2023 Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals

A Look At Special Schemes For The Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals

A Look At Special Schemes For The Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals

A look at some of the special schemes that Late Model and Modified teams will be running at the Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals.

Dec 6, 2023 by Rob Blount

Since its inception in 2016, the Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals has become known for two things: bent sheet metal, and hot tempers. But in the last few years a third key component has emerged, and that is the special "paint schemes" or special "wraps" that many teams put on their race cars for this event. Special events bring about special looks, so let's take a look at some of the designs that we'll be seeing inside The Dome at America's Center next week.

Tyler Erb

Let's start with the defending champion, "Terbo" Tyler Erb. Last year saw Erb drive to perhaps the most meaningful win of his career inside The Dome. After losing his father earlier in the week, Erb drove to the victory inside the Dome for the first time in his career. This year Terbo returns to The Dome with a white, red, and gold look for his Best Performance Motorsports No. 1 machine designed by KBC Graphix.

Bobby Pierce

All aboard the Pierce Express! All aboard!

Pierce has won on Saturday night inside The Dome twice, in 2017 and 2018. But Pierce hasn't finished the feature on Saturday night inside The Dome since that win in 2018. The Illinois native is hoping that this mostly blue freight train designed by Slicker Graphics will take him to the front of the field and keep him there for his third Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals victory.

Michael King Jr.

Arkansas' Michael King Jr. is heading to The Dome to race for a charitable cause. He'll be racing a white and orange No. 14 that pays tribute to the late Alan Kulwicki and his 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship-winning Hooters scheme. Not only that, King will be racing to raise money for the Union County Animal Protection Society. King will be auctioning off the door from his late model from this season. The auction will end on the final day of racing at this year's Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals with King announcing the winner while inside The Dome.

Kenny Wallace

Remember that time Kenny Wallace brought the house down by winning a fireworks-filled B-Main inside The Dome last year? Honestly, who could forget it? Whether you were in the building or watching live on FloRacing, Wallace's B-Main win was one of those moments that will be replayed and remembered for years.

But now it's time for Act Two for Wallace at The Dome. He's returning to his home race with a new look to his JEGS-sponsored No. 36 Modified. Last year's car was mostly blue with a little bit of yellow on the nose. This year's car is mostly yellow with some black accent thrown in there.

Tyler Carpenter

Love him or hate him, Tyler Carpenter makes you fans make some kind of noise. He also tends to bring uniquely cool race cars to The Dome for the Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals. In last year's run-in with Hudson O'Neal, Carpenter was sporting a white, black, and yellow look with black numbers outlined in yellow. But traditionally, Carpenter is in a white and blue car, and that's what he's returning to this year.

The two-time winner at The Dome will be in a mostly white machine with some blue accents and black numbers on the doors and roof as he looks to score his third win inside The Dome at America's Center.

With more and more schemes being released, we'll keep adding all the way up to the start of the Castrol Gateway Dirt Nationals on Thursday, December 14. 

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