My Thoughts On Canelo Álvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin

By David G. Firestone

I am what is called a “casual” fan of boxing and mixed martial arts. If it’s on, I’ll watch it, but it’s not my favorite. I don’t buy pay per views, since for me, it isn’t worth the money. This is imporant to state, because of what went on in the Canelo Álvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight last night. This is the kind of thing that can and will turn casual fans off of boxing for good.

Canelo Álvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin has been praised by fans as a great match, but nobody is talking about that right now. Everybody is talking about the fact it was scored a draw, because of a questionable score by one of the judges. Judge Adalaide Byrd turned in a 118-110 in favor of Alvarez. There were audible gasps as this was announced, and now there are accusations of corruption.

Adalaide Byrd has an established history of questionable decisions and questionable scoring, yet she seems to judge a large number of title fights. How she manages to keep a job as a judge is beyond me! For someone who judges a lot of fights, you would think she would be better at it! Someone explain to me how a judge who has an established history of questionable scoring is allowed to judge high level fights! In any other occupation, she would have been fired for incompetence a long time ago!

This is proof that boxing should leave Las Vegas for good. I say this because the Nevada State Athletic Commission has proven itself to be unreliable and has abused its power at every turn. Apparently the NSAC was watching a different match, because they flat out defended her! This is a quote from Bob Bennett, the head of the NSAC:

“She’s done over 115 title fights and/or elimination bouts. She does a great deal of our training. Takes a lot of our judges under her wing. I think being a judge is a very challenging position. Unfortunately, Adalaide was a little wide. I’m not making any excuses. I think she’s an outstanding judge, and in any business, sometimes you have a bad day. She saw the fight differently. It happens.”

Yes she saw the fight differently, she seems to see a lot of fights differently, AND THAT’S THE WHOLE PROBLEM! Someone explain this to me! This has to be corruption. The casinos made a lot of money off this fight, so it doesn’t seem unlikely that there could have been a back door deal. The NSAC and Adalaide Byrd need to be federally investigated. Boxing has had a lot of issues with corruption over the years, and this is another example of why casual fans are turning away from boxing.

Boxing does not need Nevada. MMA does not need Nevada. Nevada needs boxing and MMA. If Nevada wants to get boxing and MMA, there needs to be a regime change. The NSAC has proven to be a corrupt kangaroo court, and needs to go. I’m going to continue watching pro wrestling, at least pro wrestling is up front about their matches being fixed!

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Introduction to Sports Memorabilia-2007 Free Credit Report Pit Crew Undershirt

David Gilliland, Kenny Wallace, and Richard Johns raced the Free Credit Report Ford for Team Resni in 2007, and this shirt was issued to and used by a crew member.

Paint Scheme Grades-September 16, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Therm Chevy SS-The hood represents cold, the sides represent heat, and the car looks great across the board. A

Hermie Sadler #7 We’re Game Chevy SS-It’s a great color scheme that gets lost in the over designed sides. It’s not completely terrible, but it’s not great. I’ll give it a C-.

Danica Patrick #10 Warrior by Danica Patrick/HSN.com Chevy SS-It’s a rather finicky color scheme not helped by being a tad over designed. It would be better with a different color scheme.  All in all, it’s worth a C-.

Matt Kenseth #20 American Red Cross/Toyota 4 Good Toyota Camry-Same scheme as white Toyota Care, same D- grade.

Joey Logano #22 American Red Cross Ford Fusion-With the right color combination, the Penske template can work quite well. This is the right color combination. Red and white work very well, and the car looks good. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Sweet Frog Toyota Camry-Last year’s scheme was a front runner for Worst Paint Scheme Of The Year in the Paint Schemies, and the 2017 is actually worse! The color scheme is awful, but the design just makes the scheme look more repulsive than it is. I wish I could give it lower than an F, but I can’t.

Chris Buescher #37 Nature Valley Chevy SS-This is a bold yet subtle scheme, with a great color scheme, which will always earn an A.

David Ragan #38 1000 Bulbs Ford Fusion-The only reason that this scheme was awarded a D+ is that the color scheme is good, and fits the design scheme. The design scheme is horrible by itself, saved only by the color scheme.

BJ McLeod #51 Bubba Burger Texas Strong Chevy SS-It’s a classic look, and a great color scheme. Nothing wrong here! A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-Same scheme as white Auto Owner’s Insurance, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #83 Safeway Toyota Camry-Too many designs, not a good look. Not even a great color scheme can save this from an F.

Corey LaJoie#83 Champion Machinery Toyota Camry-The color scheme is great, but the car is somewhat over designed, but it’s not as bad as it could be. It’s not terrible, not great, worth a C.

One of the Goals of All Drivers In Auto Racing

By David G. Firestone

The term “pole position” comes from horse racing, where the fastest qualifying horse would be placed on the inside part of the course, next to the pole. Though Qualifying takes several different forms, all drivers want the pole position.

In 1979, Busch Beer started sponsoring the pole award in the Winston Cup Series, with the pole award winners would race in the Busch Clash, before the Daytona 500. The Busch Clash lasted from 1979 until 1997, when it became the Budweiser Shootout in 2001, to 2012. The sponsorship spread to the Xfinity Series and the Truck Series as well. Anheuser-Busch dropped the sponsorship in 2012, and Molson took over. In the Cup and Xfinity Series, the pole award is sponsored by Coors Light. In the Truck Series, the pole award is sponsored by Keystone Light. With the new sponsor came these small flags given to the drivers and crew members of the pole winners.

This version is given to pole award winners who are under 21. The flag is 19 inches long, and 12 inches wide, is only printed on one side, and is in good condition. In 2015, nobody in the Cup series under 21 won the pole award. In the Xfinity Series, Erik Jones won pole awards at the Drive4Clots.com 300 at Fontana, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas, and the Drive to Stop Diabetes 300 at Bristol. Darrell Wallace Jr. won the pole at the Buckle Up 200 at Dover. Finally, Ben Rhodes won the pole at the Road America 180 at Road America.

