Paint Scheme Grades-June 27, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Mayer Subkit Ford Mustang-Its the same basic scheme as Oscar Meyer, so it gets an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 Realtree Chevy Camaro-I HATE camo on race cars, and the white stripes just don’t work. This is horrible, and gets an F.

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew/Little Ceaser’s Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

Clint Bowyer #14 Barstool Sports Ford Mustang-This is an over done scheme, I think that there way too much. Scaling it back could lead to a passing grad, but this gets an F.

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

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

Corey LaJoie #32 Jason Bond’s WallStBookie.com Ford Mustang-This is another example of a scheme where the good and the bad are in equal. I like the blue, but I hate the designs. As such, this gets a C.

Joey Gase #51 EFX Corp Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Joey Gase #51 The Gifted Life Podcast/Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency Ford Mustang-I like the color scheme, but the design scheme is over designed. I’ll give this a C.

Josh Bilicki #53 Sky King Fireworks Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Quin Houff #77 Oil Fire Rye Whiskey Chevy Camaro-It isn’t a bad look per se, but it is a downgrade from last year so I’ll give it a B+.

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy Camaro-This is a great redesign! I love the look, and the throwback logos. This gets an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-June 20, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Behr Ultra Chevy Camaro-I like the change here, the new scheme looks good, and this is a great look. A

Reed Sorenson #7 Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 Chevy Cares Chevy Camaro-Another example of a scheme that isn’t wrong, and isn’t right. It’s just blah, so I’ll give it a C.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO For Your Boat Chevy Camaro-I like this scheme, but I think that the blue and white should be reversed…but it’s still a great scheme so it gets an A.

Erik Jones #20 Toyota Accessories Toyota Camry-I think that the red designs are a tad over done, but everything else works well, so it gets an A-.

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D+ grade.

JJ Yeley #27 Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Insurance King, same D+ grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts “Mask” Ford Mustang-I hated this last year, I hate this in 2020. I don’t get it, and I give it an F.

Corey LaJoie #32 Storm Tight Windows Ford Mustang-Aqua and a tornado is kind of an odd pairing. This is another example of a scheme that would look better with a new color scheme. B-

Michael McDowell #34 The Pete Store Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Ryan Preece #37 Purina Chevy Camaro-I think the side designs are over done by a tad, I also think the pet pictures are oddly placed. It’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B+

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

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Death Wish Coffee Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, it has a great color scheme and that will ALWAYS earn an A.

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com/Jacob Co Ford Mustang-Two sponsors with two different designs is not a good look. This is such a mess, that I can’t give it anything but an F.

Cole Custer #41 Jacob Co/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang-Two sponsors with two different designs is not a good look. This is such a mess, that I can’t give it anything but an F.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Black Lives Matter Chevy Camaro-It’s simple, it gets the point across, and it works. A

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

Joey Gase #51 Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

Joey Gase #51 Carolina SIM Works Chevy Camaro-I like the look, it’s smooth, and it really looks good. A

Garrett Smithley #53 Hero Box Chevy Camaro-I like the green here, and the car has a smooth yet bold look, so I give it an A.

David Starr #53 Helluva Ranch/Richardson Service Chevy Camaro-The stripes are beyond over designed, and the car as a whole looks like a mess. F

Garrett Smithley #77 Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

JJ Yeley #77 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

Garrett Smithley #77 Formula One Imports Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

BJ McLeod #78 Circle Track Warehouse Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, red. A It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-June 13, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light For The Farmers Ford Mustang-I really like the farm design, and the car is well-designed. This is a good scheme, and it gets an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Progressive Insurance Ford Mustang-The car has a good color scheme, and the design scheme is smooth, and good. I can’t give this anything less than an A.

JJ Yeley #7 VCP/4URX Chevy Camaro-The car has a good color scheme, and the design scheme is smooth, and good. I can’t give this anything less than an A.

Clint Bowyer #14 Built Ford Proud Ford Mustang-My only complaint is that the white doesn’t really help, but it’s a very minor complaint. A-

Clint Bowyer #14 Peak Throwback Mustang-The throwback is faithful, the car looks good, I give this an A.

Clint Bowyer #14 Busch Light For The Farmers-I really like the farm design, and the car is well-designed. This is a good scheme, and it gets an A.

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

Josh Bilicki #27 Insurance King Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 Built Bar Ford Mustang-I don’t really like this scheme, but I don’t hate it either. It’s just mediocre, and it earns a C

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 McDonald’s Chevy Camaro-It’s amazing how much better the car looks without the white. This is a good look, and I give it an A.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #47 NOS Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, and the smooth design scheme looks great. A

Joey Gase #51 Chevy Camaro-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Bayley Currey #53 Belmont Classic Cars Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Daniel Suarez #96 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry-This is a good look. The red works, and the design is smooth, and simple, and the scheme gets an A.

