Paint Scheme Grades-January 16, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D+ grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang-I think the side designs are over done, but the car does have a good look, and a good color scheme, so I’ll give it a B.

Wheel Reviews-The Roaring Road

By David G. Firestone

While short silent films are easy to watch, there are also longer, multi-reel full movies that without audio can be difficult to watch sometimes. This is also true when it comes to more serious movies. One such example is the 1919 Wallace Reid classic The The Roaring Road. It’s a decent movie, but can be difficult to watch.

The movie starts with with a title card describing “the four hundred mile Santa Monica race, known as the grand prize, has long been a classic event in motor-dom, but has never been won three times by any one make of car.” Short aside, I should use the term “motor-dom” more often. There is a brief shot of racing before we get a title card introducing “J. D. Ward, nicknamed “the Bear,” President of the Darco Motor Company. Theodore Roberts.” Roberts is the actor playing Ward. The shot then turns to footage of an actual bear sitting at a desk, which fades to the character of J. D. Ward. Another title card states that he has won the Grand Prize with the Darco Ninety, and he wants to win a third one.

Ward gets a phone call telling him that his cars will be in town later that day. Ward meets with the drivers, and they talk about the race. We are then introduced to Wallace Thomas Walden, better known as Toodles, who is Ward’s best salesman, and played by Wallace Reid. Toodles wants to race in the Grand Prize, but Ward won’t let an amateur race in his cars. Toodles enjoys taking his anger about this situation out on motor cops. He proceeds to outrun a motorcycle cop.

Then we get introduced to Dorothy Ward, referred to as “The Bear’s motherless cub.” Toodles wants Dorothy’s hand in marriage. Dorothy and Toodles meet and talk, and then The Bear calls Fred Wheeler in to explain his resignation. The scene shifts between Fred and The Bear , and Dorothy and Toodles. Toodles gets suggested to replace Fred, and The Bear gets a test. While Toodles passes the test, he quits in anger. Tom Darby, a Darco mechanic is introduced. As if this isn;t bad enough, the tran carrying the race cars has wrecked, and Darco is out of the race.

Inspecting the wreckage, Dorothy, Tom, and Toodles hatch a plan to enter a Darco in the race, by salvaging the three wrecked cars into one car. The Bear is not happy, but because Toodles owns the car himself, The Bear can’t stop him from entering the race. The 400 mile race starts. The Bear is not sold on the “Three-in-One” but the car starts to show speed. The Bear is still negative about the situation. As the race continues, Dorothy tries to convince The Bear that this isn’t an act of revenge, but Toodles and Tom really trying to win the race.

Then The Bear gets a signed contract from Toodles, and The Bear. The letter contains a threat to slow down on lap 40. The Bear doesn’t want to sign, but by lap 38 out of 40, Toodles is in the lead. Toodles goes through on his threat to throw the race by slowing on lap 40, but then roars back into first. Toodles wins the race, and The Bear and Darco win their third Grand Prize. All is forgiven between The Bear and Toodles, but there is tension, when Toodles asks for Dorothy’s hand in marriage. The Bear responds by saying that she won’t get married for 5 years.

This does not sit well with Toodles, who vents to Dorothy, without realizing that The Bear is listening. As this is happening, we learn that Rexton, the main competitor to Darco has been disqualified from the record from San Francisco to Los Angeles, supposedly with Toodles behind the wheel. The Bear is furious, and calls Toodles into his office, demanding an explanation. Before he can talk, Toodles tells The Bear that the wedding is next week. The Bear shows Toodles the newspaper, and demands answers. Toodles quits and messes up The Bear’s office, and leaves. The Bear calls his pro drivers to beat the Rexton San Francisco to LA record. There will be a total ban on road racing soon, and none of the pro drivers can make it, so The Bear enlists the help of Toodles, who rejects him.

