Back in July, NASCAR announced that all competitors in the Chase for the Sprint Cup will receive special car identifiers of their status in the form of yellow splitters, roof numbers, and windshield headers.
Those identifiers will be in place on the car of each Chaser for as long as they remain in title contention during the 10-race stretch, which begins Sunday in Chicago.
And with that opening race looming, we now know at least how that yellow trim’s going to look on the cars of Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.
Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing team and Harvick’s crew chief, Rodney Childers, have posted pictures of their respective machines with the new accoutrements.
JGR (Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota; windshield headers for Hamlin, Kyle Busch, and Matt Kenseth)
Kevin Harvick (via Rodney Childers)
From this writer’s humble perspective, the yellow looks to be a better accent for Harvick’s predominantly black-and-white Jimmy John’s paint job than Hamlin’s black, blue, and white FedEx colors.
On the whole, though, both of them aren’t bad-looking.
No doubt the yellow will more thoroughly mess with some of the other Chasers’ regular schemes, but it isn’t so much about adding to the overall look as it is about simply giving the championship contenders more visual pop – both at the track and on TV.