Throwback Thursday-1972 #15 Matra-Simca MS670

Henri Pescarolo and Graham Hill 1972 #15 Matra-Simca MS670

The Simca MS670 is a very nice looking car. This car has a nice shade of blue across the whole car. There is also a dull yellow stripe that extends from the front to the brake duct. There is also a white stripe across the whole car. The dull yellow is also on the rear fins. The whole car works very well. It’s a good look, with a design and color scheme that works, and it earns an A.

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Paint Scheme Tracker-May 23, 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+

Landon Cassill #00 TW Cable/Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with TW Cable on hood, and Superior Essex on sides. A

Landon Cassill #00 Sparks Energy Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, yellow front, fades to black sides and lightning motif on rear. C+

Landon Cassill #00 Star Com Fiber Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, paint splatter motif on sides has been added. C-

Landon Cassill #00 RNH Electric Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with green roof, and green and black on sides. C

Landon Cassill #00 Dari-O Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red with green and white stripes on sides. 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-

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as #42 McDonald’s. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Textron Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, same as Cessna, but with Textron Off Road on sides. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with patriotic motif on sides. B+

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Genuine Draft Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Rusty Wallace’s 1990 MGD Pontiac Grand Prix. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford FusionNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Snap-On Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, red with black roof, black stripes on bottom, and black stripe on rear. 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+

Austin Dillon #3 Symbicort Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with blue and yellow designs across car. C-

Austin Dillon #3 Realtree Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, yellow and blue tye dye on hood, Realtree camouflage on sides, yellow and black curves separating the two. F

Austin Dillon #3 Scooper Cat Litter Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white, light blue, and light yellow with polka dot motif. F

Austin Dillon #3 Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red with American Flag motif on sides. A

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

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1/Busch Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, Mobil 1 front, Busch rear quarter panel. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on mid 1990’s can design. 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+

Matt Kenseth #6 Wyndham Rewards Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, light blue with white sides and cloud motif. A

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

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Baja Bast Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, same as Mountain Dew, but silver replaces gold. A

Chase Elliott #9 Sun Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. F

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

Aric Almirola #10 Go Bowling Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, similar to 2017 Stenhouse scheme, wood has replaced red on sides, and design has been toned down. A-

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Prime Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, vertical fade from blue to black. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield/Waffle House Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, black front, yellow stripe, white, black and patriotic geometric designs on sides. F

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

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Fleetwood RV Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as Red Cross, but with Fleetwood RV on sides. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Dave Blaney’s 2003 Jasper Engines Ford. A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Hawk Performance/Carlisle Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as Fleetwood RV, but with Hawk Performance on sides, and Carlisle on sides. 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 Bowyer #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

Clint Bowyer #14 Wix Filters Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2018, black with sublimated Wix filters logos, with a series of bright yellow stripes on sides. F

Clint Bowyer #14 Ford NASCAR Hall of Fans Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, black, with  white hood and roof, and a series of blue, silver, and white designs on sides. C-

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Stewart-Haas Racing Fan Club Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, black with white, and blue designs on sides. C

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-

Ross Chastain #15 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, black, with white and blue letters. A

Ross Chastain #15 Eat Florida Watermelon Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red with watermelon motif on sides. A

Justin Marks #15 Sufferfest Beer Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white, green, and black, with diagonal stripes. A

Ross Chastain #15 Caddy’s Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, beach motif across whole car. A

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

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Little Hug Fruit Barrels 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

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Flavor Vote Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, same as M&M’s, but with the choices that can be voted for on quarter panel. A

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, same as 2017, but with an adoptive golden retriever on side. A

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

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

Daniel Suarez #19 Stanley Tools Racing For Miracles Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, black and yellow cow motif with tape measure on sides. B-

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+

Erik Jones #20 XYO Network Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, dark blue with geometric designs on sides, and light blue stripe on bottom. A

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

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft Quick Lane Ford FusionNo change. A

Paul Menard #21 Quaker State Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, greed with gold and white curve design on sides. B-

