My Thoughts On The Stability Of The Auto Racing Market

By David G. Firestone

Last month, NBC ran an article discussing the future of the football game worn memorabilia market. It’s a highly interesting article, and it’s worth a read. What it discusses is important to the racing memorabilia market. If there was no race-used memorabilia market, none of us would be here. It also raises the possibility of a new system for collegiate athletes being able to keep their memorabilia, until they graduate, or get drafted. NCAA athletes have gotten in trouble with memorabilia in recent years.

As I was pondering the implications in terms of driver/team deals as opposed to player/team deals for memorabilia, I suddenly realized that there is no single “race-used” memorabilia market, rather it seems that each sanctioning body has its own protocols for race-worn memorabilia. I’m not saying that the sanctioning bodies themselves set the rules, but there are noticeable differences in the
“big 4” sanctioning bodies, NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, and F1. At these differences will affect the futures of the market.

I’m going to discuss NASCAR first, since they have figured their market out perfectly, and are using it to their advantage. With NASCAR, almost everything race-used, from lug nuts to driver suits get sold to collectors. Body pieces, which we call “sheet metal” are sold from the team to collectors, and sometimes to sellers, who cut the metal into smaller pieces and sell them individually. This keeps costs down and a constant supply of metal on the market.

Tires are sold to collectors as well. These often find their way onto eBay, and, again, because the supply/demand ratio is kept in check. There is enough supply to meet demand, yet the market is not flooded. This is also true with uniforms. Driver and pit crew uniforms are in demand, but there is enough supply to meet most of the demand, without killing prices. Car equipment falls into this category as well, and is in the same shape as everything else race-worn. There is another aspect of racing memorabilia to discuss, more on that later.

The next best market is the NHRA, though they are not as good as NASCAR, through no fault of their own. When it comes to car equipment, the NHRA is unmatched in the memorabilia market. Car equipment is readily available, and it’s very reasonably priced. Tires are highly sought, but are not available in the quantities that NASCAR produces. Granted that most of the tires used on race-day are sold to collectors

Uniforms and body pieces are really sought after, but for some unknown reason, there isn’t even close to enough supply to meet the demand. When it comes to car bodies, I get that teams aren’t cutting up many of their old bodies, since they can be re-used or sold to other teams. But couldn’t you take a body that’s been damaged beyond repair, and sell that to collectors? It’s not like they won’t bid on it, I’ve seen pieces from Alexis DeJoria’s body sell for insane amounts.

Uniforms aren’t changed as often in the NHRA as they are for NASCAR, but could someone explain to me why there is next to nothing coming out of the NHRA in recent years? When was the last time you saw a Pro Stock or Pro Stock Motorcycle uniform on eBay? The nitro categories have had some recent exposure, but for the most part, little if anything race-worn is hitting the collectors market. There are a lot of hungry collectors out there who want this stuff. Teams are screwing themselves out of a lot of money, and for the life of me, I can’t understand why.

The IndyCar market is interesting in that there are a decent amount of body parts, and uniforms on sale for collectors. IndyCar, like many racing sanctioning bodies sells stuff through charity auctions. I have no problem with that, as these items are sold to people who will resell them to other collectors. The supply/demand ratio is good, and prices are decent and availability is decent…except for tires.

I’m racking my brain trying to figure out why the most expendable piece of a race car almost never shows up on the private market. Firestone isn’t repairing these tires after races, and then reusing them…are they? That wouldn’t make sense from a safety perspective, but it would explain why there is nothing hitting the market. The theory that they are taking the tires back and using them for research for tire production could be a valid one, but why wouldn’t they sell them to collectors afterward. Goodyear will monitor various aspects of the tire during the race, but the used tires don’t disappear after the race. Hell F1 has more race-used tire listings, and two of them are for “wind tunnel” tires.

Speaking of F1, their market is similar to NASCAR’s in that there is a lot of availability, but because of the size of the F1 collectors market, the prices are significant higher than the NASCAR market. I’m getting into the F1 market in the very near future, but I’ve avoided the market up to this point because of the costs involved versus what you get for the price. F1 has their market figured out, because there is a lot of stuff available, some at good prices, across the board, from engine, to body, to uniforms. I would have to say that F1, the NHRA, and NASCAR have solid race-used markets, and the IndyCar market is shaky at best.

The question on the table is “What is the future of the race-used memorabilia market?” The answer is that if the economy goes south, all the markets would be hit, and IndyCar would be the worst of the group. The fact that the teams aren’t selling their old engine parts, body parts, and tires on the level of their competitors is very telling, and the prices for what is available are so high that they are in real danger of pricing themselves out of the market. There is a decent market, there isn’t much on the market, and the prices for what is available are too high for what you get. I’m really wondering why the market is as bad as it is.

NASCAR and the NHRA appear have solid markets for race-worn memorabilia. Even if the economy does take a downturn, the memorabilia will still sell, though not for the price the buyers want to pay for it. When it comes to NASCAR sheet metal, if the economy does take a downturn, the sheet metal market will go from decent to flooded in a hurry. Prices for small pieces on eBay can be low to begin with, and if people need to sell their sheet metal for money, then that will drive prices down even lower. It could very well turn into a buyer’s market, where no one buys.

The NHRA might have a similar problem with engine parts, though since these are not as easy to get as NASCAR sheet metal, the market could weather the storm with minimal damage. The uniform market could take a hit, but that wouldn’t so much affect the supply, but the demand would force sellers to lower prices.

The F1 market is more of a mystery to me. I like to watch F1, but I’m not a super fan. Within the last year, I’ve been buying F1 uniform stuff, and I will do F1 Month in November. For the month of November, all 4 Friday Features will be about F1 race-used items. That aside, the F1 market will see a price downturn in an economic downturn, but the market will weather the storm with minimal damage.

I should mention something that few people who aren’t firesuit collectors don’t realize. I don’t know if I mentioned this on The Driver Suit Blog before but there is an aspect of the race-worn uniform market in the US that most people don’t realize. I’m not just fighting other collectors, I’m fighting race car drivers for uniforms I want to buy. If you have a choice of spending $150 for a race-worn pit crew uniform, or $1,500 for a custom-made suit, which one would you buy? This is an issue I’ve been dealing with as a collector, which sometimes is fine, though sometimes is an annoyance.

