Author: Zack Albert
Date: April 6, 2017
A rules amendment issued to NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West Series teams last month cleared the way for significant changes to those series’ paint schemes. Now, Harrison Burton seems poised to be the first to campaign the new look.
Burton — a member of the current NASCAR Next class of young talent — revealed Thursday the paint scheme that his No. 12 Toyota will wear in Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event at Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina. The design shifts the number on the side of the car from the door to the rear quarter panel, allowing his sponsor — Dex Imaging — a more prominent display on the doors.
The move follows a March 9 technical bulletin issued to teams in the East and West divisions of the K&N touring series. That rule book amendment addressed Section 20C-3.11 — Identification/Marking — providing teams with the option to move car numbers to the rear fender. That number must measure at least 23 inches square, excluding borders and silhouettes.
The look has been used in previous seasons of the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series and in the final season of the former American Speed Association (ASA) national tour in 2004.
A NASCAR spokesperson said there were no current plans to adopt a similar vehicle paint scheme option in NASCAR’s national series. Those three circuits have been rife with vehicle marking changes in recent years, with drivers’ surnames above the rear glass, series sponsors atop the windshield and additional sponsor placements on the roof panels.
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