Paint Scheme Grades-February 22, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 PPG Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Justin Haley #16 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

BJ McLeod #52 Ford Mustang-I think the curve design is a little over done, but the car doesn’t look bad, so I’ll give it a B+

JJ Yeley #54 Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always ear an A.

Brendan Gaughan #62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Daniel Suarez #96 Toyota Toyota CamryI think the side design is over designed. I also like the color scheme, and the rest of the car is decent, so I’ll give it a B-.

The First Cuban To Win In NASCAR’s Top Series

By David G. Firestone

NASCAR is closely associated with a lot of things. One thing it isn’t typically associated with is Cuba. The typical driver profile that most people all drivers are Caucasian males. In recent years however, NASCAR has been working to increase diversity in the sport. The Drive for Diversity is a program that has brought a lot of diverse talent into NASCAR, including Paul Harraka, Darrell Wallace, Jr., Natalie Decker, Kenzie Ruston, Mackena Bell, Sergio Pena, Kyle Larson, Daniel Suárez, and Aric Almirola.

Born in Flordia to Cuban parents, Aric Almirola began racing karts at age 8, eventually racing nationally at age 14. In 2002, he started racing in NASCAR, eventually joining Drive for Diversity in 2004. In 2005 he began racing in the Truck Series, eventually becoming the 24th driver to win races in all 3 of NASCAR’s top 3 series. During his career, he wore this undershirt. This Sparco X-COOL Silver lightweight undershirt shows a little use.The cowl has a small size tag, and SPARCO is embroidered in gray lettering.The front torso is unadorned.There is a rubber X-COOL Silver patch on the left side.The shoulders and sleeves are unadorned. The back of the shirt shows some very light wear.The back of the neck is unadorned.Aric Almirola’s twitter handle @aric_almirola is printed on the back, as opposed to the front for some reason.I like this, and hopefully, I can get this signed at some point.

I wasn’t going to do another one, but I tried this, and I wanted to share this recipe. So, it’s…

TAILGATING TIME

Shrimp de Jonghe

4 servings

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 cups dry white wine

1 cup butter, melted

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cups fresh bread crumbs

1 pinch ground cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 cup chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease an 11x 7 inch casserole dish.

2-Place shrimp evenly in the casserole dish.

3-Pour wine over the shrimp.

4-Mix together butter, garlic, cayenne pepper, paprika, parsley and bread crumbs.

5-Sprinkle bread crumb mixture over the shrimp. Refrigerate now if desired.

6-Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until shrimp are firm and topping is golden brown. Serve immediately.

Next week, a firesuit from an aspect of racing that isn’t really discussed.

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 19, 2020

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Jacob Construction Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, White with red stripes, and red and blue curve. A-

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with green and white cutting edge designs on sides. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, dark purple with yellow Penske template. F

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 20 #12. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 PPG Ford MustangNo change. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNo Change. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black top, green stripe around number, silver bottom. A

Austin Dillon #3 Symbicort Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, more side designs have been added. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver replaces black on hood and roof. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford MustangNo change. A-

Kevin Harvick #4 #PIT4BUSCH Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver with blue and white flames. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, green with white and bacon motif. A

Ryan Newman #6 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white, green, red, and black with zig-zag designs. C

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black with red and yellow bottles and splatter motif. F

Ryan Newman #6 Koch Industries Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white front, black middle, blue rear. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Zero Sugar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, black with green Camaro stripes and green stripes on sides. A

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNo change. B-.