I’m really worried about a market downturn because of the fact that the economy could very well take a bad hit. I’m not optimistic, I’m realistic. The auto racing boom is over, the money, and TV viewership isn’t what it isn’t used to be, and many factors could cause a downturn. I can only hope that the market won’t crash and burn, but the possibility is there. Let’s hope for the best, and prepare for the worst.

Paint Scheme Grades-August 27, 2016

By David G. Firestone

Kasey Kahne #5 Liftmaster Throwback Chevy SS-The shade of red used is all kinds of wrong, and it takes the whole look down. The sad part is that if the right shade of red was used, this scheme will earn an A, but the bad shade takes it down to a B+.

Greg Biffle #16 Hooters Ford Fusion-The second car representing Alan Kulwicki is a great tribute, with the correct sponsor. There is nothing bad I can say about this car, and I give it an A

Chase Elliott #24 Mountain Dew Chevy SS-There are a lot of things that irritate me about this car. The green and grey numbers look bad, and mix too well with the background color. I don’t like the subtle Mountain Dew logos on the sides. To top that off, the gray used on the numbers looks out of place. It could be a better scheme, and the color scheme is decent, but it’s basically a C+ look.

Ryan Newman #31 Cat/Freighliner Chevy SS-Looks good, good design, and a great color scheme. I give it an A.

Chris Buescher #34 Love’s Truck Stops Throwback Ford Fusion-It’s a design that works well, and the color scheme is good too. I also like the throwback numbers. Its an A scheme for sure!

Kyle Larson #42 Target Throwback Chevy SS-So this scheme is based on the first IndyCar scheme Target ever ran. I’m trying to figure out why the the hood design is a separate design and older logo than the original one. I’m not saying it a horrible scheme, but if you want to commit to an IndyCar scheme, you can’t bail, and start using logos that weren’t used on the original. I’ll give it a B-, though it’s worth noting that with accurate logos it would get an A

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J/Battle of Bristol Chevy SS-I like the team motif logos on the sides of an already good logo. It works very well, and earns an A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Toyota Camry-If the patriotic motif were much more subdued, the grade would be higher. There is too much going on here, and it just looks like a jumbled mess. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Tanger Outlets Toyota Camry-Get rid of the green, it’s out of place. Also, the cutting edge design works well, if it isn’t overdone. This scheme is overdone. This scheme could be so much better than what it is. I’ll give it the C- it deserves since the design, and the color schemes aren’t terrible.

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Vector Security Toyota Camry-The color scheme is great, and the design looks, good, and its an A scheme.

Cole Whitt #98 Carolina Skiff Chevy SS– A good simple design with a good color scheme will always accept an A.

The Goal of All Drivers In Auto Racing-Revisited

miamiflag-1By David G. Firestone

Though NASCAR stands for “National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing” one of the major complaints is that the cars aren’t so much “stock” but “silhouette” cars. Stock cars are cars that are more or less bought off the showroom floor, brought to the track, and raced. Granted that early stock car racing was created by moonshine runners, who had souped up regular cars so that they could haul shine without attracting suspicion, and if the cops did light them up, the shiners could outrun the cops.

The standard NASCAR race cars are silhouette cars, meaning that while they are designed to look like their showroom counterparts, they have as much in common with them as LeBron James does with a junior varsity high school basketball player. Showroom cars are built for driving families to and from school, work, to the grocery store, and so on. Race cars are built to do one thing…race. It’s been pointed out that the term “stock” shouldn’t apply to NASCAR race cars anymore, and I tend to agree with that sentiment.

While NASCAR might not be racing “stock” cars anymore, there are a number of racing series that are running stock cars in 2016. Such series include the Pirelli World Challenge, the Canadian Touring Car Championship, a number of other classes and events in the SCCA, and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is a series that has had a decent amount of success.

The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge has two different classes, “Grand Sport” and “Street Tuner.” Grand Sport or GS features large displacement 6, 8, 10, or 12 cylinder engine sports cars. GS also features small displacement 4-cylinder forced induction sports cars. Street Tuner, or ST features smaller 4-cylinder, 5-cylinder or 6-cylinder sedans, hatchbacks, coupes or convertibles. Though some minor modifications are allowed, for the most part, these cars are identical to their showroom counterparts. These cars aren’t specially built race cars, but the cars that you or I might drive to work in.

Regardless of if drivers are racing professionally for a well-paying, championship caliber team, or a weekend warrior racing for personal glory, there is one thing that they all want in the end. It’s also the most iconic item in auto racing, the checkered flag. As I stated in my Uni-Watch Flag column: “The most iconic flag in motor sports is universally used to indicate that the race has ended. Its exact origins are unknown, but the first picture of a checkered flag being used to end a race was at the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup on Long Island. NASCAR and IndyCar checkered flags carry the Sunoco logo.”

The tradition of the Sunoco logo on the checkered flag was actually started by Unocal. From 1948 to 2003, Unocal was the official fuel sponsor of NASCAR. As such, their logos appeared on the checkered flags during the 1980’s. It was around that same time that the race used flags would be customized with the name of the event, and presented to the driver, a process that continues to this day. One such example is this 2010 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Miami Grand Prix flag.miamiflag-1The second race of the 2010 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge was the Miami Grand Prix on March 6, 2010. During that 91 lap race, the #61 Roush Performance Mustang, driven by Billy Johnson, and Jack Roush Jr., won the overall event in GS, and the #25 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 driven by Derek Whitis won ST. As Roush and Johnson were the overall winners, they were presented with this customized Sunoco race winner flag.miamiflag-1The flag shows a heavy amount of use, including numerous stains all over, and some light snagging. The flag features the Sunoco logo on the front. Traditionally, flags are designed so that the pattern starts on the left side, and this flag is no different. The white stripe is the area where the flag pole is inserted. After the race, when the stains occurred, blue and yellow letters were heat-pressed onto the flag, which read “GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI CSTCC SERIES MARCH 6 2010.”miamiflag-2 miamiflag-3 miamiflag-5 miamiflag-4The flag is meant to be displayed with the front only showing, because the back of the flag has the Sunoco logo reversed. The staining present on the front, is clearly visible on the reverse.miamiflag-6Every driver who races wants to be the first one to see that black and white checkered flag. It’s the one hope of all drivers. I’ve discussed hope on The Driver Suit Blog before. I’m going to revisit my post on hope next week.

