Jimmie Johnson’s Darlington throwback scheme leaked online

(Photo by Nigel Kinrade / NKP / LAT Images)

The internet just keeps ruining things.

At least that’s what it seems like after Noah Gragson was seen playing around with diecast cars on twitter and fans started to notice an odd-looking #48 car. The pictures of the diecast car were quickly deleted, but not before fans started to speculate that this would be Johnson’s throwback theme.

While it’s not known whether that will be the case or not, especially since no official announcement has been made, it is interesting that Gragson deleted it so quickly. It is also worth mentioning that the car was a throwback to Johnson’s off-road truck scheme that he had earlier in his career.

Again, whether that turns out to be Johnson’s car for the upcoming Darlington throwback race or not remains to be seen, but the photos being deleted seems to point to that being the case. With that being said, however, it’s going to take a lot more than a retro paint scheme to dig Johnson out of his 12 point hole above the playoff line.

Of course, Johnson has a few more races to go before the playoffs and could easily make up those points on Ryan Newman under the right situation, but he is definitely going to have to show hints of brilliance from his past to get things done this time around.

Johnson could also win one of the final races of the regular season, which he has managed to do in the past, but he really doesn’t seem to have the speed in order to pull that off right now. Furthermore, his best chance might be to get in on points rather than risk everything for a win.

What are your thoughts? Is this Johnson’s throwback car for Darlington or is there another reason that Gragson deleted the photo so quickly. Beyond that, how would Gragson have access to the diecast version of the car so early? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Below is a photo of the supposed leaked paint scheme

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