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with orange numbers and stripes. A

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue replaces white, gold replaces blue. C+

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Pure Farmland Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with green and blue stripes. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 2020 #21. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, reverse color scheme of Shell/Pennzoil. D

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, the designs on sides have been cleaned up. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNo change. B+

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, design has been cleaned up a bit. D

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #15

Brennan Poole #15 Spartan Mosquito Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, White with yellow and blue Camaro stripes. B+

KAULIG RACING #16

Justin Haley #16 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 SunnyD Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, side stripes have been toned down. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

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

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Dips Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, white has been added. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #

Martin Truex Jr. # Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. # Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Sirius XM Toyota CamryNo change. B-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNo change. C

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, smartphone motif has been removed. C-

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Maytag Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

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

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, Axalta Sea Glass replaces dark blue. C

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #27

Reed Sorenson #27 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, blue. A

GO FAS RACING #32

Corey LaJoie #32 Pala Casino Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, red fade to black. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, orange waffle design remains but black and red flames have been added. B+

Corey LaJoie #32 RagingBull.com Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, blue front, checkered flag motif side, white rear. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

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

RICK WARE RACING #36

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford MustangNo change. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, white, yellow with a series of stripes and designs on sides and front. C

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Citgard Ford MustangNo change. B+

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Fire Alarm Services Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with designs on sides, and stripes on hood. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 Haas Automotion Ford MustangNo change. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 World Wide Technology Chevy CamaroNo change. C

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, with a white stripe and white designs on rear. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with cutting edge designs on sides. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #49

Chad Finchum #49 Garrison Homes/Toyota Knoxville Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, blue and white with curves on sides. B+

RICK WARE RACING #51

Joey Gase #51 Page Construction/ASC Agri Services Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, gray with a series of designs on sides. F

RICK WARE RACING #52

BJ McLeod #52 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, white sides, black hood and roof, curves on sides. B+

RICK WARE RACING #54

JJ Yeley #54 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black. A

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Brendan Gaughan #62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevy CamaroNo change. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, green front, brown sides, white rear. F

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Ross Chastain #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as #42. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, vertical rectangle design. A

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Alex Bowman #88 Adam’s Polishes/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, black with orange and gold stripe. A

Alex Bowman #88 NOCO/Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as Adam’s Polishes but with NOCO on hood. A

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy CamaroNo change. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Christopher Bell #95 Rheem Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, red, white, and black with stripes. B+

Christopher Bell #95 Procore Chevy Toyota CamryNo change. F

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Daniel Suarez #96 Toyota Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, black with red and white curves on sides. B-

Paint Scheme Grades-February 15, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Jacob Construction Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the red stripe on the front isn’t needed. Otherwise this is a great scheme.

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Austin Dillon #3 Symbicort Chevy Camaro-Last year’s scheme was bad, but this is so much worse. This is an ugly over designed mess, and I give it an F.

Kevin Harvick #4 #PIT4BUSCH Ford Mustang-This is a great look. Blue and silver with white outlines work well, and the design is great. I give this an A.

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy Camaro-The change of colors helps this scheme, only slightly though. I give this a C+.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Pure Farmland Ford Mustang-My only complaint is that I think the green is too light, that aside, this is a great scheme, and it gets an A-.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Brennan Poole #15 Spartan Mosquito Chevy Camaro-I don’t like the colors used here, I think blue should be the primary color. Still, it isn’t bad, but I’ll gvie this a B+

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Sirius XM Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Toyota Camry-This is just not a good look. It’s not awful, at least the color scheme is good, I’ll give it a C-.

Reed Sorenson #27 Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Fire Alarm Services Ford Mustang-I like the look here, the colors are great, and I like the design too. This gets an A.

Joey Gase #51 Page Construction/ASC Agri Services Chevy Camaro-I think that this is over designed, and the color scheme doesn’t help. This doesn’t look good, and gets an F.

Miss Winston Revisited

By David G. Firestone

I was doing some cleaning recently, and I discovered I had this. I had to double check to see if I had covered this item, and it turns out I had, but not very well. So for this week’s Friday Feature, I will discuss this vintage Miss Winston suit.

Miss Winston was an idea thought up in the 1970’s. The idea was to have a beauty queen with the drivers in Victory Lane after races. The idea died after the Winston Cup turned to the Nextel Cup, but when Sprint took over in 2009, the idea was revived. Monster Energy kept the trend going, but with the new sponsorship setup, at the time of publication, I don’t know if it will continue.