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Atlas Designer Shingles Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as Menard’s, but with Atlas Designer Shingles on hood. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Knauf Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Penske template with Knauf colors. 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

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, same as Shell/Pennzoil, but with Autotrader on sides. D

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

Gray Gaulding #23 Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, white with red and green designs on sides. C-

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, white with a number of red and white designs on sides. F

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

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, white letters replace red ones. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as Jeff Gordon’s Rainbow scheme. A

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, yellow front top, and rear bottom, black front bottom, and rear top, curve between them. B+

William Byron #24 UniFirst Chevy Camaro– New scheme for 2018, lighter green used, more designs on sides. B-

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-

Ryan Newman #31 Childress Vineyard Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black, with curve on sides, and sublimated building design on sides. A

Ryan Newman #31 CAT/Granger Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018 green front, black rear, diagonal stripe in between. 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

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Plan B Sales Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, white with pink outlines and fan names across car. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Superior Logistics Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2018, white with red and blue diagonal stripes on sides. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Jeff Burton’s 2000 Exide scheme. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Zynga Poker Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, red front, poker chip motif on wheel well, black rear. 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

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

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics 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

Chris Buescher #37 Degree Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red, white, and blue with a series of shapes of the sides. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Checklist Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as #47. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Breyers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red designed bottom, black roof. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Clorox Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red, white, and blue with cutting edge designs on sides. B-

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

David Ragan #38 The Pete Store Ford FusionNo change. A

David Ragan #38 Bad Boy Mowers Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black replaces white. F

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-

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, similar to #1 but black replaces yellow on quarter panel. B+

Kyle Larson #42 First Data Clover Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, blue with green on sides. C

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

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Food Lion Feeds Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue sides, white hood and roof, yellow stripes on sides. A-

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Petty’s Garage Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2018, based on Petty’s STP schemes. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 World Wide Technology Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, dark blue front, light blue front wheel to rear, red stripe and accents. C

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Eckrich Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, green with yellow stripe. 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+

Harrison Rhodes #51 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, plain black with white and red numbers. A

Harrison Rhodes #51 Industrial Construction Experts Inc. Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with white stripes across hood and roof, yellow and blue lettering, and designs on sides. B-

Timmy Hill #51 Keen Buildings/Race to Erase Opioids Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as Keen Buildings, but with Race to Erase Opioids on sides. D+

Cody Ware #51 Keen Buildings Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, all black with Keen Building logos on sides. A

BJ McLeod #51 Prefund Capital Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with white hood and white logos. A

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-

Reed Sorenson #55 VIP Racing Experience Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Reed Sorenson #55 TCL Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, all black with TCL logos on sides, and hood. A

Reed Sorenson #55 Harrah’s Casino Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with white logos on sides. A

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

Chad Finchum #66 Smithbilt Homes Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue bottom, black top, white diagonal stripe in between. B

Timmy Hill #66 Crash Claims R Us Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, black with white logo on sides. A

Timmy Hill #66 Sentinel One Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with blue and gray designs on sides. 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

Cole Whitt #72 Rinnai Chevy SSNo change. B+

Cole Whitt #72 1950 Clothing Company Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black, with 1950 Clothing Company logo on hood. A

Corey LaJoie #72 Schluter Systems Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, much more red has been added. F

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

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, large A logo replaces smaller logo on hood. 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+

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, white sides with stars, blue hood and roof. A

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-

Timothy Peters #92 Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, red with black roof, and Ricky Benton Racing design on sides. B+

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+

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore Safety Qualified Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with darker black designs. A

Kasey Kahne #95 Ollies Bargain Outlet Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, yellow with red and black accents. A

Kasey Kahne #95 TWD Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, dark blue with white and grey geometric designs on sides. F

Kasey Kahne #95 Drumont Jets Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2018, based on Kasey’s 2008 Budweiser scheme. A

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-

DJ Kennington #96 Humbolt Broncos Tribute Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, red roof and stripe on sides. white stripe across side, Humboldt Broncos logo on hood, Gaunt Brothers Racing on sides. A

DJ Kennington #96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, same as Humboldt Broncos, but with Gaunt Brothers Racing on hood. A

