Paint Scheme Grades-November 16, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Christmas Ford Mustang-I love the Christmas motif! It works very well. It’s ugly, but that’s the point. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Cat Large Dozers Chevy Camaro-This is a bold look, with a great color scheme. The track motif works very well. This is a great look. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Autocare Center Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as NAPA, same B+ grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Eckrich Ford Mustang-It’s a good look. The shades of green and yellow are great, and the car isn’t over done. This gets an A.

Erik Jones #20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #18, same B+ grade.

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 Bluegreen Vacations Ford Mustang-My only complaint here is that the shades of yellow and blue are too light for this scheme. A-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Joey Gase #66 Fan Memories at Watkins Glen Toyota Camry-The brick motif works well, this is a great look, and it’s getting an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-November 9, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 RigUp/Roland Chevy Camaro-It’s a good scheme, the colors work well with each other, and it isn’t over designed. I’ll give this an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Acronis Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Roush Performance, same B+ grade.

Daniel Hemric #8 Cat Dozers Chevy Camaro-I love what they did here! The dirt motif looks great, as does the bulldozer motif. This is a great scheme. A

Clint Bowyer, #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Mobil 1, same A grade.

Joe Nemechek #15 Xchange of America/Southside Bank Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Xchange of America, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford Mustang-This new Menard’s template works well with red. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

William Byron #24 Axalta/Service King Collision Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Axalta, same A grade.

Ross Chastain #27 Low T Center Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #15, same F grade.

John Hunter Nemechek #36 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, the color scheme is great, and the flame motif works well. I like this, and it gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Slim Jim Chevy Camaro-Yellow and red is a great look, and the car has a really good look. I can’t say anything bad about this. A

Daniel Suarez #41 Walmart Family Mobile Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Covert Auto Group Chevy Camaro-Good look, and a good color scheme is a recipe for an A.

JJ Yeley #53 Factor One Source Pharmacy Ford Mustang-This scheme is just nauseating to look at. This is making me sick, so I give this an F.

Timmy Hill #66 TEX TALK Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Page Construction, same A grade.

Paint Scheme Grades-November 2, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Sea Deck/Units Moving and Portable Storage Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, and the design scheme is good. I can’t give this scheme anything less than an A.

Kurt Busch #1 Global Poker Chevy Camaro-Camo doesn’t look good on a race car. This color scheme doesn’t work with the camo. The car doesn’t look good, so I give it an F

Ryan Newman #6 Blue Bird Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

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

Ross Chastain #15 Harrah’s North Kansas City Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr #17 Fifth Third Bank Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Pink Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Garrett Smithley #52 RichMarFlorist.com Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

JJ Yeley #53 Gotta Kill It To Heal It Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Paint Scheme Grades-October 26, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Editor’s note: I am not including the #47 from Kansas, as that was not an intentional design, but rather the result of an off-track incident.

Landon Cassill #00 Creek Enterprise Chevy Camaro-My only complaint is that the green isn’t really needed here. Otherwise, it’s a great look.

Landon Cassill #00 Pop-A-Lock Chevy Camaro-The orange is good, the black and white work well too. The car is horribly over designed, and it doesn’t look good. All things considered, this gets a C

Austin Dillon #3 Roland Chevy Camaro-In addition to being over designed, this has a terrible color scheme, so it gets an F.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ducks Unlimited Ford Mustang-The nature motif works well, and the color scheme works too. This is a good scheme, and it gets an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Mazola Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Ryan Blaney #12 Dickies/Menards Ford Mustang-This is a good shade of blue,and the yellow pops as well. Nothing wrong with this scheme. A

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

Paul Menard #21 Menards/Atlas Ford Mustang-My only complaint here is that the hood is over designed. A-

Corey LaJoie #32 Kansasland Ford Mustang-It has a good color scheme, and it isn’t over designed. That earns this scheme an A.

Austin Theriault #52 Bangor Savings Bank/Travis Mills Foundation Ford Mustang-I love a good fade, and the red chevrons work very well. This gets an A.