Throwback Thursday-Dave Marcus-1994

By David G. Firestone

Dave Marcus drove this 1994 Chevy Lumina to the Olive Garden for their awesome breadsticks.

The green works well, but I hate the white striping on the sides. The Olive Garden script looks really good on the hood, and decent on the sides, but the wheel well thing is present here. I don’t like the drop shadow on the side numbers. Also, why in the world is the roof number a completely different design than the friggin door numbers? Here is what annoys me about that. The door font is really good, and the roof font is really good, but they clash with each other. Its just an odd look, and the car as a whole is mediocre.

Paint Scheme Tracker-August 24, 2016

By David G. Firestone

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #1

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Beechcraft Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, blue top, reverse wave formation across sides, white bottom, with silver accents. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Sherwin Williams Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, main design has been moved slightly to the rear. 150’th anniversary logo added to hood.B+

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, red and yellow front with a spike transition to rear. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonalds/Cessna Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, red and blue amalgamation of McDonald’s and Cessna. B-

Jamie McMurray #1 Credit One Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, blue, purple and white, with a series of designs across whole car. F

Jamie McMurray #1 Bad Boy/Beechcraft Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, same as Beechcraft, but with Bad Boy on the hood. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Federation Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, black, camouflage motif on front, wild turkey motif on back. F

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Mac Tonight Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on Bill Elliott’s McDonald’s Mac Tonight scheme. F

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford FusionSame basic scheme as 2015, but Miller has been removed from hood, similar 2014. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford FusionNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford FusionNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Auto Trader Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2016, same as #22 Auto Trader. D-

Brad Keselowski #2 SKF Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, similar to 2015 scheme, but fits to Penske Template. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Thomas Build Buses Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, Penske Template, red front, black back. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, white with blue and red patriotic designs that extend from front to door number on top, and on the bottom to end of car. C-

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite 1972 Throwback Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, based on the Miller Lite can design from 1972. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy SSSame basic scheme, but the hood logo is slightly larger. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Cheerios Chevy SSNo change. A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy SSNo change. A-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Intellifresh Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2016, same as Dow Energy and Water. B-

Austin Dillon #3 AAA Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2016, similar to Robert Hight’s funny car, but with colors rearranged. D+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow FlexoLyt Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, same as Intellifresh B-

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Ranger Boats Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black with camo and orange diagonal triangle on side. B+

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Ricky Rudd Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on Ricky Rudd’s Piedmont scheme from 1982-1983. A

Austin Dillon #3 Cheerios/Lee’s East Rowan Cafe Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Cheerios, but with Lee’s East Rowan Cafe on quarter panels. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/StemAmbasadors Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Dow, but with StemAmbasadors on quarter panels. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same silver background, but the car resembles Clint Bowyer’s current design. C+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Utility Chevy SSNo Change. A

Austin Dillon #3 NRA Museum Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, black with a patriotic motif across whole car. F

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Olympics Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, reverse of Dow with Olympic Rings on hood. B-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Mycogen Seeds Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, silver with red, white and black rolling fields motif. B-

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, designed around a Busch throwback can. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, designed around a Busch Light can. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy John’s Chevy SSNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Outback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, mountain design starts near brake duct, instead of at front of car. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Ditech Chevy SSNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, white background, with the Pegasus wing starting at the side of the front, extending to the door numbers. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on Cale Yarborough’s 1979 Daytona 500 Scheme. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Fishing Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, blue top, white side, huge bass motif across sides. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Outback Bloomin’ Monday Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as outback, but hood and roof are white instead of cream. F

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as #14. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Beer Hunting Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same basic design as Busch, but with a hunting camo motif. C

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kasey Kahne #5 Farmers Insurance Chevy SSNo Change. C+

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Chevy SSNo Change. D+

Kasey Kahne #5 Liftmaster Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, geometrical designs on side changed. C

Kasey Kahne #5 Panasonic Toughbook Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, blue fade to black, with a couple of wave stripes, and some fade designs on side. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Quicken Loans Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, red with hockey stick designs on sides, as well as geometrical designs on front and back. C+

Kasey Kahne #5 Mountain Dew Pitch Black Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black with blue trident inspired design on sides, oval design on roof, and Vortex design on hood. D-

Kasey Kahne #5 Drive to End Hunger Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2016, dark red with light red stripes and white letters on sides. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Drive Home A Winner Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, blue top, white stripe across side, red bottom. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Strong Against Cancer Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, blue and black striped side, with a snake motif on hood and roof. D-

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Shark Week Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, all teal with hammerhead sharks swiming around the scheme. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, blue with red stripes across sides. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Drive to End Hunger Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2016, black, with white lettering, and red stripes across rear of car. A

ROUSH-FEWNAY RACING #6

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, white with blue line and checkered flag on bottom. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Mark Martin Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, based on the paint scheme Mark Martin ran in 1996 and 1997. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, patriotic hood, blue metallic front, red in front of the door numbers, gray behind door numbers. F

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Spark Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, blue front, cube to white design on sides and roof. B-

TOMMY BALDWIN RACING #7

Alex Bowman #7 Road Rippers Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, shark motif on front, fades to fire motif and logo on back. F

Regan Smith #7 Golden Corral/Niko Toy State Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, amalgamation of Golden Corral and Niko Toy State. F

Regan Smith #7 Nikko Street Bratz Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, blue and white with a series of designs across sides. F

Regan Smith #7 Chevy SS-Black with white and blue numbers and stripe across bottom. A+

Regan Smith #7 APC Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black with white and blue numbers and stripe across bottom, APC logo on hood. A

Regan Smith #7 AIPAC Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black with white and blue numbers and stripe across bottom, AIPAC logo on hood. A