At least 50 different women were Miss Winston at some point. Though they were told not to, many dated and even married drivers. The dress code was decided by Winston, and included this vintage jumpsuit.  It is a simple red polyester jumpsuit.There is a collar, and a wash tag in the cowl.It has a Winston logo embroidered on the chest.It come with a white belt and straps on the legs. The suit features short short sleeves. The back of the suit is unadorned. Winston was an idea thought up in the 1970’s. The idea was to have a beauty queen with the drivers in Victory Lane after races. The idea died after the Winston Cup turned to the Nextel Cup, but when Sprint took over in 2009, the idea was revived.

Since this is a short article, I’m going to add…

TAILGATING TIME!

It’s early in the year, it’s cold, so if you are going to watch a race with friend, you want something hearty, so I present:

Beef Pot Roast

8 Servings

Ingredients

2 teaspoons olive oil

4 pounds boneless chuck roast

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 bay leaves

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

1-Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2-Heat a heavy Dutch oven on top of the stove over medium high heat.

3-Add oil, and sear meat in the center of the pan for 4 minutes.

4-Turn meat over with tongs; sear all sides for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

5-Remove meat from pan. Arrange onion, garlic, and 1 bay leaf in the bottom of the pan, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

6-Return meat to pan, place remaining bay leaf on top of meat, and cover.

7-Cook in the oven for 30 minutes at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

8-Reduce the heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), and cook for 1 1/2 hours.

9-Remove roast to a platter to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.

10-Slice, and top with onions and gravy.

Next week, we focus on Aric Almirola.

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 23, 2020

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Jacob Construction Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, White with red stripes, and red and blue curve. A-

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with green and white cutting edge designs on sides. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, dark purple with yellow Penske template. F

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 20 #12. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. C

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNo Change. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black top, green stripe around number, silver bottom. A

Austin Dillon #3 Symbicort Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, more side designs have been added. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver replaces black on hood and roof. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford MustangNo change. A-

Kevin Harvick #4 #PIT4BUSCH Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver with blue and white flames. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, green with white and bacon motif. A

Ryan Newman #6 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white, green, red, and black with zig-zag designs. C

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black with red and yellow bottles and splatter motif. F

Ryan Newman #6 Koch Industries Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white front, black middle, blue rear. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Zero Sugar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, black with green Camaro stripes and green stripes on sides. A

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNo change. B-.

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with orange numbers and stripes. A

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue replaces white, gold replaces blue. C+

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Pure Farmland Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with green and blue stripes. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 2020 #21. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, reverse color scheme of Shell/Pennzoil. D

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, the designs on sides have been cleaned up. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNo change. B+

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, design has been cleaned up a bit. D

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #15

Brennan Poole #15 Spartan Mosquito Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, White with yellow and blue Camaro stripes. B+

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 SunnyD Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, side stripes have been toned down. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

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

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Dips Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, white has been added. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #

Martin Truex Jr. # Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. # Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Sirius XM Toyota CamryNo change. B-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNo change. C

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, smartphone motif has been removed. C-

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Maytag Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

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

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, Axalta Sea Glass replaces dark blue. C

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #27

Reed Sorenson #27 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, blue. A

GO FAS RACING #32

Corey LaJoie #32 Pala Casino Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, red fade to black. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, orange waffle design remains but black and red flames have been added. B+

Corey LaJoie #32 RagingBull.com Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, blue front, checkered flag motif side, white rear. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

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

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, white, yellow with a series of stripes and designs on sides and front. C

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Citgard Ford MustangNo change. B+

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Fire Alarm Services Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with designs on sides, and stripes on hood. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 Haas Automotion Ford MustangNo change. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 World Wide Technology Chevy CamaroNo change. C

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, with a white stripe and white designs on rear. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with cutting edge designs on sides. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #49

Chad Finchum #49 Garrison Homes/Toyota Knoxville Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, blue and white with curves on sides. B+

RICK WARE RACING #51

Joey Gase #51 Page Construction/ASC Agri Services Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, gray with a series of designs on sides. F

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, green front, brown sides, white rear. F

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Ross Chastain #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as #42. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, vertical rectangle design. A

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Alex Bowman #88 Adam’s Polishes/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, black with orange and gold stripe. A

Alex Bowman #88 NOCO/Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as Adam’s Polishes but with NOCO on hood. A

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy CamaroNo change. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Christopher Bell #95 Rheem Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, red, white, and black with stripes. B+

Christopher Bell #95 Procore Chevy Toyota CamryNo change. F

Paint Scheme Grades-February 8, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy Camaro-A downgrade from last year, I think that the designs are a little over done. Still, it isn’t bad, so it gets a B.

