The race cars of the 16 drivers who make the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup will get somewhat of a makeover for the 10-race Chase, according to an announcement from NASCAR on Tuesday.
The roof numbers, front splitters/fascias and windshield headers will be colored yellow on the 16 Chase cars for each of the 10 races. There will also be Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup logo sticker on the front-quarter panels of each car.
When drivers/cars are eliminated throughout the Chase after every three races, the special Chase-related features will be removed from those cars, returning them to their regular appearances.
According to NASCAR, the yellow additions to the Chase cars “serve as a visible symbol of the new Chase format. In addition, the paint scheme elements will ensure that fans are able to easily identify each championship contender as NASCAR’s playoffs progress.”
After the final “regular season” race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Sept. 6, The Chase for the Sprint Cup will kick off at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Sept. 14 and go through the season-finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Nov. 16. Other Chase races will be held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loiudon, Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth and Phoenix International Raceway.
four drivers will be eliminated from the Chase field after every third race, leaving four drivers to battle for the championship in the final race.
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