Paint Scheme Grades-May 18, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Millennial Ford Mustang-This is…well, overdone and underdone at the same time. There are too many different elements, none of which work with each other. At the same time, there is way too much negative space that isn’t used. This is just awful, and I give it an F.

Daniel Hemric #8 Poppy Bank Chevy Camaro-It looks as though Poppy Bank took a look at the Bass Pro Shops scheme and decided that they should redesign it. It isn’t a good look. Orange is a finicky color when used correctly, and this isn’t correct. It’s not terrible, I’ve certainly seen worse. Still, all things considered, this gets a C.

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford Mustang-I like the new yellow stripes. They are a bold look, and the car has a decent look as a result. I do think that the yellow is a bit too bright for the red though. This is going to get an A-.

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops/Haas Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Rush’s, same A grade.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford This new toned down scheme works so much better! The point is the same, but the car looks so much smoother! It’s still a bold look, but it looks great! I have to give this new scheme an A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Red Nose Day Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford Mustang-Lighter blue doesn’t work as well with the 2019 Menard’s template. Dutch Boy doesn’t have a great shade of blue to begin with, and the paint scheme doesn’t help much. This is a huge downgrade from last year’s scheme as well. The scheme has gone from an A to a C.

William Byron #24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The new patriotic design here is really good. I miss the flames, but the banner that replaced it looks really good. The car still has a good look, so I’ll give this an A.

William Byron #24 Hendrick Autoguard Chevy Camaro-The removal of silver from the posts, and removal of black from the bottom stripe helped a lot here. This is a great scheme, and I can’t find anything to complain about! A

Reed Sorenson #27 Harrah’s Casino Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Tyler Reddick #31 Tame the Beast Chevy Camaro-A decent scheme, but there are problems. First, the chevrons are over done. Second, the Bigfoot on the side is pointless, and needlessly distracting. Third, the red would work well by itself, as would the Chevrons. It’s still decent, so I’ll give it a B+.

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford Mustang-Matte black is an underutilized look for race cars, and this is a great example. Add in the fact that the car has a great look, and you have an A worthy scheme.

Matt Tifft #36 Out West Express Ford Mustang-The red contrasts well with the blue, the car is not over designed, it’s a bold and unique look, and it’s a great look. All in all, this gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger-Your Personal Pit Stop Chevy Camaro-A decent scheme, but there are problems. First, the side designs are over done. Second, the red would work well by itself, as would the side designs. It’s still decent, so I’ll give it a B+.

Joey Gase #46 Toyota Camry-Plain black with a red stripe will always work, and I will always give it an A, because it always looks good.

Quin Houff #77 Oil Fire Rye Whiskey Chevy Camaro-The black works well, as does the white. I also love the design of the red stripe in the middle. It looks good, and is unique. All things considered, this gets an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Digital Momentum-Hubspot Toyota Camry-The color is decent, I hate that shade of green though. It is a bit over designed, but I have seen worse. I do thinks that it is a decent design, but toning it down would work well. Still, I’ve certainy seen worse, so this gets a B.


Author: dgf2099

I'm just a normal guy who collects race-worn driver suits, helmets, sheet metal, and other race-worn items. I will use this blog to help collectors, and race fans alike understand the various aspects of driver suits and helmets, and commentate on paint schemes.

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