Paint Scheme Grades-March 31, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 USFRA.ORG/Starcom Fiber Chevy Camaro-If the red and silver designs would be toned down a bit, it could be a better scheme, but it has a good color scheme, and the designs aren’t over done, so I’ll give it a B+.

Jamie McMurray #1 Clover Chevy Camaro-It has a good color scheme, and while I norally like fades, this looks awful. The circuit board motif doesn’t exactly help either. Toning down the various aspects could be better, but this scheme gets the C- it deserves.

Brad Keselowski #2 Reese/Drawtite Ford Fusion-Light blue works with the Penske template, and this scheme earns an A.

Daniel Hemric #8 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevy Camaro-The black roof contrasts with the rest of the car, and the stripes are bad. It does have a great color scheme, and the stripes aren’t as bad as they could be. All things considered, it’s worth a C+.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Libman Ford Fusion-Another example of the Penske template working well, and the green works well here. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Demo Days Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, same as Hass, but with Haas Demo Days on hood. A

Ross Chastain #15 Championship Machinery Chevy Camaro-Another example of a new scheme rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. They replaced the bad parts of the old scheme with different bad parts of a new design. It does have a good color scheme, but that doesn’t really help. C-

Ryan Newman #31 eBay Motors Chevy Camaro-Bold but not over designed with a great color scheme will ALWAYS earn an A.

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Patriotic Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the green numbers would work better if replaced by red numbers. Other than that, this is a great scheme. A-

Michael McDowell #34 A&W Ford FusionNo change. A

David Ragan #38 MDS Ford Fusion-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and I can’t say anything bad about this scheme. A

Harrison Rhodes #51 Custom Aircraft Cabinets Chevy Camaro-Bad color scheme, over designed to the sake of ridiculousness, and the only thing I like here is the Camaro stripes on the hood. D+

JJ Yeley #55 Adirondack Tree Surgeons/Overdose Awareness Chevy Camaro-It’s over designed, with the hood and black front contrasting with the rest of the car. While I do like the forest motif, the neon yellow and neon green doesn’t work with the design. I’ll give it a D-.

Mark Smith #72 Chevy Camaro-Smooth look with a great color scheme! Nothing bad about this scheme! A

DJ Kennington #96 Gordon Brothers Chevy Camaro-It could be a little less cluttered, and the color could be tweaked a little bit, but it’s not terrible, and I give it a B-.

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St Louis Trip Part 2-Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum

By David G. Firestone

As I discussed last week, I went to St. Louis for a few days, and I spent time at the Budweiser Brewery Experience on one of my days. The second attraction I attended was the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Musceum.

While its existence dates back to the original Busch Stadium days, the current St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 2014, in St. Louis Ballpark Village. It houses 15,000 artifacts, of which only a handful are on display at any given moment. These artifacts give a look into the history and players of the St. Louis Cardinals.

