Paint Scheme Grades-August 14, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Fare/Share Chevy Camaro-It’s a tad over done. There are too many dots and stripes, and the gray is pointless. Still, it isn’t awful, so I give it a B.

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National Ford Mustang-I like this bold, and smooth look. It has a great color scheme. This gets an A.

Austin Dillon #3 Cowboy Channel Chevy Camaro-I like a good fade, and the design works, so this gets an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Socios Ford Mustang-I think that this car is way too over designed, and it just looks awful. The lava motif is what kills it for me. This can’t get anything higher than an F.

Tyler Reddick #8 Chevy Accessories Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #3, same C grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Go Bowling Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

James Davison #15 Project 44 Chevy Camaro-It’s a mediocre design scheme, with a mediocre color scheme, and that will earn it a C grade.

RC Enerson #15 Lucas Oil School of Racing Chevy Camaro-Way too much going on here, and the misuse of silver doesn’t help. I think that this is too over designed, so it gets an F.

Chris Buescher #17 Socios Ford Mustang-I think that the designs are a bit over done, and the use of black isn’t really needed here. Still it isn’t awful, so this gets a B-

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Toyota Camry-The larger stripe on the front is a bit of a downgrade from last year. I think the older design worked better. Still, this is actually a great design considering, so this gets an A-.

Joey Logano #22 Verizon 5G Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #3, same A grade.

Bubba Wallace #23 Toyota Toyota Camry-If the colors were reversed, it would look a lot better. White over red works better than red over white. B-

Ryan Preece #37 Kleenex Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Anthony Alfredo #38 Bence Motor Sales Ford Mustang-This is a horrifically over designed mess with a bad color scheme, and no redeeming qualities. F

Anthony Alfredo #38 Golden Nugget Online Gaming Ford Mustang-My one complaint here is that the stars on the hood are bad. Other than that, this is a solid scheme. A

Ross Chastain #42 MyMcDonald’s Rewards Chevy Camaro-For all of the great schemes McDonald’s has had over the years, this is a major downgrade. I hate when a car looks like it was designed by several different people, and this is a perfect example. F

Erik Jones #43 Clean Harbors Chevy Camaro-Great looking scheme with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Bush’s Best Chevy Camaro-Even with the new and improved template, the two different styles do clash. With this new template, it isn’t as bad. B

Josh Bilicki #52 Insurance King Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will ALWAYS earn an A.

Garrett Smithley #53 Skip Barber Racing School Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #15, same A grade.

Kyle Tilley #78 Blacktop Mojo Ford Mustang-A great fade works, and red to black is a great color scheme. Add in that it isn’t over designed, and you have an A scheme.

Kyle Tilley #78 Bremont Chronometers Ford Mustang-This is another scheme where a great color scheme cancels out a horrible design scheme, and the car is a C as a result.


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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