Paint Scheme Tracker-March 3, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, new side elements added. F

Quin Houff #00 8 Ball Whiskey Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with a series of stripes across car. B+

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue, with yellow, black, and teal stripes. F

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+

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black with orange stripes and roof. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Mobility Science Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black with red and white cutting edge designs on sides. A

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

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with green and white stripes. B+

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

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

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with blue and white waves on sides. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford MustangNo change. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

Corey LaJoie #7 Netflix’s “The Crew” Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black and green with a series of colored stripes, and designs. F

Corey LaJore #7 Marwin Sports Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, red and green, with white and black curves. C

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black and blue with waves on sides. A

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Rental Store Chevy CamaroNo change. A

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

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, dark green is gone, car has cleaned up design. A

Chase Elliott #9 Aftershoc Performance Energy Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black front, red rear, stripes in between. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2021, black with checkered flag motif. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange gradient to white. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, blue fade to green with white design on sides. C

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, white front, blue middle, white rear, with diagonal stripes, and design on front. 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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, Menard’s template with light blue. C

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Libman Ford MustangNo change. B

MBM MOTORSPORTS #13

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, red and black with stone and tractor motif. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

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

Chase Briscoe #14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black circle removed. A

RICK WARE RACING #15

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, much cleaner sides. A

Chris Windom #15 NOS Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue front, with orange stripes. A

James Davison #15 Signing Day Sports Ford MustangNo change. A-

James Davison #15 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, white. A

KAULIG RACING #16

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with black cutting edge designs. A-

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green with red and white accents. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

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

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

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

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

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, same as #20. A-

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

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Moen Ford MustangNo change. B+

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

23XI RACING #23

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, red with black and white stripes on sides. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, black with red diagonal stripes. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

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

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, light and dark red with yellow, blue, and green stripes. D

William Bryon #24 Axalta Electrolight Color Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, white front, green stripes, black rear. A-

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #36

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford MustangNo change. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNo change. C

Ryan Preece #37 Kroger/Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue waves on front, red with white waves on rear. F

Ryan Preece #37 Slim Jim Chevy CamaroNo change. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white sides and stripes. B

Anthony Alfredo #38 The Pete Store Ford MustangNo change. C

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

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

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ross Chastain #42 McDonald’s Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white removed, and sides are cleaned up. A

Ross Chastain #42 Chevrolet Accessories Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, yellow, and white with a series of designs on sides. F

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black accents. A-

Erik Jones #43 Petty’s Garage Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue and white wth some designs. A-

Erik Jones #43 Tide Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, orange front, yellow stripe, white rear, with blue accents. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue and white front, blue and orange rear. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Cottonelle Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, same as #37. C

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Tide Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, Kroger front, Tide rear. C.

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue, and pink with a series of cutting edge designs on sides. F

RICK WARE RACING #51

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with multicolored stripe. A

RICK WARE RACING #52

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford MustangNewsponsor for 2021, black and yellow with designs and white accents. D+

Josh Bilicki #52 Jacob Companies Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, same as 2019 #51 design. B

RICK WARE RACING #53

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

Garrett Smithley #53 Clix Wipers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white, black, and blue with a series of designs on sides. F

Garrett Smithley #53 Rich Mar Florist Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue and white with designs on sides. F

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, same as 2020, but blue replaces yellow. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red with black, red, and white designs. D-

Timmy Hill #66 CrashClaimsR.us Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with white and red curve. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, and black stripes on sides. C

Justin Haley #77 AirMedCare Network Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue and white, with a series of stripes on sides. C

Justin Haley #77 Diamond Creek Water Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with blue and white designs on sides. B

BJ MCLEOD MOTORSPORTS #78

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, blue with green and black front, pattern fade to black rear. C

BJ McLeod #78 Diecast Kings Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green front, black rear. A

Scott Heckert #78 Motorsport Games Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red, black, and white with a series of designs. F

BJ McLeod #78 Traxion.gg/Motorsport Games Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white and pink stripes, and various designs on sides. F

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black camo motif. F

Ty Dillon #96 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota CamryNo change. B-

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with multicolored designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 Camping World Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, blue with green designs on sides. B

Paint Scheme Grades-February 27, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Mobility Science Chevy Camaro-I like the smoother, sharper look this year’s car has, it’s a great scheme, and it gets an A.

Corey LaJoie #7 Netflix’s “The Crew” Chevy Camaro-I hate ugly, over designed messes, and this is as much of an ugly, over designed mess as any. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Rental Store Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy Camaro-Getting rid of the dark green, and cleaning up the sides took a B- scheme to an A scheme.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Libman Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

Chase Briscoe #14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang-The removal of the black circle cleans up the car a lot, and the car looks great as such. A

William Bryon #24 Axalta Electrolight Color Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the white is pointless, and the car would look better without it. A

Ryan Preece #37 Kroger/Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-One thing I hate is when a car has two different designs on the front and rear. This is an example. Either of these designs would work by themselves, but together they are awful. F

Anthony Alfredo #38 The Pete Store Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Ross Chastain #42 McDonald’s Chevy Camaro-This is a great scheme! It’s smooth, perfectly designed, and is an amazing look. A

Erik Jones #43 Petty’s Garage Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the white sections should be blue, with white lettering, which would be a much better look, still, this isn’t bad, so I’ll give this an A-.