Regan Smith #7 Fire Alarm Services Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black with yellow hood, and orange city motif on sides. A

Regan Smith #7 Nikko/Road Rippers Alan Kulwicki Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on the “Underbird” design used by Kulwicki in 1992. C+

Regan Smith #7 Golden Corral Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, all black with white lettering. A

Regan Smith #7 Advance Auto Parts/Quaker State Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, white top, stripe fade to black across sides. A

Regan Smith #7 Mario Fiore Teddy Bear Pools Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on Mario Fiore’s Teddy Bears modified. A

Regan Smith #7 APC Donald “Dutch” Hoag Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on the scheme used by Donald “Dutch” Hoag for his racing career. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Bakery Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, blue with white lettering on sides, white and black stripe across hood and roof. A

Danica Patrick #10 TaxAct Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, white front, red TaxAct X logo, gray back. A

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Pride Pumpkin Spice Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, same basic scheme as Nature’s Pride, but with orange and red color scheme, and some slight redesigns on the side. A

Danica Patrick #10 Mobil 1 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, Bass Pro Shops has left, so the Mobil 1 scheme features a white background, with the Pegasus wing starting at the side of the front, extending to the door numbers. A

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, similar to Clint Bowyer’s template, but with a Post-It esque design. F

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Bakery Brownies Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, blue, white and brown scheme, stripes start on hood, and extend to the rear of the side. B-

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Tooth Fairy Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, dark blue and silver, similar to Clint Bowyer’s schemes. A

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Bakery/April O’Neil Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, comic book motif across whole car with April O’Neil on hood and Turtles on sides. F

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Bakery/Autism Delaware Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Nature’s Bakery but with Autism Delaware on quarter panels. A

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Bakery Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, camo replaces blue on the front, black replaces blue on the back. F

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Bakery/Fox Sports Go Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Nature’s Bakery, but with Fox Sports Go on quarter panels. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, hood logo moved slightly to the right, side stripes wider. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, hood logo moved slightly to the right, side stripes wider. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, hood logo moved slightly to the right, side stripes wider. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, hood logo moved slightly to the right, side stripes wider. A

Denny Hamlin #11 SportClips Toyota CamryNo Change. C-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Cares Choice 1 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, one of three, blue with white hood, and right angle curves up sides.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Cares Choice 2 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, one of three, blue with white and silver Petty style door curve and star motif.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Cares Choice 3 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, one of three, blue, white, and silver with wave motif across car. F

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, designed by Hamlin, all black with a cutting edge design across sides. D-

Denny Hamlin #11 SportClips Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2016, based on one of Darrell Waltrip’s old Budweiser schemes. A

GERMAIN RACING #13

Casey Mears #13 Geico Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, much more subdued version of the 2015 scheme. A

Casey Mears #13 Geico Millitary Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, black with camo motif across car. F

Casey Mears #13 Geico Smokey Yunick Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on Smokey Yunick’s 1967 Chevy. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1 Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, the Mobil 1 scheme features a white background, with the Pegasus wing starting at the side of the front, extending to the door numbers. A

Tony Stewart #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevy SSSlight redesign, removal of Bass Pro Shops logo, cleaner rear end of the car. A

Tony Stewart #14 Rush Truck Stops/Mobil 1 Chevy SSSlight redesign, removal of Bass Pro Shops logo, cleaner rear end of the car. A

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops Chevy SSNo Change. C+

Brian Vickers #14 Janssen Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, simple curve replaces the wave pattern from 2015. A

Brian Vickers #14 TaxAct Millitary Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, similar to TaxAct but with camouflage motif. C+

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Mobil 1, but with Advanced Fuel Economy on sides. A

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops Ducks Unlimited Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, black with camo wave design on front, duck design on rear. B-

Tony Stewart #14 Haas Automation Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, silver with vertical fade to black, with white number. A-

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1/Chevy Summer Selldown Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Mobil 1, but with Chevy Summer Selldown logos on quarter panels. A

Tony Stewart #14 Coca Cola Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on Bobby Allison’s #14 Coca Cola scheme from 1970-1973. A-

HSCOTT MOTORSPORTS #15

Clint Bowyer #15 Five-Hour Energy Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, the front stripe has been moved up to the top of the side, and the roof matches with the design. A

Clint Bowyer #15 Peak Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, Blue with white geometrical designs on side. A

Clint Bowyer #15 Visine Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, same as 5-Hour Energy, but with black, white, and blue color scheme. B+

Clint Bowyer #15 Aaron’s Chevy SSNo Change. A

Clint Bowyer #15 AccuDoc Solutions Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, all black with yellow and white lettering and a series of yellow stripes across sides. B-

Clint Bowyer #15 5 Hour Energy/Knoxville Nationals Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as 5 Hour Energy, but with Knoxville Energy on hood and quarter panels. A

ROUSH-FEWNAY RACING #16

Greg Bffle #16 Cheez-its Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, stripe has been extended down tot he bottom of the car, some slight rearangment of the crackers on the side of the car. A

Greg Biffle #16 KFC Nashville Hot Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2016, all red with fire designs on quarter panel, and KFC stripes on roof. A

Greg Biffle #16 Kleen Performance Products Ford FusionNo Change. B+

Greg Biffle #16 Roush Performance Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, black with red and white check pattern design on side. A

Greg Biffle #16 Cheez-Its Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, yellow is replaced with patriotic elements. B+

Greg Biffle #16 Kleen Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, black with yellow, silver, and white cutting edge designs up the side. B-

Greg Biffle #16 KFC Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, similar in design to KFC Nashville Hot Chicken, but with fewer stripes, and names on the car. A-

Greg Biffe #16 NESN Fuel Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, blue, dark blue, white, and silver, with cutting edge designs up the side. B-

Greg Biffle #16 Ford Eco-Boost Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, same as #17 Eco-Boost. B+

ROUSH-FEWNAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford FusionNo Change. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Ford Eco-Boost Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, much simpler design, with red added on top. B+

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, orange front, rainbow sunburst pattern across sides, blue hood, roof, and decklid. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Zest Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, much simper design, with soap motif. C+

