DGF2099 Productions-Introduction to Press Kits-Tony Stewart 2001 Joe Gibbs/Home Depot Press Kit

2001 was a banner year for Tony Stewart, with 3 wins, 15 top 5’s and 22 top 10’s, just missing winning the Winston Cup Championship that year.  For the season finale, we look at this press kit contains driver, sponsor, and owner information, along with a hero card is in great condition.

Paint Scheme Tracker-July 29, 2015

By David G. Firestone

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #1

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Beechcraft Chevy SSNo Change A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy SSSame basic scheme, but with a new door design. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/McDonald’s Chevy SS-Special dual scheme for the Daytona 500, black Cessna on the front, fade to red McDonald’s on the back. A+

Jamie McMurray #1 Sherwin Williams Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, Red, white and blue with a red line down the center, with the top fades blue to white on top, and white to blue on the bottom. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Dixie Chopper Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2015, same as Cessna/Beechcraft scheme A

Jamie McMurray #1 Energizer Eco Advanced Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2015, same as #42 scheme. D+

Jamie McMurray #1 Bass Pro Shops/Big Ceder Lodge Chevy SS–New scheme for 2015, black with an orange oval with hunting camo in the front. F

Jamie McMurray #1 Cushman Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with a red bumper, and a series of red wave stripes up the side. A+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Beechcraft Chevy SS-Same as Cushman scheme, but with Beechcraft logo on sides. A+

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford FusionSame basic design as 2014, but with no gold stripe, vintage Miller Crest, or hop designs on the side. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford FusionNew redesign, similar in design to Joey Logano’s Shell/Pennzoil Ford, black replaces yellow as the primary color. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford FusionRedesign from last season, follows the Shell/Pennzoil template. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, blue Penske template on a black background C-

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Genuine Draft Ford FusionThrowback scheme that ran from 1990-1996 A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller High Life Ford FusionBased on the design that Bobby Allison won the 1983 Sprint Cup Championship. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite/Penske 25th Anniversary Ford Fusion-Same as Miller Lite scheme but with a special design on the hood. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite 1998 Throwback Ford FusionBased on the 1998 Rusty Wallace scheme, but with some subtle differences. Different logo on hood and sides, and a layers stripe on the stripes. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite 2007 Gold Throwback Ford FusionBased loosely on the 2007 gold scheme raced at the Sprint Unlimited and All-Star Race, new hood logo and designs, door and hood numbers covered by blue. B-

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite 2010 Throwback Ford FusionBased on the Miller Lite scheme from 2010, with some changes to accommodate the Gen 6 car. B-

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite/Careers for Veterans Ford Fusion-Same as Miller Lite but with Careers for Veterans on the quarter panel. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Avaya Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red, white and black Penske template. A+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Cheerios Chevy SSNo change A+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy SSNo change B+

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy SSNo Change F

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy SSNo Change A-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Energy and Water Chevy SSNo change B-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/WeatherTech Chevy SS-Same scheme as Dow B+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Styrofoam Insulation Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with a downward fade to blue, and a Dow insulation motif on the front. C+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, silver with an American flag motif on the sides, roof and hood. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Weather Tech Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with a red and black roof, and red and black accents on the sides. A-

Austin Dillon #3 NRA Museum Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, black replaces blue on door number and behind. A+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Utility Chevy SS-Same as Dow scheme, B+.

Auston Dillon #3 Dow Agro Sciences Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red with black curved stripes starting at the door number and moving up the side of the rear. A+.

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Budweiser Chevy SSNo change A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmie Johns Chevy SSNo change A

Kevin Harvick #4 Outback SteakhouseNo Change A

Kevin Harvick #4 Ditech Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue, and white is the primary color scheme A+

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, green, red, and white color scheme with a series of geometrical shapes across the side. F

Kevin Harvick #4 Budweiser Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, yellow with red and black stripes on bottom, sublimated yellow stripes on side. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Folds of Honor/Budweiser/Folds of Honor Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, slightly smaller logos on right side and hood. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Chevy SSNo Change D+

Kasey Kahne #5 Time Warner Cable Chevy SSNo Change C

Kasey Kahne #5 Farmers Insurance Chevy SSComplete redesign from last year, black, and dark blue replaces light blue and silver, and the design has been completely revamped. C+

Kasey Kahne #5 Liftmaster Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red and white redesign of the Time Warner scheme. C+

Kasey Kahne #5 Pepsi Chevy SSNo change B+

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Shark Week Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, yellow, blue, aqua, and orange color scheme, similar to Great Clips, but with a shark motif. B+

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Ford Fusion-New team, new sponsor, red, white and blue is the color scheme. A+

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Camo Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, blue with a white front, and a camo motif across. F

TOMMY BALDWIN RACING #7

Alex Bowman #7 Nikko/Toy State Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, Red borders a blue design on the sides and hood. D-

Alex Bowman #7 Accell Construction Chevy SSNo change. C-

Alex Bowman #7 DOC 360 Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all black with DOC 360 logos on front and sides. A+

Alex Bowman #7 Chevy SS-All black with white numbers. A+

Alex Bowman #7 Golden Corral Chevy SS-Same scheme as #46, same C+ grade.

Alex Bowman #7 Chevy SS-All black with gold and white numbers. A+

Alex Bowman #7 Culer Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, dark blue, white, and green, with a wire-frame motif up the side. C+

Alex Bowman #7 Racing Rewards Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, green with a red paint stripe diagonally up the side. C+

Alex Bowman #7 Advance Auto Parts Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with a white stripe on the sides. A+

Alex Bowman #7 Marsh Supermarkets Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with red and green flames up the sides. B+

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #9

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Twisted Tea Ford FusionNo Change A

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Camping World/Medallion Bank Ford Fusion-New sponsor set for 2015, a redesign of the Fresh From Florida #43 scheme. F

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Medallion Bank Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as Camping World Scheme, but with a darker green. F

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Medallion Bank/Mercury Marine Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as Camping World Scheme, but with a red, white and blue as a color scheme. B+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Lyons Financial Ford FusionRedesign of the Medallion Bank scheme, with a Lyons Financial logo on the hood. F

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Nature Blast/Medallion Bank Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, light green and dark green diagonal stripes up the side. F

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Victory Junction/Shop.com Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, blue with a series of small white strips in a grid pattern on the side, and an oval with the sponsor on a white background. C+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Jacob Companies Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, aqua, blue and white with a series of geometrical designs on sides and roof. B-

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, dark yellow with black and red stripes on sides. B+

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Chevy SSSame basic design as last year, but the blue ovals on the white are more pronounced. C

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy Chevy SSNew redesign with more black and less orange. F

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy/TaxAct Chevy SS-New sponsor combo for the Sprint Unlimited, front of the car retains traditional GoDaddy design, whereas back quarter panel is TaxAct. C-

Danica Patrick #10 TaxAct Chevy SS-One race sponsor, will run at Martinsville in March, red, white and black scheme, with diagonal design up the doors. C-

Danica Patrick #10 Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy SSNew sponsor/scheme for 2015, a rehash of Tony Stewart’s #14 Mobil 1/ Bass Pro Shops scheme. C+

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy Small Biz Force Chevy SS-Same as GoDaddy but with #smallbizforce on the hood. F

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy Black Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, reversal of the current scheme with black on top, green on bottom. C+

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNew redesign with a much simpler front and more design on the sides. A+

Denny Hamln #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamrySame redesign as FedEx Express A+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamrySame redesign as FedEx Express A+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamrySame redesign as FedEx Express A+

Denny Hamlin #11 SportClips Toyota CamryNew redesign with a new door design C-

Denny Hamlin Autism Speaks Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2015, same as FedEx schemes but with an Autism Speaks color scheme. A+

GERMAIN RACING #13

Casey Mears #13 Geico Chevy SSNo Change. D-

Casey Mears #13 Geico/Squidward Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue and aqua with a Squidward tentacles motif. F

Casey Mears #13 Geico Millitary Chevy SSNo Change. F

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy SSSame color scheme as last year, but with a new design on the side. C+

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevy SSSame color scheme as last year, but with a new design on the side. C+