In 2015, nobody in the Cup series under 21 won the pole award. In the Xfinity Series, Erik Jones won pole awards at Fontana, Texas, and Bristol. Darrell Wallace Jr. won the pole at the Dover. Finally, Ben Rhodes won the pole at Road America. In the Truck Series, Erik Jones won the pole at Kansas, Texas, Gateway, Iowa, Pocono,and Phoenix. Bobby Pierce won the pole at Eldora, and Cole Custer won the pole at Martinsville. This flag was given to one of their race teams at some point.

This flag was from 2015 at Dover, and would have been awarded to Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, or Ryan Blaney. It’s the same size as the under 21 flag, The flag is 19 inches long, and 12 inches wide, is only printed on one side, and is in good condition. These pole award flags are small when compared to a full-sized checkered flag, this one from the 2010 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Miami Grand Prix.What I find odd is that Coors Light sponsors the pole award, and they have a contest where the driver who wins the most Coors Light Pole Awards will win $100,000. While this is a great idea, for some reason, it’s never mentioned on any NASCAR telecast EVER! Why? Coors Light has done a terrible job promoting the pole award, and the fact that they are the Official Beer of NASCAR. While Monster Energy is the most promoted official beverage, followed up by Coca Cola, Coors never seems to get mentioned. Why is Coors Light not making more an effort?

Anyhow, next week will feature Driver Suit Blog favorite Jack Beckman.

Throwback Thursday-Michael Brotherton-1992

After tipping his Coors Light dragster over, Michael Brotherton came back to win in Seattle in 1992

The dark blue era of Coors Light wasn’t great, the car looked decent. The blue didn’t work as well with the black, red, and white of the logos. I also don’t get the silver on the front wing and mud flaps. Coors Light was already known as The Silver Bullet, so why wouldn’t they have a Silver Bullet themed race car? It’s a bad concept, and the scheme is a C- scheme at best.

Paint Scheme Tracker-September 13, 2017

By David G. Firestone

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #1

Jamie McMurray #1 GearWrench Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black, with yellow, and red stripes across bottom. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna Chevy SSNo change. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/McDonald’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, blue front, red rear, stripes between. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy SSNo change. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Grand Mac Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black, with green front and cutting edge design. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Cessna/McDonald’s, but with colors reversed. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Credit One/Cessna Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as McDonald’s/Cessna but white replaces red. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Sherwin Williams/3M Pro Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as Sherwin Williams but with diamond pattern on the rear. C-

Jamie McMurray #1 Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Federation Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, slight redesign, rounded camo has been replaced with orange stripes. F

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s $1 Any Size Soft Drink Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as McDonald’s, but with $1 Any Size Soft Drink on hood. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Signature Crafted Recipes Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as McDonald’s, but with Signature Crafted Recipes on hood. A

Jamie McMurray #1 General Hydroponics/Cessna Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Cessna, but with General Hydroponics on hood. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on the #1 Hawaiian Tropic scheme raced back in the day. A

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford FusionNo Change A

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford FusionNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford FusionNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Auto Trader Ford FusionNo Change D-

Brad Keselowski #2 SKF Ford FusionNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Genuine Draft Ford FusionThrowback scheme that ran from 1990-1996. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford FusionNo change. C-

Brad Keselowski #2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Yellowish-green with black Penske template. D

Brad Keselowski #2 Elite Support/Freightliner Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Penske template with silver front, blue rear. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, white with American flag motif on middle of car. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Freightliner Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Penske template with silver front and blue rear. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford FusionNo change. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, black front, with red designs near wheel well, white fade across quarter panels. A-

Austin Dillon #3 AAA Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, but with a few minor stripe changes. D+

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, same basic scheme as 2016, but many of the stripes have been removed. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Quikrete Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Dow but with Quikrete on quarter panels. A-

Austin Dillon #3 Lucas Oil Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, similar to 2016 Dow, but with Lucas Oil on quarter panels, and the black stripe is curved. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/World Water Day Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black front, water motif with a curve in front of the door number. D-

Austin Dillon #3 Okuma Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as AAA, but with a black, white, and blue color scheme. D+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Energy and Water Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, black with curve motive, blue water motif inside curve. C

Austin Dillon #3 New Era Cap Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with white hood and roof, large New Era Cap logos on sides. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Intellifresh Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as Dow Energy and Water. C

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, American Flag and wood motif across whole car. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, silver with blue star motif across hood, stars and stripes patterns on sides. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Kilz Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as Dow but with Kilz on sides. A-

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, faded glory American flag motif across whole car. A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale Earnhardt’s Wranger scheme. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Molykote Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same color scheme, wave design with gear motif. C

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Automotive Magma Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black and red carbon fiber motif. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Therm Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, blue hood and roof, red and white sides. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, all blue with more detail in the mountains. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy John’s Ford FusionNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as 2017 Busch, but with Busch Light on quarter panel. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Bucks Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, green cash motif, Busch logos on sides, Busch Bucks logo on hood. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as #41. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Mobil 1 Annual Protection, but red replaces gold. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Outdoor Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, some slight changes to the can design. C

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Chevy SSNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kasey Kahne #5 Farmers Insurance Chevy SSNo Change. C+

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Chevy SSNo Change. D+

Kasey Kahne #5 Liftmaster Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, silver, with black door, and red stripes. A

Kasey Kahne #5 UniFrst Chevy SSNo Change. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Drive To End Hunger Chevy SSNo change. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Mountain Dew Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with green and yellow jagged stripe on sides. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Liftmaster Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, white replaces silver. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on the first scheme Hendrick Motorsports raced in 1984. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Microsoft Windows Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, all blue with subtle designs on sides. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Shark Week Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, dark blue with teal shark outline on bottom and shark teeth on front. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Rated Red Road To Race Day Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black front and rear, with red center. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Trevor Bayne #6 Liberty National Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, blue with silver and white across sides, white roof. B-