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, based on Darrell Waltrip’s 1975 scheme. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford FusionNo Change. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, same basic scheme as 2015, but with red outlining the star, and stripes on sides have been trimmed. A-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Brian Clauson Tribute Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, based on Brian Clauson’s Fastenal scheme when he raced in the Nationwide Series. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Chevy SSSlight redesign for 2015, stripes are wider, black stripe on bottom gone. F

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2016, similar to 2014 scheme, but with vintage characters to celebrate M&M’s 75th anniversary. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, vintage look with vintage characters, yellow, with brown letters. A

Kyle Busch #18 Banfield Pet Hospital Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, blue with diagonal logo on hood, EKG motif on sides, injured cute pet pictures on quarter panel. A

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2016, green is brighter, side and hood logos are larger, and blue stripe on bottom has been removed. A

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles/Marvel Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, red Skittles front and green Marvel and Skittles rear. B-

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Red Nose Day Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Patriotic Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, same basic design, but with red, white, and blue motif. A

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Dale Jarrett Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2016, throwback based on Dale Jarrett’s 1993 Interstate Batteries scheme. A

Kyle Busch #75 M&M’s Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, door number changes to #75 for All-Star Race, yellow with all vintage look. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Patriotic Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, same basic M&M’s design, but in red, white, and blue with a patriotic motif. A

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Crispier Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, blue with sublimated square designs, and brown Snickers logo on sides and hood. B-

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Carl Edwards #19 Stanley Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

Carl Edwards #19 Stanley Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, logos are bigger, outlines are bolder. A

Carl Edwards #19 Subway Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2016, green replaces black, box motif replaces stripe motif. B+

Carl Edwards #19 Comcast Business Toyota CamryNo Change. D-

Carl Edwards #19 Xfinity Toyota CamryNo Change. B-

Carl Edwards #19 Arris Surfboard Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, orange front, gray diagonal stripe near wheel well, fades to white back. A

Carl Edwards #19 Arris Tony Stewart Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, same color scheme, but based on Tony Stewart’s 1999 Home Depot Pontiac. A

Carl Edwards #19 SportClips Toyota Camry-Same as Denny Hamlin’s #11. C

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Matt Kenseth #20 Dollar General Toytota CamrySlight redesign for 2016, black stripe across bottom now gone. A

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt USA Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt/Flexvolt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, DeWalt yellow front, with black lightning motif across sides and roof, with a small yellow patch on quarter panel. C-

Matt Kenseth #20 Tide Pods Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2016, based on the “Tide Ride” which was a staple of NASCAR for many years. A

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft Ford FusionNo Change. A

Ryan Blaney #21 Quicklane/Trading One Uniform For Another Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, same as Motorcraft, but with Blue Quicklane color scheme. A

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, based on David Pearson’s 1976 Daytona 500 winning Mercury Montego. A

Ryan Blaney #21 Virginia Tech Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, dark blue with orange and white stripe across side. B+

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change D

Joey Logano #22 AAA Ford FusionNo Change. D

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford FusionNo Change. D-

Joey Logano #22 AAA of Southern California Ford FusionNo Change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, all yellow, with some lighter yellow geometrical designs across car. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Mosiac Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, same basic scheme, but made out of a mosaic of pictures to help celebrate Team Penske celebrating 50 years. F

Joey Logano #22 Shell Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on Bobby Labonte’s #44 Shell scheme which was the first Shell shceme to win a race in NASCAR’s national series. B-

BK RACING #23

David Ragan #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2016, white hood, different designs on sides. A

David Ragan #23 Sweet Frog Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, green and pink stripes across sides, white hood with Sweet Frog logo. F

David Ragan #23 Schuler Systems Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, same as #83. D-

David Raga #23 Bubba Burger Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, camo motif with salute to veterans on hood. F

David Ragan #23 Weaver Media Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, black with white paper motif on sides. B+

David Ragan #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, same as Dr. Pepper, but with Frontline on decklid. A

David Ragan #23 Dr. Pepper Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, red sides with throwback logos, white hood, roof, and decklid, with I’m A Pepper, and vintage logos on hood. B+

David Ragan #23 Flaming Leprechaun Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, black, with dark red flames across sides. Flaming Leprechaun on sides and hood. A

David Ragan #23 Brandies Machinery Toyota CamryNo Change. F

David Ragan #23 Dr. Pepper/USA Network Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, same as Dr. Pepper, but with USA Network on hood and quarter panels. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue with white stripes across side which start at brake duct. A

Chase Elliott #24 3M Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, black and white replaces silver, extra geometrical designs on sides. B+

Chase Elliott #24 Kelly Blue Book Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same basic color scheme but gold has been removed. Scheme has been redesigned into a more haphazardly designed stripe pattern. C+

Chase Elliot #24 Sun Energy Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black background with solar flare inspired design fades to blue towards wheel well, and finishes with red gradient on back. F

Chase Elliott #24 Dewcision Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black with blue trident inspired design on sides, oval design on roof, and Vortex design on hood. D-

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, basic NAPA scheme, but with patriotic motif on sides and hood. D+

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, black and yellow with throwback NAPA logo on hood, current NAPA logos on quarter panels. B-

Chase Eliott #24 NAPA Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, blue with white hood, and patriotic motif across sides. C+

BK RACING #26

Robert Richardson #26 Stalk It Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, black with large blue and white stripe across sides, and Stalk It logos on hood and sides. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #27

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Moen Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, black front, extending into Menard’s template, yellow rear. B-

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Peak Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, redesigned to match Clint Bowyer’s Peak Chevy. A+

Paul Menard #27 Valvoline/Menard’s Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, follows new Menard’s template, white Valvoline front, yellow Menard’s rear. F

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, Menard’s template, with peeling blue and white paint design. F

Paul Menard #27 Richmond/Menard’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same basic color scheme with new Menard’s template. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/FVP Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, New Menard’s template with FVP colors. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Libman Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, Menard’s 2016 template with green Libman motif on front, Menard’s on back. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Rockstar Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, Menard’s template with black Rockstar front. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Tarkett Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, Menard’s template with blue front for Tarkett. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Duracel Chevy SSNo Change. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Moen Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, commits to new Menard’s Template, but with light blue and black stripes, and light blue numbers. C-