Ryan Newman #6 Koch Industries Ford Mustang-A good color scheme with a great design scheme will always earn an A.

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy Camaro-I love the orange on black look, and the car perfectly designed, so this gets an A.

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy Camaro-It’s still not great, but it’s a lot cleaner than it was, so I’ll give it a D.

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Dips Toyota Camry-I do not like the white added to the red. It’s still not terrible, so I’ll give it a B+.

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro-This color does not work with this scheme at all. It does not fit well at all. This color is so bad, it takes an A scheme down to a C.

Corey LaJoie #32 RagingBull.com Ford Mustang-A good color scheme with a great design scheme will always earn an A.

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Citgard Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Cole Custer #41 Haas Automotion Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Toyota Camry-While this design might work with another color scheme, it is a total failure here. F

Alex Bowman #88 Adam’s Polishes/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-A good color scheme with a great design scheme will always earn an A.

Alex Bowman #88 NOCO/Group Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Adam’s Polishes/Chevy Group, same A grade.

Alex Bowman #88 Truck Hero/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Adam’s Polishes/Chevy Group, same A grade.

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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Kurt Busch,Ryan Newman,Chase Elliott,William Byron,Axalta,Corey LaJoie,John Hunter Nemechek,Alex Bowman,

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Currencies: Coins and Paper Money-Revisited

By David G. Firestone

Money really is the great equalizer. Every human being on the planet wants as much of it as possible. We work jobs we hate in order to get it, and we spend it as we see fit. While we mainly spend it on things we need to live, food, shelter, and clothing, we do spend it on things that make us happy.

I find it amazing that most people know so little about one of the most important objects in the world. For a lot of us, our pocket change can be useful, but if you knew the history about it, and how it was made, they would be awestruck.

Metallic coins really started with the human desire for gold. While the earliest known coins date back to around the 8th and 7th centuries BCE, gold has been used since 600 BCE for monetary purposes. Today, gold is still a part of global currency, but most gold mined is used for other applications, such as jewelry, electronics, medicine, commercial chemistry, and other industrial uses.

Gold is also a status symbol. Gold medals, and trophies are symbols of victory and achievement. Gold used in jewelry is symbolic of wealth and success. Gold in and of itself is seen as both a form of good and evil. One of James Bond’s most well known foes was Auric Goldfinger, who spent his entire life trying to acquire as much gold as possible.

I happen to have some pure gold in my possession. I have .1 gram from NZP Gold, a smelting plant in Turkey. Gold is one of the few minerals we all want to have. This is a small gold nugget. It is .07 grams. When pure gold is flattened by “goldbeating” the end result is a sheet of gold leaf. It’s main uses are for art and architecture, but it can also be edible. These are two small jars of gold leaf. Silver has uses in many different applications, including electronics, medical uses, solar panels, currency, photographic film, x-rays, and numerous other uses. These are three 4 gram bars of 99.999% silver. Coins started their lives as a way to simplify the use of gold as currency. Coins were originally made by using molds and metal. The blank was made using bars of metal, which was hammered out on anvils. Then the blank, which is known as a “planchet” was then heated up, placed between the two molds, and hammered. This was a less than precise method, and since the mold had to be hammered by hand, the design would vary. This Constantine-era coin is an example of that process.These examples of medieval coins are also examples of that process.