Erik Jones #43 Tide Chevy Camaro-Get rid of the blue, and the dots, and this scheme would get an A, but with the dots, and the blue, this gets a B

Josh Bilicki #52 Jacob Companies Ford Mustang-Same scheme as 2019 #51 design, same B grade.

Garrett Smithley #53 Clix Wipers Chevy Camaro-I hate ugly, over designed messes, and this is as much of an ugly, over designed mess as any. F

Justin Haley #77 AirMedCare Network Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, but I hate the design scheme, so this gets a C

BJ McLeod #78 Diecast Kings Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Scott Heckert #78 Motorsport Games Ford Mustang-I hate ugly, over designed messes, and this is as much of an ugly, over designed mess as any. F

Ty Dillon #96 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

The Final Jack Beckman Infinite Hero Challenge Column

By David G. Firestone

I’ve discussed Jack Beckman on The Driver Suit Blog many times. He is a great driver, he connects with the fans, and he was kind enough to grant me an interview last year. I’ve been into the Infinite Hero Challenge Coin program since the beginning, and love collecting them. Well, I’m back with another profile of the coins.
Launched in 2011, The Infinite Hero Foundation “…is to combat the most difficult front line issues – mental and physical – facing returning military heroes and their families.” Military personnel returning from overseas deployment face long term employment, mental and physical problems that the majority of Americans don’t understand. They work with other non-profit veterans groups and give out grants to help service men and women cope with these long term problems.
In April 2014, they started appearing on the side of Jack Beckman’s funny car. The late Terry Chandler, who also sponsors Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Make a Wish Foundation Funny Car, is the financial backer of the car. She pays for Infinite Hero to race on the sides of the car. This also began the NHRA coin program. When Jack Beckman gets into his funny car to race, he carries Infinite Hero Challenge Coins in the pocket of his driver suit. Once the race is over, he will autograph them and sell them at the track and on eBay. They cost $100 with all proceeds going to the Infinite Hero Foundation.

The 2014 design is quite thick, and has a ridged edge. One side featured “Courage, Honor, Virtue, Heroism,” around a globe design with an Oakley logo. Oakley is a partner with the Infinite Hero Foundation. The other side features an Infinite Hero Foundation logo with purple enamel. The coin was placed in a round, flat plastic container, with black foam braces. The retail coin lacks the blue enamel that the coin that comes with the glasses coin, and future coins, and has a very plain look. I do like the plain look.Jack used was identical to the one sold in stores. Jack autographed the plastic case.   In 2014, this 1/24 scale die cast was produced. It is a full replica of Beckman’s funny car. Valvoline was a primary sponsor, and this was the only season Infinite Hero and Valvoline were together on the car. It’s also the only time that Infinite Hero Challenge appeared on the older Dodge funny car body. In 2015, the current body was introduced, and Pennzoil replaced Valvoline. Jack has autographed the windshield. A redesigned coin of the same size was introduced for 2015. The Oakley logos are gone. One side features a design similar to the globe design, but the globe design has been replaced with an American Flag design. “Courage, Honor, Virtue, Heroism” has been replaced with “Duty, Honor, Innovation, Courage.” The new emblem on the reverse side has one of the across bands removed. The new packaging is an upgrade, with the circular plastic cylinder replaced with an attractive box. It comes with a card that Jack Beckman autographed, and on the reverse it has the Infinite Hero Foundation Pledge. The first one is from The CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Phoenix on February 22, 2015, where Jack was eliminated in the first round. The second one is from the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, where Beckman won the event, beating Courtney Force in the final round. Also in 2015, these hero cards were produced. Hero cards are given away at racing events and driver appearances. They have Jack’s picture, and information about the driver, team, and the Infinite Hero Challenge. For 2016, the coins got a major makeover. The Infinite Hero logo is now bigger. The words “Reimagine” and “Recovery” are stamped near the logo, and on the opposite side, a picture of Jack’s funny car replaces the flag motif. It should also be noted that the coin is slightly smaller, because it isn’t as tight in the coin case as the previous version. The Infinite Hero Pledge accompanies the coin. Also changed from 2016, Jack doesn’t sign the box and the pledge, he just signs the pledge. The 2017 Infinite Hero coin is slightly larger than the 2016 coin, and fits snugly in the box. The pledge piece remains unchanged. The coin itself has a plain pewter Infinite Hero Challenge logo on one side, and a blue enameled claw stripe design with a hex nut design on the border. Hero cards are given away at racing events and driver appearances. They have Jack’s picture, and information about the driver, team, and the Infinite Hero Challenge. For 2016-2017, a new card design was introduced. It has updated information, as well as the updated paint scheme introduced at the beginning of the season. This year’s design is done in memory of the late Terry Chandler, who passed away from cancer prior to the 2017 event. The front has a heart design with Chandler’s initials. The back of the coin has the Infinite Hero logo, with blue enamel. Jack also autographed a copy of the Infinite Hero pledge. For 2018, a new Hero card design was released. The 2019 coin design features the features the Air Force seal, with SGR “FAST” JACK BECKMAN INFINITE HERO FUNNY CAR engraved on the outside. The standard Infinite Hero challenge logo is on the reverse. This was autographed by Jack at the Route 66 Nationals. The 2020 coin design depicts a solder calling for his troops to FOLLOW MW, with SGT “FAST” JACK BECKMAN SALUTES UNITED STATES ARMY 1772 2020 engraved on the outside. The standard Infinite Hero Challenge logo is on the reverse. This was autographed by Jack at the 2020 Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Indianapolis. Jack Beckman is a great driver, who races for a great sponsor, and supports a great cause. He has been really amazing not just to me, not just to to The Driver Suit Blog, but to the NHRA and their fan base. I’m glad he’s going to be racing for The Infinite Hero Challenge until at least 2020. As long as he is selling them, I will continue buying the Infinite Hero Challenge Coins, and promoting them on The Driver Suit Blog. I can’t wait to see next year’s coin design.