Tony Stewart #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil1 Chevy SSNo Change C+

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Chevy SSNo Change A+

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops American Salute Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, white takes over for blue as the primary color, scheme is much simpler. A-

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as Bass Pro Shops but with Artic Cat on the sides. F

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shop Throwback/Mobil 1 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, silver on top, red stripes across car, bottom is black, vintage Bass Pro Shops log on hood. C+

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevy SS-Same as Bass Pro Shops, but with Ducks unlimited on side. C+

MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING #15

Clint Bowyer #15 5 Hour Energy Toyota CamryNo Change B+

Clint Bowyer #15 Peak Toyota CamryNo Change B

Clint Bowyer #15 Maxwell House Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, blue with orange and white wave designs on bottom. A

Clint Bowyer #15 Cherry 5-hour ENERGY benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation Toyota CamrySame scheme as last year, with a few minor associate changes. B+

Clint Bowyer #15 AAA Insurance Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

Clint Bowyer #15 Jack Links/Big Machine Records Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, Bowyer template with a red, white, and black color combo. B+

Clint Bowyer #15 Casey’s General Store Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, Bowyer template with green, red, white, and black color scheme. A-

Clint Bowyer #15 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, front has Bowyer template, rear has sponsor logos. A+

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #16

Greg Biffle #16 Cheez Its Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red with a cheese colored stripe and crackers on the side. A+

Greg Biffle #16 Clean Harbors Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red white and black design A-

Greg Biffle #16 Ortho Fire Ant Killer Ford FusionNo change A-

Greg Biffle #16 Ortho Home Defense Ford Fusion-New sponsor, white design with a red and yellow stripe on the bottom, with a net design on the side. A

Greg Biffle #16 Ortho Bug-B-Gon Ford Fusion-New sponsor, new design, red, black, and white is the primary color scheme. A+

Greg Biffle #16 Cheez It/Patrick Starr Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red with an underwater motif and Patrick Starr on the hood. F

Greg Biffle #16 Safety Kleen Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, green, yellow, white, and black with an overly complex design on the sides. F

Greg Biffle #16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white front, red, black, and green stripes up the side. C-

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford Fusion-New primary sponsor, blue, and white is the color scheme. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford FusionSame color scheme as 2014, but with a new, simpler side design. A+

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 NOS Ford FusionSame color scheme as 2014, but with an updated design. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Zest Ford FusionNo Change. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, much more subtle patriotic design, with a star and stripe motif, which replaces the American motif. B+

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, same as Carl Edwards in 2014. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Juicy Juice Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, green with red stripe and yellow dots. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo Change F-

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota Camry-New design for 2015, with a green background and more emphasis on M&M’s Crispy, as well as a new hood logo. B-

David Ragan #18 Snickers Xtreme Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, brown with a series of fades around the Xtreme logo. D+

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2015, orange with white and blue on the bottom. A+

Erik Jones #18 M&M’s Red Nose Day Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, yellow with red noses replacing most of the M&M designs. Red Nose Day is an event to raise money for kids in poverty by having fun via a telethon staring a lot of comedians and stars. A+

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota CamryNo Change. A+

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Center Toyota Camry-Same as Interstate Batteries scheme. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Carl Edwards #19 Stanley Toyota Camry-New team and new sponsor, yellow, black, and white is the color scheme. B+

Carl Edwards #19 Aaris Toyota Camry-New team and new sponsor, reddish orange with the Aaris logo used as part of the side stripe. A

Carl Edwards #19 Comcast Business Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, blue, silver and white, with a stripe that starts on the bottom, covers the car number, and takes over the top at the back. D-

Carl Edwards #19 SportClips Toyota Camry-New sponsor, same design as Denny Hamlin. C-

Carl Edwards #19 Subway Toyota CamryNew sponsor for Joe Gibbs, much simpler design. A+

Carl Edwards #19 Stanley/Cook’s Children’s Hospital Toyota CamrySlight redesign of the Stanley scheme, with one paitent name from each state on the car. B+

Carl Edwards #19 Minions Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, white with Minions in different poses on sides, decklid, and hood. A+

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor, black, green, yellow, and white is the color scheme.-A+

Matt Kenseth #20 Dollar General Toyota CamryMuch simpler than the 2014 scheme, with fewer side designs. A

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt Made In America Toyota Camry-Same basic DeWalt scheme, but with a patriotic motif on sides, and Made In America logo on hood. A+

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft/Quicklane Ford FusionNo Change A+

Ryan Blaney #21 Maryn Winters Motorcraft JDRF Ford Fusion-Designed by Maryn Winters, an 8 year old with type 1 diabetes, the car features a flower and park theme across the whole car. A+

Ryan Blaney #21 Snap On Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2015, scheme mirrors that of Cruz Pedregon’s funny car. A+

Ryan Blaney #21 SKF Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, blue with white letters and a red and white Nike-style logo up the sides. A+

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change D

Joey Logano #22 AAA Ford FusionThe AAA logo has been straightened up in 2015. D

Joey Logano #22 Southern California AAA Ford FusionRedesign of the AAA scheme, with Southern California AAA logo in place of the standard AAA logo. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Platnum Ford FusionNo Change F

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader.com Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015 Ford Fusion-Redesign using the Penske Template. D-

Joey Logano #22 Snap On Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2015, scheme mirrors that of Cruz Pedregon’s funny car. A+

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Indy 500 Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, designed to match Helio Castroneves’ Indy 500 car. A+

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader/Pennzoil Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as Shell/Pennzoil. D

BK RACING #23

J.J. Yeley #23 Dr. Pepper/Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota Camry-New sponsor for the Daytona 500. Black on top, white on the bottom, red stripe in between, Dr Pepper style logo on the door number.-B-

JJ Yeley #23 Dr Pepper Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2015, car keeps the red on top, new number design, and white on bottom. B-

J.J. Yeley #23 American Cancer Society Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, white, red and blue with a supplanted design on the blue, and a thunderbolt motif. C-

Alex Bowman #23 Dr. Pepper Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, all red with some sublimated I’m a Pepper logos and vintage Dr. Pepper and I’m a Pepper logos on the quarter panel. A+

JJ Yeley #23 We Salute You Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, white, with a patriotic motif on the sides and back. Donation of $10 will get a fallen soldier’s name on the hood and quarter panel. A+

JJ Yeley #23 Heinz Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, black with Heinz bottles on sides and back. A+

JJ Yeley #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry-Same as Burger King #83, except Dr. Pepper replaces Burger King logos. A+

JJ Yeley #23 TraqGear/CoolShirt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, dark blue, light blue, and white with a stripe and corner design on doors. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

Jeff Gordon #24 3M Chevy SS-New design for 2015, silver, with red accents and numbers, with a white hood design that extends over the roof and deck-lid. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta Chevy SSNo Change A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Pepsi Chevy SS-No Change A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy SSMuch simpler redesign, with new hood logo and same color scheme A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Panasonic Toughbook Chevy SSNo Change A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta/Fix Auto Chevy SSSame basic Axalta scheme, but with Fix Auto on the side. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta/Penn State Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, all blue with a slight blue twist design on the sides. B+

Jeff Gordon #24 Red Cross Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all black with red accents. A

Jeff Gordon #24 AARP Member Services/United Health Care Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black front which fades to red on hood, red stripes on sides. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta Throwback Chevy SSBased on the scheme Jeff Gordon raced from 1993-2000. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 AARP Member Advantages/Chase Credit Cards Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as Member Services/United Health Care, but with Chase Credit Cards instead of United Health Care A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta “It’s Been a Great Ride” Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, will be run at Homestead, Jeff’s final race, same as Axalta, but with “It’s been a great ride” on quarter panel. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #25

Chase Elliott #25 NAPA Chevy SS-New sponsor and car number for 2015, blue is the primary sponsor, with a yellow design on the side. B

Chase Elliott #25 NAPA Fauxback Chevy SSTo be raced at Darlington, based on the 1985 Coors Ford design, but with NAPA colors and logos. C-

BK RACING #26

Jeb Burton #26 Live Deals Ford Fusion-New sponsor for the Daytona 500, will have similar design as JJ Yeley, but with orange, black, and white. B-

