year during the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway. (Sidenote: It’s funny but when I type out STP my brain thinks Stone Temple Pilots- which then in turn makes me think of their song Vasoline…which then I try to sing to myself in my head but then it gets confused with the lyrics to Metallica’s Fuel which is a weird mashup of songs and then well the point is my brain is being a bad naughty brain and I have digressed passed the point of you even caring) and will be piloted by new Richard Petty Motorsports driver, Aric Almirola.
“When I signed with Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2012 season I was honored to be driving for a legend of our sport,” said Almirola. “Being able to sit in the driver’s seat of the No. 43 STP car with an iconic paint scheme, just like ‘The King’ himself did, is the icing on the cake and it would be amazing to drive it to Victory Lane on April 22.”
I know that I will keep my eyes open on April 22nd for the 40th Anniversary paint scheme. I hope you will too. It will be like watching history circle the track in Kansas!
When most NASCAR fans think of STP one thing comes to mind- Richard Petty and the classic blue and red petty paint scheme on the 43. It is arguably one of the most iconic and longstanding sponsorship relationships in NASCAR. And Richard Petty’s 200 wins in this paint scheme didn’t hurt that relationship.
This year Richard Petty Motorsports driver AJ Allmendinger will sit behind the wheel of the 43 STP Sponsored Ford Fusion carrying a modern replica of the 1972 paint scheme featuring the original Petty Blue and STP Day-Glo Red colors but he won’t be running it at just any race. He will be piloting the STP Ford Fusion at STP 400 to be run at Kansas Speedway on June 5th.
Other racing endeavors of STP include:
- Primary sponsor of two-time NHRA Full Throttle Nitro Funny Car Champion Tony Pedregon for three races (Las Vegas, Houston and Infineon) and an associate sponsorship for the balance of the season.
- Multi-year track sponsorships with a number of ISC properties including Daytona, Talladega, Richmond, Darlington, Michigan, Chicagoland and Kansas.
- Multi-year track sponsorship of Infineon Raceway and title sponsor of Wednesday Night Drags and Bracket Drags.
- Continued sponsorship of Tony Stewart Racing and four-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz and the World of Outlaws Series.
A whole new generation will be exposed to the iconic status STP has in not just NASCAR but in other racing series as well.