 Modern currencies are very heavily monitored. The designs in recent years aren’t so focused on being artistic, but focused on being counterfeit-proof. Older coins tend to be better looking. These better-looking designs include:

Wheat Pennies, Liberty Nickels, Buffalo Nickels, and Mercury Dimes,As time went on, the process improved. Dies replaced the molds. The die process is similar in theory to the mold process, but there is a lot more quality control involved. Dies are cast from a master die. The design for the master die is drawn on paper, and then hand carved in clay then plaster by an engraving expert, in a much larger size than the coin will be. That is then coated in expoxy, which takes 18 hours to set and cure, then it is placed in a machine that is called a “reducing lathe” which spins the design around while transferring every minute detail from the large epoxy mold to a coin-sized die. This die is called “the reduction hub” and is used to make the master die.

When the master die is made, the reduction hub is placed into a machine with a cone-shaped piece of metal. The machine presses the hub into the cone, creating the master die. This master die is used to make “working hubs” which are used in the die press. Dies have the image of the coin reversed, so they come out properly in the minting process. Planchets come about from 1,500 foot rolls of prefabricated metal, which has the correct mixing of metals. The planchets are punched out, and the waste metal is recycled. These are two examples of modern planchets, one is a quarter, one is a dime.After they are washed and cleaned, the coins go through an “upsetting mill” which uses a large spinning disk to move the planchet through a groove which grows narrower and narrower. This adds a raised edge to the coin, higher than the design, which is called a “relief.” This is done to protect the relief. Then the planchet, with the raised edge heads to the press, where a die set is waiting. The coin press can stamp out 750 coins a minute, or 12.5 coins a second! One die is the “hammer” which moves back and forth during the stamping process, and the other is called the “anvil” and is stationary.

After the coin is struck, mint technicians examine a sample from the batch. If there are die errors, or other forms of damage, the lot it scrapped, the metal recycled, and a new hub is brought in. This is done for several reasons. The mint takes pride in their work, but the main reason is that new vending machines have scanners that scan coins as they are inserted. Errors of any kind mean that the scanner will reject the coin as it sees it as fake.

Interestingly, the US Mint doesn’t simply throw away used coin dies. They realize that there is a huge demand for coin dies. The relief is removed from the die, and destroyed. The end result is packaged with one of the coins it minted, and sold in sets to collectors.

The relief has to be removed. This is not a minor issue, as there are a lot of counterfeiters out there, who want to make money the illegal way, rather than earn it. This also goes back to the Canadian Voyager Die incident. In 1986, the Royal Canadian Mint shipped both sets of master dies from Ottowa to Winnepeg. In the following investigation, it was discovered that the Royal Canadian Mint had no set procedure for shipping dies, and in a bid to save $43.50 Canadian. This disastrous decision forced the Mint to come up with a new design, due to the very real fears of counterfeiting, and as such, the Loonie was chosen as the new design for the dollar coin.

While it is impossible to get a die used in a monetary coin, medallion dies are easier to get. While some dies are clearly canceled, others, such as these three examples, still have the reverse image present. These two small dies were used to make a small “B.T.” token, slightly bigger than a nickel.  The accompanying token is a fit to the mold. This second die is from a 1960’s Wildwood Medallic Arts Wildlife series medallion and the matching die. This is from the 3rd medal in the series, this is the Grizzly Bear die from the Grizzly Bear/Golden Eagle Medallion. The relief is just under 1.5 inches across, and is in perfect condition, having no evidence of cancellation. The medallion fits perfectly in to the die. The first government to issue bank notes was the Song Dynasty in China. The Song Dynasty, in the early 11th century, allowed 16 different banks to print up the first bank notes. This was done because copper coinage is much heavier than a bank note, and that copper production was declining. Once the Song Dynasty realized the advantages of bank notes, they took over production of the notes in 1023. By the 1200’s, most Dynasties were using some form of paper bank note.

