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Paint Scheme Tracker-February 24, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, new side elements added. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue, with yellow, black, and teal stripes. F

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford MustangNo Change. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black with orange stripes and roof. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Mobility Science Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black with red and white cutting edge designs on sides. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, green with white and dark green stripes. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with green and white stripes. B+

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, redesign with a series of sublimated designs. F

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with blue and white waves on sides. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford MustangNo change. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

Corey LaJoie #7 Netflix’s “The Crew” Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black and green with a series of colored stripes, and designs. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black and blue with waves on sides. A

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Rental Store Chevy CamaroNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white fade to green fade to red with sublimated designs. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, dark green is gone, car has cleaned up design. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2021, black with checkered flag motif. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

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

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange gradient to white. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, blue fade to green with white design on sides. C

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, Menard’s template with light blue. C

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

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

MBM MOTORSPORTS #13

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, red and black with stone and tractor motif. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue curves and stripes. A

Chase Briscoe #14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black circle removed. A

RICK WARE RACING #15

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, much cleaner sides. A

KAULIG RACING #16

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with black cutting edge designs. A-

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green with red and white accents. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

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

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, same as #20. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with red and white stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with a series of black stripes. A-

Christopher Bell #20 Irwin Tools Toyota CamryNo change. C

Christopher Bell #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with red and black stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black and red with stripes and designs. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford MustangNo change. C

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

23XI RACING #23

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, red with black and white stripes on sides. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, black with red diagonal stripes. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, white with red flames and red and blue stripes. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, light and dark red with yellow, blue, and green stripes. D

William Bryon #24 Axalta Electrolight Color Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, white front, green stripes, black rear. A-

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

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

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #36

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford MustangNo change. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNo change. C

Ryan Preece #37 Kroger/Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue waves on front, red with white waves on rear. F

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white sides and stripes. B

Anthony Alfredo #38 The Pete Store Ford MustangNo change. C

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2021, gray with black and red cutting edge designs. B

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ross Chastain #42 McDonald’s Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white removed, and sides are cleaned up. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black accents. A-

Erik Jones #43 Petty’s Garage Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue and white wth some designs. A-

Erik Jones #43 Tide Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, orange front, yellow stripe, white rear, with blue accents. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue and white front, blue and orange rear. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue, and pink with a series of cutting edge designs on sides. F

RICK WARE RACING #51

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with multicolored stripe. A

RICK WARE RACING #52

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford MustangNewsponsor for 2021, black and yellow with designs and white accents. D+

Josh Bilicki #52 Jacob Companies Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, same as 2019 #51 design. B

RICK WARE RACING #53

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

Garrett Smithley #53 Clix Wipers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white, black, and blue with a series of designs on sides. F

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, same as 2020, but blue replaces yellow. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red with black, red, and white designs. D-

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, and black stripes on sides. C

Justin Haley #77 AirMedCare Network Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue and white, with a series of stripes on sides. C

BJ MCLEOD MOTORSPORTS #78

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, blue with green and black front, pattern fade to black rear. C

BJ McLeod #78 Diecast Kings Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green front, black rear. A

Scott Heckert #78 Motorsport Games Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red, black, and white with a series of designs. F

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black camo motif. F

Ty Dillon #96 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota CamryNo change. B-

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with multicolored designs on sides. F

Paint Scheme Grades-February 20, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, and the color scheme is awful. I give this an F.

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-I don’t like the off-center design on the sides, but I do like the overall design as well as the fade. The good and the bad cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

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

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford Mustang-Not even a good color scheme can save this disaster from an F grade. This might be one of the worst schemes I have ever seen.

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-I think that the black is over designed a bit, but it isn’t terrible. This gets an A-

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

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

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

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-I love the fade of the stripe, and the blue is really good too. The car has a smooth and bold scheme, and this gets an A.

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

I don’t like the shade of green used, it needs to be darker. Also, the teal is needless. Still, it’s a decent scheme, so it gets a B+

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-The only thing keeping this scheme above an F grade is the color scheme. Other than that, this is an F scheme.

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-A good color scheme balanced by a bad color scheme will always earn a C.