Trevor Bayne #6 Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford FusionExcept for the change from 16 to 6, no change. B-

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, white with multi-colored checkerboard pattern on bottom. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Roush Performance Ford FusionAside from changing from 16 to 6, no change. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Ford Eco-Boost Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, similar to 2016 #17, but with patriotic motif replacing old design. B+

Trevor Bayne #6 Roush Performance/Hines Park Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Roush Performance, but with Hines Park on the hood. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Ford Eco-Boost Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as patriotic, but stars have been removed. A-

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Mark Martin’s Stroh’s Light Throwback Ford Thunderbird. A

TOMMY BALDWIN RACING #7

Elliott Sadler #7 Golden Corral Chevy SSNo change. A

JJ Yeley #7 Accell Construction Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as previous, but red hood has been replaced by black hood. C

JJ Yeley #7 Accell Construction Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, American flag motif across whole car. A

JJ Yeley #7 Zombie Auto Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with yellow Zombie Auto logos on sides and hood. A

Hermie Sadler #7 We’re Game Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with green designs on side. C-

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Danica Patrick #10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, white front, green stripe, and blue bottom. A

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, lighter blue, Post-It motif replaced by silver wing, and some minor color changes. F

Danica Patrick #10 TaxAct Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme as 2016, but side and front stripes are bigger. A

Danica Patrick #10 Mobil 1 Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as #41. A

Danica Patrick #10 Code 3 Associates Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, blue with white hood and roof, silver stripes between the two. A

Danica Patrick #10 Wonder Woman Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, red front, fades to white rear, Wonder Woman logos on sides and hood. A

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Bakery/Feeding American Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, orange replaces blue. A

Danica Patrick #10 Code 3 Associates/CSU One Cure Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Code 3 Associates, but with CSU and One Cure on the side. A

Danica Patrick #10 Colorado State University One Cure Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, green, gold, and white with paw motif. B+

Danica Patrick #10 Ford Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale Jarrett’s 1999 Championship winning car. A

Danica Patrick #10 Warrior by Danica Patrick/HSN.com Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, teal front, blue rear, cutting edge designs across whole car. C-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, lighter blue, with an orange paintbrush design on sides. B-

Denny Hamlin #11 SportClips Toyota CamrySlight changes for 2017, door number colors reversed, stripe colors reversed as well. C-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Cares Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, orange replaces silver, much more simple design. A

Denny Hamlin #11 Sport Clips Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, based on Ray Hendrick’s Modified scheme. A

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy SS-No change. A

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Chevy SSAside from the new team, no change. A

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Military Chevy SSNo change. F

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Smokey Yunick Throwback Chevy SSNo change. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, white top, red and white stripe across side, blue bottom. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Automotion Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, red top, black bottom, white stripes across sides. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Centers Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, white hood, roof, and decklid, red, yellow, and black triangle sides.A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Demo Days Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Haas, but with Demo Days on hood. A

Clint Bowyer #14 HAAS CNC Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, colors reversed. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Cars 3 Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, same as #42. B+

Clint Bowyer #14 Nature’s Bakery/Feeding American Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as #10. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Stops Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Mobil 1,but with Rush Truck Stops on sides. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Carolina Dodge Dealers Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Mark Martin’s #1 Bill Davis Ford Thunderbird used from 1988 to 1991. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Five Star Urgent Care Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, red, white and blue stripe with wave form pattern on bottom red stripe. B

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #15

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

Reed Sorenson #15 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black with white numbers. A

Reed Sorenson #15 The Maids Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, yellow with blue lettering and numbers. A

Reed Sorenson #15 VIP Racing Experience Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with white VIP Racing Experience logos on sides and hood. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Xchange of America Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue with Xchange of America logos. A

Joey Gase #15 Sparks Energy Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with yellow paint splatter on sides. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Harrah’s Casino Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, silver has been removed, black with white numbers and logos. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Internetwork Engineering Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, all black with Internetwork Engineering logo on hood. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Low T Center Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as #55. F

Ross Chastain #15 Protect Your Mellon Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, red, with yellow and white stripe across sides. A

Reed Sorenson#15 Energex.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with Energex.com logos on sides and hood. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Corrigan Oil Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white stripe across bottom, black with red and blue stripes across sides. A

Kevin O’Connell #15 SBC Construction /Apollo Opening Roofing System Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, American flag motif across whole car. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Loser’s Bar Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with Loser’s Bar logo on sides and hood. A

Gray Gaulding #15 La Colombe Draft Latte Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, red, white, and blue vertical stripes. A

BJ McLeod #15 American Campus Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017 black with white American Campus logos on sides and hood. A

Gary Klutt #15 Fusilo Construction/Color Compass Corporation Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with blue and white stripe across the side. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Low T Center Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, white replaces black. F

Reed Sorenson #15 Xchange Of America Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, based of Bud Moore’s Motorcraft scheme from the 1980’s. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Ford FusionNo change. F

Rickey Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Commemorative Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, but the colors have been reversed. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford FusionNo change. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, red top, blue and white striped side. D-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.#17 Go Bowling Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, red, and black with bowling pin and lane motif on sides. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford FusionNo change. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Back Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, dark blue with yellow and light blue designs on side and hood. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, design reversed, red removed. A-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 NESN Fuel Ford FusionAside from the change from #16 to #17, no change. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Darrell Waltrip’s Western Auto scheme. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryAside from moving the characters around, no major changes for 2017. A

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Crispier Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Patriotic Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, same as red Skittles, but with white stripes across bottom, and star motif on hood and roof. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue with orange M&M’s on sides, and a multi colored design on hood. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Patriotic Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, brown with red, white and blue stripes and designs on sides. B-

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Daniel Suarez #19 Arris Toyota CamrySame basic scheme as 2016, Aaris replaces Surfboard. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Stanley Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Daniel Suarez #19 Subway Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme as 2016, but white on sides has been removed. A-