Next week, some race-worn gloves.

By David G. Firestone

I’ve discussed Jack Beckman on The Driver Suit Blog many times. He is a great driver, he connects with the fans, and he was kind enough to grant me an interview last year. I’ve been into the Infinite Hero Challenge Coin program since the beginning, and love collecting them. Well, I’m back with another profile of the coins.
Launched in 2011, The Infinite Hero Foundation “…is to combat the most difficult front line issues – mental and physical – facing returning military heroes and their families.” Military personnel returning from overseas deployment face long term employment, mental and physical problems that the majority of Americans don’t understand. They work with other non-profit veterans groups and give out grants to help service men and women cope with these long term problems.
In April 2014, they started appearing on the side of Jack Beckman’s funny car. The late Terry Chandler, who also sponsors Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Make a Wish Foundation Funny Car, is the financial backer of the car. She pays for Infinite Hero to race on the sides of the car. This also began the NHRA coin program. When Jack Beckman gets into his funny car to race, he carries Infinite Hero Challenge Coins in the pocket of his driver suit. Once the race is over, he will autograph them and sell them at the track and on eBay. They cost $100 with all proceeds going to the Infinite Hero Foundation.

The 2014 design is quite thick, and has a ridged edge. One side featured “Courage, Honor, Virtue, Heroism,” around a globe design with an Oakley logo. Oakley is a partner with the Infinite Hero Foundation. The other side features an Infinite Hero Foundation logo with purple enamel. The coin was placed in a round, flat plastic container, with black foam braces. The retail coin lacks the blue enamel that the coin that comes with the glasses coin, and future coins, and has a very plain look. I do like the plain look.Jack used was identical to the one sold in stores. Jack autographed the plastic case.   In 2014, this 1/24 scale die cast was produced. It is a full replica of Beckman’s funny car. Valvoline was a primary sponsor, and this was the only season Infinite Hero and Valvoline were together on the car. It’s also the only time that Infinite Hero Challenge appeared on the older Dodge funny car body. In 2015, the current body was introduced, and Pennzoil replaced Valvoline. Jack has autographed the windshield. A redesigned coin of the same size was introduced for 2015. The Oakley logos are gone. One side features a design similar to the globe design, but the globe design has been replaced with an American Flag design. “Courage, Honor, Virtue, Heroism” has been replaced with “Duty, Honor, Innovation, Courage.” The new emblem on the reverse side has one of the across bands removed. The new packaging is an upgrade, with the circular plastic cylinder replaced with an attractive box. It comes with a card that Jack Beckman autographed, and on the reverse it has the Infinite Hero Foundation Pledge. The first one is from The CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Phoenix on February 22, 2015, where Jack was eliminated in the first round. The second one is from the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, where Beckman won the event, beating Courtney Force in the final round. Also in 2015, these hero cards were produced. Hero cards are given away at racing events and driver appearances. They have Jack’s picture, and information about the driver, team, and the Infinite Hero Challenge. For 2016, the coins got a major makeover. The Infinite Hero logo is now bigger. The words “Reimagine” and “Recovery” are stamped near the logo, and on the opposite side, a picture of Jack’s funny car replaces the flag motif. It should also be noted that the coin is slightly smaller, because it isn’t as tight in the coin case as the previous version. The Infinite Hero Pledge accompanies the coin. Also changed from 2016, Jack doesn’t sign the box and the pledge, he just signs the pledge. The 2017 Infinite Hero coin is slightly larger than the 2016 coin, and fits snugly in the box. The pledge piece remains unchanged. The coin itself has a plain pewter Infinite Hero Challenge logo on one side, and a blue enameled claw stripe design with a hex nut design on the border. Hero cards are given away at racing events and driver appearances. They have Jack’s picture, and information about the driver, team, and the Infinite Hero Challenge. For 2016-2017, a new card design was introduced. It has updated information, as well as the updated paint scheme introduced at the beginning of the season. This year’s design is done in memory of the late Terry Chandler, who passed away from cancer prior to the 2017 event. The front has a heart design with Chandler’s initials. The back of the coin has the Infinite Hero logo, with blue enamel. Jack also autographed a copy of the Infinite Hero pledge. For 2018, a new Hero card design was released. The 2019 coin design features the features the Air Force seal, with SGR “FAST” JACK BECKMAN INFINITE HERO FUNNY CAR engraved on the outside. The standard Infinite Hero challenge logo is on the reverse. This was autographed by Jack at the Route 66 Nationals. The 2020 coin design depicts a solder calling for his troops to FOLLOW MW, with SGT “FAST” JACK BECKMAN SALUTES UNITED STATES ARMY 1772 2020 engraved on the outside. The standard Infinite Hero Challenge logo is on the reverse. This was autographed by Jack at the 2020 Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Indianapolis. Jack Beckman is a great driver, who races for a great sponsor, and supports a great cause. He has been really amazing not just to me, not just to to The Driver Suit Blog, but to the NHRA and their fan base. I’m glad he’s going to be racing for The Infinite Hero Challenge until at least 2020. As long as he is selling them, I will continue buying the Infinite Hero Challenge Coins, and promoting them on The Driver Suit Blog. I can’t wait to see next year’s coin design.

