Paint Scheme Grades-February 25, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/McDonald’s Chevy SS-It’s a better scheme, much more toned down, great color scheme, and an overall great look. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Grand Mac Chevy SS-I’m not a fan of green on race cars, but this works very well. The design scheme looks good, and it’s a really good scheme. I give it an A.

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy SSIt’s a better scheme, much more toned down, great color scheme, and an overall great look. A

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Ford Fusion-For the switch to Ford, Aspen Dental redesigned their car, and at best it can be described as “rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.” The changes did nothing to improve the overall look of the car. It’s not a good scheme, and I give it an F.

Danica Patrick #10 TaxAct Ford Fusion-For the switch to Ford, TaxAct redesigned their car. The changes did not change the grade of the car. It’s still a great looking car, and the bigger stripes are an improvement. It is an A scheme for sure.

Michael Waltrip #15 Aaron’s Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, blue photo motif across car, white hood, yellow door numbers. D-

Matt Kenseth #20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-Same scheme as 2016 #18, same F grade.

Matt Kenseth #20 Tide Pods Toyota Camry-Talk about a downgrade! The 2016 throwback scheme was one of the best. Tide has always had great schemes, but this new scheme is a disaster! I hate the orange/blue separation, the subtle designs, and the overall look. Even a great color scheme can’t save this from an F grade.

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Starter Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

David Ragan #38 Camping World/Good Sam Ford Fusion-I’m not big on the design scheme. I think the old Front Row template would have worked better. I do like the color scheme, and the design isn;t horrible, so I’ll give it a B-.

David Ragan #38 Jacob Companies Ford FusionIt’s a bad design with a mediocre color scheme, and the two don’t work with each other. Taking everything into account, this is a C-scheme.

Timmy Hill #51 Spoonful Music Foundation Chevy SS-Good design, great color scheme, and a great look will always earn an A.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #77 same C- grade.

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