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Nebco Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, Menard’s Template with light blue color scheme. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Schrock Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, new Menard’s template with purple front. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Knauf Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, Menard’s template with Knauf blue on front. D

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Sylvania Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same color scheme as 2015, but with new Menard’s Template. F

Paul Menard #27 Valvoline Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, throwback Valvoline scheme, based on Al Unser’s 1993 Daytona 500 scheme. F

THE MOTORSPORTS GROUP #30

Josh Wise #30 Toyota Camry-Plain white with blue, black, and white numbers. A

Josh Wise #30 Toyota Camry-Plain black with blue, black, and white numbers. A

Josh Wise #30 Crawfest/City of New Braunfels Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, same as all black with Crawfest/City of New Braunfels logo on hood. A

Josh Wise #30 SBC Construction Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, all black with SBC Construction logos on hood, and small logos on quarter panel. A

Josh Wise #30 Vision RV Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, all black with SBC Construction logos on hood, and sides. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #31

Ryan Newman #31 Cat Chevy SSSlight redesign for 2016, yellow stripes are narrower, and hood logo is slightly larger. A

Ryan Newman #31 Granger Chevy SSNo change. B +

Ryan Newman #31 Wix Filters Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, one large multi-colored stripe replaces the multi-stripe on the sides, design extends to hood. F

Ryan Newman #31 Caterpillar Ricky Rudd Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on Ricky Rudd’s Piedmont scheme from 1982-1983. A

Ryan Newman #31 Granger/Caterpillar Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, gray with black stripe across bottom. A

Ryan Newman #31 Whelen Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, red front, right angle near wheel well, extends to stripe up the back, white covers sides and quarter panels. A

Ryan Newman #31 Kalahari Resorts Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, dark blue with light blue and red diagonal stripes across sides. C-

Ryan Newman #31 Grainger Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, white replaces green as primary color. A

Ryan Newman #31 Florida Lottery Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black, with teal and orange wave designs on side. D

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Can-Am/Kappa Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, black, green, and yellow, with a series of geometrical designs across whole car. F

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2016, black, white, and yellow, with a series of geometrical designs across whole car. F

Bobby Labonte #32 C&J Energy Services Ford FusionNo Change. F

Joey Gase #32 JT Concrete Inc Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, white with blue and white lettering. A

Joey Gase #32 Donate Life Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, all white with Donate Life logo on hood, and Allo-Source logo on quarter panels. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Visone/Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, same as Corvette Parts. F

Bobby Labonte #32 Rimrock Devlin Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, based on C&J from 2015. F

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 NC Lottery Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, all black with NC Lottery on sides and hood. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Can Am Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, yellow front and back, with black and red curve going up sides. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Keen Parts Dale Earnhardt Throwback Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, based on Dale Earnhardt’s 1981-1985 Wrangler Scheme. A

Bobby Labonte #32 One Orlando Ford FusonNew scheme for 2016, same as 2015 C&J Energy Services, but with One Orlando on sides and hood. F

Eddie McDonald #32 Bentley’s Saloon Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, orange, red, silver, and black with a series of modern designs up sides. F

Jeb Burton #32 Erie Insurance Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, white, blue, and black, with a wave form up the side. B+

Joey Gase #32 Diesel Sales/Sparkz Ford Fusion-New sponsors for 2016, black with Diesel Sales on hood, and Sparkz logo on sides. A

Boris Said #32 Genesee Beer Ford FusionNo Change. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Chris Buescher #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, Front Row Template has been reversed, red replaces back as secondary color. A

Chris Buescher #34 Dockside Logistics Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, all white with Dockside Logistics logos on sides and hood. A

Chris Buescher #34 CSX Play it Safe Ford FusionNo Change. A

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

Chris Buescher #34 Love’s/CSX Play It Safe Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, same as Love’s but with Play It Safe on sides and hood. A

Chris Buescher #34 CSX Play It Safe Hire Our Veterans Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, purple camouflage with red CSX track up sides. F

Chris Buescher #34 Love’s Truck Support The Troops Ford FusionNo Change. F

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #35

David Gilliland #35 Ford Fusion-White with black and red letters. A

David Gilliland #35 Southern Belle Seafood Ford FusionExcept for car number, no change. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Landon Cassill #38 Florida Lottery Ford FusionNo Change. C+

Landon Cassill #38 FR8 Auctions Ford FusionNo Change. A

Landon Cassill #38 MDS Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, all white with MDS logos on sides and hood. A

Landon Cassill #38 Snap Fitnaess Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, all red with Snap Fitness logos on sides and hood. A

Landon Cassill #38 MDS Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, Front Row template, blue stars on front of car, red back. A

Landon Cassill #38 Taco Bell Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, same basic design, but white replaces black, blue numbers replace black numbers, and Live Mas is larger. B+

Landon Cassill #38 MDS Transportation Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, Front Row template with orange front, and white rear. A

HILLMAN RACING #40

Reed Sorenson #40 CRC Brakleen Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, black replaces red as primary color. D-

STEWART-HAAS RACING #41

Kurt Busch #41 Monster Energy Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black with yellow and white numbers and lettering. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Automation Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, red front, fades to black rear end. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Automation/Monster Energy Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, red front, fades to black rear end. A

Kurt Busch #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Monster Energy, but with Haas on rear. A

Kurt Busch #41 State Water Heaters Chevy SSNo Change. B+

Kurt Bush #41 Hass VF1/Monster Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, similar in design to Danica’s Brownie scheme, with Haas VF1 on hood, with stripes fading to black and Monster rear. B+

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #42

Kyle Larson #42 Target Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, vertical fade from red to white replaces side fade from 2015. A

Kyle Larson #42 Clorox/Target Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, yellow and blue Clorox front, red and white Target rear with Glad logo on quarter panel. F

Kyle Larson #42 Target Scott Dixon Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, running a scheme similar to Scott Dixon’s IndyCar Scheme. A

Kyle Larson #42 Energizer Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same front design as 2014, but with white bottom instead of black. C-

Kyle Larson #42 Huggies Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, blue with red designs across sides. D+

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Aric Almirola #43 Smithfield Ford FusionSlight redesign for 2016, roof numbers turn from yellow to red. B+

Aric Almiroa #43 U.S. Air Force Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, same basic scheme, but with more lightning. A