When you walk in, the first thing you see is the Hall of Fame plaques. All 37 members of the Cardinals Hall of Fame have plaques here. The next thing you see is a display with the three 2017 inductees, Pepper Martin, Tim McCarver, and Mark McGwire. Near the elevator, there is a sign showing where Busch stadium was located, and where you are in the stadium, specifically, behind second base. Upon entering the museum, you see a list of the various professional baseball teams in St. Louis, and where in the city they were located, a Sportsman Park banner, and straw hats suspended from the ceiling. The museum starts with the founding of the team in 1882, and there is a display with a number of items, including uniform items. The history moves to 1926, where the Cardinals won their first World Series, and wore special WORLD CHAMPIONS jerseys in 1927.The Cardinals would go on to win 5 pennants in 8 years, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931, and 1934. The y would win the World Series in 1931 and 1934. This display features some of the artifacts from this era.The Cardinals won the 1942, 1944, and 1946 World Series, and this display represents those wins.The late 1940’s saw Harry Carry used as the Cardinals radio announcer, and while the team had some success, they weren’t able to score another World Series Championship until 1964. This display houses some of the artifacts from this era.There is a large model of Sportsman’s Park near this display, which housed the Cardinals from 1920 until 1966.The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals were known as the Gas House Gang because of their rough tactics. This display pays homage to them.The next display is devoted to the greatest player the St. Louis Cardinals ever had, Stan “The Man” Musial. This display features uniforms and trophies earned by Musial, including one of his Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Awards. His last major award was the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded in 2011 by Barack Obama. The Cardinals are credited with creating the “Knothole Gang” which was designed to give tickets to underprivileged children in 1917. Though the idea dates back to the 1880’s. The team sold stock, and for every $50 in stock($1,064.06 in today’s money) a seat was set aside for a child. This would lead to a group of devoted fans, as this display shows.St. Louis has hosted a number of All-Star Games, and this display shows a series of artifacts from these games.In 1944, the Cardinals played what came to be known as the “Trolley Series”, “Streetcar Series”, or the “St. Louis Showdown.” It was a World Series against the St. Louis Browns. The Cardinals would win the series 4 games to 2, in what was the last World Series featuring two teams from the same city that isn’t New York. This display features a series of artifacts, both Cardinals and Browns from that Series.The next area is the World Series section, which houses various items from the Cardinals World Series Championships. These include a championship ring, tickets, and uniforms. The first one is devoted to the 1926 World Series.The next display is for the 1931 World Series, and the prominent feature is a 1932 Cardinals World Series sweater.The 1934 World Series display features a Leo Durocher jersey, and some awards won by players.The next display features the 1942 World Series, and has a uniform, some programs, tickets, and some other memorabilia.The 1944 World Series is represented by a jersey, pennants, tickets, programs, and a pocket watch.The 1946 Cardinals are represented here by a jersey, some other game used memorabilia, and a team signed baseball.18 years after winning the 1946 World Series, the 1964 Cardinals won the World Series, and has their own display, featuring a jersey, cap, cleats, some awards and programs.In 1967, the Cardinals won the Series, and the trophy is displayed in the team’s World Series display, along with a jersey, and some other game-worn memorabilia.In 1982, the Cardinals won the World Series wearing their powder blue pullovers. They are represented here with a jersey, World Series Trophy, a pair of cleats, and some other memorabilia.The 2006 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals are represented by a jersey, the Commissioner’s Trophy, program, scorecard, and champagne bottle.The 2011 World Series, the Cardinal’s most recent to date, is represented by half of David Freese’s jersey, which was torn in half after game 6. Also present is the Co missioner’s trophy, a game-used bat, a score card, and other memorabilia.Not all Cardinal teams that won the pennant won the World Series, and this display is devoted to Cardinal teams that won the pennant, but not the Series. It’s a group of Memorabilia including tickets, baseballs, and a cap, among other things.The next display covers the decade from 1950 to 1960, which wasn’t a great decade. There are three jerseys, and an early batting helmet, as well as a trophy, and other game-used items.The Negro League was represented by the