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 17, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, new side elements added. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue, with yellow, black, and teal stripes. F

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford MustangNo Change. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black with orange stripes and roof. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, green with white and dark green stripes. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with green and white stripes. B+

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, redesign with a series of sublimated designs. F

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with blue and white waves on sides. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford MustangNo change. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black and blue with waves on sides. A

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy CamaroNo change. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white fade to green fade to red with sublimated designs. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2021, black with checkered flag motif. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

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

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange gradient to white. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, blue fade to green with white design on sides. C

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, Menard’s template with light blue. C

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

MBM MOTORSPORTS #13

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, red and black with stone and tractor motif. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue curves and stripes. A

RICK WARE RACING #15

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, much cleaner sides. A

KAULIG RACING #16

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with black cutting edge designs. A-

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green with red and white accents. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

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

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, same as #20. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with red and white stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with a series of black stripes. A-

Christopher Bell #20 Irwin Tools Toyota CamryNo change. C

Christopher Bell #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with red and black stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black and red with stripes and designs. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford MustangNo change. C

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

23XI RACING #23

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, red with black and white stripes on sides. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, black with red diagonal stripes. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, white with red flames and red and blue stripes. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, light and dark red with yellow, blue, and green stripes. D

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

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

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #36

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford MustangNo change. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNo change. C

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white sides and stripes. B

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2021, gray with black and red cutting edge designs. B

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy CamaroNo change. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black accents. A-

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue and white front, blue and orange rear. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue, and pink with a series of cutting edge designs on sides. F

RICK WARE RACING #51

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with multicolored stripe. A

RICK WARE RACING #52

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford MustangNewsponsor for 2021, black and yellow with designs and white accents. D+

RICK WARE RACING #53

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, same as 2020, but blue replaces yellow. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red with black, red, and white designs. D-

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, and black stripes on sides. C

BJ MCLEOD MOTORSPORTS #78

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, blue with green and black front, pattern fade to black rear. C

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black camo motif. F

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with multicolored designs on sides. F

Paint Scheme Grades-February 13, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy Camaro-Another example of a scheme not improving with new design elements. F

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy Camaro-It’s a very simple, yet bold look. It’s not over designed, and has a good color scheme. A

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-The large white section is pointless, and visually distracting. Without that, it would earn an A, but this scheme earns a B+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-I like the design, it works well, the waves look good. The color scheme works well too, so I give it an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-I like the checkered flag motif, and the car as a whole has a great look. A

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-A good gradient works well, and the color scheme is great, so this gets an A.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-The light blue really doesn’t work here. Darker blue would work better. This get a C

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-This is a great look! The minimal amount of red works, and the side design is great. This gets an A.

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-I’m not the biggest fan of green on race cars, but this works very well. This is a good design, and it gets an A.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #20, same A- grade.

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-The color scheme works well, and the design scheme works well, so this gets an A.

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-The blue should be one of the primary colors, instead of the stripes. Speaking of, I think the stripes are useless, and visually distracting. But it’s not bad, so I’ll give it a B.

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-If the black areas were a stripe, I would give this a solid A. I don’t like that part, but it still gets an A-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-While I do like the color scheme, this is way too over designed, and it’s just not good. F

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford Mustang-The white is completely pointless here. The car is somewhat over designed. The color scheme is good, so I’ll give it a D+

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy Camaro-Nothing wrong with updated scheme. It looks great. A

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-This is a scheme where nothing is really right, and nothing is really wrong. The good and the bad cancel each other out, so this gets a C.

Justin Haley #77 Mutoh America and Royal Sovereign and General Formulations Chevy Camaro-Same basic scheme as previous, same C grade.

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy Camaro-Another example of a scheme with nothing really wrong, and nothing really right. This is just a meh scheme, and it gets a C

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-This is just bad. Camo is bad on the sides of race cars, and the orange and yellow doesn’t work. This gets an F.

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota Camry-It’s a bad scheme with a worse color scheme. This gets an F.