Aric Almirola #43 STP Ford FusionNew scheme for 2014, STP colors with stripes that correspond to the door logos. B-

Aric Almirola #43 Waffle House Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, yellow replaces patriotic motif. D-

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

Aric Almirola #43 STP Throwback Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, throwback scheme based on Richard Petty’s 1979 STP scheme. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #44

Brian Scott #44 Twisted Tea Ford FusionAside from the number change, no significant changes for 2016. A

Brian Scott #44 Albertsons’s Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, all blue with white hood. A

Brian Scott #44 Vonn’s Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, same as Albertson’s, but with Vonn’s on the hood.. A

Brian Scott #44 Goody’s Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, blue with a honeycomb pattern, with yellow stripes on bottom and front. B+

Brian Scott #44 Go Bowling Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, bowling ball motif returns, blue sides, and white lettering. A

Brian Scott #44 Albertson’s/Tom Thumb Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, Tom Thumb debuts on sides, other than that, same as Albertson’s. A

Brian Scott #44 Shore Lodge Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, same as 2015 scheme, but with side stripe removed, and Petty door design on sides. C+

Brian Scott #44 Medallion Bank Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, taxi yellow with checkered flag across bottom. A

Brian Scott #44 Albertson’s/Devour Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, Devour debuts on sides, other than that, same as Albertson’s. A

Brian Scott #44 Albertsons’/Blu Emu Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, same as Alberston’s but with Blu Emu on quarter panels. A

Brian Scott #44 Shaw’s/Heinz Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2016, Shaw’s on hood, Heinz on quarter panels. A

Brian Scott #44 Jacob Construction/Medallion Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, same as Medallion Taxi scheme. A

HSCOTT MOTORSPORTS #46

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J Chevy SSNo Change. A

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, all red with white front. A

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J/Battle of Bristol Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as white design, but with Battle of Bristol on hood. A

Michael Annett #46 Allstate Peterbuilt Group Chevy SSNo Change. A

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as red Pilot/Flying J, but with patriotic motif. A

Michael Annett #46 St Jude’s Hospital Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, white, teal, and red with wave form up the sides. B+

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Stoffer’s/Lean Cuisine Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same as Kroger/Scott, minus the stars. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Scott Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Kroger/Scott, minus the stars. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Food For Less Chevy SSNo Change. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, dark red, with flames on sides. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Coffee Mate/Butterfinger Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Kroger, but with Coffee Mate and Butterfinger logos on sides and hood. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Bush’s Baked Beans Chevy SSNo Change. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Bruce Hill Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on the scheme Bruce Hill raced in his rookie year in 1975 A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Dillons/Glad Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same basic scheme as Kroger, but blue on the hood has been removed from 2015 version. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Unwharrie Bank Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, green roof, white sides, with stripe that forms company logo under door number, red bottom. C+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Harris Teeter Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Kroger but with Harris Teeter on hood. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Bush’s Grilling Beans Chevy SSNo Change. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Crisco/Hungry Jack Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Kroger but with Crisco and Hungry Jack on hood and sides. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Ralph’s/Kingsford Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, same as Kroger’s, but with Ralph’s and Kingsford on hood. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Outshine/Drumstick Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Kroger, but with Outshine and Drumstick on quarter panels and hood.

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Clorox/Scott Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Kroger, but with Clorox on quarter panels and hood.

AJ Allmendinger #47 Scott’s Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Kroger’s but with Scott’s on the side. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Chevy SSSlight redesign for 2016, stripes are narrower, and hood logo is slightly forward. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Chevy SSSlight redesign for 2016, stripes are narrower, and hood logo is slightly forward. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Pro ServicesSlight redesign for 2016, stripes are narrower, and hood logo is slightly forward. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Chevy SS– New scheme for 2016, same as basic scheme, yellow numbers replace white. B+

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevy SSNo Change. B+

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as basic scheme, but with yellow door numbers. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, black with stars on hood and rear, white, blue, and silver diagonal design up the side. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Red Vest Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, red, with blue and white designs up sides F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes Earnhardt Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on Dale Earnhardt’s 1979 Mike Curb Rookie of the Year Scheme. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #55

Reed Sorenson #55 Chevy SS-All black with white and blue numbers. A

Michael Waltrip #55 Peak Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Clint Bowyer’s #15. A

Reed Sorenson #55 World Record Striper Company Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, dark blue front, fades to lighter blue, and has a bass motif at back. A

Cole Whitt #55 Vydrox Plus Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as #98. A

Cody Ware #55 Carport Empire Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, white with blue and red designs, on bottom and red roof. A

Reed Sorenson #55 Royal Teak Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Alex Kennedy #55 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Carport Empire minus the logos. A

CIRCLE SPORT/LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #59

Michael McDowell #59 Thrivent Financial Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, same as #95, with door numbers reversed. B+

Marin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row Toyota CamryOther than the switch from Chevy to Toyota, there are no major changes.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, vertical fade from bottom to top, light blue fades up to dark blue. A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, orange with trace amounts of black and camo. F

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Bass Pro Shops, but more the camo is more prominent. F

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto-Owners Insurance Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, dark blue with some light blue designs on sides, and a light blue roof. C+

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black with patriotic motif across sides. C-

BK RACING #83

Michael Waltrip #83 Maxwell House Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Matt DiBendetto #83 Sewanee University Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, blue with white and gold logos on quarter panels, gold stripe on bottom, blue designs on side. B+

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Cosmo Motors Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2016, all black with Cosmo Motors logos on sides and hood. A

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Schluter Systems Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, cream top, with stripes, and a waffle design on the bottom. D-

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Cosmo Motors Toyota CamryNo Change. C-

Matt DiBenedetto #83 RMC Events Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, black top, white zigzag line separating black top from red bottom. B-

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, same as #93. B-

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Hope For Warriors Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, red, white and blue, with a plethora of patriotic designs on sides. F

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Anest Iwata Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2016, blue front, black rear, silver stripe divides the two. A

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Orange Crush Throwback Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, orange, with blue stripes and throwback logos on sides and top. A

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Science Logic Toyota Camry–New sponsor for 2016, light blue with a series of circular designs across sides. D+