Next week, some race-worn gloves.

By David G. Firestone

I’ve discussed Jack Beckman on The Driver Suit Blog many times. He is a great driver, he connects with the fans, and he was kind enough to grant me an interview last year. I’ve been into the Infinite Hero Challenge Coin program since the beginning, and love collecting them. Well, I’m back with another profile of the coins.
Launched in 2011, The Infinite Hero Foundation “…is to combat the most difficult front line issues – mental and physical – facing returning military heroes and their families.” Military personnel returning from overseas deployment face long term employment, mental and physical problems that the majority of Americans don’t understand. They work with other non-profit veterans groups and give out grants to help service men and women cope with these long term problems.
In April 2014, they started appearing on the side of Jack Beckman’s funny car. The late Terry Chandler, who also sponsors Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Make a Wish Foundation Funny Car, is the financial backer of the car. She pays for Infinite Hero to race on the sides of the car. This also began the NHRA coin program. When Jack Beckman gets into his funny car to race, he carries Infinite Hero Challenge Coins in the pocket of his driver suit. Once the race is over, he will autograph them and sell them at the track and on eBay. They cost $100 with all proceeds going to the Infinite Hero Foundation.

The 2014 design is quite thick, and has a ridged edge. One side featured “Courage, Honor, Virtue, Heroism,” around a globe design with an Oakley logo. Oakley is a partner with the Infinite Hero Foundation. The other side features an Infinite Hero Foundation logo with purple enamel. The coin was placed in a round, flat plastic container, with black foam braces. The retail coin lacks the blue enamel that the coin that comes with the glasses coin, and future coins, and has a very plain look. I do like the plain look.Jack used was identical to the one sold in stores. Jack autographed the plastic case.   In 2014, this 1/24 scale die cast was produced. It is a full replica of Beckman’s funny car. Valvoline was a primary sponsor, and this was the only season Infinite Hero and Valvoline were together on the car. It’s also the only time that Infinite Hero Challenge appeared on the older Dodge funny car body. In 2015, the current body was introduced, and Pennzoil replaced Valvoline. Jack has autographed the windshield. A redesigned coin of the same size was introduced for 2015. The Oakley logos are gone. One side features a design similar to the globe design, but the globe design has been replaced with an American Flag design. “Courage, Honor, Virtue, Heroism” has been replaced with “Duty, Honor, Innovation, Courage.” The new emblem on the reverse side has one of the across bands removed. The new packaging is an upgrade, with the circular plastic cylinder replaced with an attractive box. It comes with a card that Jack Beckman autographed, and on the reverse it has the Infinite Hero Foundation Pledge. The first one is from The CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Phoenix on February 22, 2015, where Jack was eliminated in the first round. The second one is from the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, where Beckman won the event, beating Courtney Force in the final round. Also in 2015, these hero cards were produced. Hero cards are given away at racing events and driver appearances. They have Jack’s picture, and information about the driver, team, and the Infinite Hero Challenge. For 2016, the coins got a major makeover. The Infinite Hero logo is now bigger. The words “Reimagine” and “Recovery” are stamped near the logo, and on the opposite side, a picture of Jack’s funny car replaces the flag motif. It should also be noted that the coin is slightly smaller, because it isn’t as tight in the coin case as the previous version. The Infinite Hero Pledge accompanies the coin. Also changed from 2016, Jack doesn’t sign the box and the pledge, he just signs the pledge. The 2017 Infinite Hero coin is slightly larger than the 2016 coin, and fits snugly in the box. The pledge piece remains unchanged. The coin itself has a plain pewter Infinite Hero Challenge logo on one side, and a blue enameled claw stripe design with a hex nut design on the border. Hero cards are given away at racing events and driver appearances. They have Jack’s picture, and information about the driver, team, and the Infinite Hero Challenge. For 2016-2017, a new card design was introduced. It has updated information, as well as the updated paint scheme introduced at the beginning of the season. This year’s design is done in memory of the late Terry Chandler, who passed away from cancer prior to the 2017 event. The front has a heart design with Chandler’s initials. The back of the coin has the Infinite Hero logo, with blue enamel. Jack also autographed a copy of the Infinite Hero pledge. For 2018, a new Hero card design was released. The 2019 coin design features the features the Air Force seal, with SGR “FAST” JACK BECKMAN INFINITE HERO FUNNY CAR engraved on the outside. The standard Infinite Hero challenge logo is on the reverse. This was autographed by Jack at the Route 66 Nationals. The 2020 coin design depicts a solder calling for his troops to FOLLOW MW, with SGT “FAST” JACK BECKMAN SALUTES UNITED STATES ARMY 1772 2020 engraved on the outside. The standard Infinite Hero Challenge logo is on the reverse. This was autographed by Jack at the 2020 Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Indianapolis.