Daniel Suarez #19 Arris Toyota CamrySame basic scheme as last year, but gray replaces orange on quarter panel. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Irwin Tools/Lennox Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue front, fade to white, with red lettering on rear. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt/Flexvolt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, yellow, with black stripes up the sides and hood. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2017, same as 2016 #18. F

Matt Kenseth #20 Tide Pods Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017 orange front with subtle designs, blue rear with subtle designs. F

Matt Kenseth #20 PEAK Antifreeze Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2017, similar to 2016 #15, but spikes are more pronounced. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Blue Def Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, same as PEAK but with colors reversed. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Toyota Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with red, white, and silver cutting edge design. F

Matt Kenseth #20 Circle K Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, white top, orange stripe down center, red bottom. A

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt/Wounded Warrior Project Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as DeWalt, but with subtle camouflage effect on yellow. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Freightliner Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, all white with Freightliner logos. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Toyota Care Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, slightly toned down design, with white replacing black. D-

Matt Kenseth #20 Circle K Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, stripe curves up at rear, white numbers are changed to orange. A-

Matt Kenseth #20 American Red Cross/Toyota 4 Good Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as white Toyota Care but with adjusted logos. D-

WOOD BROTHER RACING #21

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft Ford FusionNo Change. A

Ryan Blaney #21 OmniCraft Auto Parts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, orange replaces red. A-

Ryan Blaney #21 Quick Lane Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, blue and white numbers replace gold numbers, larger Quick Lane logo on sides. A

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft/SKF Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Motorcraft but with SKF on sides. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change D

Joey Logano #22 AAA Ford FusionNo Change. D

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford FusionNo Change. D-

Joey Logano #22 AAA of Southern California Ford FusionNo Change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, all yellow, with some lighter yellow geometrical designs across car. A

Joey Logano #22 Duralast Brakes Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, yellow front, modified Penske template, checkered black middle to rear. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, orange front, white rear, Penske Template. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Jimmy Vasser’s 2002 scheme. A

Joey Logano #22 American Red Cross Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Red and white Penske template. A

BK RACING #23

Joey Gase #23 Best Furnishing Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue with paintbrush style white and yellow designs across side. F

Joey Gase #23 Schluter Systems Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, but stripes have been replaced by geometric designs D-

Joey Gase #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme as 2016, but angled lines replace curved lines. B+

Gray Gaulding #23 SunFrog.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, green front, black and green middle to rear. C+

Gray Gaulding #23 Bubba Burger Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, digital camouflage with patriotic stripe across side. F

Gray Gaulding #23 Addiction Campuses Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue and white sunburst design which fades from light to dark. D+

Alon Day #23 Earthwater Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with bright green and blue designs on sides. D-

Corey LaJoie #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, plain dark red with Dr. Pepper logos. A

Corey LaJoie #23 Lehigh Valley Phantoms Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with Phantom logos and motif across car. A

Corey LaJoie #23 JAS Trucking Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, similar to #83 but all black has been removed. A

Corey LaJoie #23 Dr. Pepper Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, based on Davey Allison’s 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Sweet Frog Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, light green and white with pink and white waves on sides. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Auto Parts Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme as 2016, but with yellow accents across sides. A

Chase Elliott #24 Kelly Blue Book Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, design similar to #11 FedEx. A

Chase Elliott #24 Sun Energy Chevy SSNo Change. F

Chase Elliott #24 Hooters Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, white sides with orange stripes, orange roof. C-

Chase Elliott #24 Little Ceasers/Mountain Dew Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with orange trim and logos. A

Chase Elliot #24 Mountain Dew Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as #5 but black replaces white as the primary color. A

Chase Elliot #24 NAPA Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Bill Elliott’s 1976 #9 scheme. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #27

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Richmond Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, black front, yellow sides, black at bottom of wheel well. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Peak Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with Peak colors. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Valvoline Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with 2016 setup. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/FVP Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017 Menard’s template with FVP colors, black replaces silver. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerkey Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, Menard’s template with red front and quarter panel. B-

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Duracell Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with black and gold. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template, with Dutch Boy blue, and the chipped motif has been removed. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Libman’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template, with Libman colors. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Rockstar Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with black Rockstar motif. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Knauf Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with Knauf blue on sides and hood. B-

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Tarkett Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, Menard’s template with Tarkett colors. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Moen Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with black and blue. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Sylvania Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, new Menard’s template with Sylvania colors. F

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as regular scheme, but with vintage Dutch Boy logos on sides and hood. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #31

Ryan Newman #31 CAT Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with black cutting edge design on front, black stripe across hood and top of car. B-

Ryan Newman #31 Granger Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, red replaces green, black replaces white and red. A

Ryan Newman #31 Kalahari Resorts Chevy SSNo change. C-

Ryan Newman #31 Chevrolet Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with white and gold stripes up the side. A

Ryan Newman #31 Okuma Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as #3. D+

Ryan Newman #31 CAT/Granger Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with red, black, and yellow stripes across sides. A

Ryan Newman #31 Velveeta Shells and Cheese Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, yellow with shells and cheese motif across car. A

Ryan Newman #31 Chevy Accessories Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Chevy but with Chevy Accessories on sides and hood. A

Ryan Newman #31 Caterpillar Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale Earnhardt’s Wranger scheme. A

GO FAS RACING #32

Matt DiBenedetto #32 EJ Wade Foundation Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, white with blue ribbon design on sides. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Cosmo Motors Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme for 2017, but circle around door has been removed. B-

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Can Am/Kappa Ford FusionNo change. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, white with black stripe and red roof and door numbers. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 EJ Wade Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, white fade to black across whole car. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Incredible Bank Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, green top, orange and green checkered flag motif across sides. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Reddit Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, white with orange and black cutting edge designs on side. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Anest Iwata Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, blue front, fade to white and red on sides. B

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Weir’s Motor Sales Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, black with green and yellow zigzag designs across the sides. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Dick Stevens Snacks Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, white front and rear, green checkered patter in middle. C-