STAR COM RACING #99

Derrike Cope #99 Star Com Fiber Chevy Camaro-New team for 2018, black with spray paint motif, yellow to white fade on rear. C-

My Thoughts On Commercials and The Royal Wedding

By David G. Firestone

Advertising is a really weird thing in 2018. Commercials can be so good you want to buy the product, or so awful that you never want to use that product again. Coca Cola has started the names on the label nonsense that they’ve done over the past few summers. I personally don’t get the names thing, but that’s just me. But for some reason, Coca Cola feels the need to promote the names gimmick with overly annoying commercials.

I thought that the music used in the 2017 commercials was bad. They used three really bad songs from groups that I’ve never heard of. This year, they have a custom jingle sung by an unidentified group. It’s too sugary, too peppy, and it WILL aggravate you. What really sucks about this is the fact that when I watch NASCAR or the NHRA, they play this commercial ad nauseam. I am not unreasonable, but STOP WITH THE IRRITATING COMMERCIALS!

As much as I love soda, whenever Coca Cola starts the name gimmick, and they start the commercials, I stop drinking Coca Cola. First, does putting names on the label increase sales? Obviously it does, since they do it every summer, but this is nothing but a gimmick, and the overly annoying advertising isn’t needed. This isn’t just limited to Coca Cola. People HATE Progressive Insurance because of Flo, and people hate Geico because of the gecko.

When did advertising become so divisive? When did this start? I get that there are commercials that are in bad taste. I get that there are commercials that inadvertently offend people. What I don’t get is why there are a series of commercials that are so hated by lots of people, they stop using a product. I’m just saying that if you are alienating people with your commercials, maybe change them.

Also, I’m part of a large group who didn’t care in any capacity about the Royal Wedding. Talk about an overly-hyped event that annoyed me to no end. The Royal Family has NO impact on my life whatsoever, and the fact that one of them got hitched isn’t my concern. There was extra concern in Evanston, since his wife is a graduate from Northwestern, and lived in Evanston. To that I say that Laurie Dann, who would go on to shoot a number of students at Hubbard Woods Elementary School also lived in Evanston. I’m glad its over, and I hope I don’t have to tolerate this crap again for a long time. I’m really cranky today, for whatever reason, so I’m going to end this here.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 19, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Dari-O Chevy Camaro-Good design scheme, but it could be toned down just a bit. Good color scheme too. All in all, it’s worth a B+.

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Textron Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Cessna, same A grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Prime Ford Fusion-Its a smooth look, the vertical fade works well, and the color scheme is great. I can’t say anything bad about this scheme. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas 30 Years Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Hass CNC, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Atlas Designer Shingles Ford Fusion-Another example of the new Menard’s template working very well. This is a great design, and the color scheme works well here. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry-Another example of design for the sake of design. The side is a jumbled mess of red and black geometric designs that look awful, and I can only give it an F

Chris Buescher #37 Breyers Chevy Camaro-Toning down the designs in the red would work better, and toning down the red part lower down the car would work as well. It’s not a bad scheme, but it needs some work. B-

Kyle Larson #42 First Data Clover Chevy Camaro-There is nothing really wrong with this scheme, but nothing really right about it either. The color scheme is bland, and the design scheme is bland. It is going to get the C it deserves.

Reed Sorenson #55 Harrah’s Casino Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, nothing wrong here. A

Timmy Hill #66 Crash Claims R Us Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, nothing wrong here. A

Corey LaJoie #72 Schluter Systems Chevy Camaro-Schluter Systems loves to take bad designs and make them worse. This new all red scheme is much worse than anything they have come out with before. Add in the fact that the scheme is needlessly over designed, and you have a scheme worth an F.

Kasey Kahne #95 TWD Chevy Camaro-Kasey really needs to stop adding his design preferences to his schemes. This scheme has a decent color scheme, but the design scheme is bad, and doesn’t work with the color scheme. It’s not good, and I can’t defend it. F

A Firesuit Worn By A Racing Executive…Huh?