The Bear tries to convince Dorothy that she and Toodles are done, and they are moving starting that night. This is part of a plan hatched by The Bear to get Toodles back in a car for the record attempt. It’s then revealed that Toodles has been jailed for 10 days for speeding. After a long scene of Toodles in jail, he is broken out by Tom. Tom provides Toodles with a stock car, and the chase is on. While Tom pretends to send a telegram, he officially records the start of Toodles’ attempt. It’s at this point, that I notice that Toodles and Tom are racing while wearing sunglasses AT NIGHT! The Bear is nervously chain smoking.

While racing, Tom and Toodles have to deal with hazards, such as roads closed, and getting stuck. The run continues into the night. The Bear and Dorothy continue their train trip while Toodles continues his run. Eventually, the two vehicles meet. The Darco races in front of the train, and makes it to San Francisco. The Rexton record is beaten by an hour, and The Bear allows Dorothy and Toodles to be married.

I really liked this movie, though the lack of sound made it hard to follow sometimes. The only real thing I didn’t like was J.D. The Bear Ward. He isn’t a true antagonist in certain points. Also, I don’t like that every time he is on screen, he is smoking a cigar. Still, I like this movie so I’ll give it an A-.

Next Week, the sequel to The Roaring Road, Excuse My Dust.

Paint Scheme Tracker-January 13, 2021

By David G. Firestone

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford MustangNo Change. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. D+

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, green with white and dark green stripes. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo Change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, redesign with a series of sublimated designs. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white fade to green fade to red with sublimated designs. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue curves and stripes. A

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with red and white stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with a series of black stripes. A-

Christopher Bell #20 Irwin Tools Toyota CamryNo change. C

Christopher Bell #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with red and black stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black and red with stripes and designs. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford MustangNo change. C

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, white with red flames and red and blue stripes. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2021, gray with black and red cutting edge designs. B

Paint Scheme Grades-January 9, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang-I think the sublimated designs are over done, and the white stripe isn’t great. Still it’s not bad, so I’ll give it a B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-It’s way too over designed and it just looks ugly. F

Chase Elliott #9 LLumar Window Film Chevy Camaro-I love a good fade, and this is a great fade. The sublimated designs work well, and this gets an A.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look with a great design scheme, and that will ALWAYS earn an A.

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same C- grade.

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota Camry-An amazing looking scheme with a great color scheme. This gets an A.

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota Camry-I think the stripes are a bit over done, but it’s not a bad scheme so I’ll give it an A-

Christopher Bell #20 Irwin Tools Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Christopher Bell #20 Stanley Toyota Camry-Nothing to complain about here! This is an amazing scheme. A

Christopher Bell #20 Craftsman Toyota Camry-Take an amazing color scheme, give it an ugly design scheme, and you have the recipe for a C scheme.

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D+ grade.

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy Camaro– really like the simple look here, and the color scheme is great, so I’ll give this an A.

Wheel Reviews-Kid Auto Races at Venice-1914

By David G. Firestone

What can be said about Charlie Chaplain that hasn’t already been said. The man was a legend in silent film, with his trademark character known as “The Tramp.” He was a man who knew comedy, and who could attract an audience to a cinema like few before or since. Chaplain comedies were gold during the silent era, but Chaplain had a hard time adjusting to sound in his movies, and as such, his career took a bit of a downturn. This downturn would eventually spiral with a series of controversies, on and off screen. By 1952, Chaplain would see himself banned from reentry into the United States, and spent the rest of his life in Europe, where he died in 1977.

Wikipedia describes The Tramp as follows: “The physical attributes of the Tramp include a pair of abnormally large baggy pants, an abnormally tight coat, an abnormal bowler hat, an abnormally large pair of shoes, an abnormally springy and flexible cane, and an abnormal toothbrush moustache- a mass of contradictions, as Chaplin wanted it to be. The Tramp walks strangely and uncomfortably because of the ill-fitting clothing; either he is wearing secondhand clothes, or they are originally his but he can’t afford new ones, which brings us to the conclusion that the Tramp may have seen better days, but he maintains the attitude and demeanor of a high-class individual; as long as he acts like one he can believe that he is one, and is able to keep his hope that some day he actually will be again.