Jeb Burton #26 Maxim Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, white with black lettering. A+

Jeb Burton #26 Maxim Red Toyota CamryRed redesign of the white Maxim scheme, with BK Racing letter circle. A-

Jeb Burton #26 Estes Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, black on top, red stripe down the middle, yellow stripes on bottom. D+

Jeb Burton #26 Maxim Fantasy Sports/Estes Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, Red with Maxim Fantasy Sports on hood, and Estes on quarter panel. A+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #27

Paul Menard #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menard’s Chevy SSNo change A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Serta Chevy SSSame basic scheme as 2014, but with more blue on the sides than last year. C+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Peak Chevy SSSome slight changes to the stripes, and roof F

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Duracel Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, using a black, yellow, and gold version of the Menard’s template. A+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Quaker State Chevy SSNo change C

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/FVP Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, standard Paul Menard Template with silver designs for FVP. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Sylvania Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red and yellow version of the Menard’s template. D-

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Schrock Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, 2015 Menard’s template with purple stripes. B+

Paul Menard #27 Moen/Menard’s Chevy SS-Menard’s Template with black and blue stripes across the sides. A+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Richmond Water Heaters Chevy SSNo Change. A+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Nebco Chevy SS-Menard’s template with Nebco on hood, and light blue on stripes. A+

RAB RACING #29

Justin Marks #29 American Born Moonshine Toyota Camry-New sponsor for the Daytona 500, has a wood finished look, with white lettering. A+

TMG RACING #30

Ron Horniday #30 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevy SS-New team and sponsor for 2015. Two-tone green design with white lettering and yellow accents. C-

Ron Horniday #30 Toyota Camry-Matte black with blue and white lettering. A+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #31

Ryan Newman #31 Cat Chevy SSSame color scheme, but the car as a whole has been redesigned A+

Ryan Newman #31 Quicken Loans Chevy SSNo change A

Ryan Newman #31 Granger Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, green, red and white, with some designs on the side. B +

Ryan Newman #31 Caterpillar Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, Yellow with black stripes up the center and vintage logos. A+

Ryan Newman #31 Wix Filters Chevy SSNo Change. F

Ryan Newman #31 Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, a more straight design replaces the curved design featured on last year’s car. C-

GO FAS RACING #32

Go FAS Racing #32 Keen Parts Ford FusionSimpler redesign and a much simpler color scheme. B+

Go FAS Racing #32 C&J Energy Services Ford FusionSame color scheme, but with a different and much more complex side design F

Mike Bliss #32 Draft Demons Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red and black diagonal stripes with a fire motif at the bottom. A

Mike Bliss #32 King Taco Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red, gold and white, with a circular design on the sides, and vintage lettering on the quarter panels and hood. B+

Mike Bliss #32 Keen Parts/Corvetteparts.net Ford FusionNew design for 2015, light blue has been eliminated entierly, replaced with black and grey. Cutting edge design replaced 1960’s design. F

Mike Bliss #32 Rimrock Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, black with red and green designs on the side. F

Mike Bliss #32 Texas Tech Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red fade to black with a large Texas Tech logo on the back. A

Mike Bliss #32 Alpha Floors/JoeUSA.com Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, all white with logos on the hood. A+

Joey Gase #32 Donate For Life/Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as Corvette Parts. F

Mike Bliss #32 Rimrock Devlin/Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-Same as Corvette Parts but with Rimrock Devlin on side. F

Travis Kvapil #32 Victorypress.biz Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, all white with Victorypress.biz logo on side. A+

Boris Said #32 SPG Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white with SPG logos on hood. A+

Boris Said Genesee Beer Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2015,based on old school AMC Matador schemes A+

Michael McDonald #32 Draft Demons Ford Fusion-New scheme for Red, yellow, and white with a fire and devil motif up the side. F

Josh Wise #32 Brandeis Machinery Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, similar to Rimrock Devlin but with a different color scheme. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING/CIRCLE SPORT RACING #33

Ty Dillon #33 Yuengling Brewery Chevy SS-New sponsor, red, white, and blue is the primary color scheme. A+

Ty Dillon #33 Cheerios Chevy SS-New sponsor for the Daytona 500, based on Austin Dillon’s Cheerios scheme, but with a Kroger’s logo on the hood. A

Brian Scott #33 White Tail Lodge Chevy SSNo change. D-

Alex Kennedy #33 Dream Factory Chevy SSNo Change. B

Michael Annett #33 Pilot/Flying J Chevy SS-This one requires an explanation. At Atlanta, Michael Annett didn’t get his car through inspection in time, and didn’t get to qualify. Brian Scott offered his ride to Annett that weekend, and so the car was repainted. A+

Alex Kennedy #33 Honor and Remember Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red, yellow, and white, diagonal stripes up the sides, and a flag motif on the hood. B-

Ty Dillon #33 Nexium Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue and yellow color scheme, yellow on hood, with a right angle design that extends to the door. A-

Ty Dillon #33 Plankton Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, pink with the character’s face on the hood, which fades to blue towards the back. Krabby Patties are located behind the door number, and the character is depicted behind the rear wheel. F

Brian Scott #33 Kraft Singles Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, patriotic motif with a series of geometrical designs on the sides. F

Brian Scott #33 Shore Lodge Chevy SSNo change. B+

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

David Ragan #34 KFC Ford FusionRedesign for 2015, all white front, KFC style stripes on the back. A+

David Ragan #34 CSX Ford FusionSame basic scheme, though the word bubble on the hood has been replaced with a CSX logo. A+

David Ragan #34 Southern Belle Seafood Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, blue, white, and red, follows the “Front Row Motorsports Template” with a stripe that curves above and around the door number, that separates the colors of the car. A+

Chris Buescher #34 A&W Ford FusionNo Change. A+

Brett Moffitt #34 Dockside Logistics Ford FusionNo change. A+

Brett Moffit #34 CSX Veterans Ford Fusion-Same as CSX but with Proud to Hire Our Veterans with a series of veterans groups logos on hood. A+

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #35

Cole Whitt #35 Speed Stick Gear Ford FusionNo Change A

Cole Whitt #35 Rinnai Filters Ford FusionSame scheme as 2014, different team. A+

Cole Whit #35 Sprouts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red and blue, with a fruit design on the side. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Ford Fusion-All white with orange and black letters. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Standard Plumbing Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, all white with red oval Standard Plumbing logos. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Tweaker Energy Shot Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015. All black with Tweaker Energy Shot logos on sides and hood. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Uponor Plumbing Products Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with blue and white letters on sides. A+

Cole Whitt #35 KFC Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as #34. A+

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

David Gilliland #38 Love’s Travel Stops Ford FusionNo change A

David Gilliland #38 MDS Ford FusionSame scheme as 2014, but different team. A-

David Gilliland #38 The Pete Store Ford FusionAlmost the same as last year, with a slight change in the curve behind the driver letters. A+

David Gilliland #38 Farm Rich Ford FusionNew team for Farm Rich, same scheme as last year. A+

David Gilliland #38 Love’s Support the Troops Ford FusionNo change. F

David Gilliland #38 Florida Lottery Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, Front Row template, with a blue, orange and green color scheme. C+

David Gilliland #38 FFA/CSX Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white front and back, blue FFA motif in center, yellow stripes divide the two. B+

HILLMAN-SMITH MOTORSPORTS #40

Landon Cassill #40 Snap 24-7 Fitness Chevy SSSlight redesign from last year, with the black quarter panel replaced with red. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Cars For Sale Chevy SSNo Change C-

Landon Cassill #40 CRC 1-Tank Renew Chevy SSNo Change. B-

Landon Cassill #40 Percon Chevy SS-All red with Percon logos on the hood and sides. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Newton Business Supplies Chevy SSNew team, same scheme. B-

Landon Cassill #40 CRC Knock’er Loose Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, green with red lettering and a black design on the hood and designs. F

Landon Cassill #40 Link-Belt Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all black with Link-Belt logos on the sides and hood. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Snap Fitness Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, battered American Flag motif. A+

Landon Cassill #40 CRC Brakleen Chevy SSNo change. A

Landon Cassill #40 Interstate Moving Services Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2015, red, white, and blue with a patriotic motif on sides. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Interstate Moving/Precon Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, black with interstate logo on hood, and Precon logo on sides. A+

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #42

Kyle Larson #42 Target Chevy SSSame basic design as 2014, but with some sponsor changes on the quarter panel. B-

Kyle Larson #42 White Target Chevy SSSame basic design as 2014, but with some sponsor changes on the quarter panel. B-

Kyle Larson #42 Energizer Eco Advanced Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, different stripe color, fewer logos on the side. D

Kyle Larson #42 Axe White Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all white with silver Target logos, and silver Axe logos. A

Kyle Larson #42 Viva Vantage Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, dark blue with white lettering, and a wave pattern across the sides. A+

Kyle Larson #42 Target Camo Chevy SSNo Change. F.