Josh Bilicki #53 Insurance King Ford Mustang-I can’t stand this scheme. I hate the gray. I hate the road motif, I hate the hood and roof stripes. I just hate this scheme. F

Joey Gase #66 Page Construction Toyota Camry-The hood and roof look good, and the color scheme works well. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Protect My Farm Chevy Camaro-The Nationwide Small Business scheme worked well, and the farm motif is a good look. A

Paint Scheme Grades-October 19, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme here, blue and white works well. I think the black isn’t needed, and the design is over designed. I’ll give this a B- as a result.

Kevin Harvick #4 Harvick Beer Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Busch, same A grade.

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

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Night Vision Chevy Camaro-It’s a bold look, I like the use of metallic gold. I also like the designs, it’s not over designed. It’s a great look that earns an A.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Racing for Bacon Ford Mustang-Do I really need to say anything than “bacon flame motif?” A

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Throwback Chevy Camaro-Great shade of green, great throwback numbers and Richard Childress on the name rail all add up to an A scheme.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Tarkett Ford Mustang-This new Menard’s template works well with blue. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Visone RV Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

David Ragan #38 Envision USA Ford Mustang-Another example of a great color scheme, but an over-designed mess of a design scheme. Toned down, this scheme could be a lot better, but this isn’t great, and earns a C.

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s Spicy Chicken Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as McDonald’s McDelivery, same B grade.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Victory Junction Ford Mustang-It’s a unique look, I like the way it looks. It’s got a good color scheme, and it works well. A

Austin Theriault #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-The flag truck is a tradition at Talladega, and this faithful replica is a great look, that I can’t say anything bad about. A

Spencer Boyd #52 Manscaped Chevy Camaro-Another example of a scheme that could have been great, but is over designed. The silver designs are pointless, as are the sublimated designs. Still, it has a great color scheme, so I’ll give it a C.

Brendan Gaughan #62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Joey Gase #66 Fan Memories at Richmond Raceway Toyota CamryThis is an ugly over designed mess of a scheme. Also, why didn’t this scheme run at Richmond? It’s just awful. F

Blake Jones #77 Tennessee Shine/XXX Distillery Chevy CamaroA smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide/Amazon Echo Auto Chevy CamaroIt has a great color scheme, and a bold look that isn’t over designed. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 One Bite Toyota CamryI like the shades of red and yellow used here, and the design is great. All things considered, this gets an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-October 12, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Clean Origin Chevy Camaro-This is a good look, with a great color scheme, and I will give this an A.

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

Daniel Hemric #8 Lucas Oil Chevy Camaro-A bold look that isn’t over designed, and has a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Paul Menard #21 Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #12, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 Drydene Ford Mustang-White and red is a great color scheme, and the design is bold and perfect. I can’t give this less than an A.

Michael McDowell #34 The Pete Store Ford Mustang-I’ll describe this as having nothing wrong, and nothing right at the same time. It’s just there. C.

Matt Tifft #36 Delaware Lottery/Surface Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #36, same B+ grade.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Simmer Like A Winner Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is great, and I love the bold look of the paintbrush motif. This scheme works and it gets an A.

JJ Yeley #52 Drive Smart Ford Mustang-The red really isn’t needed here, and it clutters up a decent scheme. Add it that the blue is too light, and you have a scheme that could have been an A is taken down to a B+

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Dumont Jets Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Paint Scheme Tracker-October 5, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Coladk/Bos Klein Chevy Camaro-I love this scheme! The grid motif looks awesome, and the colors work very well. I’m going to give this an A.

Austin Dillon #3 Okuma Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #8, same D+ grade.

Ross Chastain #15 Empire Auto Group Chevy Camaro-This is a good look, I do like the color scheme, and the car is well designed. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D- grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 Samaritan’s Feet Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Velveeta Chevy Camaro-The yellow drip motif is good, the red rear is great, this car is great. A

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-I thought the old Jacob Companies scheme was decent, but this new one is awful. It’s way too over designed. Add in the fact that the black and dark blue don’t work well, and you have a D level scheme.