Daniel Suarez #96 Cherry Vanilla Coke Toyota Camry-The only thing I like about this scheme is the good color scheme. This scheme gets a D+.

Paint Scheme Grades-June 6, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess. Not even a good color scheme could save this from an F.

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance Ford Mustang-I like the new carbon fiber motif. The car looks good, and I give this an A.

JJ Yeley #7 Veteran’s Community Project Chevy Camaro-The fact that the American flag isn’t red, white, and blue is annoying. The rest of the car isn’t bad, but the patriotic motif doesn’t work.

Josh Bilicki #7 Strutmasters Chevy Camaro-This is a much better patriotic motif. It works well, and the car looks great. A

Tyler Reddick #8 Okuma Chevy Camaro-The new changes don’t help or hurt the scheme, and I will give the scheme a D+.

Tyler Reddick #8 ALSCO Uniforms Chevy Camaro-I like a good fade, and the red stripes work well. A

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Reese/Drawtite Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Enlisted Nine/JDog Brands Ford Mustang-The P-51 motif works well, and the car looks great. Metallic silver really is a great color. A

Ryan Preece #37 Bush’s Best Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cole Custer #41 Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang-Too many colors, and it’s over designed. This is just a mess. F

Joey Gase #51 Agri Supply/Carolina Cooker Chevy Camaro-The patriotic motif is a bit over designed, otherwise, it’s a great scheme. B

Garrett Smithley #53 Victory Lane/Quick Oil/Kendall Oil Change Chevy Camaro-The car looks good, the checkered flag motif works well, and the red stripe looks great. A

Garrett Smithley #53 DreamGiveaway.com Chevy Camaro-I like the blue laser motif. It works well, and the car looks good. A

JJ Yeley #77 Aquesta Bank Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

BJ McLeod #78 Circle Track Warehouse Chevy Camaro-It has a smooth look, a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Christopher Bell #95 JBL Toyota Camry-It’s a good look that isn’t over done. That will always earn an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 30, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Good Greek Moving Chevy Camaro-The stripes on the front ar pointless, but other than that, the car is great. B+

Austin Dillon #3 DOW Keep America Beautiful Chevy Camaro-The curve designs are pointless, and give the car a bit of an odd look. Without them, this would get a solid A, but with them they get a B.

Austin Dillon #3 Coca Cola Chevy Camaro-A simple, yet bold look, it has a great color and design scheme, and this gets an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Roman Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great paint scheme will ALWAYS earn an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 Alsco Uniforms Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Camo does NOT and never has worked on the side of a race car! This is a perfect example! This looks bad, and gets an F!

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Patriotic Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Patriotic Toyota Camry-The patriotic elements don’t improve or demote the scheme, so it gets the same B+ as the FedEx scheme.

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

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Hump Day Chevy Camaro-The camel motif doesn’t work, the shades of blue don’t work with each other, and the car just looks bad. F

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Military Chevy Camaro-Geico’s old Military scheme wasn’t great, but this new scheme is somehow worse! Replacing the black elements with white makes the car look worse. I give this an F.

Brennan Poole #15 In Memory of SFC Nathan Chapman Chevy Camaro-It’s a simple, smooth, and bold look, with a great color scheme, so it gets an A.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Fudge Brownie Toyota Camry-Like the hazelnut scheme last year, replacing yellow with teal works well. A

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

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Patriotic Toyota Camry-The eagle motif works well, the color scheme is great, and this car looks awesome. A

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

William Byron #24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a downgrade from last year. The more complex design isn’t as good. It’s not terrible, and it gets a B+

Gray Gaulding #27 Panini America Ford Mustang-The car is an ugly, over designed mess. Even with a great color scheme, this is still horrible. F

Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts “Thank a Hero” Ford Mustang-The scheme looks great, the color scheme works, it isn’t over designed, and the car has a smooth look. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Plan B Sales Ford Mustang-This is such an improvement over last year. It’s still a tad over designed, but it looks much more toned down than the 2019 version. B+

Corey LaJoie #32 Ark.io Ford Mustang-The car is an ugly, over designed mess. Even with a great color scheme, this is still horrible. F

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

Ryan Preece #37 Tide Pods Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Ryan Preece #37 Scotts Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is good, but the scheme is over done. The good equals the bad, so the scheme gets a C.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The slight change doesn’t hurt the design scheme at all.  A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a great look! It’s bold, it’s simple, it has a great color scheme, and it has an all around great look, that gets an A.

