Paint Scheme Grades-April 1, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s All American Games Chevy SS-Same scheme as McDonald’s, same A grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 SportClips Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same C- grade.

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Centers Ford Fusion-It’s a great look!  The color scheme works well with the design scheme, and the white hood, roof, and decklid work well too.  All in all, it’s an A scheme for sure!

Reed Sorenson #15 VIP Racing Experience Toyota Camry-It’s a clean smooth look with a great color scheme.  It’s worth an A.

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Daniel Suarez #19 Subway Toyota Camry-I like the removal of the white from the sides.  It gives the car a much cleaner and smoother look.  It’s still a little overdone, but it’s worth an A-.

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerkey Chevy SS-It’s not a bad scheme overall, but the dark red doesn’t work as well with the bright yellow.  It looks good, but if the red was a little brighter, the scheme would earn a little more than a B-.

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Superior Logistics Services Chevy SS-Same scheme as Starter, same A grade.

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Nice Ride Apparel Chevy SS-Same scheme as Starter, same A grade.

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Detail 2U/K1 Speed Chevy SS-Same scheme as Starter, same A grade.

AJ Allmendinger #47 Ralph’s/Checklist/Oscar Meyer Chevy SS-Same scheme as Kroger, same A grade.

AJ Allmendinger #47 Fry’s/Checklist/Velveta Chevy SS-Same scheme as Kroger, same A grade.

Timmy Hill #51 Bubba Burger Chevy SS-Thought the blue could be a little darker, the overall scheme looks good.  I like the cutting edge design, and the color works well with the scheme.  It earns an A.

Reed Sorenson #55 Toyota Camry-It’s a clean smooth look with a great color scheme.  It’s worth an A.

Cole Whitt #72 SoCal Chevy Chevy SS-I REALLY hate that door numbers.  Normally this scheme would earn an A, but with the overly distracting #72, it ends up scoring just a B+.

Erik Jones #77 Toyota Service Centers Toyota Camry-Same scheme as 5-Hour Energy, same C- grade.

Corey LaJoie #83 Bubba Burger Toyota Camry-The black flame motif is simple, and it works!  It’s a bold look that isn’t overdone!  This is one of my favorite schemes so far this year.  I give it the A it deserves!

Michael McDowell #95 Leavine Family Surfboards Chevy SS-Designing cars to look like vintage classics can be hit or miss, and this is a hit!  The Woody design works well, and the light blue front works well too. A

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