The Final Paint Scheme Grades of 2020-November 14, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 UNITS Moving and Portable Storage Chevy Camaro-This design is over designed a bit. It’s not horrible, and it has a good color scheme. I’ll give it an B+.

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National/Thank A Trucker Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Wabash National, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light #FACEATTHERACE Ford Mustang-It’s a really good scheme, and the car has a really good look. A

Garrett Smithley #7 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Oil Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #53, same F grade.

Tyler Reddick #8 Chevrolet Accessories Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, yellow door numbers in honor of Jimmie Johnson. B-

The yellow door numbers are a downgrade, and they take a B+ scheme down to a B-.

Aric Almirola #10 Go Bowling Throwback Ford Mustang-It’s a great looking throwback, and I love the door numbers. A

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

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

Clint Bowyer #14 Clint Bowyer Tribute Ford Mustang-The wood grain motif works well, and the car has a great look. This is a great scheme, and it gets an A.

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford Mustang-This is a massive upgrade from previous schemes. This looks great, the car looks smooth, and the scheme gets an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Quick Lane Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Joey Logano #22 PPG Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #2, same A grade.

JJ Yeley #27 Figgers Wireless Ford Mustang-Another case of a bad design scheme with a great color scheme. They cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

JJ Yeley #27 Ford Mustang-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

JJ Yeley #27 Red Rock Secured Ford Mustang-I don’t like the white hood here. I think it is visually distracting. I give this an A-

Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford Mustang-Even a great color scheme can’t save this over designed mess from getting an F.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #47, same A grade.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Chevy Camaro-I like the new look. This is a much smoother look, and the car looks great. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-Silver is such an improvement here. The Ally scheme works well with silver, and the car earns an A.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Throwback Chevy Camaro-The Richard Petty motif would work, the Dale Earnhardt motif would work, the two together just look odd. Add in the odd door numbers, and I will give it a C.

Joey Gase #51 Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Joey Gase #51 Donate Life Texas Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Donate Life Virginia, same F grade.

Joey Gase #51 PageKC Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Page Construction, same B grade.

James Davison #53 Virginia International Raceway Ford Mustang-Another case of a bad design scheme with a great color scheme. They cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

Joey Gase #53 Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

James Davison #53 Hopegivers International Ford Mustang-Another example of a scheme with nothing wrong, and nothing right. It’s just meh, and gets a C.

Timmy Hill #66 CrashClaimsR.us Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Pit Boss Grills, same A grade.

Garrett Smithley #77 DECK Leadership Chevy Camaro-The scheme is way too over designed, and the red is pointless. The scheme has a decent color scheme, and isn’t horrifically over designed, so I’ll give it a B-

Alex Bowman #88 ChevyGoods.com Chevy Camaro-Same as Adam’s Polishes, same A grade.

Alex Bowman #88 Truck Hero/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-The clashing yellow door numbers are a downgrade, and they take a A scheme down to a B+.

Daniel Suarez #96 T-Ten Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Toyota, same B- grade.

Paint Scheme Grades-November 7, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Josh Bilicki #7 Junction Fuels Chevy Camaro-Camo does not, has never, and never will look good on the side of a race car, and this is more proof. F

Josh Bilicki #7 Insurance King/Wounded Blue Chevy Camaro-The police car motif works well, the car is well designed, and I give this an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 Motor Trend Chevy Camaro-Another example of a great color scheme being countered with a bad color scheme. This gets a C.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Shipathon Toyota Camry-I like the bow look, it looks good, and the rest of the car has a great look too. It’s much better than regular FedEx, and it gets an A.

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

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Stir Up Savings Chevy Camaro-I think the shade of green can be adjusted, but it’s still a solid Halloween motif, and it earns an A.

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Zombie Toyota Camry-I rarely, if ever complain about a scheme being under designed, but I think there could have been more focus on the dirt and zombies. Also, why no zombie M&M characters? Still, this isn’t bad, and it gets an A-

JJ Yeley #27 Fat Boy Ice Cream Chevy Camaro-Very smooth look, and it has a great color scheme. This gets an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford Mustang-This might be the best Halloween motif I’ve seen in a while. Smooth, not over designed, and great color scheme all combine to earn an A.

Michael McDowell #34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang-It’s horribly over designed, and the colors don’t do it any favors. This gets an F.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 DoorDash Vote Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Chad Finchum #49 Octane Mania/Sharelife Vacations Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #66, same A grade.