The Vest Project Part 25-Another Central Merchant Vest

By David G. Firestone

Until being taken over by NASCAR, ARCA was an alternate group to NASCAR, with their own rules, teams, drivers, and fan bases. Many drivers used ARCA to get to NASCAR, and if their NASCAR careers didn’t work, they had the option to return to ARCA.

Central Merchant Services, Inc sponsored a few teams in ARCA from 2006 to 2009 for S&H Motorsports and Venturini Racing among others. They had some success on track. During that time, one of the pit crews wore this Impact vest. The vest shows very light use.

The blue collar is unadorned.

The right chest features READYHOSTING.COM, and PILLDEPOT.COM embroidered into it.

The left chest features ARCA RE/MAX SERIES, PORK, GLADIATOR GARAGE WORKS, HOOSIER RACE TIRE, and SUNOCO logos embroidered into it.

The front torso features a blue CENTRAL MERCHANT SERVICES logo embroidered in the white material. There is blue material below that.

Inside the front zipper is the Impact warranty label.

The corners have Velcro comfort straps attached. The blue shoulder epaulets are unadorned. The vest has standard arm holes present. The back of the vest doesn’t show that much use.

The blue collar is unadorned in the back.

The back torso features a blue CENTRAL MERCHANT SERVICES logo embroidered in the white material.

It’s sad that ARCA, once an independent stock car racing series with its own identity is going to become just another NASCAR developmental series. Guys like Billy Venturini need ARCA to help their careers, and help keep their identity. I hope the ARCA guys are able to find their places after this is all said and done.

Next Friday Feature will feature the final Infinite Hero Challenge column.

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 10, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, new side elements added. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford MustangNo Change. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black with orange stripes and roof. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, green with white and dark green stripes. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with green and white stripes. B+

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, redesign with a series of sublimated designs. F

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with blue and white waves on sides. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford MustangNo change. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black and blue with waves on sides. A

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy CamaroNo change. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white fade to green fade to red with sublimated designs. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2021, black with checkered flag motif. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

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

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange gradient to white. A

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, Menard’s template with light blue. C

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue curves and stripes. A

RICK WARE RACING #15

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, much cleaner sides. A

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green with red and white accents. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

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

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, same as #20. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with red and white stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with a series of black stripes. A-

Christopher Bell #20 Irwin Tools Toyota CamryNo change. C

Christopher Bell #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with red and black stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black and red with stripes and designs. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford MustangNo change. C

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

23XI RACING #23

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, red with black and white stripes on sides. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, black with red diagonal stripes. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, white with red flames and red and blue stripes. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, light and dark red with yellow, blue, and green stripes. D

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white sides and stripes. B

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2021, gray with black and red cutting edge designs. B

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black accents. A-

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue and white front, blue and orange rear. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue, and pink with a series of cutting edge designs on sides. F

RICK WARE RACING #52

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford MustangNewsponsor for 2021, black and yellow with designs and white accents. D+

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, same as 2020, but blue replaces yellow. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

BJ MCLEOD MOTORSPORTS #78

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, blue with green and black front, pattern fade to black rear. C

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black camo motif. F

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with multicolored designs on sides. F

Paint Scheme Grades-February 6, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-The shade of blue is great, and the mountain motif works well. This gets an A.

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-I hate the black roof! This is a decent scheme, but the black roof ruins it. I’ll give this a B.

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy Camaro-This is way too over designed for my taste. This might work better with another color scheme, but this is awful. F

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

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-My only complaint is that the gradient should be a fade. Other than that, this gets a A.

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-It’s bold, with a smooth look, and a great color scheme. That will ALWAYS earn an A.

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess. The only reason this is getting a passing grade, is because I like the color scheme. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, with an awful color scheme. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess. The only reason this is getting a passing grade, is because I like the color scheme. D-

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 3, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STEWART HAAS RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford MustangNo Change. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, green with white and dark green stripes. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo Change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, redesign with a series of sublimated designs. F

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with blue and white waves on sides. B+

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white fade to green fade to red with sublimated designs. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. 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+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue curves and stripes. A

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

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

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with red and white stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with a series of black stripes. A-

Christopher Bell #20 Irwin Tools Toyota CamryNo change. C

Christopher Bell #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with red and black stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black and red with stripes and designs. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford MustangNo change. C

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

23XI RACING #23

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, red with black and white stripes on sides. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, white with red flames and red and blue stripes. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, light and dark red with yellow, blue, and green stripes. D

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2021, gray with black and red cutting edge designs. B

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue, and pink with a series of cutting edge designs on sides. F

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Paint Scheme Grades-January 30, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme here, and I like the design scheme, so this gets an A.

