Denny Hamlin Draws Attention to the Downside of Using Chrome Numbers in NASCAR

Published 12/15/2021, 3:29 PM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 07: Denny Hamlin, Driver of the #11 NASCAR Next Gen car, talks with a team member in the garage during the NASCAR Cup Series test at Daytona International Speedway on September 07, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)


Currently, testing is well underway for the NASCAR Next Gen cars. For the new cars, there have been a number of changes, both internal and visible. Some of the more visual changes include shifting the numbers forward. However, a few drivers and teams have opted for another change, namely giving the numbers a chrome finish. Unfortunately, at the latest test at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Denny Hamlin pointed out a glaring issue.

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At the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick was just coming out with the chrome number. However, Hamlin noted that he couldn’t see the number properly, as it didn’t quite pop out with the color scheme. In other words, the big issue here is visibility, as the chrome schemes could clash with the original liveries.

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It isn’t to say that the chrome finishes are a bad idea, but it may work with some schemes, but not with others. Some fans also noted that while they may look good at night, the day time is a completely different story. As per one Twitter user, “Honestly now I see why chrome numbers were outlawed. They’ll look cool under the lights but on a dark scheme you’ll never be able to tell unless the sun hits it perfect.”

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How is the NASCAR post-season test progressing?

The test seems to be getting along nicely and teams are gathering a lot of data. Several of them performed simulation runs and even had mock race starts. Around 16 cars took to the track simultaneously and lined up for a rolling start. Sometime during the session, there were a few incidents on the track.

FORT WORTH, TX – APRIL 16: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #6 CitiFinancial Ford, stands next to his car during practice for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 16, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Ricky Stenhouse Jr lost the rear end of his car and spun towards the inside of the track. He later explained that the car was very loose, but when the #10 of Almirola pulled down, his own car got tight. So, when Almirola moved back up, the car gained a lot of front downforces and snapped. Later on, the chrome-numbered Reddick crashed out but was able to limp back to the pits.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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