Matt DiBenedetto #83 EJ Wade Construction Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, black with white and orange cutting edge designs on side. B-

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Mass Markets Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, white with blue and orange geometrical designs across sides. C-

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Vector Security Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, white with red and blue cutting edge design across sides. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 TaxSlayer Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, red top and front, white bottom and back, gold designs separate the two. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, reminiscent of old Mountain Dew/Amp Energy scheme. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Axalta Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, red top, fade to yellow bottom, across whole car. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide/Batman Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, designed to look like Batman’s armor. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Grey Ghost Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, based on the Grey Ghost that Buddy Baker used to win the 1980 Daytona 500. A

Dale Earnhardt #88 Axalta/CarStar Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Axalta, but CarStar is on quarter panel. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Dewcision Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, black with yellow trident inspired design on sides, oval design on roof, and Vortex design on hood. D-

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, blue with butterflies across whole car, and names on hood. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, white top, green and white “patriotic” motif, and yellow bottom. F

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, blue front with stars and stripes motif, red and white waving stripe motif across sides. A

BK RACING #93

Matt DiBenedetto #93 Dustless Blasting Toyota CamryNo Change. B-

Ryan Ellis #93 Science Logic Toyota CamryNo Change. D+

Dylan Lupton #93 Bell Brothers/Elk Grove Toyota Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, blue with white circular designs across car. C-

CIRCLE SPORT/LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Ty Dillon #95 Cheerios Chevy SSNew sponsor and manufacturer for 2016 for Leavine Family Racing, after having merged with Circle Sport, and aligned with RCR. Aside from the new number, and a larger Kroger’s logo, no change. A

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, looks similar in design to the 2014, with a black, red, and white color scheme. B+

Michael McDowell #95 K-Love Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, simpler template. A

Michael McDowell #95 Monte Carlo Casino Chevy SS-New Scheme for 2016, same as WRL Contractors from 2014. A

Ty Dillon #95 Nexium 24 Chevy SSAside from new team, no change. A-

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors Ford FusionNo Change. A

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors/MastiClean Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2016, same as WRL, but with MastiClean leaf motif on quarter panels. B-

Ty Dillon #95 BVT/Blake’s Snow Shack Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, similar in design to Cheerios, but with black extending up to roof on door numbers, as well as part of quarter panel. B+

Ty Dillon #95 Nexteer Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, red front, red, white, and black stripe across sides, black rear. A

Michael McDowel #95 Thrivent Financial Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, black hood with American flag motif across sides and roof. A

Michael McDowell #95 Malware Bites Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, dark blue front with lighter blue circuit board motif across sides. B+

Ty Dillon #95 Chevy Summer Selldown Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, white, with red and green sunburst style designs on sides. B-

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Richard Childress Throwback Chevy SS-New Scheme for 2016, same as Richard Childress’ Kansas Jack scheme from the 1970’s. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #98

Cole Whitt #98 Premium Motorsports RTIC Coolers Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, black with RTIC Coolers logo on sides and hood. A

Cole Whitt #98 Tweaker Energy Chevy SSNo Change. A

Cole Whitt #98 Speed Stick Chevy SSNo Change. A

Cole Whitt #98 Rinnai Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, all black with Rinnai logos on sides and hood. A

Cole Whitt #98 Chevy SS-All black with white and blue numbers. A

Cole Whitt #98 RTIC Coolers Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2016, black with RTIC Coolers logo on sides and hood, with a new hood design. A

Cole Whitt #98 Vydrox Plus Chevy SSNo Change. A

Cole Whitt #98 RTIC Coolers Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as RTIC but blue replaces black. A

Cole Whitt #98 Speed Stick Reversed Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Speed Stick but with the colors reversed. A

Cole Whitt #98 Carolina Skiff Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2016, black with white Carolina Skiff logos on sides and hood. A

My Thoughts On The Olympics

By David G. Firestone

The Rio Olympics have concluded, and all I have to say is THANK GOD! We have been hearing about the Olympics all year, but none of what we were hearing prior to the games was good news. Between human rights violations, corruption, shoddy construction, Zika, infrastructure failures, water quality issues, and a lack of security, I knew these games would be interesting, but I got tired of hearing about them

Fast forward to the actual games, and the stuff that was going wrong was entertaining. Before I discuss stuff that happened during the games, I’d like to thank the media for their wonderful coverage of the games. Seriously, in a time where race relations are in really bad shape, and gender equality should be a thing but isn’t, how could you have coverage that is clearly racist and sexist? Seriously, how did the media do such a great job at offending EVERYONE while covering the games? Vox summed this us better than I ever could, check it out.

That aside, when the games did get started, the television coverage was awful. NBC, I don’t know if you know this or not, but we have something called “the internet” which gives us the capacity to learn the results of events before you tape delay them. We also have something called a “DVR” where we can record the event so we can watch it. Why would you tape delay the games in this day in age. Seriously, WWE finally figured this out, why can’t you? I was getting updates on the games sent to my phone from two different apps, CNN and EPSN.

So we have a bad location, bad infrastructure, and bad television coverage, to start with. Then we have a pool that turned green for no real reason, a swimming pool that gave certain swimmers an advantage, PED issues, questionable officiating, cupping, and Ryan Lochte. The sad part is that there was a lot of great stuff that happened during the games, but almost all of it is ignored because of the off-field issues.

I wish I could say this was an isolated incident, but it seems that this is happening with every Olympic games. Furthermore, it’s getting to the point that the host city loses so much money, that finding new venues is getting tougher. I genuinely, believe that there may never be another Olympics held in North America during my lifetime. These cities don’t have millions of dollars sitting around to lose on the Olympics. I’m wondering if the rules will be changed to make the games profitable to the host cities. It would be an improvement over the current system.

To the surprise of nobody, because of all of the issues I touched on, the games were a ratings failure, and advertisers aren’t happy. TV ratings are bad, and now comes the speculation that the television deal will change. People are going to wonder where should the Olympics go, I’m wondering where COULD the Olympics go. The contract is costly for networks, and they don’t want to pay that much for bad ratings.

I don’t watch the Olympics, and I couldn’t care less about them, and all I can say is that I’m happy they are over.