The Infinite Hero Foundation is a worthwhile charity, designed to help our nations veterans. I fully support them, and I encourage my readers to try and buy at least one of these coins. Jack Beckman is a great spokesman for the Infinite Hero Foundation. I reached out to him for an interview about his racing uniforms, and he happily obliged…

DGF-Could you explain, from a driver’s perspective, how you want your suit to fit?

JB-It really depends on the kind of vehicle you are driving. Top Fuel dragsters you are more sitting on the ground, funny cars you are sitting more upright. Sponsors want their logos front and center, so we have to work around that. I also don’t like my suit to be too baggy, because when they put the seven point harness on, it will fold over.

DGF-You wear an SFI 20 rated suit, how many layers of Nomex does your suit have?

JB-Well, the SFI rating is only based on how long the suit will protect the wearer. In testing, a 20 rated suit will protect the wearer for up to, I think, 40 seconds, and that is based on how long it takes the mannequin in the testing facility to sense the fire. Older generations of suit would need 12 layers to do what the new materials could to in 6 or 7 layers. If there were an amazingly durable material, you could have it in one or two layers.

DGF-When a suit is burned so that the Nomex is discolored, do you feel anything?

JB-The discoloration is from the dye in the suit, but not really. The big screens and the slow motion video are astounding though. We as drivers experience it in the moment, but watching it on the big screen, you see so many more things than you never would notice otherwise. When the body gets lifted during the explosion, the firewall that’s to shield the fire coming back from the engine is no longer there. Then you can feel it get warm. But the materials today and the construction of the suit, they’re just light years better than one and two generations ago, to the point that I don’t ever want to say that there’s a “routine fire” but you could have one that looks pretty darn impressive on the big screen, and get out of the car 100% unscathed.

DGF-My next question, it’s a hypothetical one, but it is one I think I need to ask, For most of your career, you have worn Impact driver suits. If you were to switch manufacturers, let’s say to Simpson, would you be able to notice the difference?

JB-Hmm…interesting question. If they are using different materials, maybe. The older style Impact suits, when I first started running funny car in 2006, were much stiffer, it was a different material, it was bulkier, more constrictive. I believe, along manufacturers lines, you might still have a choice of material there. The construction methods are all very similar, and sizing, it’s an individual thing. You can check a box on your order form that says “small” “medium” or “large,” or you can send them custom measurements and they’ll build it to that. So I don’t think you would notice with the newest light weight material for manufacturer to manufacturer. That said, you’d have to stick me in a room with a blind fold, and have me try on every men’s suit so I could give you an answer with some authority.

DGF-Along those same lines, would you have any concerns going into the switch?

JB-Well they all have to meet the same criteria. Here’s the thing, the NHRA rule book mandates a minimum amount of protection. When they tell you, if you drive a fuel funny car, you need a 3.2-20 suit, which includes a certain spec of gloves and over-boot worn on top of your driver shoes. They don’t tell you that you have to wear thermal underwear underneath. Up until 4 years ago, they didn’t tell you that you needed to wear a head sock under your helmet. You don’t have to wear inner-liner gloves under your fire gloves. I wear all that stuff. So it’s up to the driver if they want more protection than the minimum.

The fire suit manufacturers have to prove that their equipment satisfies a certain spec. There is no spec higher for drag racing that the 20. But it’s possible that some of the suit manufacturers make them to a higher level spec. I’ve been in some pretty big fires, and have walked away, I singed my eyebrow once, when the concussion blew my visor up on the helmet. Aside from that, I have had zero injuries, which gives me a lot of confidence in the equipment I wear. I feel that I have tested several times, and it’s passed with flying colors every time. Now the other manufacturers have to meet that same spec.

DGF-Do you, over the course of an event, wear the same suit for every run, or do you switch them out occasionally?

-Typically at the beginning of the year, we will have two suits constructed, just in case one gets in a fire, and gets disfigured. I had a sleeve changed out, and it wasn’t a safety issue, it had melted some of the sponsor logos. Typically, I won’t switch suits until we get to The Countdown, because the funny car suits tend to get run down, and dirty from the continual clutch dust, run after run. I just want a fresh looking suit for the photo shoot, once I get to The Countdown. Then I’ll save the suit I wore for the first 18 races as a backup suit. I will wear the same suit the whole weekend long. The only thing I rotate out over the course of a weekend are the thermal underwear and the head sock because once I get out of the car, they’re sweaty, and I’ll hang them up to dry, and put fresh ones on for the next run, and keep rotating them.

DGF-When you are getting into your uniform prior to a run, start to finish, how long does it take to get everything on?

