Paint Scheme Grades-September 9, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Throwback Chevy SS-It’s a pretty faithful replica of the Hawaiian Tropic scheme, but with McDonald’s logos. It’s a good look, and it earns an A.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Throwback Ford Fusion-Advocare always does a great Mark Martin throwback, and this Stroh’s throwback is no exception. It’s faithful, and it looks good. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Xchange Of America Throwback Toyota Camry-Motorcraft schemes have ranged from good to great, and while this one falls into the “good” category, it’s a great look…even if it’s on a Toyota. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Throwback Ford Fusion-I was wondering when this scheme would be run as a throwback, and I’m glad it’s here. The block fade was a unique and amazing look, and it was redone very well. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Circle K Toyota Camry-I don’t like the changes here. It thought the scheme was great, but the orange numbers take it down from an A to an A-.

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Throwback Chevy SS-Same scheme as Dutch Boy, same A grade.

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Hulu Throwback Chevy SS-The Lowe’s Foods scheme is criminally overlooked when talking about Dale Earnhardt’s paint schemes, and it’s a shame. It’s a great look, and the new version looks good, so it earns an A.

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops Throwback Ford Fusion-Same basicscheme as last year, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #37 Cheerios Throwback Chevy SS– I’m going to quote my Throwback Thursday article on this scheme: “No the Buick isn’t butter flavored. Red, Yellow and white with a curved stripe up the side is a good look. I also like the logo curved over the wheel well. The gold reflective numbers look good, and the black outline works very well. The white looks really good on the Buick. The Butter Flavored letting could be in a different color, as it sort of blends in to the stripe. I also like the lettering on PATTY MOISE above the door.”A

David Ragan #38 Good Sam Throwback Ford Fusion-It’s more of a fauxback, but it’s a good look, with a good color scheme, and I’ll give it an A.

Kyle Larson #42 First Data Chevy SS-The fade works very well, and the circuit design works very well with this scheme. It’s a good look across the board. A

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Bank Throwback Chevy SS-Not going to lie, I didn’t like this scheme when it first debuted, but as the years have gone on, it has grown on me. A

Cody Ware #51 Bubba Burger/Pray For Texas Chevy SS-It is Cole Trickle’s number, with Kyle Petty’s scheme, and it’s raising money for Hurricane Harvey victims, so it earns an A.

Cole Whitt #72 Ted Whitt Throwback Chevy SS-Ted Whitt had a really good race car, with a really good look, which is faithfully replicated here. It’s a good look, with a great history, and it’s an A scheme.

Erik Jones #77 5-Hour Energy Mosaic Toyota Camry-I get what the premise is here, but mosaic schemes never look good, and this is no exception. It’s a cluttered, jumbled mess of a scheme that earns an F.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Throwback Toyota Camry-This scheme, while decent, could have been a lot better. No throwback logos, no vintage design, nothing that could make this scheme a throwback. Again, it’s not horrible, I don’t like the shade of green used, but It’s worth a B-, all things considered.

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