Paint Scheme Grades-October 8, 2016

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford Fusion-I’m really hoping this becomes the new Penske template, and if it doesn’t, it should at lease become the new Keselowski template. It’s a great looking scheme with a great color scheme. A

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

Kasey Kahne #5 UniFirst Chevy SS-Smooth look with a great color scheme. Green isn’t the easiest color to use on the side of a race car, but this looks good. A

Justin Allgaier #7 Nikko/Road Rippers Pink Chevy SS-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Patriotic Chevy SS-The Tooth Fairy scheme works well, and the patriotic motif works well with this scheme. All in all, it earns an A.

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1/Rev The Vote Chevy SS-Same basic scheme as Mobil 1, same A grade.

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Kappa Pink Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Landon Cassill #38 MDS Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Landon Cassill #38 Snapchat/Rev The Vote Ford Fusion-This is another scheme with two competing element that simply don’t work together. Snapchat would work buy itself, Rev The Vote would work by itself, these are just awkward together. They both have good color schemes that don’t work together, and it’s not a great look, but still worth a C-.

Brian Scott #44 Jacob Construction Ford Fusion-Dark blue can work well, or it can be terrible. In this case, it works very well, and the white contrasts nicely. A solid A scheme!

Marin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row/Maaco Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Furniture Row, same A grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Cosmo Motors Pink Toyota Camry-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Chevy SS-While I like the color scheme, the design scheme is overdone, and it doesn’t look good. The wave form would work, but the wave form is overdone. It looks confusing. Averaging the grades out, I give it a C+.

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