JB-It’s no longer…getting suited up is really no longer than getting street clothes on. I’ve got thermal underwear, top and bottom, so that would be like putting on underwear and a t-shirt. I’ve got my driving shoes…I’m sorry, I put on my firesuit, driving shoes, my over-boots-so it’s almost like a pair of slip-om rain galoshes over your tennis shoes. The thing that’s a little more time consuming is once your getting ready to get into the car, is getting the head sock on, getting that tucked down into the collar of the jacket, my helmet on, and strapped. I wear glasses, so I put those on. Inner gloves have to go on, outer gloves have to go on. I’ve got to walk over to the car, duck down underneath, get in, and then, the 7-way harnesses, as well as the fact that I’m wearing a head and neck protection device, they make it really tight, once you are in the cockpit, and the crew guys are working in some pretty constrictive spaces. The body’s still on the car, so they’re ducking under that. You’ve got this bulky firesuit, so you’re taking up most of the cockpit. They’re getting these straps laid out on you, they gotta plug the radio in, plug the air hose into the helmet, get all the straps buckled in, then get you tightened, so that can take a good amount of time, but I’ll tell you, you get in a pretty good rhythm with this thing.

I typically get suited up and walk over to the car five pairs from when we run. If we were pinched for time, we could do it with two pairs to go. But I don’t like to do that for a couple of reasons. The first one is that you just hate to feel rushed, but I’m okay with that, psychologically it doesn’t affect me. I don’t like doing that to the crew guys because typically, once they’ve got me strapped into the car, they’ve got a couple other tasks that they need to do as we’re towing up to the starting line. I don’t want to rush them, and have them feel any extra anxiety about the things they need to get done.

DGF-Alright, you mentioned gloves, shoes, and over-boots, how long do those items typically last over the course of a season?

JB-I’ll typically put my firesuit on with my driving shoes, and my boots on in the tow vehicle, I’ll walk up to the starting line, inspect things, walk back to the tow rig, so I’ll put a couple of miles a year on my driving shoes. The only thing that wears them out, as you can imagine, is the sole if you walk enough steps. Other than that, you can get a full season out of them. The over-boots, it really depends. If you have a fire, since they’re typically near the source of the fire, I would replace them after that. They get pretty beat up with the clutch dust on them, and blowing them out run after run, so I’ll typically use two pairs of them over the course of a season. Same thing with the gloves. Putting them on and off is what eventually wears them out. I like wearing the tight gloves which means the crew guy is rolling them up, stretching them over my hand, pulling them back down over the cuff of the firesuit, and that takes its toll on them. We’ll make 170 runs over the course of a year, so after 100 runs, it’s usually time to replace those.

DGF-I’d like to talk about your helmet visor for a second, because I’ve noticed that there are a lot of drivers who black out part of their visors to create tunnel vision, so they can only focus on their lane. Are you one of those drivers?

JB-The Clydesdale Effect? Like blinding the horses so they don’t get spooked? No, I’ve tried that in the past, and I’m a big proponent of doing anything that you think will make you perform better. If you think a red glove will make you drive better than a blue glove, it will. It’s psychological more than it’s mechanical. There is definitely a value in removing distractions, when you get up to the starting line. But to do that, you’d better have three visors prepared. Let’s say you wear a clear visor, and the helmet rolls out of the tow vehicle in the staging lane, and the visor gets scratched. You’d better have another clear visor, with the blinders in place. Because if you swap it out for one without them, that’s gonna screw you up, probably, right? You did it for psychological purposes, and now somethings change. Ponoma is a track where we really face, Sonoma it happens too, but Ponoma is probably the worst, we get very high glare conditions, and you have to go to a dark visor. So you’d better have a dark visor prepared for that, and a clear one ready to go in case the clouds come in. So I’m fine with that. I feel like whatever a driver needs to do to keep them in a mental zone, where their performance is at a top level. That’s not to say in two years, I might decide that that works better for me. I’ve tried yellow visors, clear visors, light tint, dark tint, glasses, no glasses, and the reality is that I’m pretty much the same without them. But I do the one that I feel like, removes the most distractions, and therefore, puts me at a higher level of focus.

DGF-Alright Jack, this is my last question. I’m a memorabilia guy, and do you keep uniforms, or other items from special moments in your career that have special meaning to you?

JB-Yeah, it’s funny you ask that, because my wife is so clean and organized, and not sentimental. And I don’t get to keep anything. I get some bitchin’ souvenirs from fans, and I bring them home and say “where do you think that’s gonna go?” So I’ve got a little pile of stuff there. Yes, I do keep all my helmets. I’ve only ever sold…I’m sorry, let me rephrase that, I’ve only ever…not kept…two of my helmets. One of those I gave to my good friend Ronnie Swearingen, and last I checked, it was on display, with the rest of his helmet collection at the Garlitts museum. The other one was I had a duplicate helmet painted because a gentleman really, really, REALLY liked the design, and I told him “I’m not getting rid of helmets.” He paid to have a duplicate made, and I wore it for one race. Firesuits, Schumacher gets them back at the end of the year, and puts them on eBay. But if we do multiple suits, usually I can keep one of them.

DGF-Alright Jack, thank you very much, it was an interesting interview.

JB-You know it’s interesting, I’ve done thousands of interviews, which typically means, when I do an interview not much is unique. Yours was a completely unique interview.

I can’t believe that this part of The Driver Suit Blog has come to an end…but it has.

Next Friday Feature, I discuss another vest.

