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Paint Scheme Grades-May 18, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Millennial Ford Mustang-This is…well, overdone and underdone at the same time. There are too many different elements, none of which work with each other. At the same time, there is way too much negative space that isn’t used. This is just awful, and I give it an F.

Daniel Hemric #8 Poppy Bank Chevy Camaro-It looks as though Poppy Bank took a look at the Bass Pro Shops scheme and decided that they should redesign it. It isn’t a good look. Orange is a finicky color when used correctly, and this isn’t correct. It’s not terrible, I’ve certainly seen worse. Still, all things considered, this gets a C.

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford Mustang-I like the new yellow stripes. They are a bold look, and the car has a decent look as a result. I do think that the yellow is a bit too bright for the red though. This is going to get an A-.

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops/Haas Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Rush’s, same A grade.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford This new toned down scheme works so much better! The point is the same, but the car looks so much smoother! It’s still a bold look, but it looks great! I have to give this new scheme an A

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

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford Mustang-Lighter blue doesn’t work as well with the 2019 Menard’s template. Dutch Boy doesn’t have a great shade of blue to begin with, and the paint scheme doesn’t help much. This is a huge downgrade from last year’s scheme as well. The scheme has gone from an A to a C.

William Byron #24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The new patriotic design here is really good. I miss the flames, but the banner that replaced it looks really good. The car still has a good look, so I’ll give this an A.

William Byron #24 Hendrick Autoguard Chevy Camaro-The removal of silver from the posts, and removal of black from the bottom stripe helped a lot here. This is a great scheme, and I can’t find anything to complain about! A

Reed Sorenson #27 Harrah’s Casino Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Tyler Reddick #31 Tame the Beast Chevy Camaro-A decent scheme, but there are problems. First, the chevrons are over done. Second, the Bigfoot on the side is pointless, and needlessly distracting. Third, the red would work well by itself, as would the Chevrons. It’s still decent, so I’ll give it a B+.

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford Mustang-Matte black is an underutilized look for race cars, and this is a great example. Add in the fact that the car has a great look, and you have an A worthy scheme.

Matt Tifft #36 Out West Express Ford Mustang-The red contrasts well with the blue, the car is not over designed, it’s a bold and unique look, and it’s a great look. All in all, this gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger-Your Personal Pit Stop Chevy Camaro-A decent scheme, but there are problems. First, the side designs are over done. Second, the red would work well by itself, as would the side designs. It’s still decent, so I’ll give it a B+.

Joey Gase #46 Toyota Camry-Plain black with a red stripe will always work, and I will always give it an A, because it always looks good.

Quin Houff #77 Oil Fire Rye Whiskey Chevy Camaro-The black works well, as does the white. I also love the design of the red stripe in the middle. It looks good, and is unique. All things considered, this gets an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Digital Momentum-Hubspot Toyota Camry-The color is decent, I hate that shade of green though. It is a bit over designed, but I have seen worse. I do thinks that it is a decent design, but toning it down would work well. Still, I’ve certainy seen worse, so this gets a B.

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Paint Scheme Grades-May 11, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Kodra Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Brakes Chevy Camaro-The black is completely unnecessary here.  If the whole scheme was gold, it would work much better.  Still, it’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B+.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Ford Mustang-The new Menard’s template works well with black, and this is a good example.  The colors work well with the design, and the car looks great as a result. A

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

Chris Buescher #37 Degree Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

BJ McLeod #52 Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Pitch To Win Big Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Nationwide Pet Insurance, same A grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 FDNY Foundation Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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Paint Scheme Grades-May 4, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Home Town Lenders Chevy Camaro-This is a smooth, clean look. It has a great color scheme, and the car as a whole looks great. I can’t give this scheme less than an A.

Brad Keselowski #2 Snap On Ford Mustang-The overall design is great, but I don’t get the hood design. Why is there a red triangle? Why is Snap On only on one side? Who designed this, and why? This look is not great. All aspects averaged, this gets a C.

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Patriotic Ford Mustang-The Patriotic elements look forced here, and the overall design suffers as a result. If it kept the same design, but with Patriotic colors, it would work much better. Still, this isn’t terrible, so I give it a B+.