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts Bobby Allison Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Bobby Allison’s famous #12 Miller High Life Buick. A

CIRCLE SPORT/TMG MOTORSPORTS #33

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Starter Chevy SSAside from the new team, no change. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Starter, but with no logos. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Superior Logistics Services Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Starter but with Superior Logistics Services logo on hood. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Nice Ride Apparel Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Starter but with Nice Ride Apparel logo on sides hood. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Detail 2U/K1 Speed Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Starter but with Detail 2U logo on hood and K1 logo on sides. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Towne Bank Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Starter, but with Towne Bank logos on sides and hood. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Hulu Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, green top, white bottom, black on front. A

Boris Said #33 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Hulu, but without the logos. A

Boris Said #33 Genesee Light Beer Ford FusionNo change. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Hulu Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale Earnhardt’s Lowe’s Foods scheme. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford FusionNo change. A

Landon Cassill #34 Starkey Hearing Foundation Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, Front Row template has been revamped, with blue and white color scheme. A

Landon Cassill #34 FR8 Auctions Ford FusionNo change. D+

Landon Cassill #34 The Pete Store Ford FusionAside from switching from #38, no change. A

Landon Cassill #34 CSX Play It Safe Ford FusionNo change. A

Landon Cassill #34 Loves/Winstar Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Love’s, but with Winstar logo on hood. A

Landon Cassill #34 A&W Ford FusionNo change. A

Landon Cassill #34 MDS/#checkitforandretti Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as 2016 MDS, but with #checkitforandretti on sides. A

Landon Cassill #34 CSX Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as CSX, but with red, white and blue. A

Landon Cassill #34 CSX Play It Safe Ford FusionNo change. A

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops Support The Troops Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, black elements replace yellow elements. F

Landon Cassill #34 Jacob Companies Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, same as #38. C-

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as last year, but stripes have been straightened. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Chris Buescher #37 Cottonelle Chevy SS-New team for 2017, white sides with blue roof and bottom. A

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Checklist Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as #47 Kroger. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Baked Beans Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, aside from team change, no change. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, light blue with white and dark blue patriotic designs. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Scott Products/Kingsford Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Cottonelle, but with silver numbers. A

Chris Buescher #37 Velveeta Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with red designs on sides. A

Chris Buescher #37 Kingsford Chevy SSAside from changing from #47 to #37, no change. A

Chris Buescher #37 Cars 3/Kleenex Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, based on Lightning McQueen’s design from Cars 3. C

Chris Buescher #37 Maxwell House Max Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with white letters, and red design on side. A

Chris Buescher#37 Liberty Tax Service Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue and white with patriotic motif. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Coffee Mate Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, patriotic motif across whole car. A

Chris Buescher #37 Bryers Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with green stripe on bottom. A

Chris Buescher #37 Clorox Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Kroger, but with Clorox on sides. A

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Grilling Beans Chevy SSNo change. A

Chris Buescher #37 Cheerios Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Patty Moise’s Crico scheme. A

Chris Buescher #37 Nature Valley Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, yellow with black stripes across sides. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

David Ragan #38 Camping World/Good Sam Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, blue front, yellow and red oval design on rear. B-

David Ragan #38 Jacob Companies Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2017, blue with white and silver zig-zag design across car. C-

David Ragan #38 Juice Battery Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, blue, tan, black and red with a series of stripes across the whole side of the car. F

David Ragan #38 Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, white with gold numbers. A

David Ragan #38 Overton’s Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, blue with cloud motif across car. A

David Ragan #38 Dockside Logistics Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, same as 2015 #34 Dockside Logistics. A

David Ragan #38 Shriner’s Hospital Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, white with red and gray design on sides. A

David Ragan #38 Jacob Companies Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, red and black with Jacob companies logos on sides. F

David Ragan #38 Shriner’s Hospital Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, blue replaces white. A

David Ragan #38 Good Sam Throwback Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, based on older Good Sam logo. A

David Ragan #38 1000 Bulbs Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, white with red and black cutting edge designs on sides. D+

STEWART-HAAS RACING #41

Kurt Busch #41 Monster Ford FusionNo Change. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Ford FusionNo Change. A

Kurt Busch #41 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2017, same as #14, but with green replacing blue. A

Kurt Busch #41 Mobil 1 Annual Protection Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as other SHR Mobil 1 schemes, but with gold trim. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Demo Day/Monster Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as Haas/Monster, but with Haas Demo Days on sides. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy SSAside from the new car number, no change. F

Kyle Larson #42 Target Chevy SSNo change. A

Kyle Larson #42 Coca Cola Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, red with frost motif. A

Kyle Larson #42 Target/Cars 3 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, Target front, Cars 3 motif across sides. B+

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, but with patriotic elements added. F

Kyle Larson #42 Energizer Chevy SSNo change. C-

Kyle Larson #42 Huggies Chevy SS-No change. D+

Kyle Larson #42 First Data Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white fade to blue with circuit board designs across whole car. A

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Bank Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Kyle Petty’s Coors Light scheme. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Aric Almirola #43 Smithfield Ford FusionNo Change. B+

Aric Almiroa #43 U.S. Air Force Ford FusionNew scheme for 2016, same basic scheme, but with more lightning. A

Aric Almirola #43 STP Ford FusionNo change. B-

Aric Almirola #43 Fresh From Florida Ford FusionNo change. F

Aric Almorla #43 STP Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, based on Richard Petty’s 1984 Pontiac Grand Prix that he won his 200th race in. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Stouffers/Cheez It’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with blue diagonal stripes, and black and red curves across sides. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Ralph’s/Checklist/Oscar Meyer Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Kroger but with Ralph’s logos. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Fry’s/Checklist/Velveta Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Kroger but with Fry’s logos. B+