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 24, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, new side elements added. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue, with yellow, black, and teal stripes. F

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+

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black with orange stripes and roof. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Mobility Science Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black with red and white cutting edge designs on sides. A

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

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with green and white stripes. B+

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

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

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with blue and white waves on sides. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford MustangNo change. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

Corey LaJoie #7 Netflix’s “The Crew” Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black and green with a series of colored stripes, and designs. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black and blue with waves on sides. A

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Rental Store Chevy CamaroNo change. A

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

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, dark green is gone, car has cleaned up design. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2021, black with checkered flag motif. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange gradient to white. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, blue fade to green with white design on sides. C

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, Menard’s template with light blue. C

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Libman Ford MustangNo change. B

MBM MOTORSPORTS #13

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, red and black with stone and tractor motif. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

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

Chase Briscoe #14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black circle removed. A

RICK WARE RACING #15

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, much cleaner sides. A

KAULIG RACING #16

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with black cutting edge designs. A-

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green with red and white accents. 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-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, same as #20. A-

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

23XI RACING #23

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, red with black and white stripes on sides. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, black with red diagonal stripes. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

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

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, light and dark red with yellow, blue, and green stripes. D

William Bryon #24 Axalta Electrolight Color Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, white front, green stripes, black rear. A-

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #36

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford MustangNo change. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNo change. C

Ryan Preece #37 Kroger/Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue waves on front, red with white waves on rear. F

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white sides and stripes. B

Anthony Alfredo #38 The Pete Store Ford MustangNo change. C

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

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

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ross Chastain #42 McDonald’s Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white removed, and sides are cleaned up. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black accents. A-

Erik Jones #43 Petty’s Garage Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue and white wth some designs. A-

Erik Jones #43 Tide Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, orange front, yellow stripe, white rear, with blue accents. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue and white front, blue and orange rear. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue, and pink with a series of cutting edge designs on sides. F

RICK WARE RACING #51

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with multicolored stripe. A

RICK WARE RACING #52

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford MustangNewsponsor for 2021, black and yellow with designs and white accents. D+

Josh Bilicki #52 Jacob Companies Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, same as 2019 #51 design. B

RICK WARE RACING #53

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

Garrett Smithley #53 Clix Wipers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white, black, and blue with a series of designs on sides. F

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, same as 2020, but blue replaces yellow. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red with black, red, and white designs. D-

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, and black stripes on sides. C

Justin Haley #77 AirMedCare Network Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue and white, with a series of stripes on sides. C

BJ MCLEOD MOTORSPORTS #78

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, blue with green and black front, pattern fade to black rear. C

BJ McLeod #78 Diecast Kings Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green front, black rear. A

Scott Heckert #78 Motorsport Games Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red, black, and white with a series of designs. F

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black camo motif. F

Ty Dillon #96 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota CamryNo change. B-

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with multicolored designs on sides. F

Paint Scheme Grades-February 20, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, and the color scheme is awful. I give this an F.

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-I don’t like the off-center design on the sides, but I do like the overall design as well as the fade. The good and the bad cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford Mustang-Not even a good color scheme can save this disaster from an F grade. This might be one of the worst schemes I have ever seen.

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-I think that the black is over designed a bit, but it isn’t terrible. This gets an A-

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-I love the fade of the stripe, and the blue is really good too. The car has a smooth and bold scheme, and this gets an A.

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

I don’t like the shade of green used, it needs to be darker. Also, the teal is needless. Still, it’s a decent scheme, so it gets a B+

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-The only thing keeping this scheme above an F grade is the color scheme. Other than that, this is an F scheme.

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-A good color scheme balanced by a bad color scheme will always earn a C.

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 17, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, new side elements added. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue, with yellow, black, and teal stripes. F

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+

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black with orange stripes and roof. A

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

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with green and white stripes. B+

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

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

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with blue and white waves on sides. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford MustangNo change. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black and blue with waves on sides. A

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy CamaroNo change. 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

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2021, black with checkered flag motif. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange gradient to white. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, blue fade to green with white design on sides. C

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, Menard’s template with light blue. C

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNo change. B+

MBM MOTORSPORTS #13

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, red and black with stone and tractor motif. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

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

RICK WARE RACING #15

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, much cleaner sides. A

KAULIG RACING #16

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with black cutting edge designs. A-

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green with red and white accents. 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-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, same as #20. A-

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

23XI RACING #23

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, red with black and white stripes on sides. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, black with red diagonal stripes. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

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

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, light and dark red with yellow, blue, and green stripes. D

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #36

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford MustangNo change. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNo change. C

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white sides and stripes. B

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

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

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy CamaroNo change. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black accents. A-

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue and white front, blue and orange rear. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue, and pink with a series of cutting edge designs on sides. F

RICK WARE RACING #51

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with multicolored stripe. A

RICK WARE RACING #52

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford MustangNewsponsor for 2021, black and yellow with designs and white accents. D+

RICK WARE RACING #53

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, same as 2020, but blue replaces yellow. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red with black, red, and white designs. D-

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, and black stripes on sides. C

BJ MCLEOD MOTORSPORTS #78

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, blue with green and black front, pattern fade to black rear. C

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black camo motif. F

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with multicolored designs on sides. F

Paint Scheme Grades-February 13, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy Camaro-Another example of a scheme not improving with new design elements. F

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy Camaro-It’s a very simple, yet bold look. It’s not over designed, and has a good color scheme. A

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-The large white section is pointless, and visually distracting. Without that, it would earn an A, but this scheme earns a B+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-I like the design, it works well, the waves look good. The color scheme works well too, so I give it an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-I like the checkered flag motif, and the car as a whole has a great look. A

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-A good gradient works well, and the color scheme is great, so this gets an A.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-The light blue really doesn’t work here. Darker blue would work better. This get a C

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-This is a great look! The minimal amount of red works, and the side design is great. This gets an A.

