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Paint Scheme Grades-August 29, 2015

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Mark Martin Throwback Ford Fusion-Not my favorite Mark Martin throwback scheme, but it works with the V’s replace by A’s. I’ll give it an A+.

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Winn Dixie Throwback Ford Fusion-Based on a later Mark Martin throwback scheme, the modern numbers and logos take an A+ scheme to a B-.

Clint Bowyer #15 Buddy Baker Throwback Toyota Camry-I rarely hand out the second + to an A+ scheme but for this throwback to Buddy Baker’s 1974 scheme because the team went the extra mile and hand painted it. The extra plus is worth one 1/3 of a letter grade in the final ratings. A++

Greg Biffle #16 Ortho Throwback Ford Fusion-Great design, great color scheme, bonus points for vintage contingency decals. A+

Jeb Burton #23 Estes Cat Throwback Toyota Camry-I’ll be honest, when I heard of the throwback race, I thought Ryan Newman would use this scheme. That said, it is still a great scheme based on Ward Burton’s 2002 Daytona 500 winning scheme. A+

JJ Yeley #23 Voodoo Grills Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #83, same F grade.

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s Throwback Chevy SS-Vintage logos, a unique vintage look, and vintage door numbers all add up to an A+.

Josh Wise #32 Beer Frost/Corvetteparts.com Tide Throwback Ford Fusion-You can NEVER go wrong with a Tide Ride scheme. A+

Aric Almirola #43 STP 1972 Throwback Ford Fusion-STP throwbacks are, without exception, always great. A+

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J Throwback Chevy SS– A good color scheme and decent design, ruined by modern logos. The vintage Pilot logo is good but can’t keep the grade above a C+.

Matt DiBenedetto #83 James Madison University Toyota Camry-Blue, black and gold is a good color scheme, but it doesn’t transfer well to this paint scheme. It looks forced. I think that if the blue and gold were reversed it might help. The design and logos are good, so I’ll give it a B+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Valvoline Buddy Baker Throwback Chevy SS– The only bad thing I can say is that the Dale Jr. number design is present on this throwback scheme, but it’s too good of a scheme for me to complain, and I give it an A+.

Timmy Hill #98 Big Daddy RV’s Ford Fusion-The logo may be a bit gaudy, but the paint scheme is good, and I’ll give in an A+.

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