St. Louis Stars, and they are represented by this display, including a 1998 Stars throwback, a 1928 game-used baseball, and a suitcase.St. Louis also had the St. Louis Browns, which moved to St. Louis in 1902, after operating as the Milwaukee Brewers from the late 1800’s to 1901. The Browns played in St. Louis until 1953, when the moved to Baltimore and became the Orioles. This display is devoted to the Browns, including Eddie Gaedel, a little person who played as a pinch hitter for one game under owner Bill Veeck.The next section is devoted to International baseball, primarily Japan, and the first thing you see is a World Baseball Classic Championship trophy.The first display focuses on pre-war Japanese trips by MLB players. Included is a John McGraw jersey, a Moe Berg jacket(Ironic, given that Berg was an Allied spy against the Axis during the war.), a Babe Ruth game-used bat, diaries, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia, including an Ozzie Smith game-used jersey.The next display is focused on Stan Musial’s trip to Japan in 1958. There are a lot of artifacts, including baseball programs and photos, and a number of Japanese souvenirs. A kimono worn by Lillian Musial is hung across from this display. In 1968, the Cardinals took a second baseball trip to Japan. This display features several items from that trip. Including a jacket, an umbrella, autographs, and other various items. The itineraries for the trip are located next to this display.The next part of the international pavilion is devoted to the World Baseball Classic, and features game-used baseballs, game used caps, a gold medal, a game-used base, a game used catcher’s mask, and some other memorabilia.The final display in the international pavilion is devoted to Asian players for the Cardinals, and has some jerseys, both domestic and international, game used bats and balls, and other various international objects.The next section is devoted to the first Busch Stadium era. It is bathed in blue light, and has a large vintage model of Busch Stadium, made prior to the stadium’s construction, when it was know as ” Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium” though the Civic Center part was rarely, if at all used. The first display features Cardinals items from 1966 to 1976, the first Busch Stadium decade. There are a number of uniforms, awards, hats, a bat, and a helmet and cleats, among other things. The next display is devoted to the period from 1978 to 1983, and features a number of uniforms, several awards, and other game-used memorabilia.The next display is from the Whitey Herzog era, from 1982 to 1987, and it features a number of items including jerseys, trophies, game used memorabilia, and other items.The 1998 home run record chase has its own display. In it is the home plate from Mark McGwire’s 70th home run, several jerseys, game used bats.Next to it is an early 1990’s display, which features a few uniforms, and a baseball.The next section houses an area where you can handle World Series rings and game-used bats. I had the chance to hold two World Series rings, and a Stan Musial bat, which he had broken, and repaired. The last feature of the first Busch Stadium era is devoted to the 2000’s, and includes a base, jerseys, and some other game-used memorabilia.As you exit the Busch Stadium section, there is a section of game-used bats in a display case.Next to the game-used bats is a display which features the inspiration for the Cardinals logo, which was a set of table decorations at a church function in 1921. Branch Rickey was in attendance, and he was so enamored with the designs, he asked Allie May Schmidt to make him some cardboard Cardinals, which became the design still used to this day. These are the original cardboard Cardinals, one of which is inscribed.The biggest display in the museum is a comprehensive history of the Cardinals uniforms and logos, starting at the beginning, and ending with today’s set. The next section is the Manager’s Corner, which features displays from several Cardinal managers, starting with Rogers Hornsby, and includes Billy Southwith, Eddie Stankey, Red Schoendienst, Whitey Herzon, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Mike MAtheny. These displays include uniform items, and other memorabilia. The final section is devoted to the current era, and the current stadium. It starts off with a series of items from non-baseball events at Busch Stadium II, including a soccer jersey, a soccer ball, music tour posters and passes, and a game-used football.The next display starts off the current era, with a display of uniforms, awards, and game-used memorabilia from modern era players.There is a scale model of Busch Stadium II, and behind that, there is a display featuring memorabilia from players currently playing for the Cardinals, which include jerseys, bats, caps, and other memorabilia. The final section is devoted to giveaways, which are separated into baseball cards, bobble heads, and baseballs.I did a video about the museum, and it can be viewed below:

Next week we get back to auto racing, with a couple of mechanic suits.

Throwback Thursday-1969 #14 Porsche 917L

Rolf Stommelen and Kurt Ahrens, Jr. 1969 #14 Porsche 917L

The 1969 Porsche 917L is an amazingly beautiful automobile, yet Porsche System Engineering was trying to go for a signature look, which failed. I’m trying to understand the logic of having a white car with a dull yellow front and tail. I will say that the door numbers look better on the car, instead of on a circle. I like the shade of yellow, but if the whole car were painted with this shade of yellow it would get a grade higher than a B+.

Paint Scheme Tracker-March 28, 2018

By David G Firestone

STAR COM RACING #00

Jeffery Earnhardt #00 VRX Racing Simulators Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with silver and blue cutting edge designs. C

Landon Cassill #00 USFRA.ORG/Starcom Fiber Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue with red and silver designs, and red roof. B+

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Jamie McMurray #1 GearWrench Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black with green stripes and roof. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black with blue waves on sides. A

Jamie McMurray #1 DC Solar Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, dark blue and white with diagonal stripes. B-

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red and black replaces blue. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red with yellow and black stripe, and yellow design on rear quarter panel bottom. A-

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/DC Solar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as McDonald’s, but with black, white, and gray. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Clover Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white front, blue fade with circuit designs across sides. C-

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, white and red Penske template. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, white with black outline. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford FusionNo change. A

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Auto Trader Ford FusionNo Change. D-

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Bruce Halle Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, same as discount tire but with Bruce Halle tribute on hood. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Reese/Drawtite Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, Penske Template with blue and black. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon#3 Dow Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black fade to red to black across whole car. A

Austin Dillon #3 AAA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, all red, with white stripe pattern on sides. A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, green front, black rear, white and black waves on sides. C-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Silastic Silicone Elastomers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with liquid motif on front, and yellow field motif on rear. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Killz Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as Dow but with Killz logo on sides. B+

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford FusionNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford FusionNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black and white reversed. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Plaid Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, dark blue plaid all over car, gold rear. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black with grey, silver and blue stripes. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford FusionNo change. B-

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare 25th Anniversary Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, same as regular, but with 25th Anniversary logo on hood. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Ford EcoBoost Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black replaces red, more toned down, with white rear. B+

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #7

Danica Patrick #7 GoDaddy/Warriors By Danica Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2018, green with white stripes and black rear. A-

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Daniel Hemric #8 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, green with black stripes and black hood. C+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2017, blue with white designs on sides. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, orange back and white front, with Y design across sides. B-

Chase Elliott #9 Sun Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue with white diagonal side and cutting edge design. C

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Chevy SSNew scheme for 2018, green with small black stripes on bottom. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2018, black and white with slash patterns on sides. A

Aric Almirola #10 Mobil 1 Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, silver replaces green. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B-

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Duracel/Menard’s Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, yellow with narrow stripes. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, Penske template, white front, red rear. A

Ryan Blaney #12 PPG Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, blue front, white rear, horizontal paint drip motif across car. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Peak/Menard’s Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template with Peak on hood. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Pennzoil Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, yellow with silver and white wave design on sides. B-

Ryan Blaney #12 Carlisle Tools Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, Penske template with gold and white. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018. white roof and hood, red sides with sublimated triangles with a black stripe near front wheel. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Libman Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template with Libman on hood. A

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, similar scheme to 2017, but some cutting edge designs replace stripe on sides. C

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Millitary Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, similar scheme t0 2017, but with some changes to the front. F

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, yellow front, red stripe, black rear. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas CNC Ford FusionNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford FusionNo change. A

Clint Boyer #14 CSU One Cure Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, side stripes are cleaner. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Demo Days Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, same as Hass, but with Haas Demo Days on hood. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #15

Ross Chastain #15 Low T Center Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Ross Chastain #15 Championship Machinery Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue, white, and yellow brush stroke motif across car. C-

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, blue with white and black diagonal stripes across sides. A

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

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Ford Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black front, with red and black stripes across sides. F

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

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

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

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Almond Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, red, white and blue with large stripes on sides. F

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

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Daniel Suarez #19 Stanley Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, yellow with a series of gray and black cutting edge designs on sides. D-

Daniel Suarez #19 Arris Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, orange replaces silver on quarter panel. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Peak Toyota CamryNo change. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Arris Ruckus Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, solid orange with white and black numbers and letters. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Coca Cola Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2018, red with white Coca Cola stripe across sides. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, black with red bottom. A

Erik Jones #20 Circle K Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, slightly different design, with shorter stripes, and logo adjustments. A

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2018, same as 2017 #11. C-

Erik Jones #20 Sirius/XM Toyota CamryNo change. B+

WOOD BROTHER RACING #21

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Ford FusionNo change. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as #12. A