AJ Allmendnger #47 Dillon’s Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Kroger, but with Dillon’s on hood. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Harris Teeter/Express Lane/Heinz Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same as Kroger, but green replaces blue. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Bryers/Velveeta Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Terry Labonte’s Piedmont scheme. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, light blue with diagonal stripes and geometric patterns on side. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Kobalt Chevy SSNew scheme for 2016, dark blue with diagonal stripes and geometric patterns on side. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Hitachi Chevy-New scheme for 2017, same a Lowe’s, but with Hitachi on quarter panels. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes/AO Smith Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Lowe’s, but with AO Smith on sides. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with a series of patriotic designs on sides and hood. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, blue with black, yellow and blue stripes across bottom. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, based on a 1986 Lowe’s truck. A

RICK WARE RACING #51

Timmy Hill #51 Spoonful Music Foundation Chevy SS-New team for 2017, white with racing stripe design on hood, plain white sides. A

Cody Ware #51 Spoonful Music Foundation Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as #51 white, but black and colors reversed. A

Timmy Hill #51 Dashub Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue with silver, white, and red cutting edge designs across signs. B-

Timmy Hill #51 Bubba Burger Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue, with red, silver, and white stripes on sides. A

Timmy Hill #51 Go Parts Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as black Spoonful, but with Go Parts logos on hood and quarter panels. A

Timmy Hill #51 Fenton Motors Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Bubba Burgers, but with Fenton Motors on sides and hood. A

Timmy Hill #51 SleepFresh Mattress Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with dark red and light blue stripe up the sides. A

Timmy Hill #51 Lilly Trucking Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with white and blue designs on side. B+

Timmy Hill #51 Charlie’s Soap Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with red and white letters, and Charlie’s Soap logos on sides and hood. A

Cody Ware #51 ECU Pirates Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue with white and yellow stripes on sides. A

Cody Ware #51 Clemson Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, based on Clemson’s football helmet. A

Josh Bilicki #51 Marriott/Climate Fieldview Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with red and white cutting edge designs on sides. F

BJ MacLeod #51 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Clemson, but without logos. A

Josh Bilicki #51 Prevagen Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with Prevagen logos on sides and hood. A

BJ McLeod #51 Corrigan Oil Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as #15. A

BJ McLeod #51 Nex Transport/Spoonful Music Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black, with red and white curve on sides. A

Cody Ware #51 Bubba Burger/Pray For Texas Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, based on the Mello Yello schemes of the 1990’s. A

BJ McLeod #51 Bubba Burger Texas Strong Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with Camaro stripes, and logos on sides and hood. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #55

Derrike Cope #55 Wade Tractor/adrenalinpwr.com Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with Wade Tractor on hood, and adrenalinpwr.com logo on sides. A

Derrike Cope #55 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black with white numbers. A

Derrike Cope #55 Low T Center Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with green and white polka dot motif near rear. F

Reed Sorenson #55 Xchange of America Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as #15. A

Derrike Cope #55 Ckezepis Law Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with Ckezepis Law logo on hood. A

Derrike Cope #55 Twin Peaks Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with Twin Peaks logos on sides and hood. A

Derrike Cope #55 Star Com Fiber Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with green polka dot motif on sides. B-

Tommy Regan #55 OscaroParts.com/Capri Tools Chevy SS-New sponsors for 2017, white with blue OscaroParts.com logo on hood, and Capri Tools on sides. A

Reed Sorenson #55 Royal Teak Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, black replaces white. A

Gray Gaulding #55 Check It For Andretti Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black carbon fiber motif with Check It For Andretti logos on sides and hood. A

Derrike Cope #55 Mane N Tall/Straight Arrow Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Derrike’s 1995 Ford Thunderbird. A

Derrike Cope #55 La Colombe Draft Latte Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as #15. A

CARL LONG MOTORSPORTS #66

Carl Long #66 Poker Palace Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, green front, red, yellow and white rear. D-

Timmy Hill #66 Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Poker Palace, but with Waltrip Brothers Charity Championship logo on hood. D-

TRISTAR MOTORSPORTS #72

Cole Whitt #72 Florida Lottery Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, black sides, orange and blue hood to roof. D-

Cole Whitt #72 Rinnai Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with black and red Rinnai logos on sides and hood. B+

Cole Whitt #72 Standard Plumbing Supply Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with white and red letters and logos. B+

Cole Whitt #72 SoCal Chevy Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black with white logos on sides and hood. B+

Cole Whitt #72 Bad Boy Mowers Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with orange cutting edge designs on sides. F

Cole Whitt #72 RTIC Coolers Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, lighter blue and ice motif replaces darker blue, black carbon fiber hood. A

Cole Whitt #72 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, plain black with white and black numbers. A

Cole Whitt #72 Bad Boy Mowers Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black with orange and white cutting edge designs on sides. C-

Cole Whitt #72 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, plain black with white numbers. A

Cole Whitt #72 RTIC Coolers Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same basic scheme, but with patriotic elements. A

Cole Whitt #72 Moen Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with blue design across sides. B

Cole Whitt #72 Unique Pretzel Company Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, blue with vertical fade to white, and white hood. A-

Cole Whitt #72 Bad Boy Mowers Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, black with Bad Boy Mowers logos on sides and hood. A

Cole Whitt #72 Ted Whitt Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Ted Whitt’s race car from the 1970’s. A

BEARD RACING #75

Brendan Gaughan #75 Beard Oil Chevy SS-New team for 2017, all black with white logos and numbers. A

Brendan Gaughan #75 Beard Oil Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Beard Oil from Daytona, but with logos on sides. A

FURNITURE ROW RACING #77

Erik Jones #77 5-Hour Energy Toyota CamryNew team for 2017, red front, red and yellow lightning stripe across black sides, red rear. C-

Erik Jones #77 5-Hour Energy Extra Stength Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as 2017 5-Hour Energy, but with Extra Strength on sides and hood. C-

Erik Jone #77 Sirius/XM Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with blue and silver designs across whole car. F

Erik Jones #77 Toyota Service Centers Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, same as 5-Hour Energy, but with Toyota Service Center logos. C-