Kyle Larson #42 Target Bullseye Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same basic scheme, but with Bullseye the dog on the sides and hood. A+

Kyle Larson #42 Coca Cola/Target Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, Coca Cola makes a rare car sponsor appearance, red with Target logos on bottom, and Coca Cola bottle on hood and sides. A+

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Aric Almoriola #43 Eckrich Ford FusionSame basic design, but with a Nathans logo on the rear. C+

Aric Almirola #43 Smithfield Ford FusionNo change B+

Aric Almirola #43 Fresh From Florida Ford FusionNo Change. F

Aric Almirola #43 STP Ford FusionNo Change. A+

Aric Almirola #43 Smithfield/Cheney Brothers Ford FusionSlight redesign of the Smithfield scheme, with a Cheney Brothers logo B+

Aric Almirola #43 United States Air Force Ford FusionNo Change. A+

Aric Almirola #43 Nathan’s Hot Dogs Ford FusionSame basic scheme as 2014, but a blue roof replaces the yellow roof. B+

TEAM XTREME RACING #44

Reed Sorenson #44 Golden Corral Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same design as 2015 #36. A

Travis Kvapil #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chevy SSNo Change F

HSCOTT MOTORSPORTS #46

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J Chevy SS-New car number and design. White is the primary color, with red and yellow accents on the sides and front. A+

Michael Annett #46 Cypress HQ Chevy SSNew team for Cypress in 2015, some slight stripe changes on the quarter panel, and a darker blue. F

Michael Annett #46 Northland Oil Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red with black design and white lettering. D-

Michael Annett #46 Philmor Chevy SS-New Sponsor for 2015, yellow, orange and red, with a series of differing designs on the front, sides and back. F

Michael Annett #46 Allstate Peterbuilt Chevy SS-Same basic scheme as last year, with some slight associate sponsor changes, and a new rear quarter panel. A

Michael Annett #46 Bene-Fit Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2015, same as Cypress HQ scheme. F

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J/Sherwin Williams Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with red logos, and a large Sherwin Williams can on the side. A+

Michael Annett #46 Pilot Camo Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, BDU style camoflage scheme that harkens back to Alan Kulwiki in 1991. A+

Michael Annett #46 Switch Hitch Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as #51 Switch Hitch but white replaces black as the primary color. A+

JTG DAUGHTERY RACING #47

AJ Allmendinger #47 Better Than Bullion Chevy SS-New Sponsor for 2015, all black with a gold stripe running down the side. A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Bush’s Best Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Clorox Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 House Autry Chevy SS-New primary sponsor for 2015, Red sides, with blue roof and posts. A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Bush’s Chilli Beans Chevy SS-New sponsor, yellow to orange to yellow fade across whole car. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Hungry Jack Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kingsford Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Scott Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Bush’s Grilling Beans Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger Chevy SSNo change A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Scotts Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, red on the front, white curve with sponsors on the back sides, the hood is blue and white, the roof is blue. A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Better than Bullion Chevy SS-Same scheme as Kroger/Scott’s scheme. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Chevy SSNew design, bears a resemblance to the old Kobalt tools scheme from 2009. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Kobalt Chevy SSNew design, redesigned version of the current Lowe’s scheme. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes Pro Services Chevy SS-New design for 2015, same as current Lowe’s scheme, but with PRO SERVICES written on hood and quarter panels. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, black with a dark blue stripe across the hood and roof. A+

HSCOTT MOTORSPORTS #51

Justin Allgaier #51 Brandt Chevy SSSame primary design, but the door number has reversed colors. A+

Justin Allgaier #51 Switch Hitch/Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy SS-New sponsor set for 2015, all black with yellow and orange stripes that go around the side of the car. D-

Justin Allgaier #51 Flipping Ships Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, dark blue, with a fade from top to bottom, and a sublimated wave design. B+

Justin Allgaier #51 Auto-Owners Insurance Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, redesign of the old scheme. White has been mostly replaced with dark blue and black. B+

Justin Allgaier #51 AccuDoc Solutions/FOE Chevy SS-Same as FOE, but with AccuDoc on hood. D+

Justin Allagaier #51 SEM Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with white and red SEM logos on sides and hood. A+

Justin Allgaier #51 Switch Hitch Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with an orange stripe up the side. A+

Justin Allgaier #51 Trademark Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red, white and blue, with a patriotic motif. A+

MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING #55

Brian Vickers #55 Aaron’s Toyota CamrySame basic design as last year, the nose has been changed, the main blue is slightly darker, and the gold has been replaced with light blue A+

Brett Moffitt #55 Aaron’s 60th Anniversary Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, colors are reversed, new logo on the hood. A+

Brian Vickers #55 Janssen Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, blue, yellow, and orange with a wave pattern across the side. A+

Brett Moffitt #55 Aaron’s/Steve Byrnes Tribute Toyota Camry-Same as Aaron’s but with A fitting tribute to a tragic death. A+

David Ragan #55 Aaron’s/Spongebob Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, blue to purple fade, yellow on the quarter panel, with Spongebob on the hood. D-

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #62

Brian Scott #62 Shore Lodge Chevy SS-New sponsor for the Daytona 500, Black with white lettering and silver designs. B-

Brendan Gaughn #62 Diathrive Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black, with a blue and white arch up the side. C+

Brendan Gaughn #62 Chevy SS-Black with red and yellow numbers, A+

Brendan Gaughn #62 Vydox Plus Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with a blue fade on the hood and roof, with a red oval on the bottom of the quarter panel. A

Brendan Gaughn #62 Low T Central Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all black with Low T Central logos on the hood and quarter panels. A+

Brendan Gaughn #62 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, all black with red, black, and yellow letters. A+

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #66

Mike Wallace #66 Crazy Vapors/X8 Energy Gum Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, Hood has Crazy Vapors green stripe design, side has X8 abstract design. F

Tanner Berryhill #66 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, all black with silver, white and blue letters. A+

FURNITURE ROW RACING #78

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row Chevy SSNo Change A+

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row Racing/Colorado Freedom Memorial Chevy SS-Same as Furniture Row but with Colorado Freedom Memorial and World Vision on quarter panel. A+

BK RACING #83

Johnny Sauter #83 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, green stripes up the hood and roof, white design with Dr Pepper style door numbers. B-

Matt Dibenedetto #83 Burger King Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2015, black takes over as primary color, Dr. Pepper design around door numbers. B-

Matt Dibenedetto #83 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry-Same as Burger King. B-

BK Racing #83 Cosmo Motors Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, black with red and grey wave patterns on the sides. C-

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Dan Bilzerian Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2015, white with Dan Bilzerian on hood, and logos on side. A+

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Anest Iwata Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, black on top, aqua on bottom, white stripe down the sides. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevy SSNo Change B+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevy SSNo major changes,except a Nationwide logo replaces the National Guard logo. D-

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Kelly Blue Book Chevy SSSame basic design but blue has replaced white as the primary color. B

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew Dewshine Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, green background with gold lettering and white front bumper. A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, silver front, with black wave pattern on the quarter panel. D-

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Amp Energy Passionfruit Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, all black with a series of blue and yellow designs on the sides and roof. D+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy SS-Black on top, silver stripe down center, American flag motif on bottom. A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Windows 10 Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white on front, three stripes transferring to blue after the windshield. A+

LEVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Ford FusionRedesign of last year’s scheme, another example of logo as a stripe pattern. A

Michael McDowell #95 K-Love Ford FusionTemplate has been redesigned, and the city outline on the rear quarterpanel has been removed. A

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Silver Ford Fusion-Redesign of Thrivent Financial scheme, with the logo on the sides removed, and silver replaces the red on the sides. A

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors/Thrivent Financial/Larry the Lobster Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white with blue and purple stripes on the hood and sides, yellow quarter panel with Larry the Lobster. D-

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Ford Fusion– A

PHIL PARSONS RACING/PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #98

Josh Wise #98 Phoenix Construction Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, all white with red lettering, and red and black numbers A+

Josh Wise #98 Mike Curb 200th Start Ford Fusion-Same as Phoenix Warehouse, but with a different quarter panel and hood design. A+

Josh Wise #98 Ford Fusion-White with black and red lettering, A+

Josh Wise #98 Steve Byrnes Tribute Ford Fusion-Simple dedication to the memory of Steve Byrnes, who passed away from cancer this season. A+

Josh Wise #98 Royal Teak Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, all white with black and blue letters. A+

Josh Wise #98 Ford Fusion-Plain white with Royal Teak color lettering. A+

Josh Wise #98 Dogecoin Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, all white with Doge on hood, and back. A+

Josh Wise #98 Big Red/Xyience Ford Fusion-Big Red logos on sides and hood, Xyience on sides as well, spilled soda motif across whole car. F

Verizon IndyCar Series

Team Penske #1

Will Power #1 Verizon Chevy-White top, red stripe across side, black bottom. A+

Team Penske #2

Juan Pablo Montoya #2 Verizon Chevy-White top, black stripe across side, red bottom. A+

Juan Pablo Montoya #2 PPG Chevy-Same as Verizon, blue replaces black. A+

Team Penske #3

Helio Castroneves #3 Hitachi Chevy– Black with a white and red stripe up the center. A+

Helio Castroneves #3 Verizon Chevy-Same as Juan Pablo Montoya. A+

Helio Castroneves #3 AAA Chevy-Same as Juan Pablo Montoya, but with AAA color scheme. A+

KV Racing Technology #4

Stefano Coletti #4 KV Racing Chevy-Silver with red front spoiler, tail, and mirrors. C+

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports #5

Conor Daly #5 MAVTV Honda-Black and orange with MAV-TV logos on sides. B-

Conor Daly #5 Arrow Honda-Gold top, black bottom, white stripe down the sides. A+

CFH Racing #6

JR Hildebrand #6 Preferred Freezers/Ocean Spray Chevy-White with Preferred Freezers on side wings, and Ocean Spray behind driver. A+

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports #7

James Jakes #7 Mediatech Honda-Aqua sides and top, white stripe across sides. C-

Chip Ganassi Racing #8

Sage Karem #8 GE LED Bulb Chevy-Blue with a purple and white stripe up the side. A+

Sage Karem #8 Comfort Revolution Chevy-Yellow with black side pods, and a black stripe on the side. C+

Chip Ganassi Racing #9

Scott Dixon #9 Target Chevy-Red with Target logos. A+

Scott Dixon #9 Coca Cola Chevy-Red with white side panels and Coca Cola logos. B+

Scott Dixon #9 Jurassic Park Chevy-Black with grey designs and white lettering. A+

Scott Dixon #9 Target/Viva Vantage Chevy-Dark blue with light blue front and stripes. D-

Chip Ganassi Racing #10

Tony Kanaan #10 Netdata Chevy-Blue with red nose and tail, Netdata logos on side. A+

KVSH Racing #11

Sebastien Bourdais #11 Hydroxycut Chevy-Black and green with a series of designs on side. F

Sebastien Bourdais #11 Mistic Electroic Cigarette Chevy-Black and green with a series of designs on side. F

AJ Foyt Enterprises #14

Takuma Sato #14 ABC Building Supply Chevy-Red, white and blue with a series of stripes on sides and top. D-

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing #15

Graham Rahal #15 Mi-Jack Honda-Orange with MiJack logos on side. A+

Graham Rahal #15 Steak N’ Shake Honda-Red with Steak N’ Shake logos on side. A+

Graham Rahal #15 Mi-Jack Honda-Red with Mi-Jack logos on sides. A+

Chip Ganassi Racing #17

Sebastian Saavedra #17 AFS Racing Chevy-Black and yellow with a stripe on the side. C+

Sebastian Saavedra #17 AFS Racing Chevy-Red and yellow with a series of stripes on the side. C+

Dale Coyne Racing #18

Rodolfo Gonzalez #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda-Blue and white with some design on nose. B+

Dale Coyne Racing #19

James Davison #19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda-Same as #18. B+

CFH Racing #20

Ed Carpenter #20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevy-Black with gold stripe and mirrors. A+

Ed Carpenter #20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevy-White and black, with gold stripe in between. A+

Team Penske #22

Simon Pagenaud #22 Team Penske Chevy-All black with red and white top. A+

Simon Pagenaud #22 Penske Truck Leasing Chevy-White, yellow, and blue with a curve up the side. C+

Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing #24

Townsend Bell #24 Robert Graham Chevy-Black with a Jeff Gordon motif. A+

Andretti Autosport #25

Justin Wilson #25 Andretti Autosport Chevy-Blue, silver and red. A+

Andretti Autosport #26

Carlos Munoz #26 AndrettiTV.com Honda-Green, black and white, wide stripes on side. C-

Andretti Autosport #27

Marco Andretti #27 Snapple Honda-Yellow and blue. A+

Marco Andretti #27 Snapple Honda-White with a large blue stripe across the sides. B+

Andretti Autosport #28

Ryan Hunter-Reay #28 DHL Honda-Yellow with red DHL logos on side. A+

Andretti Autosport #29

Simona de Silvestro #29 TE Connectivity Honda-Orange and white stripe pattern. C+

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing #32

Oriol Servia #32 Mi-Jack Honda-Yellow with black side wings and tail. A+

Oriol Servia #32 Late Show With David Letterman Honda-Same as Mi-Jack but with Late Show with David Letterman logos on side. A+

AJ Foyt Enterprises #41

Jack Hawksworth #41 ABC Building Supply Honda-Same as Takuma Sato’s #14. D-

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports #43

Conor Daly #43 Smithfield Honda-Exact same design as Aric Almirola’s Sprint Cup Car. A+

AJ Foyt Enterprises #48

Alex Tagliani #48 Alfe Honda-Black and white with a throwback look. A+

Dale Coyne Racing #63

Pippa Mann #63 Susan G. Komen Honda-Pink and white. F.

CFH Racing #67

Josef Newgarden #67 Hartman Oil Chevy-Black with gold accents. A+

Josef Newgarden #67 Direct Supply Chevy-Black with blue front wings and stripes. A+

Chip Ganassi Racing #83

Charlie Kimball #83 NovoLog Flex Pen Chevy-Orange and blue with a series of stripes on sides and nose. D+

Charlie Kimball #83 Levemir Flex Touch Chevy-Green and blue with a series of stripes on sides. D+

Jonathan Byrd’s Racing #88

Bryan Clauson #88 Jonathan Byrd Chevy-Red, white and black with stripes on sides. B+

Lazier Partners Racing #91

Buddy Lazier #91 Wynn Iowa Partners Research Chevy-White with a fade to light blue. F

Bryan Herta Autosport #98

Gabby Chaves #98 Bowers and Wilkins Honda-Black with white logos on sides. A+

NHRA

TOP FUEL

Antron Brown Matco Tools Toyota-All white with blue stripes and logos going up the sides and top. A

Antron Brown Matco Tools Distributors Toyota-Black and white with the names of Matco distributors all over the car. B+

Pat Dakin Commercial Metal Dragster-Black with blue front and silver designs on sides. A+

Troy Buff Bill Miller Engineering/Okuma dragster-All black with Bill Miller Engineering logo on sides. A+

Dave Connolly C&J Energy Services Dragster-Grey and black with a huge C&J Energy Services motif on sides and top. F