Joey Gase #51 Donate Life Texas Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Donate Life Virginia, same F grade.

Timmy Hill #66 Dreamworks Motorsports Toyota Camry-It’s far too over designed, and the car has a very cluttered look. F

Alex Bowman #88 Planters Chevy Camaro-The look here is really good, and the car is well designed. A

Christopher Bell #95 Procore Toyota Camry-I never really liked this scheme back then, and I don’t really like it now. It’s not awful, but not great. It gets a C.

Daniel Suarez #96 The NASCAR Foundation Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Daniel Suarez #96 Peacock Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-October 31, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Tyler Reddick #8 Clark Pipeline Services Chevy Camaro-The curve is over done, and I think the blue is pointless. It’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B.

Chase Elliot #9 Hooters Pink Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 ROMCO Equipment Ford Mustang-The black to white fade works, the yellow doesn’t work. Together they look odd. It isn’t bad, so I’ll give it a B.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-This just doesn’t work. I hate the design so much. I wasn’t a fan of the color scheme, but I led it slide. This I can’t let slide. F

Alex Bowman #88 Acronis Chevy Camaro-My complaint here is that the dark blue works better with the door number than the light number. Other than that, this is a solid scheme. A-

Paint Scheme Grades-October 24, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Ryan Newman #6 Hy-Vee Ford Mustang-I think the gray is pointless, and the red needs to be toned down. Other than that this is a good scheme. B

Josh Bilicki #7 Insurance King/The Wounded Blue Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #53, same A grade.

Clint Bowyer #14 DeKalb Ford Mustang Mustang-The white and yellow look is good, and I like the eagle here. A

Brennan Poole #15 Thriv5 Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the green is pointless. A-

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

JJ Yeley #27 United Breast Cancer Foundation Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Corey LaJoie #32 Plan B Sales Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, simple yet bold, and that will always earn an A.

James Davison #53 Play Seat Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Cruz and Associates, same A- grade.

Reed Sorenson #77 Marwin Sports Chevy Camaro-The design on the front is ugly, and serves no purpose. Take it away, and this gets a A, but this gets a B.

Daniel Suarez #96 GF Machining Solutions Toyota Camry-There really isn’t anything bad I can say about this. A

Paint Scheme Grades-October 17, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Sim Seats Chevy Camaro-The only reason I didn’t give this an A-, the same as Permatex, is because I don’t think that white should be the primary color, more red or blue. Still, it’s not bad, so I’ll give it a B+

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy Camaro-This is a good look, the black works well, and the car as a whole looks great. The red waves work well too. A

Ryan Newman #6 Castrol Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman ACE/Children’s Miracle Network Toyota Camry-This is a really good design, it isn’t over designed, and the car looks great as a result. A

Ryan Preece #37 Maxwell Houses for Heroes Chevy Camaro-Camo doesn’t work on a race car, and blue camo is just so much worse! I can’t give this a passing grade, so this gets an F

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Columbia Sportswear Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the white dots on black just don’t work, other than that, the car looks great. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Pink Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Josh Bilicki #51 Rich Mar Florist/Lemons of Love Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

James Davison #53 Tilson Chevy Camaro-It’s a good look. The patriotic motif works well here. I like this, and I give it an A.

Daniel Suarez #96 Coca-Cola Hispanic Heritage Month Toyota Camry-This is a really good look. The car is designed well, and it gets an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-October 10, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Next Gen Dozers Chevy Camaro-I like this scheme. The patriotic motif works, and the car has a great look. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfiled Power Bites Ford Mustang-This is a really good look. I like the white and orange stripes. It’s a good look, and it gets an A.

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO For Your RV Chevy Camaro-The tree motif works well, and the car has a great look. The color scheme is good, and I give this an A.

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Centers/BlueDEF Ford Mustang-The Rush design, and the BlueDEF logo don’t work together. They work well by themselves, but together they just don’t work. I’ll give this a C.

Chris Buescher #17 Sunny D Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Tuscany Ford Mustang-It’s the same design as Dutch Boy, so it gets the same C grade.

William Byron #24 Hendrickcars.com Chevy Camaro-I like this scheme. The patriotic motif works, and the car has a great look. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Pink Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Joey Gase #51 JIMCO Windows & Doors Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that always earn an A.

James Davison #53 America’s Best Value Inns Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Timmy Hill #66 Trump 2020 Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #32, same C grade.

