NASCAR relaxes rules on chrome numbers; They look sick
There’s been a lot of discussion regarding the number placement on the 2022 NASCAR Next Gen car. The numbers will be moved from the center of the door to the front of the door.
However, that’s not the only NASCAR number rule change coming in 2022. At one time, chrome and/or reflective numbers were big in the world of NASCAR. That faded, overnight.
View photos of the new NASCAR chrome numbers below.
Think back to Darrell Waltrip’s famous Western Auto No. 17 car. In that case, he had chrome numbers and on rare occasions, the car was chrome too.
Davey Allison was another driver to do it. In an earlier time period, Cale Yarborough also ran reflective numbers.
However, years ago, NASCAR stopped allowing chrome numbers. My guess is those were safety issues regarding reflections.
Chrome numbers were seen as recently as 2017 when Ricky Stenhouse Jr brought his throwback to Darlington Raceway. However, that was an exception.
Dale Earnhardt Jr said in 2015, “NASCAR outlawed chrome numbers or we would have them and so would a few other teams.”
Earnhardt noted reflection issues and added, “Also when they started using electronic timing with the transponders mounted on the cars, maybe chrome screwed em up.”
Back in 2019, Ricky Stenhouse Jr kicked the bucket when he showed up with reflective black numbers.
For 2022, the rules will be relaxed. Daniel Suarez and his Trackhouse Racing team unloaded their machine for the Charlotte ROVAL test this week. It featured chrome numbers…
The team stated, “Behold the Trackhouse Next Gen…featuring 𝓒𝓱𝓻𝓸𝓶𝓮.”
Daniel Suarez comments on the Next Gen car
“Car is looking great, very fast as well. Having a lot of fun,” Daniel Suarez stated via a social media video during the Next Gen test.
“Learning a lot, completely different race car. But, let me tell you, this thing is a blast. I can’t wait for next year, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
“Transmission is amazing, the brakes are amazing. The aero on this car!”
“Everybody is working hard. We’re making some adjustments. We’re learning a lot about this new Next Gen car,” Suarez concluded.