Chaplian himself stated :”I wanted everything to be a contradiction: the pants baggy, the coat tight, the hat small and the shoes large … I added a small moustache, which, I reasoned, would add age without hiding my expression. I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the makeup made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked on stage he was fully born.”

While the world knew of The Tramp’s many movies, few remember that the first appearance of the character was in a racing film. Chaplain and director Henry Lehrman attended the 1914 Junior Vanderbilt Cup in Santa Monica, California. There, they shot Kid Auto Races at Venice.

The film features Chaplian trying to stand in front of a camera filming the races, much to the chagrin of the camera crew. At one point, the camera angle switches to film the camera that Chaplian is standing in front of. It’s a very simple premise, but boy does it work! This is not only a funny movie in its own right, but it’s also the launch pad for a legendary career. I can’t say anything bad about this, so it gets an A.

Next week, we switch from comedy to action and romance.

Paint Scheme Tracker-January 6, 2021

By David G. Firestone

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford MustangNo Change. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, green with white and dark green stripes. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo Change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, redesign with a series of sublimated designs. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white fade to green fade to red with sublimated designs. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue curves and stripes. A

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with red and white stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with a series of black stripes. A-

Christopher Bell #20 Irwin Tools Toyota CamryNo change. C

Christopher Bell #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with red and black stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black and red with stripes and designs. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford MustangNo change. C

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. D

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, white with red flames and red and blue stripes. A

Wheel Reviews-The Speed King-1913

By David G. Firestone

Before we get to the movie review, I have some housekeeping to take care of. I’m starting a new job soon, so I won’t have as much time to devote to The Driver Suit Blog as I once did. As such, I will only do Friday Features every other week. The Tracker and Grades will be unaffected. With that out of the way, let’s get to the review:

I have a great deal of respect for silent movies. Nowadays anyone can shoot their own shows for YouTube, with the greatest technology a person can have. Back when movies first started in 1894, sound technology wasn’t even close to being a thing, so “moving pictures”, which movies were called, had no sound, and usually, at theaters, there was someone playing a piano for the audience. Once movies with sound, or “talkies” became a thing, silent film was done pretty much for good.

It’s easy to dismiss silent films as obsolete, but these movies can be really entertaining. Guys like Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, and Charlie Chaplin made the genre their own, and produced some very hilarious films over the years. One of the most popular stars of the silent era was Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. While Arbuckle was known for his movies, he is better known for the death of Virginia Rappe, at a party at the St. Francis Hotel, in San Francisco. While Arbuckle was not responsible for her death, the press at the time painted a picture of Arbuckle as a violent rapist, which would destroy his career. History has since vindicated Arbuckle, but that was of little comfort to a comedian who had everything stolen from him.

One of Fatty Arbuckle’s early roles was in a 1913 Keystone film named The Speed Kings.

It stars Ford Sterling as Papa, Mabel Normand as Mabel, and Teddy Tetzlaff, Earl Cooper, and Barney Oldfield as themselves. The plot is that Mabel and Papa are going to watch the races, Papa is a fan of Cooper, whereas Mabel is a fan of Tetzlaff. While Cooper and Papa are talking, Tetzlaff and Mabel sneak off to a bench for some alone time before the race. Papa decided to sabotage Tetzlaff’s car to keep him from winning the race and his daughters heart.

The day of the race comes, and Papa and Mabel attend. They briefly see Barney Oldfield in his car, and in that same brief sequence, Fatty Arbuckle also make an appearance. Mabel goes to see Tetzlaff, and this enrages her father. She takes a seat, and the race begins. The racing footage itself was from several races, so it does look kind of odd, but it’s not bad. Given the technical limitations, some of the footage shot for the short is really good.

During the race, Mabel goes on to the track and stands next to Fatty Arbuckle, who waves the flag. An argument ensues, Papa attacks Fatty, and Mabel and Papa have a chase back to their seats. Papa’s sabotage works, and Tetzlaff’s car is damaged, forcing him and his mechanic to pull over and fix it, losing the lead to Cooper. Cooper wins the race, and Papa tells Cooper that Mabel is his, though Mabel runs towards Tetzlaff. Mabel and Tetzlaff embrace, while Papa decides to have another fight with Arbuckle, as the movie comes to an end.