Paul Menard #21 OmniCraft Auto Parts Ford FusionNo change. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template with Dutch Boy on the hood. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/FVP Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template with FVP. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 AAA Ford FusionNo change. D

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

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change. A

BK RACING #23

Gray Gaulding #23 EarthWater Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, white replaces black, complex gray, orange, and blue designs on sides. F

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, white with red and black numbers. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, black sides, white hood and roof. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2017, blue with flame motif across whole car. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2017, blue with red flames on front. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #31

Ryan Newman #31 Granger Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ryan Newman #31 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNo change. B-

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, green front, rear and roof, blue sides. F

Ryan Newman #31 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red top, yellow stripes, black bottom. C-

Ryan Newman #31 Chevy Accessories Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, white with metal designs on sides. A

Ryan Newman #31 eBay Motors Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white front, fade to blue, wave designs on sides. A

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, American flag motif with green numbers. A-

GO FAS RACING #32

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, red, with slight wave formation across sides. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 The Hurricane Heist Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, dark blue thunderstorm motif. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Can Am/Wholey Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, slight design change, with Wholey logo on quarter panel. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Crowdfunded Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, white with a series on logos on the sides. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops/Speedco Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDowell #34 K-Love Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDoewll #34 K-Love Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDowell #34 A&W Ford FusionNo change. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Chris Buescher #37 Kleenex Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue with silver and white cutting edge designs. C

Chris Buescher #37 Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with red and yellow fire design on sides. A

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red cutting edge designs have been added. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Scott Towels Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red sides with stripes, white front and rear. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Healthy Choice Power Bowls Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with sublimated leaf designs across car. A

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Best Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red with white designs on sides. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

David Ragan #38 Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, blue with black and white stripe, and red bottom. A

David Ragan #38 FR8 Auctions Ford FusionNo change. F

David Ragan#38 MDS Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018 all white with MDS logos on sides and hood. A

David Ragan #38 1000 Bulbs Ford FusionNo change. D+

David Ragan #38 MDS Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, white roof, blue and orange stripe across bottom. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #41

Kurt Busch #41 State Water Heaters Ford Fusion-No change. B+

Kurt Busch #41 Monster Ford FusionNo Change. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas/Monster Ford FusionNo Change. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Automation Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, red fade to black. A

Kurt Busch #41 Mobil 1/Haas CNC Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, same as Mobil 1, with silver, and Haas CNC on sides. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Kurt’s sharpie scheme from 2003. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue with white and lighter blue stripes. A

Kyle Larson #42 DC Solar Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, same design as #1, but with colors reversed. B-

Kyle Larson #42 DC Solar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, blue and white with sunburst motif on sides. D-

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Click N Close Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2017, dark blue with Click N Close. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as 2017, but with black stripe across bottom. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 STP Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red sides, blue hood and roof, with some silver designs on borders. A-

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 NASCAR Racing Experience Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, blue sides, white hood and roof. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white front, blue rear. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Farmer John Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018 red front and hood, dark blue rear. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, white with blue and red stripes on sides. B-

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black with gray outlines. A

RICK WARE RACING #51

Justin Marks #51 Keens Buildings Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with orange, gray, and white designs on sides. D+

Justin Marks #51 Harry’s Razors Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue, orange, and white sunbeam design. C+

Cole Custer #51 Haas CNC Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as #14, but white replaces black. A

Harrison Rhodes #51 Davis Roofing Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with red and black vertical stripes. A

Timmy Hill #51 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, red with stripes on hood and roof. A

Timmy Hill #51 Bubba Burger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black with fire motif on sides. A

Harrison Rhodes #51 Custom Aircraft Cabinets Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, orange with white designs on sides. D+

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #55

Joey Gase #55 Nevada Donor Network Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with orange and blue designs on sides. A-

Reed Sorenson #55 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as Nevada Donor Network, but without logos. A-

JJ Yeley #55 Adirondack Tree Surgeons/Overdose Awareness Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, green with forest motif on sides, black hood. D-