By David G. Firestone

Founded in 1991, Joe Gibbs Racing has gone from a single car team to a super team powerhouse. The team has shown strength in the Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Truck Series. A lot of top shelf drivers have raced for Joe Gibbs Racing.

From 2003 to 2006 the #20 was sponsored by Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Rockwell Automation. 2002 Truck Series Champion Mike Bliss raced the #20 in 2004, winning the Lowe’s Presents the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300, earned 6 top 5’s, and 14 top 10’s. During that time, a crew member wore this suit, which was later give to Steve DeSouza, who serves as Vice President of Xfinity Series Operations at Joe Gibbs Racing, which shows light wear.The collar is a standard collar, with ROCKWELL AUTOMATION logos embroidered into it.The right chest features ROCKWELL AUTOMATION, NASCAR BUSCH SERIES GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION logos, and a Chevy bow tie logo embroidered.The left chest features ROCKWELL AUTOMATION, JOE GIBBS RACING, GOODYEAR, and DVT MACHINE VISION logos embroidered into it.The front torso features a ROCKWELL AUTOMATION logo and some of their product logos, including DODGE BEARINGS, RELIANCE ELECTRIC DRIVES, ALLEN-BRADLEY, and ROCKWELL SOFTWARE logos embroidered on a white background.Inside the zipper on the front is the Sparco Warranty label, and the care tag. There is a red outlined black belt over the black legs, and is unadorned.The black legs have red and white ROCKWELL AUTOMATION logos in television position. The suit has boot cuffs.The silver-gray shoulders have ROCKWELL AUTOMATION and SPARCO logos on the epaulets. The right sleeve has ROCKWELL AUTOMATION, PTPLACE.COM, MAC TOOLS, DODGE BEARINGS, RELIANCE ELECTRIC DRIVES, ALLEN-BRADLEY, and ROCKWELL SOFTWARE logos embroidered.The back of the suit features some very light wear.

 

The left sleeve featres an American Flag patch, SHERWIN-WILLIAMS, TRIAD PACKAGING, CINTAS, SPECTRUM CONTROLS, and HYTROL logos embroidered. The back of the suit features some very light wear.The back of the neck features an FIA STANDARD 8856-2000 RS.012.01 logo, which indicates that the suit was made in 2004. Below that is the name DeSOUZA, which is embroidered into the suit. The area that the name is embroidered shows evidence of a nameplate having been removed.The back torso features a ROCKWELL AUTOMATION RACING logo, as well as ROCKWELLAUTOMATION.COM embroidered into it.The suit was worn by Steve DeSouza, who currently serves as Vice President of Nationwide Series Operations at Joe Gibbs Racing, Inc.. DeSouza is a former F1 Powerboat world champion who made the jump to NASCAR in the 1990’s. He has served as VP for Xfinity Series Opperations for many years for Joe Gibbs Racing.

There is no evidence that DeSouza was an active member of the pit crew. It may have been a gift, or DeSouza was a backup crew member. The area around the name shows evidence of a nameplate being removed, which isn’t that shocking, since these suits cost close to $2000, and teams often recycle suits when crew members leave the team. The fact that the suit doesn’t show as much wear as other suits could also mean that the suit was made for DeSouza specifically. Many crew chiefs wear firesuits, due to the danger posed by fire, so it makes sense that DeSouza would want to wear a firesuit. I don’t know everything about this suit, but I do know one thing…it is a nice looking suit.

Next week, a pit crew suit that has been through the ringer.

Throwback Thursday-1972 #7 Lola T280

Hughes de Fierlandt,Jorge de Bagration,and Mário de Araújo Cabral 1972 #7 Lola T280

The T280 is much boxier than many of the other cars of the era. It’s not awful looking, nor is it an amazing looking car. Add a really bad shade of yellow, and a series of logos seemingly randomly placed, and a shade of blue that doesn’t really work with the shade of yellow, and you have a car that just doesn’t work. It’s not a great look, and it’s worth an F.