Justin Haley #77 Parts Plus Chevy Camaro-I don’t like a lot of the colors here, and I think that the design is over done. I’ll give this a C.

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy Camaro-A great throwback with a great look will ALWAYS earn an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-October 3, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 DOWFROST Chevy Camaro-I like the frost motif here, and I think the car has a great overall look. A

Josh Bilicki #7 Insurance King Chevy Camaro-Not a bad scheme at all.  The design looks good, and the color is good. A

Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Mining Chevy Camaro-This scheme has a great color scheme, and it has a great design scheme, so it gets an A.

Aric Almirola #10 HighPoint.com Ford Mustang-My only complaint is that the white and black thin stripes aren’t really needed, and the car would look smoother as a result. A-

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Duracel Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 OneNation Coffee Ford Mustang-Metallic silver works really well here, and the smooth design looks really good. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Hungry Jack Chevy Camaro-You can’t go wrong with pancakes on the rear, and the rest of the car has a good look, so I’ll give this an A.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-Teal and black is not a great combo, and the blue doesn’t work either. I would like the design a lot more if it wasn’t attached to this scheme. C

Chad Finchum #49 LasVegas.net Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #66, same A grade.

Joey Gase #51 Nevada Donate Life Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Josh Bilicki #53 Dollar Loan Center Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Daniel Suarez #96 Team USA Toyota Camry-I don’t like patriotic motifs that don’t fully use colors. If the silver was replaced by red, this would work a lot better. This gets a C.

Paint Scheme Grades-September 26, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Boss Hoss Cycles Chevy Camaro-The red wing motif works well, and the car looks great as a result. A

Tyler Reddick #8 Childress Vineyards Chevy Camaro-It’s the same basic scheme as Chevy Cares, and it gets the same C grade.

Brennan Poole #15 Thriv5 Chevy Camaro-I really don’t like this shade of red. I think it is too light. The black looks good, and the car is decently designed, and I give it a B.

Joey Gase #51 Bare Arms Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Donate Life Virginia, same F grade.

James Davison #53 Racing for Heroes Ford Mustang-This is a great looking scheme. It’s smooth and bold. I give this an A.

Garrett Smithley #78 Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-September 19, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Trucker Appreciation Chevy Camaro-I think the blue is pointless, but other than that, this is a great scheme. A-

Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Rental Store Chevy Camaro-Love the shades of red and yellow, and the design looks great too! A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Cares Toyota Camry-My only complaint here is that I think the blue and orange is over done. Other than that, this is a great scheme. A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Quaker State Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

Clint Bowyer #14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang-This is an amazing scheme, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Joey Gase #51 Donate Life Virginia Ford Mustang-This is horrifically designed, and it has a bad color scheme, and that will always earn an F.

James Davison #53 Cruz & Associates Chevy Camaro-My only complaint is that the white designs are pointless. Other than that, this is a great scheme. A-

Reed Sorenson #77 BetterForYourHealth.com Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Austin Hatcher, same A grade.

Paint Scheme Grades-September 12, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Throwback Ford Mustang-While I like this scheme as a whole, I do think it’s a bit over designed. A-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Throwback Toyota Camry-I really like this scheme, and I love that FedEx used their old logo. I love that logo. This is great and earns an A.

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Throwback Chevy Camaro-The scheme was over designed in 2010, and I think the throwback doesn’t look as great as it could be. I’ll give this a B+

Brennan Poole #15 Remember Everyone Deployed Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a great throwback. It’s faithful, and it looks great. I can’t say anything bad about this. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Throwback Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford Mustang-Another faithful throwback of a great scheme, that is very well done. No complaints here! A

JJ Yeley #27 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy Camaro-If there is a scheme that sums up the late 1990’s, this is it. If ever there was a scheme that shows why I hated the late 1990’s, this is it. It’s ugly, horrifically over designed, and has an awful color scheme. This gets an F.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Cash App Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a really great look, and the throwback is faithful, so I’ll give this an A.

James Davison #53 Signing Day Sports Throwback Ford Mustang-This is a great throwback! I love the door numbers on the original, and the scheme is very faithful. I give this an A.

Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Throwback Toyota Camry-I love 1980’s Skoal Bandits, and this is one of my favorites. This is an amazingly faithful throwback, and it gets an A.

Ross Chastain #77 Dirty Mo Media Throwback Chevy Camaro-As a long time Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan, I love this scheme! This is my favorite scheme this year. A