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy Camaro-I think that the new elements take away from the scheme just a bit, so it goes from B+ to a B.

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C+ grade.

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford Mustang-This new toned down scheme works very well. It’s simple, yet bold, and it works well with the color scheme. A

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-I like the wood motif, and the color scheme is great. When I can’t say anything bad about a scheme, it gets an A.

Wheel Reviews-Kid Speed

By David G. Firestone

When it comes to silent comedy teams, you would be more pressed to find a duo more iconic that Laurel and Hardy. With a combination of great chemistry and slapstick, Laurel and Hardy films are fun to watch even in 2021. What makes the duo even better is that they were able to survive the transition into talkies. Their films with audio are just as funny as their silent films.

The first Laurel and Hardy movie was called The Lucky Dog, and it features Laurel being mugged by Hardy. Their next movie together was 45 Minutes From Hollywood, released in 1926. This was after the two had signed with Hal Roach Studios. Roach saw that the two had great comedic chemistry, and the physical differences between the two would make for some great comedy, and thus the legendary duo was fully born.

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy had two different careers outside of Laurel and Hardy. One particular short was called “Kid Speed” from 1924, released by Chadwick Pictures, and directed by Larry Semon.

The movie starts with a title card that states:

The tale is told of two men bold

Both loving a maiden fair

To decide the case

They entered a race

The loser to take to the air.

Then a scene starts at the garage, where Dangerous Dan McGraw played by Hardy is preparing his car. Two other men are working on the car, and McGraw slapstick throws them out of the garage. He gets a letter from race organizer Avery DuPoise hinting that the winner will win his daughter Lous’s affectations.

Avery DuPoise is shown with his daughter Lou in a car. It is then revealed that they are sanctioning and promoting a race by the corporation that Avery owns. Avery and Lou pull up to the garage, and McGraw opens the door for both of them. The scene shifts to another garage, where The Speed Kid played by Larry Semon. There was some physical comedy with smoke and grease coating The Kid’s face. This gets the attention of sleepy Sheriff Phil O’Delfa. They have a building to building argument. My complaint about Ford Sterling in The Speed Kings is nullified, as everyone is over the top in this movie, which works very well.

The Kid accidentally backs into The Sherrif’s bed. He then drives away with the bed and Sheriff with some slapstick driving. In a very impressive for the time sequence, he races through a series of different places, and into McGraw’s garage. He sees Lou, who starts flirting, much to the chagrin of McGraw and Avery. This leads to a lengthy slapstick sequence which is very well done, and very ambitious for the time.

This leads to the day of the race, where Avery and Lou watch from the stands, while McGraw and The Kid race. McGraw plots to cause the kid to lose, and the race begins. Like many other movies of the era, the racing schene is filmed using a combination of original footage, and footage of real racing footage, which looks really good, and seamless. One of McGraw’s henchman tries to use a wooden door to stop The Kid’s car, but to no avail. At one point, The Kid drives through a wall of debris, and a bucket get stuck, followed by a white dress, which scares his African-American mechanic. The Kid eventually crashes, and his car gets away from him. He catches up with it, just in time to jump over a bridge, that was blown up. A second explosion crushes McGraw’s car, and The Kid wins the race, and Lou’s hand.

While I did enjoy the movie as a whole, I do have to address one issue. The fact that in a few scenes, there are overtly racist tones. There are at least two instances of blackface, and a KKK referenece mentioned above. While I did enjoy the movie, I felt that these scenes were out of taste, and will dock the grade accordingly. With everything taken into account, I’ll give this a B-

Now as I said a few weeks ago, starting in February, I will only do a Friday Feature every other week, as I don’t have as much free time anymore. So the next Friday Feature will go back to The Vest Project.