Garrett Smithley #52 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Oil Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #15, same A grade.

Timmy Hill #66 Duracap Asphalt Toyota Camry-My only complaint here is that I think that the stripes are pointless. Other than that, this is a great scheme.

Reed Sorenson #77 Aquesta Bank Chevy Camaro-Those fading stripes are AWESOME! They are bold and unique, but they aren’t over designed. Add in that they are on a black background, and you have a really great scheme.

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Retirement Plans Chevy Camaro-The black elements aren’t needed, and they look out of place. Add in that they take away from an otherwise great scheme, and you have a B- scheme that could have been an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-September 28, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Jack Daniels Chevy Camaro-This is a great look, a great design scheme, and it gets an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Wyndham Rewards Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Roush Performance, same B+ grade.

Matt Tifft #36 YANMAR America/Martin Generators Ford Mustang-I like this look. The color scheme is great, and the design works well with the color scheme. A

Bubba Wallace #43 LeithCars.com Chevy Camaro-The designs on the rear are visually distracting, over designed, and don’t look good. The front of the car looks great. I do like the color scheme, so I’ll give it a B-

JJ Yeley #52 Byrna Richmond Ford Mustang-The sublimated are over done, one orange one would have worked much better. The addition of gray logos takes this from an A to a B.

Joey Gase #66 Nevada Donor Network/Fan Memories Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Nevada Donor Network, same B- grade.

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy Camaro-I like this look. The color scheme is great, and the design works well with the color scheme. A

Paint Scheme Grades-September 21, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 William Hill Sports Book/Sahara Las Vegas Chevy Camaro-The stripe is pointless, and it is visually distracting. It’s not a bad scheme, and I’ll give it a B.

Landon Cassill #00 University of Richmond Chevy Camaro-I love this look. Sure it’s a Spider Man based design, but it looks great. A

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

Chase Elliot #9 NAPA Filters Chevy Camaro-I really like this scheme. The color works well, the lack of white works well, the design is great, and I can’t say anything bad about this. A

Erik Jones #20 Crafstman/Gas Monkey Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Craftsman, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Monster Ford Mustang-This new Menard’s template works well with black. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Seltzer Chevy Camaro-White numbers on a white background isn’t a bad look, but here it just looks odd. I’m not a fan of the look. Still it’s not awful, so it gets a B.

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Fan-Designed Chevy Camaro-Calling this an ugly, over designed mess would be a complement. This is the worst scheme I have seen in some time. I can’t give this less than an F.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Barstool Sports Toyota Camry-Not a bad scheme at all. A

Paint Scheme Grades-September 14, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Sherfick Companies Chevy Camaro-I think the black stripe is pointless, but it’s still a good look, with a good color scheme, so I’ll give it an A-.

Ross Chastain #15 Xchange of America/Busey Bank Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a good color scheme will always earn an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Ark.io Ford Mustang-This is an ugly, over designed mess of a scheme that doesn’t look good. F

Matt Tifft #36 Southeastern Equipment & Supply/Meijer Ford Ford Mustang-The shade of yellow is good, that’s the only good thing I can say about this scheme. D-

David Ragan #38 Mannington Commercial Ford Mustang-This is an ugly, over designed mess of a scheme that doesn’t look good. F

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s McDelivery Chevy Camaro-The added white, and yellow elements do not look good, and they take a solid A scheme down to a B.

Garrett Smithley #52 Honest Abe Roofing Ford Mustang-Were it plain blue, I would have no problem giving this an A. The sublimated logo, and Lincoln motif are bad, and detract from this scheme. B-

JJ Yeley #54 Maximum Elevation Chevy Camaro-Too much going on here. The cutting edge designs aren’t good, and the sublimated designs are awful. F

Joey Gase #66 Toyota Camry-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Horizon Transport Toyota Camry-This is a bold look. It has a great color scheme, and it isn’t over done. This is a great look. A