Erik Jones #77 SportClips Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, slightly modified version of #11 from 2016. C-

Erik Jones #77 Gamestop Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with blue circle designs on hood and quarter panel. A

Erik Jones #77 Toyota Care Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, red, white, and black with a series of curved stripes on sides. F

Erik Jones #77 GameStop/Cars 3 Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, based on one of the cars from Cars 3. A

Erik Jones #77 5-Hour Energy Mosaic Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as 5-Hour Energy, but throwback photos have been placed across whole car. F

FURNITURE ROW RACING #78

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row Toyota CamryNo change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, red and black stripes with a camo stripe at the bottom. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, same as #77. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, fewer stripes, but same basic scheme. B+

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/NRA Museum Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, black with American Flag motif on sides and hood. A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Wix Filters Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with green cutting edge designs on sides, and sublimated Wix Filter logos across whole car. F

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, same as Bass Pro Shops, but light green fade to light purple replaces orange. F

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the introduction of tracker boats. B-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same as last year, but with hearts added on sides. A

BK RACING #83

Corey LaJoie #83 Dustless Blasting Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Corey LaJoie #83 JAS Trucking Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, black with blue door numbers and white lettering and white stripes. D-

Corey LaJoie #83 BK Racing Graphics Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with red and silver stripes across sides. B-

Corey LaJoie #83 Bubba Burger Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, black with flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #83 RMC Events Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, blue with black and white designs on sides. B+

Corey LaJoie #83 EJ Wade Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, same color scheme, but cutting edges have been flattened. A

Corey LaJoie #83 Hope For Warriors Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017 silver replaces red, much more streamlined design. C

Ryan Sieg #83 J&S Trucking Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, white has been removed entirely from design. A

Ryan Sieg #83 BK Racing Graphics Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black, with red, silver, and red cutting edge stripe across sides. B-

Stephen Light #83 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2017, black replaces white. F

Brent Moffitt #83 Northwestern Technological Institute Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with blue and white stripes. A

Corey LaJoie #83 HMS Motorsports Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black, with red, white, and blue curves from front to center. F

Corey LaJoie #83 Safeway Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, black with red Safeway designs on sides, and white rear. F

Corey LaJoie#83 Champion Machinery Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2017, white with blue checkered flag on front, and blue stripes on sides. C

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, blue design similar to last year’s. with blue vertical stripes next to silver door numbers. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Axalta Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, yellow front, a series of red and yellow geometrical designs across sides, red rear. F

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew-S-A Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, light blue with white stripes, and dark red letters. C-

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Childrens Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2017, white with rainbow stripe, and multi-colored butterflies on sides and hood. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr.#88 Axalta/Maaco Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as Axalta but with Maaco logos on sides. F

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, white with a more minimalist patriotic scheme. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, metallic gold, with yellow, light green, and dark green cutting edge designs on sides. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale’s #3 AC Delco scheme from the Xfinity Series. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Dale’s Budweiser scheme, his first paint scheme in the Cup Series in 1999. A

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Axalta/Ducks Unlimited Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, black hood and top, Front Row template based design, camouflage on sides. F

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Michael McDowell #95 K-LOVE Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, same colors, but with stripes across front half of sides. A

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors Chevy SSNo change. A

Michael McDowell #95 Leavine Family Surfboards Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, vintage “Woody” design. A

Michael McDowell #95 Winn Dixie Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, red with black and yellow stripe on sides. A

Michael McDowell #95 Tommy Williams Drywall Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, drywall motif with blue lettering on sides and hood. A

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors Camouflage Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, camouflage replaces white. F

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors Alan Kulwicki Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2017, based on Alan Kulwicki’s 1986 Quincy Steakhouse scheme. A

Michael McDowell #95 Race Wipes Chevy SS-New sponsors for 2017, blue front with green stripe, and darker blue bottom, green stripe down middle, white rear. C-

GAUNT BROS RACING #96

DJ Kennington #96 Lordco Toyota Camry-New team for 2017, blue front, black middle, white rear, curve stripes between the three. C-

DJ Kennington #96 Triad CNC Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, white with a series of triangle logos on sides. B+

My Thoughts On Pro Stock In 2017

By David G. Firestone

I hate to say I told you so, but based on some information I’ve been hearing, I may just have to. A couple years ago, the NHRA “upgraded” the design of Pro Stock cars from the traditional carburetor to low tech fuel injection. When I first heard the news, my immediate reaction was that this was going to harm the category, forcing drivers out, and leading to short fields.

Fast forward two years, and this is the case. Pro Stock has lost many part-time teams, and the fields are almost always short. V Gaines has retired, and Allen Johnson will be retiring at the end of 2017. What makes this even worse is the fact that while Dodge has languished in Pro Stock, Chevy has flourished, to the point it doesn’t make sense for teams to run Dodge in Pro Stock. Dodge has come up empty in 2017, and had minimal success in 2016.

In addition to the ill-advised change, the NHRA won’t promote the category…at all. The category is suffering, and sponsors won’t approach it. Yet something that could save the category is easy, and reasonable, but the NHRA won’t do it. Granted that sponsors prefer the nitro categories, but it’s not like they wouldn’t be getting less for sponsoring a Pro Stock. They would get the same national attention, and the drivers are happy to promote them. But the NHRA can’t or won’t put the effort into a category that has a fan base, and could make them a lot of money.

Is the NHRA giving up on Pro Stock? The recent rumors reporting that the category won’t run the full 2018 season, combined with the NHRA’s unwillingness to promote the category seem to say this. Add in that Dodge seems to have given up on the category, and you have a drifting ship with nobody at the helm. I’m a Pro Stock fan, I love the category, but it’s hard to ignore the signs that the ship is adrift.