Around the 13th Century, Marco Polo and other European explorers made their way into Asia, and began to encounter paper bank notes. Polo was especially interested in these notes, stating chapter 24 in The Travels of Marco Polo:

“All these pieces of paper are, issued with as much solemnity and authority as if they were of pure gold or silver… with these pieces of paper, made as I have described, Kublai Khan causes all payments on his own account to be made; and he makes them to pass current universally over all his kingdoms and provinces and territories, and whithersoever his power and sovereignty extends… and indeed everybody takes them readily, for wheresoever a person may go throughout the Great Kaan’s dominions he shall find these pieces of paper current, and shall be able to transact all sales and purchases of goods by means of them just as well as if they were coins of pure gold.”

This system was seen as effective way to transport currency from one country to another, with little confusion as to exchange rates. These early notes were not true bank notes, but were promissory notes. The note was an instruction to the bank to pay the person holding the note the amount in gold or silver. As time went on, the banks began preferring to issue bank notes as currency, and governments soon followed. For a time, there were both governments and private banks were issuing their own notes. Private banks were eventually banned from issuing their own notes as currency, and the government bank notes became the standard.

In the United States, the Federal Government is in charge of printing bank notes, though this was not always the case. The Coinage Act of 1792 specified a “dollar” to be based in the Spanish milled dollar and of 371 grains and 4 sixteenths part of a grain of pure or 416 grains (27.0g) of standard silver and an “eagle” to be 247 and 4 eighths of a grain or 270 grains (17g) of gold (again depending on purity). This was based on the Spanish Dollar, which was in use in many of the Colonies at that time. This had its drawbacks, as at the time, all 13 Colonies were each using a different state-specific currency. Each currency defined the value of a dollar differently. This system was used until 1862, when, because of The Civil War, banknotes attached to gold or silver, called gold certificates or silver certificates were issued. These could be exchanged for a set amount of gold or silver. Such as this $1 example from 1935: American bank notes are made with a special paper, which uses scrap cotton from the denim jeans industry. This helps with durability. Granted a coin will have a useful life of 30 years, whereas a bank note will have a useful life of 22 months. The paper itself is made by Crane and Company of Dalton Massachusetts, who have made this special paper since 1879. Blue jean scraps make up 75% of the material in the paper, with the other 25% being waste flax. The process is painstaking. The steps to make the paper itself, including reductions, security threads, and security strips are very exacting. The paper is then rolled into rolls and shipped.

The paper then goes to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in either Washington D.C. Or Fort Worth Texas. The paper is cut into uniform squares, and printed using the Intaglio printing method, first used in Germany in the 1430’s. A simplified explanation of the process is that the dies that have the reverse image of the bill are filled with ink. Excess ink is removed, and the design is stamped into the bill. The ink fills all the small crevices of the die. This gives the bank note a textured feel to it, due to the different layers of ink.

While the United States has had a somewhat stable currency since the Civil War, some other countries were not as fortunate. Germany, for example, went through a lot of upheaval in the 20th Century. Prior to World War I, The German Gold Mark was the banknote Germans used. Produced in denominations of 20, 50, 100 and 1000 Mark, the bank notes are quite large, especially compared to American notes, as this 1000 Mark example from 1910 shows: The German Gold Mark was replaced in 1914, by the German Papiermark. This decision was because the link between the gold reserves and the mark was abandoned. By the end of the War in 1918, the German Papiermark was nearly worthless, due to the German loss, and insistence of Germany to pay back war debts by printing and using bank notes. The Rentenmark replaced the Papiermark as such, due to hyper inflation. It was replaced with the Reichsmark, prior to World War 11, and then the East German Mark, and Deutsche Mark from War’s end to 1990, when Germany was reunited, and the Deutsche Mark took over from 1990, until 2002, when the Euro took over as currency for Germany and much of Europe.

Another country that had a lot of economic upheaval was Russia. The Ruble is the traditional currency of Russia, and like other currencies, were made of gold or silver. The amount of metal per coin varied, until Peter The Great standardized the amount of silver in 1704. By 1768, banknotes were being printed, by the Assignation Bank. This lasted until 1843, when the Assignation Bank folded, and “state credit notes” were issued by the government.