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew/Little Ceaser’s Chevy Camaro-A smooth, clean look, with a good color scheme will always earn an A.

Clint Bowyer #14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang-Problem number one, there are too many colors. Problem number two, the car is a tad over designed. Now, while it isn’t awful, it isn’t great, so I’ll give it a B-.

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

Erik Jones #20 Stanley Toyota Camry-While the car has a decent color scheme, the design scheme is pointlessly over designed. It doesn’t look good at all. This should be a reversal of the DeWalt scheme. Still, it could be much worse, so I’ll give it a C.

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

Matt Tift #36 Surface Suncreen/Tunity Ford Mustang-The gray is pointless, and the side design could be toned down a bit. It’s still a decent scheme, so it gets a B+.

Chris Buescher #37 Tide Pods Chevy Camaro-Calling this scheme pointlessly over designed is a masterpiece of understatement. Too many designs, and contrasting colors is too much for me, so this gets an F.

David Ragan #38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang-Toning down the designs could help this scheme, but it’s not terrible. I’d like the black on the front toned down a bit. It’s not awful so it gets a B+.

David Ragan #38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Daniel Suarez #41 Orange Vanilla Coca Cola Ford Mustang-This is a great scheme with a great color scheme, and the design scheme works well. I can’t complain about this scheme, so I won’t. A

Stanton Barrett #52 HUSKI Chocolate Chevy Camaro-Good color scheme, check. Good design scheme, check. A grade, check.

Justin Haley #77 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Jeffrey Earnhardt #81 iK9/Xtreme Concepts Toyota Camry-The black star motif works well, and the car as a whole looks great. A

Parker Kligerman #96 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota Camry-Toyota seems to take pride in over designing their schemes. This example isn’t as bad as some schemes I’ve seen. It looks decent, though it could be toned down a bit, like changing the hood and roof colors. Still, it looks decent, so I’ll give it a B.

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Paint Scheme Grades-April 20, 2019

By David G. Firestone

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

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Acorns Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Get Grilling America Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Maytag Ford Mustang-Darker colors work well with the new Menard’s template, and this is a good example. The dark blue works well here, so I give this an A.

Matt Tift #36 The Pete Store Ford Mustang-It’s a great color scheme, but it is very over designed. I don’t like the design, but it does work with the color scheme. I’ll give this a B-.

Bayley Currey #52 Steakhouse Elite Chevy Camaro-The two changes to the new scheme made a huge improvement. The new scheme looks cleaner, and smoother, and is a great look. I’ll give this an A

Joey Gase #66 Sam Bass Tribute Toyota Camry-Normally, I’d give this an F. But because this is to honor the greatest NASCAR artists of all time, I’ll give this a C. It’s still over designed, but it is a fitting tribute.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Thank You Toyota Toyota Camry-This color scheme and design scheme aren’t amazing. They are also not awful. They are directly in the middle. So, since they are in the middle, this gets a C.

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Paint Scheme Grades-April 13, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Jacob White Construction Chevy Camaro-I like the StarCom color scheme, but I think that the design is over done.

Landon Cassill #00 Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-If the color scheme were reversed, I would like it more. I think the white should be the primary color, and black should be the inner. This still looks good, so I’ll give it a B+.

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy Camaro-Black and gold works well, especially on a throwback. This is a great scheme, with a great color scheme, and I can’t give this less than an A.

Daniel Hemric #8 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy Camaro-If the primary color was either black or orange, I would like it more. This scheme, however, isn’t great. In fact, this is awful. Darker colors work better sometimes and this is one of those times. I do like the color scheme, so I’ll give it a D.

Daniel Hemric #8 Caterpillar Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a great scheme, not just because it looks awesome, but because I like how throwbacks are evolving in NASCAR. It used to be that throwbacks were either old schemes, or based on old schemes. Nowadays, everything from cans to trucks are being used. This example is based on an old Caterpillar tractor from the 1920’s. This looks amazing! A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Automation Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman “Racing for a Miracle” Toyota Camry-Yes, it is designed by sick children, but it works very well. It’s not over designed, there is a balance of design and color, and it works very well. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Sylvania Ford Mustang– The new Menard’s template is more finicky than the 2018 version. That said, black works very well with it, and the car looks great as a direct result. It looks great, so I’ll give it an A.