Richie Crampton Lucas Oil Toyota-Red, white and blue with vintage Lucas Oil logos on sides and top. A+

Richie Crampton Geico Toyota-Black and yellow with Lucas Oil and Geico logos on sides and hood.A+

Larry Dixon Tiger Toyota-Black with larger TIGER logos on side. A+

Brittany Force Chevy-Black with John Force Racing and Brittany Force on sides. A+

Brittany Force Monster Chevy-Black with Monster and John Force logos on sides and top. A+

Jenna Haddock Patriot Dodge-Black with Patriot logos on side. A+

Doug Herbert John and James Dodge-Grey and red with a series of photos and designs on the side. C-

Chris Karamesinies Lucas Oil Dodge-Black with a series of logos on the sides and a red canopy. A+

Dom Lagana Rapisarda Dragster-Black with Rapisarda logos on sides. A+

Shawn Langon Knuckle Sandwich Toyota-Black with dark Knuckle Sandwich lettering on the sides and top. C-

Shawn Langdon Bass Pro Shops Toyota– Black with Bass Pro Shops and a camo motif near the back, and Toyota and Knuckle Sandwich logos on the front. C-

Doug Kalitta Mac Tools Toyota-Red, white and yellow, with a series of geometrical designs on the sides. D-

Ike Maier Lake Norman Motors Toyota-Black with Lake Norman Motors logo on sides and top. A+

Spencer Massey Red Fuel Dodge-Black with Red Fuel logos on the sides, and an oval motif that runs up the sides. D

Spencer Massey Sandvik Dodge-Yellow and green with a diagonal square motif. D

Terry McMillen Amile Oil Dragster-Black with a gator head motif. A+

Clay Millican Great Clips/Parts Plus Toyota-Black Great Clips motif on the front, and white Parts Plus motif on back. C-

Luigi Novelli National Machine Repair Dragster-Black at the back with a diagonal yellow stripe leading to the red front. A+

Leah Prtichett Gumout Toyota-Black sides with large Gumout logos, red top with GUMOUT written up the top. C+

Leah Pritchett Gumout Gold Toyota-Metallic gold with small black Gumout logo on sides. A+

Tony Schumacher US Army Dodge-Black with Camo up the sides and gold ARMY letters. A

JR Todd Red Line Oil Toyota-Blue rear, large Red Line Oil logo on sides, fades to the black front. D-

JR Todd Kaletta Air Toyota-Black with red and white stripes and Kaletta Air logos on sides and top. A+

JR Todd MAD Creative Toyota-Orange and white with a “transparent” motif.  A+

Billy Torrence Capco Toyota Camry-Black with red lettering and camo-esque design on front. D-

Steve Torrence-See Billy Torrence above. D-

TJ Zizzo Rustoleum Dodge-Red front, white middle and rear. Stripe is painted with removable paint and is changed during the season. A+

FUNNY CAR

Blake Alexander Monroe Shocks Dodge-New scheme fo2015, all black with Monroe Shocks logos on side. A+

Jeff Arend Bucky’s Chevy-All black with Bucky’s logos on sides and hood. A+

Jack Beckman Infinite Hero Challenge Dodge-Black with Infinite Hero Challenge logos on sides and hood. A+

Bob Bode Ar-Bee’s/Taylor Motorsports Products Toyota-Red Ar-Bee’s on side, yellow Taylor Motorsports Products logos on hood. D+

John Bojec Speed City Toyota-Black with blue and silver stripes, and Speed City logos on sides and hood. B+

Ron Capps NAPA Dodge-Blue with yellow around the scoops, and a sublimated design on the scoops, NAPA logos on sides and hood. A

Alexis DeJoria-Patron Incendio Toyota-Red, Yellow, and black with an oval motif. B-

Jeff Diehl JDR Toyota-Blue, white and black, angle design on sides, around JDR logos. B-

Courtney Force Traxas Chevy SS-Multi-colored stripe design across whole car. F

John Force Chevy Chevy SS-White with a black stripe at the bottom with Chevy logos on sides and hood. A+

Terry Haddock Diamond Technologies Toyota-Black with Diamond Technologies logos on sides and hood. A+

Matt Hagan Mopar Dodge-Black with blue and yellow paint streak designs up the sides, sideways Mopar logo on sides, straight Mopar on hood. C+

Matt Hagan Rocky Boots Dodge-Green with red and black stripes up the sides and hood, straight Rocky Boots logo on sides and hood. A+

John Hale ALO Drink Dodge-White with green and yellow stripes up the sides. C-

John Hale Moon Eyes Dodge-All white with Moon Eyes logos on sides and hood. A+

Chad Head Head Inc Toyota-Red, Black and silver with a tattoo design up the sides, and red hood with a Head Inc. logo. F

Chad Head Areoburner Toyota-White with red stripes on front and back, with Taylor Areoburner logos on sides and hood. C-

Robert Height AAA Chevy SS-An original take on the AAA design, cutting edge design on sides, blue and white up the sides. B+

Tommy Johnson Jr. Make A Wish Foundation Dodge Charger-Light blue front, fades to dark blue with a cloud motif around the scoops. B-

Dom Lagana Nitro Ninja Toyota-Black with red and white oval on sides, Nitro Ninja on sides. A+

Cruz Pedregon Snap On Toyota-Black with white Snap On logos and a red stripe up the side. A+

Cruz Pedregon Snap On Own It Toyota-Black sides with Snap On logos, red Own It and red stripe up the roof. B-

Cruz Pedregon Wix Filers Toyota-Black with green stripes and Wix Filters logos up the sides and hood. C-

Cruz Pedregon Snap On 95th Anniversary Toyota-Black and red with Snap On 95th Anniversary logos on sides and hood. B+

Tony Pedregon American Racing Custom Wheels Toyota-Black with red and gold American Racing Custom Wheels logos up the sides and on the hood. A+

Tony Pedregon Mark Christopher Auto Center Toyota-Black with Mark Christopher logos on sides and hood. A+

Tony Pedregon Micro Strategies Toyota-White with a blue front. A+

Tim Wilkerson Levi Ray and Shoop Ford-Red, yellow, white and black stripes across front, all white sides with Levi Ray and Shoop logos on sides. C-

Del Worsham DHL Toyota-Yellow with DHL on sides and hood, large black stripes on hood, small stripes on sides. C-

Paint Scheme Grades-July 25, 2015

Austin Dillon #3 NRA Museum Chevy SS-Good color scheme, good design, A+.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Utility Chevy SS-Same as Dow scheme, B+.

Auston Dillon #3 Dow Agro Sciences Chevy SSGood color scheme, good design, A+.

Alex Bowman #7 Advance Auto Parts Chevy SSGood color scheme, good design, A+.

Alex Bowman #7 Marsh Supermarkets Chevy SS-The red/green color scheme that Marsh uses doesn’t translate well to flames. It’s still a good design though, so I’ll give it a B+.

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion– B+.

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy Black Chevy SS-The scheme works much better than the current GoDaddy scheme, but that yellow roof just takes away from the overall motif, and earns a C+.

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevy SS-Overall color scheme is great, the design is horrible, and it averages out to a C+.

Clint Bowyer #15 Casey’s General Store Toyota Camry-The Bowyer template actually works here, with the color scheme.  I give it an A-.

Clint Bowyer #15 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry-The half template scheme works quite well with this scheme, and it has a much smoother look, so I’ll give it an A+.

Greg Biffle #16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Fusion-Another instance of a great color scheme ruined by horrible design.  The white/black/red/green color scheme works well…just not with this design.  I’ll give it a C-.

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Center Toyota Camry-Same as Interstate Batteries scheme, same F grade.

Carl Edwards #19 Minions Toyota Camry-Good color scheme, good design, A+.

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt Made In America Toyota Camry-Good color scheme, good design, A+.

Ryan Blaney #21 Snap On Ford Fusion-Good color scheme, good design, A+.

Ryan Blaney #21 SKF Ford Fusion-Good color scheme, good design, A+.