Please don’t try to convince me that the Battle of the Burnouts isn’t a symptom of this. It’s plainly obvious that the NHRA saw that the fans loved the burnouts that Tanner Gray did, and decided that it would use that to promote the category. This is the NHRA’s attempt to promote the category, and while it is a good move, there needs to be more, maybe bringing in Toyota as a manufacturer, and promoting the sport to potential sponsors. It certainly wouldn’t hurt at this point.

Again, I hate to be the one who says I told you so, but based on all available information I have, I was right in 2015, and I’m right today. Sadly, I’m right at the expense of one of the better categories in the NHRA. I really wanted to be wrong, but I wasn’t.

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.

From Nomex to Polyester: Part 2

By David G. Firestone

Since this weekend is the opening week for the NFL, I felt I’d shift gears, and talk about football memorabilia this week. I’m a football fan when I’m not watching auto racing. I didn’t get into football until I was in high school, but now I follow the NFL regularly. I almost got into the NFL Draft in 2016. I also periodically buy NFL memorabilia. As regular readers know, I buy game-used toss coins, but I also buy other NFL toss coins.

The commemorative coins used for the coin toss have become a collector’s market of their own. While made by different companies over the years, The Highland Mint, based in Melbourne, Florida has become the leader in sports commemorative coin manufacturing. They produce coins for the NFL for their coin tosses and fan souvenirs. An example is this 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers coin set, which has a standard coin, an NFL Kickoff Coin, and, strangely, an NFL Thanksgiving coin, even though Tampa Bay didn’t play on Thanksgiving in 2004, and played an AWAY game that week.This set, limited edition #10 of 1,500, is in decent condition with the coins in great condition, and the case a bit worse for wear. The first of three coins is the standard Buccaneers’ Home toss coin, which features a TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS logo on the front, and an NFL logo on the back. The NFL Kickoff coin is the second coin, this one features a Buccaneers’ helmet logo on the front and a 2004 NFL Kickoff logo on the rear. The third coins is the aforementioned Thanksgiving coin, which is odd, since the NFL only uses that logo on Thanksgiving day, not the whole week. It is the same as the NFL Kickoff coin, but with an NFL Thanksgiving Day logo. This is an example of a standard-issue NFL Highland Mint toss coin, this one the New York Giants, numbered 840 of 5000. It is in decent condition.

Everyone will always remember the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for a game between the Packers and the Colts that never happened. The game was canceled because the brand new field had to be repainted, and the field wasn’t ready in time. This commemorative silver coin, numbered 229 of 5,000, was made for the weekend festivities. It is in decent condition, but the case shows wear. This is a slightly smaller coin made to be sold in souvenir stands. It’s inexpensive, and smaller than the real coins. This was made for Super Bowl XXXVIII, which saw the Patriots beat the Panthers 32-29. It is in great condition. In addition to coins, I’m also into collecting other football items, such as this vintage tear-away jersey. For many years, football jerseys were made of durene, a treated, heavy polyester. This proved problematic for teams playing in hot weather cities, so a lighter jersey, similar to a t-shirt was introduced in the 1970’s. These jerseys were so delicate, they could be torn to shreds after only one game, and the NFL finally banned them, replacing them with the current mesh material. This example dates to the 1970’s, and shows heavy wear with tears all over.The numbers are heat-pressed on, and the front numbers show repair work. The shoulders show wear, including tears and stains. The back shows the same wear as the front, stains, tears, and repairs. This is a wristband that was worn by a member of the LA Rams in the late 1980’s to the early 1990’s, and it shows great use.The first player in football history to win a Super Bowl and an XFL Million Dollar Game, David Richie had an unremarkable career aside from that piece of trivia. He played in Super Bowl XXXII for the Denver Broncos, and the XFL Million Dollar Game in 2001. These gloves were worn by, and signed by David Richie. One piece of NFL gear that gets replaced frequently is the face mask. Often replaced because of damage, masks are a part of the helmet that suffers damage from impact more than the helmet shell. This example was worn by New York Giants Defensive Tackle Fred Robbins. It was worn on October 2, 2005, playing at home against the Rams. While his stats for the game were not impressive, the damage on this face mask is, with numerous dings and scuff marks.

I collect a lot of stadium memorabilia. One of my favorite things to collect is turf. Turf is pulled up and replaced every few years. This large example is the size of a doormat, and comes from the end zone of Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, home of the Oregon Ducks.Lyle Smith Field in Boise will forever be known for its blue turf, where the Boise State Broncos play. This is an example of that blue turf, one foot tall, in the shape of Idaho.Three Rivers Stadium was a cookie-cutter multi-purpose stadium in Pittsburgh. It lasted until 2001, when it was demolished, and replaced with newer venues. This plaque has a piece of turf and a piece of a seat.Every sports fan in San Francisco will forever remember Candlestick Park, be it for Joe Montana and Steve Young, or the 1989 Earthquake. It was also the site of the final concert of the Beatles. Like many classic stadiums, Candlestick has been demolished, and replaced with newer venues. While Candlestick Park used grass for most of its history, from 1970 to 1978, it had turf installed, and this 13″ by 13″ piece was given away. It shows nice use.This small 3″ by 3″ piece of Soldier Field Turf was used from 1977 to 1988, and was replaced by grass. When it was removed, it was sold in Shell stations with an 8 gallon fill-up. This piece has part white, and part green, and is in decent condition.Before the renovations which left it looking like a UFO landed on a Roman Colosseum, Soldier Field was a traditional stadium with a traditional look. In 2002, renovations began, and many old components were removed and replaced. Once such piece is ths GATE 31 sign, with a Walter Payton sticker still attached. It shows nice, weathered use. This last item is a set of notes written by Captain Beckwith from the Union College Dutchmen from 1895. For a document this old, it’s in great condition.I find NFL stuff to be interesting, and I’ve covered some aspects of my collection in previous articles. There are some things I would like to buy, such as yard markers, maybe a goal post, and some penalty flags. Speaking of flags, I’m going to discuss some racing flags next week.