Joey Gase #51 Agri Supply Patriotic Ford Mustang-The color scheme is good, but the scheme is over done. The good equals the bad, so the scheme gets a C.

Alex Bowman #88 ChevyGoods.com/NOCO Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The car is an ugly, over designed mess. Even with a great color scheme, this is still horrible. F

Daniel Suarez #96 TODAY. TOMORROW. TOYOTA. Toyota Camry-It’s a tad over done, but it isn’t horrible. I’ll give it a B.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 24, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light YOURFACEHERE Ford Mustang-The new branding doesn’t hurt a great scheme. A

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang-I like this scheme. It’s a good look, with a great color scheme, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Josh Bilicki #7 Gravely Chevy Camaro-It has a smooth look, a great color scheme and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield #GoodFoodChallenge Ford Mustang-This would be so much better without the slashes. The slashes take an A scheme down to a C.

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

Brennan Poole #15 SpartanGO Chevy Camaro-It has a smooth look, a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’S Thank You Heroes Toyota Camry-I like the look here, the color scheme is great, and the car looks great. A

JJ Yeley #27 Jacob Construction Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #51, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 Drydene Ford Mustang-The slight redesign doesn’t take away from the scheme. This is a good look, and it earns an A.

Michael McDowell #34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang-This is a horrible look. The blue and orange shades don’t work, and the car as a whole is over designed. I can’t give this anything but an F, so I won’t.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang-Either tiger stripes OR cutting edge designs…you can’t have both, because the car is an over designed mess. F

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang-I think the cutting edge designs are decent, a tad over done. The gray could be a little darker. Still, it’s not horrible, so I’ll give it a B.

Matt Kenseth #42 Credit One Bank Chevy Camaro-Black is a decent addition to this look, and it looks sharper. I like this and it gets an A.

Joey Gase #51 Agri Supply/Carolina Cooker Chevy Camaro-A great and faithful throwback will ALWAYS earn an A.

Garrett Smithley #53 Trophy Tractor Chevy Camaro-Black with red is a great color scheme, and the smooth look earns this scheme an A.

Reed Sorenson #77 Greenville Swamp Rabbits/Bon Secours Chevy Camaro-This is another example of a scheme where there is nothing really wrong, but nothing really right either. It’s just blah, and I’ll give it a C.

BJ McLeod #78 Christensen Arms Chevy Camaro-It has a smooth look, a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 2, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Editor’s Note, due to the cancellation of the NASCAR season through May, I will do the Paint Scheme Tracker every week, and the Paint Scheme Grades every other week. This will last until the racing season resumes, or until I run out of new schemes. DGF

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 YANMAR Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

Daniel Suarez #96 Toyota Toyota Camry-It’s a mediocre color scheme, I don’t like the shade of red and blue here. I also don’t like the design scheme. All things considered, this gets an F.

Paint Scheme Grades-April 18, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Editor’s Note, due to the cancellation of the NASCAR season through May, I will do the Paint Scheme Tracker every week, and the Paint Scheme Grades every other week. This will last until the racing season resumes, or until I run out of new schemes. DGF

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

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

Corey LaJoie #32 Superior Logistics Ford Mustang-It’s a good look, the color scheme works, and it isn’t over designed. I give this an A.

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Ford Mustang-It’s a horribly over designed scheme that just doesn’t look good. This is awful, and I give it an F.

Paint Scheme Grades-April 4, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Editor’s Note, due to the cancellation of the NASCAR season through May, I will do the Paint Scheme Tracker every week, and the Paint Scheme Grades every other week. This will last until the racing season resumes, or until I run out of new schemes. DGF

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford Mustang-This is a great looking scheme. The color scheme works with the gradient. I can’t say anything bad so I won’t. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s/Appalachian State University Toyota Camry-I like the look, the black M&M’s motif works well, and the car looks great. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&Ms Messages Toyota Camry-The new motif doesn’t look too bad, it’s not that different, so I will give it an A.

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

Paint Scheme Grades-March 21, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Editor’s Note, due to the cancellation of the NASCAR season through May, I will do the Paint Scheme Tracker every week, and the Paint Scheme Grades every other week. This will last until the racing season resumes, or until I run out of new schemes. DGF

Quin Houff #00 UNITS Moving and Portable Storage Chevy Camaro-Love the color scheme, the design scheme is good, so I’ll give this an A.

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza/Fields Ford Mustang-This scheme is way too over designed, and I can’t get behind it. The color scheme also clashes with the design scheme. This gets an F.

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

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