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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.

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Paint Scheme Grades-March 2, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Chevy Camaro-This new version of the scheme is still bad, but it’s not as bad as it was. That said, it’s awful, so I’ll give it in D+.

Kurt Busch #1 ComSurv Chevy Camaro-Good look, great color scheme, no complaints here. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas CNC Ford Mustang-This is a great new look. It’s smooth, and has a great color scheme. This gets an A.

Ross Chastain #15 Rim Ryderz Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #27, same A- grade.

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Creamy Toyota Camry-The Snickers brown is a great color, and the creamy motif works very well here. All things considered, this scheme is worth an A.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Moen Ford Mustang-The new Menard’s template is a downgrade. It’s too over done. That said, the Moen look is a decent look. The purple works well here. I’d say this is worth a B+.

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford Mustang-This is a major upgrade from the 2018 Fr8 Auctions scheme. There is room for improvement here, I would tone down the designs a bit. It’s still a decent scheme, so I’ll give it a B+.

Chris Buescher #37 Scott Comfort Plus Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C- grade.

David Ragan #38 Fireade Ford Mustang-This is a really over designed scheme, but it has a good color scheme. Just because you can design a certain scheme, does not mean you should. C-

Daniel Suarrez #41 Aaris Ford Mustang-The shade of orange works well, the black pairs well with it, the stripe looks good. Nothing wrong with this one! A

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s Team Classic Chevy Camaro-The over sized golden arches work very well, and the plain red works very well too. This scheme works very well, and gets an A.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 McDonald’s Team Bacon Chevy Camaro-If it was a plain white version of the above scheme, I would give it an A. However, the addition of the red square under the door numbers, and hood look odd, and the roof is just perplexing. It’s not terrible, but it looks odd. I’ll give it a B+.

BJ McLeod #52 Trick Shot Chevy Camaro-It’s an over designed mess, it has a bad color scheme, and the color scheme doesn’t work with the design scheme. F

Garrett Smithley #77 HeroBox, Harrell’s and Precision Turf Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Procore Chevy Toyota Camry-The toned down design is a major upgrade, and I do like the motif on the sides. It’s still somewhat over designed, but it’s a good scheme, so I’ll give it a B+.

Parker Kligerman #96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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Paint Scheme Grades-February 23, 2019

By David G. Firestone.

Brad Keselowski #2 Auto Trader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford Mustang-As with the Knauff scheme, this is a downgrade from last year, but it’s still a decent look, albeit a tad over designed. I’ll give it a B+.

Ryan Blaney #12 Money Lion Ford Mustang-The Penske template is finicky as a template. Not every color scheme works well. In this case, it’s not great, but not terrible, it’s middle of the road. As such, I’ll give it a C.

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

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

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

Casey Mears #27 Rim Ryderz Chevy Camaro-My only complaint is that I don’t like the stripes at the front. Still, it’s a solid design, so I’ll give it an A-.

Tyler Reddick #31 Symbicort Chevy Camaro-Another instance of a new scheme neither improving, nor going backward. It’s a C- scheme, just a different C- scheme from last year.

Matt Tift #36 Surface Sunscreen Ford Mustang-The overall color is decent, not great. I think the sublimated designs, and the faces on the bottom are over done. It’s a decent look, but there is a lot of room for improvement. All things considered, this scheme gets a B+.

David Ragan #38 Citgard Ford Mustang-The color scheme is great, but I think that the design is over done. Stripes can work well, these stripes need improvement. Still, it’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B+.

Jamie McMurray #40 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Brendan Gaughan #62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Joey Gase #66 AgriSupply Toyota Camry-Take a decent concept, add too many colors, and too many stripes, and you have an A scheme taken down to a C scheme.

Parker Kligerman #96 Toyota: Proud Sponsor of Team USA Toyota Camry-Great look, great color scheme, nice design scheme, this gets an A.

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Paint Scheme Grades-February 16, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Beer Car 2 Can Ford Mustang-The black carbon fiber looks great, and the car isn’t over designed. It’s a great look, and this scheme earns an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Wyndham Rewards Ford Mustang-Removing the clouds would work if they hadn’t added the stripes. This could have been so much better, but the over designed stripes take it from an A to a B+.