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader/Pennzoil Ford Fusion-Two sponsors with ugly schemes amalgamated into one scheme is just moronic, and I’ll be kind and give it a D.

JJ Yeley #23 TraqGear/CoolShirt Toyota CamryGood color scheme, good design, A+.

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta Throwback Chevy SSIn a year of great throwback schemes, this is one of the best, A+.

Jeff Gordon #24 AARP Member Advantages/Chase Credit Cards Chevy SSGood color scheme, good design, A+.

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta “It’s Been a Great Ride” Chevy SSWould love to see the throwback scheme at Homestead, but this is a great scheme. A+.

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Nebco Chevy SSGood color scheme, good design, A+.

Boris Said #32 SPG Ford FusionGood color scheme, good design, A+.

Boris Said #32 Genesee Beer Ford FusionA great AMC throwback design. A+.

Michael McDonald #32 Draft Demons Ford Fusion-Whoof.  F

Josh Wise #32 Brandeis Machinery Ford Fusion-Take an awful paint scheme, and give it an even worse color scheme, and you will earn an F every single time.

Brian Scott #33 Shore Lodge Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Cole Whitt #35 KFC Ford FusionGood color scheme, good design, A+.

David Gilliland #38 Florida Lottery Ford Fusion-The color scheme would work without the design, the design would work without the color scheme.  They just don’t work well together. C+

David Gilliland #38 FFA/CSX Ford Fusion-I think the FFA motif is a bit overdone, but the color scheme is good, and the overall design works well too. B+

Landon Cassill #40 Interstate Moving/Precon Chevy SSGood color scheme, good design, A+.

Kyle Larson #42 Coca Cola/Target Chevy SS-Coca Cola doens’t often sponsor a car, but when they do it always looks good, and this is no exception.  A+

Michael Annett #46 Pilot Camo Throwback Chevy SS-This is a bit of a throwback scheme to the design Alan Kulwiki raced in the 1991 Daytona 500.  I like the BDU style too.  I’m gonna ignore the camo -1 letter grade rule and give this car an A+.

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Better than Bullion Chevy SSGood color scheme, good design, A+.

Justin Allgaier #51 Trademark Chevy SSGood color scheme, good design, A+.

Michael Annett #46 Switch Hitch Chevy SS-Good color scheme, good design, A+.

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Anest Iwata Toyota Camry-Good color scheme, good design, A+.

Josh Wise #98 Big Red/Xyience Ford Fusion-Whoof again! F.

Duality in a Pit Crew Suit

[Editor’s Note: I’m on vacation for July, and I will not update the tracker or paint scheme grades until August. In the meantime, I’ve got articles ready to go on Fridays. DGF]

chip1 - CopyBy David G. Firestone

Nomex is a great material for driver suits. It will protect the driver in the event of a fire, with no health issues, unlike asbestos. It is much more comfortable to wear than chemical dipped cotton, and much more durable. It does however have one major drawback. Should the material get burned, and discolored, the whole suit becomes useless. The discolored area of the suit will not protect the driver from fire.

The damage from fire can’t be fixed. This is why there are multiple suits issued to drivers Contrary to what a lot of people believe, cleaning a Nomex suit won’t reduce the fire protection, in fact it will help. This is why when photo-matching, drivers can often be seen in the same basic design, with some very slight differences. Fire protection is key for drivers and crew members alike.

These are two of the exact same suit, issued to a crew member named Chip. chip1 - Copychip1 chip2They were sponsored by Stock Building Supply, which has a number of stores in 13 states. I’m gonna show both suits at the same time, to show how similar they are. The suit is made by Deist, though isn’t SFI certified. The collar has a Velcro-shut design with a DEIST logo on it, with a warranty tag underneath. chip1-collar chip1-tag chip2-collar chip2-tagThe shoulders, chip1-rshoulder chip2-rshoulder chip1-lchest chip2-lshoulderbelt, chip1-belt chip2-beltand legs chip1-legs chip2-legshave no designs on them. The front has a STOCK BUILDING SUPPLY logo on it. chip1-flogo chip2-flogoThe sleeves have green and white stripes, and DEIST logos embroidered into them. chip1-lsleeve1 chip1-lsleeve2 chip2-lsleeve chip2-lsleeve2The only difference between the two suits is that one has CHIP written on the top of the right sleeve. chip1-rsleeve1 chip1-rsleeve2 chip2-rsleeve1 chip2-rsleeve2The back of the neck has a DEIST tag.chip1b chip2bchip1-neck chip2-neckThe back torso has a STOCK BUILDING SUPPLY logo and a DEIST SAFETY logo embroidered into it. chip1-blogo chip2-blogoThis duality helped protect whoever Chip is, and it’s a good thing that neither suit suffered fire damage, and Chip wasn’t at any risk. Nomex has been the standard since 1967, and I see no signs of that changing in the foreseeable future.

Check back next week, when we shift from four wheels to two…

DGF2099 Productions-Introduction to Press Kits-Morgan Shepherd 1995 Wood Brothers/Citgo Press Kit

Morgan Shepherd had a decent season in 1995, though he didn’t win a race, he did score 4 top 5’s and 10 top 10’s. This press kit, complete with driver, owner and sponsor information, along with several inserts is in great condition.

Getting My Kicks At The Lucas Oil NHRA Route 66 Nationals!

gainesticketBy David G. Firestone

Every year, I take a month-long vacation in the summer, which coincides with the NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals. I love drag racing, and the Route 66 Nationals is the NHRA’s stop on the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series tour. I go with friends from work, and every year, we have a great time.

Mother Nature was not in the kindest of moods on Saturday. Friday Night Qualifying went off without a hitch. I did get to watch the Jeg’s All-Stars race their elimination races. 2015-7-11-NHRA-1 2015-7-11-NHRA-5 2015-7-11-NHRA-4 2015-7-11-NHRA-3 2015-7-11-NHRA-2After the Jeg’s All Stars on Saturday, it began to rain. The rain continued to fall for several hours, during which time, I wandered around the pits. I got to meet Driver Suit Blog favorites Tony Schumacher 2015-7-11-NHRA-schumacherand Ron Capps. 2015-7-11-NHRA-cappsEvery year, I get the chance to ask Tony Schumacher a question, and the video below is of how that went.

I got a #1 qualifier interview cap from The Thunder Valley Nationals on eBay, and I got it signed by Schumacher, Capps, Tommy Johnson Jr., Fast Jack Beckman, Erica Enders-Stevens, JR Todd, Alexis DeJoria, and John Force.nhrahat-1 nhrahat-4 nhrahat-3 nhrahat-2 The story behind these interview hats is interesting. Mello Yello gives these hats out to drivers at events, and there are a series of different colors. For qualifying and round winners who don’t wear a sponsor hat after getting out of a car for an interview, they are given either a gray, nhrahat-greyorange, nhrahat-orangeor black hat. nhrahat-blackThey are all of the same design. For the driver who qualifies #1, they are given a green hat, with a #1 Qualifier patch with their respective class. nhrahat-1 nhrahat-5 nhrahat-6 nhrahat-7 nhrahat-8nhrahat-greenThe drivers who win the event get a yellow cap, with a winner patch to wear, similar in design to the #1 qualifier hat. nhrahat-yellowThe drivers who win the championship get a white hat. nhrahat-whiteDrivers wear these hats during interviews, except for John Force who prefers to wear his own hat for an interview after he qualifies #1 or wins.

Jack Beckman personalized my Infinite Hero Challenge Coin, and gave me a very heart felt thank you. ihc-2015-3 ihc-2015-4I also got one of Cruz Pedregon’s valve springs from his engine, pedregonspring-1 pedregonspring-2and a burnt hose cover. hosecover-2This is a perfect example of why Nomex is the go-to material for driver suits. This Nomex hose cover went through a serious fire, and was burnt. Nomex isn’t fireproof, it’s fire retardant, which means it will burn, but much slower than most fabrics. It will burn, but will protect whatever it is covering from fire damage for a brief time. The easy way to see if the material has been compromised is if the fabric is discolored. Notice the areas of light on the black fabric, that means that area of the fabric has been compromised. hosecover-1 hosecover-2 hosecover-3 hosecover-4 hosecover-5Driver suits, when burned, will show the same discoloration. Should the driver wear the suit, and suffer a similar fire, the suit won’t protect them, and serious burns can and will occur. It may seem like a waste, but countless drivers are alive and well today because of this property of Nomex.