The old system lasted until the October Revolution of 1917, when the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic took over as government, and began circulating their own version of the ruble. The first version, which was used until 1922, had to be adjusted for post-war, non-gold standard hyperinflation after World War I. In 1922, the second version was instituted, this version having a rate of 1 “new” ruble for 10,000 “old” rubles, due to hyperinflation. The third change took place in 1923, at a rate of 100 to 1. This lasted until 1924, when Joesph Stalin’s consolidation of power following the death of Lenin, and Stalin issued the fourth version of the Soviet Ruble, which was attached to the gold standard, and lasted through 1947, when the fifth version, which was issued in response to citizens selling wartime rations for a profit, and keeping the money for themselves. This was placed on amounts over 3,000 rubles.

These are examples of the sixth version, used from 1961 to 1991. These brand new bank notes were designed by artist Victor Tsigal, and had a gold exchange rate of one ruble for 0.987412 gram of gold, though the gold was never offered to the general public. These are the 1, 3, 5, 10, and 25 ruble bills from 1961, the first year of issue. The size differences between vintage bank notes are amazing:Next week, a vintage suit revisited.

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 5, 2020

By David G. Firestone

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with green and white cutting edge designs on sides. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, dark purple with yellow Penske template. F

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 20 #12. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNo Change. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black top, green stripe around number, silver bottom. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver replaces black on hood and roof. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford MustangNo change. A-

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, green with white and bacon motif. A

Ryan Newman #6 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white, green, red, and black with zig-zag designs. C

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black with red and yellow bottles and splatter motif. F

Ryan Newman #6 Koch Industries Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white front, black middle, blue rear. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Zero Sugar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, black with green Camaro stripes and green stripes on sides. A

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNo change. B-.

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with orange numbers and stripes. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 2020 #21. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, reverse color scheme of Shell/Pennzoil. D

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, the designs on sides have been cleaned up. A

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, design has been cleaned up a bit. D

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 SunnyD Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, side stripes have been toned down. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

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

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Dips Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, white has been added. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #

Martin Truex Jr. # Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. # Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNo change. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Maytag Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

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

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, Axalta Sea Glass replaces dark blue. C

GO FAS RACING #32

Corey LaJoie #32 Pala Casino Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, red fade to black. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, orange waffle design remains but black and red flames have been added. B+

Corey LaJoie #32 RagingBull.com Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, blue front, checkered flag motif side, white rear. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

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

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, white, yellow with a series of stripes and designs on sides and front. C

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Citgard Ford MustangNo change. B+

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 Haas Automotion Ford MustangNo change. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 World Wide Technology Chevy CamaroNo change. C

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, with a white stripe and white designs on rear. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with cutting edge designs on sides. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #49

Chad Finchum #49 Garrison Homes/Toyota Knoxville Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, blue and white with curves on sides. B+

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, green front, brown sides, white rear. F

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Ross Chastain #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as #42. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, vertical rectangle design. A

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Alex Bowman #88 Adam’s Polishes/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, black with orange and gold stripe. A

Alex Bowman #88 NOCO/Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as Adam’s Polishes but with NOCO on hood. A

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy CamaroNo change. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Christopher Bell #95 Rheem Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, red, white, and black with stripes. B+

Christopher Bell #95 Procore Chevy Toyota CamryNo change. F

Paint Scheme Grades-February 1, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy Camaro-I like the Dale Earnhardt based design, and the car as a whole looks great. I can’t give this less than an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Castrol Ford Mustang-Another example of a scheme with nothing really wrong or right with it. It’s a mediocre scheme that earns a C.

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-I don’t like this. I get what they were trying to do, but I think it’s over designed. F

John Hunter Nemechek #36 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 World Wide Technology Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-Even with the changes, this is still a great scheme. A

Chad Finchum #49 Garrison Homes/Toyota Knoxville Toyota Camry-If the curves on the rear was toned down I would give this a solid A. But I think the curves are over designed so this gets a B+

Christopher Bell #95 Procore Chevy Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.