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Greg Biffle, Hooters to honor former driver Alan Kulwicki

Greg Biffle will drive in a throwback paint scheme Sept. 4 at Darlington, South Carolina, that will bring back memories of a former NASCAR champion.

Biffle, of Roush Fenway Racing, will have a one-race sponsorship from Hooters for the annual race that celebrates NASCAR's past. Hooters was the sponsor of 1992 Winston Cup champion Alan Kulwicki, who died the following year in a plane crash.

Biffle never met Kulwicki but knows his connection to NASCAR fans as a driver who owned his own car and did it his way.

"It's an iconic part of NASCAR," Biffle said Tuesday. "I look forward to getting this thing on the race track."

Hooters will use the sponsorship to promote its lobbying efforts for a national first responders day. Andrew Collier, a machinist at Hendrick Motorsports, is working with the company as part of the effort to establish either a national holiday or a significant day of recognition.

Collier's brother, Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier, was shot and killed by one of the two Boston Marathon bombers in 2013.

"He always wanted to be a police officer since we were little kids -- running around the house making siren noises, chasing us because we did something wrong," Andrew Collier said of his brother. "He always had a very strong sense of right and wrong. He was very community-driven in his policing.

"He knew the students at MIT. He talked to everyone. He was friends with a lot of them. He was there to really help. That is what he really wanted to do -- make a difference in these people's lives."

Biffle said that if he wins, he will do the victory lap the way Kulwicki was known for -- by driving the opposite way around the track.

"You know I will -- absolutely, 100 percent," Biffle said. "Count on that."