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford Mustang-This new design still looks awful, but in a different way. It’s not great, so I’ll give it a D+.

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Blue-Emu Chevy Camaro-It’s a great look. The color scheme works. It’s a bold look, that isn’t over designed, and it looks great. A

Bayley Currey #52 Belmont Classic Cars Chevy Camaro-Another great look that works very well. I can’t say anything bad about this, so I can’t. A

Timmy Hill #66 Toyota Camry-It’s a great shade of blue, and there isn’t anything else that needs to be said. A

Quin Houff #77 FALCI Adaptive Motorsports Chevy Camaro-Another great look that works very well. I can’t say anything bad about this, so I can’t. A

Matt DiBenedetto #95 NASCAR Pro Heat/LFR Pro League Toyota Camry-The sunburst design works very well, and the black helps accentuate it. It’s a great look, it looks awesome so it gets an A.

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Paint Scheme Grades-April 6, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 USFRA Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade. 

Austin Dillon #3 Realtree Chevy Camaro-Last year’s design was bad, this is worse!  At least the white made sense a little bit, the green and black curves make no sense!  This is not a great look, at all. F

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1/O’Reilly Auto Parts Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Mobil 1, same A grade

Daniel Hemric #8 Bulwark FR/Wayne Workwear Chevy Camaro-Getting rid of the blue and toning down the curve could get this scheme into the A range, but with the current amount of designs, this gets a B-

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford Mustang-Red and yellow is a great look on race cars, and this is no exception.  This new template is a little finicky, but this looks great.  I can’t give this anything less than an A, so I won’t.

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Stops/Cummins Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade

Reed Sorenson #27 Solomon Plumbing Chevy Camaro-The curves look good, but this does get a demerit, based on the 2018 scheme.  It’s only an A- from an A.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 World Wide Technology Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C grade

Timmy Hill #66 American Valor Foundation/CrashClaimsR.Us Toyota Camry-Same scheme as NV Donor, same B- grade

Garrett Smithley #77 Trophy Tractor Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always get an A.

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Paint Scheme Grades-March 30, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 CGS Imaging Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is good, and the stripes look good too. Nothing wrong here! A

Kurt Busch #1 Gearwrench/Monster Energy Chevy Camaro-What kind of grade do you get when the front looks horrific, and the back looks awesome? You get a solid C.

Brad Keselowski #2 Reese/Drawtite Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Austin Dillon #3 Symbicort Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #31, same C- grade.

Daniel Hemric #8 Bass Pro Shops Chevy Camaro-Orange is finicky, especially this shade of orange. Add in the fact that too much orange was used with a bad design scheme, and you have a bad scheme. It’s not the worst scheme, but it’s worth a C-.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield/Shazam Ford Mustang-The Shazam motif is overdone. The dark color works, but the overall scheme is overdone, and mediocre. I’ll give this a B-.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Libman Ford Mustang-A definite downgrade from the awesomeness of the 2018 Menard’s template, but this is a decent scheme, so I’ll give it a B.

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Stops Ford Mustang-Black with red flames looks awesome, and the car as a whole looks awesome. This gets an A.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Sirius XM Toyota Camry-Too many designs here. Just because you can add designs does not mean you should. It’s not horrifically bad, but it’s not great. All things considered, this gets a B-.

Michael McDowell #34 A&W Ford Mustang-The wood barrel motif works, as does the creamy foam motif. The two work well together, and the result is an amazing looking A scheme.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Speed Up Your Cleanup Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is good, and the stripes look good too. Nothing wrong here! A

David Ragan #38 MDS Ford Mustang-Replacing white with blue doesn’t add or subtract from the B+ this scheme got.

Jeb Burton #52 Muzzy Bowfishing Chevy Camaro-A bad color scheme mixed with a pointlessly over designed car will ALWAYS result in an F.

D.J. Kennington #77 Go-Part Chevy Camaro-The side designs are a little too over designed. Really, that’s my only complaint. Toning down the side designs could bring this scheme up to an A, but this is worth a B+.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry-This color scheme and design scheme aren’t amazing. They are also not awful. They are directly in the middle. So, since they are in the middle, this gets a C.DS,Matt DiBenedetto,

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Paint Scheme Grades-March 23, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford Mustang-It’s the same great Wurth color scheme, but with a new design that works well with the color scheme. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Killz Coatings Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last Dow, same B+ grade.