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-I’m not the biggest fan of green on race cars, but this works very well. This is a good design, and it gets an A.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #20, same A- grade.

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-The color scheme works well, and the design scheme works well, so this gets an A.

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-The blue should be one of the primary colors, instead of the stripes. Speaking of, I think the stripes are useless, and visually distracting. But it’s not bad, so I’ll give it a B.

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-If the black areas were a stripe, I would give this a solid A. I don’t like that part, but it still gets an A-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-While I do like the color scheme, this is way too over designed, and it’s just not good. F

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford Mustang-The white is completely pointless here. The car is somewhat over designed. The color scheme is good, so I’ll give it a D+

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy Camaro-Nothing wrong with updated scheme. It looks great. A

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-This is a scheme where nothing is really right, and nothing is really wrong. The good and the bad cancel each other out, so this gets a C.

Justin Haley #77 Mutoh America and Royal Sovereign and General Formulations Chevy Camaro-Same basic scheme as previous, same C grade.

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy Camaro-Another example of a scheme with nothing really wrong, and nothing really right. This is just a meh scheme, and it gets a C

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-This is just bad. Camo is bad on the sides of race cars, and the orange and yellow doesn’t work. This gets an F.

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota Camry-It’s a bad scheme with a worse color scheme. This gets an F.

The Vest Project Part 25-Another Central Merchant Vest

By David G. Firestone

Until being taken over by NASCAR, ARCA was an alternate group to NASCAR, with their own rules, teams, drivers, and fan bases. Many drivers used ARCA to get to NASCAR, and if their NASCAR careers didn’t work, they had the option to return to ARCA.

Central Merchant Services, Inc sponsored a few teams in ARCA from 2006 to 2009 for S&H Motorsports and Venturini Racing among others. They had some success on track. During that time, one of the pit crews wore this Impact vest. The vest shows very light use.

The blue collar is unadorned.

The right chest features READYHOSTING.COM, and PILLDEPOT.COM embroidered into it.

The left chest features ARCA RE/MAX SERIES, PORK, GLADIATOR GARAGE WORKS, HOOSIER RACE TIRE, and SUNOCO logos embroidered into it.

The front torso features a blue CENTRAL MERCHANT SERVICES logo embroidered in the white material. There is blue material below that.

Inside the front zipper is the Impact warranty label.

The corners have Velcro comfort straps attached. The blue shoulder epaulets are unadorned. The vest has standard arm holes present. The back of the vest doesn’t show that much use.

The blue collar is unadorned in the back.

The back torso features a blue CENTRAL MERCHANT SERVICES logo embroidered in the white material.

It’s sad that ARCA, once an independent stock car racing series with its own identity is going to become just another NASCAR developmental series. Guys like Billy Venturini need ARCA to help their careers, and help keep their identity. I hope the ARCA guys are able to find their places after this is all said and done.

Next Friday Feature will feature the final Infinite Hero Challenge column.

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 10, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, new side elements added. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

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+

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black with orange stripes and roof. A

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

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with green and white stripes. B+

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

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

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with blue and white waves on sides. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford MustangNo change. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black and blue with waves on sides. A

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy CamaroNo change. 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

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2021, black with checkered flag motif. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange gradient to white. 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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, Menard’s template with light blue. C

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

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

RICK WARE RACING #15

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, much cleaner sides. A

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green with red and white accents. 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-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, same as #20. A-

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

23XI RACING #23

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, red with black and white stripes on sides. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, black with red diagonal stripes. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

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

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, light and dark red with yellow, blue, and green stripes. D

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white sides and stripes. B

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

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

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black accents. A-

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue and white front, blue and orange rear. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue, and pink with a series of cutting edge designs on sides. F

RICK WARE RACING #52

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford MustangNewsponsor for 2021, black and yellow with designs and white accents. D+

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, same as 2020, but blue replaces yellow. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

BJ MCLEOD MOTORSPORTS #78

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, blue with green and black front, pattern fade to black rear. C

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black camo motif. F

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with multicolored designs on sides. F

Paint Scheme Grades-February 6, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-The shade of blue is great, and the mountain motif works well. This gets an A.

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

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-I hate the black roof! This is a decent scheme, but the black roof ruins it. I’ll give this a B.

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy Camaro-This is way too over designed for my taste. This might work better with another color scheme, but this is awful. F

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-My only complaint is that the gradient should be a fade. Other than that, this gets a A.

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-It’s bold, with a smooth look, and a great color scheme. That will ALWAYS earn an A.

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess. The only reason this is getting a passing grade, is because I like the color scheme. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, with an awful color scheme. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess. The only reason this is getting a passing grade, is because I like the color scheme. D-