Ryan Newman #6 Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Ryan Newman #6 Acorns Ford Mustang-I could stand this scheme if the door numbers were white. The green and white works very well here. The pinkish-blue door and roof numbers clash with the rest of the scheme. It’s such a bad look, that if the door numbers were plain white, I would give this an A. The end result is this scheme gets a C-

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew/Team Rubicon Chevy Camaro-Camo doesn’t add to many schemes, but this scheme is so much worse. Metallic gold and camo is not a good look. The rest of the scheme is good, but the camo takes an A scheme down to a B+.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Prime Fresh Ford Mustang-Another example of two different design elements which would be amazing by themselves, but look forced and awkward together. The white would work, the green would work, they don’t work well together. Still, it isn’t horrible, so I’ll give it a B+.

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion-The black with subtle red flames is an amazingly bold look, that isn’t over designed. It looks great and earns an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Little Hug Fruit Barrels Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

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

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Toyota Camry-The smartphone motif is decent, because it covers the stripes. It’s still not a great scheme, but it is an improvement, so I’ll give it a C.

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

Corey LaJoie #32 Old Spice Ford Mustang-When it comes to paint schemes, I am very rarely at a total loss for words, but when I first saw this, I was shocked. Even with some of the worst schemes, I get what they were going for. Here, I have no idea what’s going on. Why would LaJoie put his own face on the front of his car? Why? I can only hope his face gets wrecked in the race. F

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

Matt Tifft #36 Speedco Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

David Ragan #38 Select Blinds Ford Mustang-Decent color scheme, could be darkened a bit. Decent design scheme, could be toned down a bit. Together, they are a decent look combined, so I’ll give it a B.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Aftershokz Chevy Camaro-Its a bold look, the color scheme is great, and the look isn’t over designed, so I’l give it an A.

BJ McCleod #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-Great color scheme, but the design scheme is over designed, but not too over designed. All things considered, I’ll give it a B.

Cody Ware #52 Winn-Dixie Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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Paint Scheme Grades-February 9, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Permatex Chevy Camaro-The shades of orange and blue work well, but I think that there are too many white stripes. It’s not that bad, but they do take an A scheme to an A-.

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy Camaro-Cleaning up the sides does help a bit, but it’s still a mediocre scheme. Still, it is an improvement, so I’ll give it a B.

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy Camaro-Another example of a new scheme not improving, but also not making it worse. This scheme is getting the same B- that last year’s scheme did.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Knauf Ford Mustang-Last year’s Menard’s template was great. If this is the new Menard’s template, I’m not impressed. The blue front, and stripes are a downgrade. That said, it’s still a decent scheme, so I’ll give it a B+.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota Camry-The chocolate bar motif could work, but this is just too cluttered to be great. It’s a decent scheme though, so I’ll give it a B-.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-I could get behind the cutting edge look, and I could get behind the plain black look, if they were separate. Together, this scheme looks like two different people designed one half of the car. These schemes NEVER look great. It’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B+, all things considered.

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

Ryan Truex #71 Accell Construction Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as 2017, same A grade.

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Paint Scheme Grades-February 2, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-White could work here, but there is a bit too much blue and orange for it to work effectively. The designs are a bit much, but not too over done. This new scheme is not an improvement, nor is it worse, so I’ll give it the same B+ grade that the last scheme got.

Chris Buescher #37 Kleenex Wet Wipes Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Jamie McMurray #40 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-Too many bad colors, check. Colors that don’t work together, check. Pointlessly over designed, check. F grade, check.

Daniel Suarez #41 Haas Automotion Ford Mustang-Red with a fade to black works. Red with a fade to black, gray and dark gray camouflage doesn’t work. Camouflage doesn’t work on race cars. It never has, and it never will. This change is so bad, it take s an A scheme down to an F.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Plan B Sales Chevy Camaro-Plan B Sales seems to enjoy bad schemes, so much so that they outsourced their new #43 design to an independent designer by way of a Twitter contest. This result is a pointlessly over designed mess, that has way too much going on. Not even a good color scheme can save this. F

Ryan Preece #47 Kroger Chevy Camaro-The patriotic design works well, and the color scheme is great, so I’m going to give this an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Dumont Jets Toyota Camry-Cleaning up the side design a bit doesn’t really make any change warranting the changing of the grade. As such, I will give this the same B- it got last year.

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Paint Scheme Grades-January 26, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Daniel Hemric #8 ALSCO Chevy Camaro-White and light green can work quite well, when there is a decent amount of dark green added. In this case, there needs to be more dark green. It’s not terrible, but there needs to be more dark green. All things considered, I give it a B.

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

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

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

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

Jamie McMurray #40 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy Camaro-I loved the McDonald’s/Cessna scheme from last year, and this toned down version is even better! This is a great scheme, and I can’t give this anything less than an A.

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroIt’s a re-imagining of a great scheme, and the results look quite good, and I give it an A