Daniel Hemric #8 CAT Next Generation Mini Excavators Chevy Camaro-I like the metallic gold here, but the excavator design is over done. It just doesn’t look good. I do still like the gold, so I’ll give it a C+.

Aric Almirola #10 Farmer John Ford Mustang-It’s the same design as Smithfield, but with a good color scheme, so I’ll give this an A.

Ross Chastain #15 So Cal Chevy Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

Corey LaJoie #32 The Hartford Group Ford Mustang-Solid gold works very well as a color, and the design scheme is great, so this earns an A.

David Ragan #38 MDS Ford Mustang-While I do like this, it is a downgrade from the whole plain white scheme from last year. It’s still a good scheme, but the stripes don’t work well. This gets a B+.

Garrett Smithley #77 CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Pet Insurance Chevy Camaro-Much better design than the Nationwide scheme, and the color scheme looks great, so this scheme gets an A.

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Paint Scheme Grades-March 16, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Iron Mountain Data Centers Chevy Camaro-It’s a solid, smooth look, I love the use of blues, and the stripes are well done, so this gets an A.

Kurt Busch #1 Global Poker Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Monster, same A grade.

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Mayer Bacon Ford Mustang-The bacon motif works well, and the color scheme is great too. Nothing wrong here!A

Daniel Hemric #8 Okuma Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same D+ grade.

Clint Bowyer #14 IT Savvy Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ross Chastain #15 Chevy Camaro-I like this look, but I do think that the stripes are over done. A-

Erik Jones #20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Quaker State Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Ford Mustang-I don’t like this new design as much as I like the Front Row template. I think the new side designs are over done. Still, it has a great color scheme, and the side designs aren’t as bad as they could be. I’ll give it a B+.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Flavor Fill Up Chevy Camaro-This scheme is horribly over designed. There are several elements, none of which work with each other. It just doesn’t look good. The only saving grace is that the color scheme is good, so I’ll give it a D-

Daniel Suarez #41 Arris Ruckus Ford Mustang-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Quin Houff #77 Rim Ryderz Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #15/27, same A- grade.

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Paint Scheme Grades-March, 9, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Manscaped Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth, simple look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy Camaro-I like the new design scheme here, and the color scheme works well too. It’s a great scheme, and that earns an A.

Kurt Busch #1 Star Nursery Throwback Chevy Camaro-My only complaint is the forced black spot for the Monster Energy logo. Other than that, this is a really great throwback. A-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Silastic Silicone Elastomers Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Daniel Hemric #8 Red Kap Chevy Camaro-Great color scheme here, but the curved stripes are over done. Getting rid of one would work much better. Still, it’s a decent scheme, so I’ll give it a B+.

Daniel Hemric #8 Cessna Chevy Camaro-Great color scheme here, but the cutting edge designs are over done. Getting rid of one would work much better. Still, it’s a decent scheme, so I’ll give it a B+.

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

Clint Bowyer #14 CSU One Cure Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Ford Mustang-Another example of a new scheme not improving at all. I can’t say this gets worse, but it doesn’t get better. As such, this scheme gets the F the Sunny D scheme got last year.

Corey LaJoie #32 Prospr Parts Ford Mustang-I love a good fade, and this is a great fade, black to red. The stripes work well too. I can’t say anything bad about this scheme, so it gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Naturdays Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is horrid, and while it does have a fade, the color scheme makes it look awful. I can’t give this scheme anything else but an F.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Transportation Impact Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

BJ McLeod #52 MTEL-ONE Chevy Camaro-The orange doesn’t really add or subtract from the Jacob Companies scheme, so I’ll give it the same B grade that Jacob Companies got.

Joey Gase #66 www.NVDonor.org Toyota Camry-While the side design has a mediocre color scheme, it also has a mediocre color scheme. All things considered, I’ll give it a B-.

Reed Sorenson #77 Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth, simple look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Tanner Berryhill #97 II:WAVE Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth, simple look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.