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Brendan Gaughan #62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white front, yellow curve, black rear. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Mark Thompson #66 Phoenix Air Ford FusionNo change. A

TRI STAR MOTORSPORTS #72

Corey LaJoie #72 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black replaces all white designs. C-

Mark Smith #72 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, black with red and white stripe across bottom. A

Cole Whitt #72 So Cal Chevy Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as last year, but with gold stripe across bottom. A

Mark Smith #72 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, black with white stripe across bottom. A

FURNITURE ROW RACING #78

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/5-Hour Energy Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018 black with orange designs on sides. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 5-Hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018 black with red designs on sides. C-

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

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2017, blue with white designs on sides. B+

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black with blue,red,white,and yellow cutting edge designs across sides. F

Alex Bowman #88 Llumar Window Film Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with red and green designs on sides. B+

RICKY BENTON RACING #92

David Gilliland #92 Carquest/Black’s Tire Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, white with black and blue wave on sides, black roof. C-

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black, white, and orange with cutting edge designs across whole car. F

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as earlier scheme, white and black reversed. F

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore/Habitat for Humanity Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, same as Procore, but with Habitat for Humanity on sides and hood. F

Kasey Kahne #95 WRL Contractors Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue is the primary color, with lighter blue patches on sides. B+

GAUNT BROS RACING #96

DJ Kennington #96 Lordco Toyota CamryNo change. C-

DJ Kennington #96 Northern Provincial Pipelines LTD Toyota CamryNo change. A

DJ Kennington #96 Gordon Brothers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue wave pattern on sides, and blue roof, white on sides. B-

My Thoughts On Formula 1’s 2018 Debut

By David G. Firestone

Just a short one this week. So the first Formula 1 race of the season was last weekend. The big news was that the United States Formula 1 television contract had shifted from NBC to ABC/ESPN. This came as kind of a surprise, since ESPN had pretty much alienated many racing fans over the last few years. So on Sunday Morning at 12 AM I tuned in to ESPN2 for the first race.

ESPN’s Formula 1 “strategy” and I’m being generous with that term, is to simply simulcast Sky Sports’ Formula 1 telecast. They are putting no time, money, or effort in to the telecasts. Factor in that after this season, IndyCar will be leaving ESPN for BC, and you have a really bad situation for ESPN.

I liked Sky Sports’ coverage of Formula 1, don’t misunderstand me. That being said, ESPN had a chance to impress racing fans, and they whiffed on it so badly. It should also be noted that not all of the problems in this disaster of a racing telecast were ESPN’s fault. However, considering that key moments of the race were missed due to a poorly placed commercial break, and ESPN has since apologized for this fiasco, it’s just another example of the total lack of respect for racing fans that ESPN has. I hope the next telecast is better, but I won’t bet the farm on it.

Paint Scheme Grades-March 24, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Killz Chevy Camaro-I don’t like the white stripe across the side, it takes away from a great scheme. That white stripe takes the A scheme down to a B+

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

Erik Jones #20 Sirius/XM Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/FVP Ford Fusion-Another great use of the new Menard’s template! A

Ryan Newman #31 Chevy Accessories Chevy Camaro-I like the white and metal motif. The scheme works, and it looks great. A

Chris Buescher #37 Healthy Choice Power Bowls Chevy Camaro-The black sublimated leaf design works well, and it looks good. Nothing bad about this scheme. A

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Best Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth, simple design with a great color scheme, and it works very well. A

David Ragan #38 1000 Bulbs Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same D+ grade.

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Throwback Ford Fusion-I liked this scheme back in 2003, and I like this throwback scheme. It’s faithful, and it looks good. A

Timmy Hill #51 Bubba Burger Chevy Camaro-Verticlal fire on the sides is a unique look, and it works very well here. The color scheme is great too, and the whole car has a great look. A

Reed Sorenson #55 Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Nevada Donor Network, same A- grade.

Cole Whitt #72 So Cal Chevy Chevy Camaro-The gold stripe works well, and the car has a great look as a whole. A