While I did enjoy this movie overall, there were a few issues. First, the race footage looks odd when compared to more polished movies. Sometimes the race is on a track, other times it is on public roads. The second, and bigger problem is Papa. Papa is played by Ford Sterling, a well-known and respected silent film veteran. My problem with Papa is that Sterling is way too over the top with his facial and body expressions, especially when compared to the rest of the cast. He is overacting, while everyone else is acting normally, and it just looks odd. Still, I like the movie, so I’ll give it an A-.

Next week, a Charlie Chaplain classic from 1914.

2020 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 4-The Grand Finale

By David G. Firestone

Well, all the votes have been counted, and the final Paint Scheme Leaderboard is complete. Without further ado, the final post of 2020:

1-Beard Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 46 of 47

Number of Schemes: 1

GPA: 4.00

2-Kaulig Racing #16 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 1

GPA: 4.00

3-Rick Ware Racing #54 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 15 of 18

Number of Schemes: 1

GPA: 4.00

4-Motorsports Business Management #49 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 4

GPA: 3.90

5-Rick Ware Racing #52 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 36 of 47

Number of Schemes: 6

GPA: 3.88

6-Premium Motorsports #15 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 15 of 47

Number of Schemes: 8

GPA: 3.87

7-Hendrick Motorsports #24 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 4 of 47

Number of Schemes: 8

GPA: 3.66

8-Hendrick Motorsports #88 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 24 of 47

Number of Schemes: 16

GPA: 3.56

9-Team Penske #12 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 6 of 47

Number of Schemes: 19

GPA: 3.56

10-Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 10 of 47

Number of Schemes: 17

GPA: 3.51

11-Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 31 of 47

Number of Schemes: 9

GPA: 3.50

12-JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 1 of 47

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 3.50

13-Chip Ganassi Racing #1 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 35 of 47

Number of Schemes: 2

GPA: 3.50

14-Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 18 of 47

Number of Schemes: 15

GPA: 3.44

15-B.J. McLeod Motorsports #78 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 3.42

16-Rick Ware Racing #53 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 29 of 47

Number of Schemes: 22

GPA: 3.33

17-Richard Petty Motorsports #43 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 16 of 47

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 3.30

18-Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 11 of 47

Number of Schemes:

GPA: 3.22

19-Front Row Racing #38 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 45 of 47

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 3.15

20-Tommy Baldwin Racing #7 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year:N/A

Number of Schemes: 16

GPA: 3.12

21-Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 13 of 47

Number of Schemes: 14

GPA: 3.12

22-Stewart-Haas Racing #10 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 25 of 47

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 3.11

23-Richard Childress Racing #3 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 30 of 47

Number of Schemes: 14

GPA: 3.04

24-Team Penske #2 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 9 of 47

Number of Schemes: 13

GPA: 3.02

25-Spire Motorsports #77 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 7 of 47

Number of Schemes: 15

GPA: 3.00

26-Chip Ganassi Racing #42 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 28 of 47

Number of Schemes: 5

GPA: 3.00

27-Front Row Racing #36 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 34 of 47

Number of Schemes: 1

GPA: 3.00

28-Gaunt Brothers Racing #96 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 8 of 47

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 2.97

29-Rick Ware Racing #51 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 39 of 47

Number of Schemes: 25

GPA: 2.90

30-Premium Motorsports #27 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 17 of 47

Number of Schemes: 13

GPA: 2.90

31-StarCom Racing #00 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 27 of 47

Number of Schemes: 14

GPA: 2.83

32-Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 21 of 47

Number of Schemes: 9

GPA: 2.82

33-Go FAS Racing #32 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 12 of 47

Number of Schemes: 23

GPA: 2.79

34-Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 22 of 47

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 2.77

35-Hendrick Motorsports #48 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 32 of 47

