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NASCAR Cup: Hendrick Motorsports paint schemes don’t comply with rules

No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet paint scheme unveiled by the race team on Oct. 31, 2017 (graphic courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports)

No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet paint scheme unveiled by the race team on Oct. 31, 2017 (graphic courtesy of Hendrick Motorsports)

By AMANDA VINCENT

On Tuesday, Hendrick Motorsports unveiled Justice League-themed paint schemes for its No. 5 and No. 88 cars of Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt Jr. for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway near Fort Worth, but hold the proverbial presses. The paint schemes HMS unveiled yesterday don’t comply with NASCAR rules.

According to NASCAR rules, car paint schemes must look the same of both sides. Earnhardt and Kahne’s paint schemes unveiled Tuesday, though, have two distinctly different sides.

Earnhardt posted a video on Twitter in which he explained that he saw his car’s paint scheme last Friday and wondered how it would be approved by NASCAR.

“I saw the car for the first time Friday, and when I saw it, I said, ‘Hmm, it has two different sides. I didn’t think that was allowed in NASCAR,’” Earnhardt said. “So this is going to be fun to see how this plays out. The race is Sunday.”

According to a Yahoo! Sports report, A NASCAR spokesperson confirmed the paint schemes violate NASCAR rules.

NASCAR nixed a Terry Labonte tribute paint scheme for the same issue in 2014 that was yellow and red on one side and blue on the other. Earlier this year, Joe Gibbs Racing released a paint scheme for Daniel Suarez’s No. 19 car for the August race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway that looked to violate NASCAR rules, but the car showed up at the track with a slightly different look.

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