After the rain subsided, and the track was dried, I got to watch round 3 of qualifying, which was supposed to happen at 1 pm, but took place at about 4 pm. It had a lot of good rounds, including TJ Zizzo’s explosion. We decided to go home after round 3, and as we were leaving, we saw the storm clouds were beckoning. 2015-7-11-NHRA-weatherRound 4, which started after we left was canceled due to another rainstorm.

Sunday’s weather was much better. After the first two rounds, I wandered around the pits getting hero cards, and autographs. I got pictures with, and autographs from, Driver Suit Blog favorite Vieri “V” Gaines, 2015-7-12-NHRA-gaines gainesticketJR Todd, todd1 todd2Courtney Force, 2015-7-12-NHRA-courtneyforceand John Force.2015-7-12-NHRA-johnforce force1 force2 I filmed one of Antron Brown’s engine tests, filmed some slow motion video, and got to see Solid Rock, a 1971 Ford Mustang funny car.2015-7-11-NHRA-solidrock1 2015-7-11-NHRA-solidrock2 2015-7-11-NHRA-solidrock3In the end, Tony Schumacher, Tommy Johnson Jr, Allen Johnson, and Hector Arana Jr. won their classes, I got a sunburn, and had a great time, and I can’t wait to go back next year.

DGF2099 Productions-Introduction to Press Kits-Mark Martin 1995 Roush Racing/Valvoline Press Kit.

In 1995, Mark Martin had a great season. He had 4 wins, 13 top 5’s and 22 top 10’s. This press kit, complete with season information on Mark Martin and Roush Racing’s season and career, is in great condition.

My Thoughts On The One Thing That Unites Us All

By David G. Firestone

What do Dale Earnhardt Jr., the Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Browns, religion, and the lottery have in common? At first, it might seem like nothing. None of those things might seem to have anything in common with each other, but it isn’t the things themselves, it’s the hope of the people who support them.

The Chicago Cubs have gone 107 years without winning a World Series. The Cleveland Browns have never been to a Super Bowl. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has never won a Sprint Cup Championship, but all three are united by the undying hope of their fans. Human beings all have hope, but human beings need something to hope for, and something to inspire hope. For many, religion is that outlet. For others, it is their sports teams. For many, the hope that they could win millions in the lottery is that beacon of hope.

The history of the lottery in the United States dates back to the 1600’s, while Europe was colonizing North America. Many colonies saw gambling as harmless fun, but as English investors waned to profit from the New World, this changed quickly. As time went on, each of the 13 original colonies had a lottery system in place to help fund the colonies. It became a civic duty to play the lottery. Recessions, scandals, and corruption had almost eliminated the lottery in the United States by 1868.

In 1934, Puerto Rico, then a US colony, started a legal lottery. It would take 30 years, but in 1964, New Hampshire started a lottery. Since then, 44 of 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Washington DC, and the US Virgin Islands have lotteries. Alabama, Mississippi, and Utah don’t have lotteries due to religious objections. Nevada has the gambling industry, and they don’t want competition, and Alaska and Hawaii, not being mainland states, aren’t worried about losing tickets out of state.

The lottery takes several forms. Scratch off tickets, first introduced in the 1970’s, are a very popular method of playing the lottery. There are many different kinds of games, with different rules. Pick 3, pick 4, main drawing, and Powerball have their origin in “numbers games.” Numbers games were popular in poorer areas of the country, especially urban areas. The game works by drawing balls that had numbers to pick the winner. A similar game was popular in South Florida and Cuba called “Bolita” or “little ball” was where betters would bet on which number would be pulled out of a bag containing 100 numbered balls.

All the pre 1934 lotteries had one major drawback that kept them from being as accepted as it is today. They were easily rigged, and people lost money on the racketeering that took place around them. Today, the equipment, the drawing, the tickets, and every other aspect is heavily supervised and regulated so that this kind of cheating is not possible.

Anyone who thinks that lottery balls are ping pong balls has another guess coming. Lottery balls are specifically purpose designed. Made by Beitel Lottery Equipment, or Smartplay International, the balls are kept very secure at all times. According to Lotto Life, they are kept in safes, with 24 hour surveillance equipment focused on all aspects of the drawing. It isn’t known which of the machines, and which set of the lotto balls would be used until 90 minutes before the drawing.

After their life in the machine is over, what happens to the multi-colored balls that so many have placed their hope in? In many cases, they are kept by the lottery. In very rare instances, they are sold to the general public, like this example from the first Colorado Lottery.lottoball-6 - Copy (2)

The Colorado Lottery started on January 24, 1989, the first Colorado Lottery Drawing took place. It took place on Saturdays, and 42 numbers were drawn. In total, there are 1,405,006,117,752,879,898,543,142,606,244,511,569,936,384,000,000,000 different combination. This ball was one of at least two sets used.lottoball-1 It was made by the Beitel Lottery Products company in Trenton New Jersey, and their logo is still embedded in the ball. lottoball-6 - CopyTo protect the secrecy of the makeup of the balls, it has been encased in Lucite. It has a plaque stating it was from “Set B” and was used from January 24, 1989 to March 4, 1995, just over 6 years of use. These were given to former employees, media members, and players.lottoball-1 lottoball-2 lottoball-3 lottoball-4 lottoball-5 lottoball-6

Hope binds us all, we all have hope, and we all need something to hope for. Without hope, we truly have nothing. No matter where it comes from, it binds us all. So whatever hope means to you, I wish you the best.

By the way, if you, like me, are curious as to how they encase something like this in Lucite, this video should help explain it.

NASCAR Napkin Rings Part 2

[Editor’s Note: I’m on vacation for July, and I will not update the tracker or paint scheme grades until August. In the meantime, I’ve got articles ready to go on Fridays. DGF]

jarretring1-7By David G. Firestone

In January, I discussed NASCAR race winner napkin rings. These were brass rings that were given to crew members at banquets after the season. I had only seen Bobby Labonte, and Jeff Burton, but I came across a couple of Dale Jarrett rings recently. Dale Jarrett is a former NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, having won in 1999. He won 3 Daytona 500’s, in 1993, 1996, and 2000. He won a total of 32 Sprint Cup and 11 Xfinity Series races.

In 1993, he won the Daytona 500, the race came down to the white flag as Dale Jarrett passed Dale Earnhardt in what became known as “The Dale and Dale Show.” With his father Ned in the broadcast booth calling the race, Dale Jarrett won the race, his second career victory. His first, incidentally, came at Michigan in 1991, while driving by the Wood Brothers. This ring was made for the banquet. jarretring1-1It shows some wear on the inside. The top is a traditional design, jarretring1-1one side has a picture of Dale Jarrett, his signature and #18. jarretring1-2The other side has a picture of the car sandwiched in between INTERSTATE BATTERIES RACING and JOE GIBBS RACE TEAM. jarretring1-4The inside shows some wear in the form of spots.jarretring1-3 jarretring1-5 jarretring2-6

In 1994, he won his third race, the Mello Yello 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He won after an engine failure claimed Geoff Bodine and a late crash destroyed the cars of Ricky Rudd and Jeff Gordon. This ring, almost identical in design to the Daytona 500 ring was prepared for the banquet. The only difference is that the #18 in the center of the top of the ring is in yellow, as the race was sponsored by Mello Yello. jarretring2-1 jarretring2-2 jarretring2-4The small spots on the Daytona 500 ring are present here as well.jarretring2-3 jarretring2-5 jarretring1-6

I’m still on vacation, but I’ve got something fun prepared for next week…stay tuned!

Sampling Flame Body Spray, The Burger King Body Spray

I sampled Flame, Fire Meets Desire Body Spray from Burger King so you don’t have to.  I don’t know why I hate myself this much…

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