Number of Schemes: 8

GPA: 2.75

36-Roush-Fenway Racing #6 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 38 of 47

Number of Schemes: 20

GPA: 2.66

37-Leavine Family Racing #95 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 33 of 47

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 2.62

38-JTG Daugherty Racing #37 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 41 of 47

Number of Schemes: 16

GPA: 2.58

39-Hendrick Motorsports #9 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 23 of 47

Number of Schemes: 11

GPA: 2.53

40-Motorsports Business Management #66 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 5 of 47

Number of Schemes: 6

GPA: 2.22

41-Richard Childress Racing #8 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 20 of 47

Number of Schemes: 20

GPA: 2.08

42-Germain Racing #13 Chevy Camaro

Rank Last Year: 42 of 47

Number of Schemes: 7

43-Team Penske #22 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 44 of 47

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 1.81

44-Roush-Fenway Racing #17 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 47 of 47

Number of Schemes: 8

GPA: 1.75

45-Front Row Racing #34 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 26 of 47

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 1.40

46-Stewart-Hass Racing #41 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 6 of 18

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 1.33

Next Year, Wheel Reviews returns!

2020 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 3-Toyota

By David G. Firestone

The 2020 Paint Scheme Leaderboard rolls on, this week, it’s the Toyota teams time to shine!

1-Motorsports Business Management #49 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: N/A

Number of Schemes: 4

GPA: 3.90

2-Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 8 of 9

Number of Schemes: 9

GPA: 3.50

3-Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 4 of 9

Number of Schemes:

GPA: 3.22

4-Gaunt Brothers Racing #96 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 3 of 9

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 2.97

5-Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 6 of 9

Number of Schemes: 9

GPA: 2.82

6-Joe Gibbs Racing #19 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 7 of 9

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 2.77

7-Leavine Family Racing #95 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 9 of 9

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 2.62

8-Motorsports Business Management #66 Toyota Camry

Rank Last Year: 2 of 9

Number of Schemes: 6

GPA: 2.22

Next week, the Grand Finale!

2020 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 2-Ford

By David G. Firestone

This week, the 2020 Paint Scheme Leaderboard shifts focus to the blue oval. Ford’s rankings are up for this week.

1-Rick Ware Racing #54 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 15 of 18

Number of Schemes: 1

GPA: 4.00

2-Rick Ware Racing #52 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 12 of 18

Number of Schemes: 6

GPA: 3.88

3-Team Penske #12 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 1 of 18

Number of Schemes: 19

GPA: 3.56

4-Wood Brothers Racing #21 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 3 of 18

Number of Schemes: 17

GPA: 3.51

5-Stewart-Haas Racing #4 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 7 of 18

Number of Schemes: 15

GPA: 3.44

6-Rick Ware Racing #53 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 10 of 18

Number of Schemes: 22

GPA: 3.33

7-Front Row Racing #38 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 17 of 18

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 3.15

8-Stewart-Haas Racing #14 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 5 of 18

Number of Schemes: 14

GPA: 3.12

9-Stewart-Haas Racing #10 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 8 of 18

Number of Schemes: 12

GPA: 3.11

10–Team Penske #2 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 2 of 18

Number of Schemes: 13

GPA: 3.02

11-Front Row Racing #36 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 11 of 18

Number of Schemes: 1

GPA: 3.00

12-Rick Ware Racing #51 Chevy Camaro/Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 14 of 18

Number of Schemes: 25

GPA: 2.90

13-Go FAS Racing #32 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 4 of 18

Number of Schemes: 23

GPA: 2.79

14-Roush-Fenway Racing #6 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 13 of 18

Number of Schemes: 20

GPA: 2.66

15-Team Penske #22 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 16 of 18

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 1.81

16-Roush-Fenway Racing #17 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 18 of 18

Number of Schemes: 8

GPA: 1.75

17-Front Row Racing #34 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 9 of 18

Number of Schemes: 10

GPA: 1.40

18-Stewart-Hass Racing #41 Ford Mustang

Rank Last Year: 6 of 18

Number of Schemes: 7

GPA: 1.33

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