Derrike Cope will again compete in the Darlington Southern 500 this year. The race has turned into an annual race where throwback schemes are unearthed to see the track one more time.
Most of the schemes have sponsor differences. One driver who puts all that aside for Darlington is Cope who will drive a throwback of the Bojangles’ Chicken ride he drove in 1993 while driving for Cale Yarborough.
“Bojangles’ is fired up to partner with Derrike once again for this year’s Bojangles’ Southern 500,” said Randy Poindexter, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Bojangles’. “It is awesome to not only serve as title sponsor for this iconic race, but to also partner with a long-time friend of the brand and one of the respected veterans of the sport. Along with our thousands of team members, valued franchisees and Bojangles’ fans across the nation, we look forward to cheering on Derrike in the Bojangles’ car at the Bojangles’ Southern 500.”
Cope led 30 laps in the 1993 Daytona 500 before a late race incident eliminated him.
“I am truly pleased and thankful to be back with Bojangles’ 25 years later! My relationship with Bojangles’ and the people that were there in 1993 is incredible,” said Derrike Cope, StarCom Racing Team Manager and Driver. “There were a lot of promotions to activate Bojangles’ entry into NASCAR. Looking forward to sharing a lot of old memories with the Bojangles’ family.”
Cope last year drove a car with Mane ‘n Tail pet shampoo as the sponsor, a throwback to a previous car he drove in 1994 for Bobby Allison Motorsports.