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It’s That Time Of Year…The 2018 Paint Schemies Are Here!

By David G. Firestone

With the 2018 NASCAR season behind us, I’m happy to present the 5th Annual Driver Suit Blog Paint Schemie Awards! Regular readers know about this, but I’ll discuss this again. Every year, I pick the best and worst paint schemes and award them the Paint Schemie. This was done using the Driver Suit Blog executive committee for paint scheme analysis and consists of me and Driver Suit Blog assistant, my cat Alejandro, and uses the following standards:

Color Scheme:How the colors look, and how they work with each other.

Overall Design:How good the design itself looks, is there too much, or not enough.

Primary Sponsor Logos: How the primary sponsor logos look on the car

Originality: How original is the scheme.

All of the above can work for or against a scheme, and all will be taken into consideration.

Let’s get the bad Paint Scheme Awards out of the way…

First, the Paint Schemie Award for Worst Regular Season Single Paint Scheme.

The nominees are:

Landon Cassill #00 Mane ‘n Tall Chevy Camaro

Chase Elliott #9 Sun Energy Chevy Camaro

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Military Chevy Camaro

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Ford Fusion

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

Erik Jones #20 Toyota Toyota Camry

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Can Am/Kappa Ford Fusion

David Ragan #38 FR8 Auctions Ford Fusion

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for Worst Regular Season Single Paint Scheme goes to:

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

The next Paint Schemie Award is for Exhibition or Throwback Paint Schemes. This category is a little different, as the Schemie will go to the best and worst throwback. For this category, all exhibition race and throwback paint schemes qualify automatically.

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for Worst Exhibition or Throwback Paint Schemes goes to…

Timmy Hill #66 Rewards.com Throwback Toyota Camry

The next award of 2018 is the Paint Schemie for Worst Paint Scheme Set of 2018. The nominees are:

Denny Hamlin #11 Toyota Camry

Daniel Hemric #8 Chevy Camaro

Germain Racing #13 Chevy Camaro

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Ford Fusion

Daniel Suarez #19 Toyota Camry

Joey Logano #22 Ford Fusion

BK Racing #23 Toyota Camry

A.J. Allmendinger #47 Chevy Camaro

Ricky Benton Racing #92 Ford Fusion

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for for Worst Paint Scheme Set goes to…

BK Racing #23 Toyota Camry

Now after talking about the bad, we discuss the good. Here are the winners in the best category…

First, the Paint Schemie Award for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme.

The nominees for the 2018 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme are:

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford Fusion

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Chevy Camaro

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Bacon for Life Ford Fusion

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota Camry

Daniel Suarez #19 Coca Cola Toyota Camry

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro

Ryan Newman #31 eBay Motors Chevy Camaro

David Starr #97 Toyota Camry

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme goes to…

Daniel Suarez #19 Coca Cola Toyota Camry

The next category is Paint Schemie Award is for Best Exhibition or Throwback Paint Schemes, and it should come as no surprise that the competition was strong this year.

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for Best Throwback Scheme of 2017 goes to…

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy SS

The final award of 2018 is the Paint Schemie for Best Paint Scheme Set of 2018. The nominees are:

Kevin Harvick #4 Ford Fusion

Erik Jones #20 Toyota Camry

Paul Menard #21 Ford Fusion

Michael McDowell #34 Ford Fusion

Kurt Busch #41 Ford Fusion

Jimmie Johnson #48 Chevy Camaro

Rick Ware Racing #52 Chevy Camaro

Beard Oil Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

MBM Motorsports #66 Toyota Camry

Obaika Racing #97 Toyota Camry

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Paint Scheme Set goes to…

Michael McDowell #34 Ford Fusion

That’s it for the Schemies, next week, the Paint Scheme Leaderboard begins with Chevy!

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