Paint Scheme Tracker-January 22, 2020

By David G. Firestone

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, dark purple with yellow Penske template. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 20 #12. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNo Change. B+

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver replaces black on hood and roof. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford MustangNo change. A-

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, green with white and bacon motif. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Zero Sugar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, black with green Camaro stripes and green stripes on sides. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 2020 #21. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, reverse color scheme of Shell/Pennzoil. D

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, the designs on sides have been cleaned up. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 SunnyD Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, side stripes have been toned down. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #

Martin Truex Jr. # Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. # Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNo change. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Maytag Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

GO FAS RACING #32

Corey LaJoie #32 Pala Casino Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, red fade to black. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, orange waffle design remains but black and red flames have been added. B+

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, white, yellow with a series of stripes and designs on sides and front. C

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, with a white stripe and white designs on rear. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Ross Chastain #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as #42. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, vertical rectangle design. A

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy CamaroNo change. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Christopher Bell #95 Rheem Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, red, white, and black with stripes. B+

Paint Scheme Tracker-January 15, 2020

By David G. Firestone

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, dark purple with yellow Penske template. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 2019 #12. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNo Change. B+

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, silver replaces black on hood and roof. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford MustangNo change. A-

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, green with white and bacon motif. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 2019 #21. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, reverse color scheme of Shell/Pennzoil. D

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 SunnyD Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, side stripes have been toned down. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNo change. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Maytag Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Ross Chastain #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as #42. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, vertical rectangle design. A

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy CamaroNo change. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Christopher Bell #95 Rheem Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, red, white, and black with stripes. B+

Paint Scheme Tracker-January 8, 2020

By David G. Firestone

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, dark purple with yellow Penske template. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 2019 #12. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNo Change. B+

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, silver replaces black on hood and roof. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 2019 #21. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, reverse color scheme of Shell/Pennzoil. D

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 SunnyD Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, side stripes have been toned down. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNo change. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Maytag Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, vertical rectangle design. A

Paint Scheme Grades-January 3, 2020

By David G. Firestone

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

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-The Penske template is a finicky template, and yellow and purple doesn’t work well. A bad shade of purple doesn’t help. This is a bad scheme and it earns an A

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

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

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

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

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-Silver replacing black on the hood and roof is a good look, and is an improvement.  A

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

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

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

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-Reversing the colors doesn’t help the Penske template. It’s still a D scheme.

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

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #17 SunnyD Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford Mustang-The toned down stripes look much better, and the car goes from a B- to a B+.

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

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

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

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

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

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

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

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

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

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

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

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy CamaroSame scheme as last year, same A grade.

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroI like this new design. It’s much less cluttered, and the color scheme works very well with the design scheme. I give this an A.

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-May 5, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Snap-On Ford Fusion-I love red and black as a color scheme, and the relativly simple design works very well. I like this scheme, and I’ll give it an A.

Austin Dillon #3 Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-Coca Cola has a great shade of red, and the American flag motif used here works very well. It’s a great scheme, and it earns an A.

Matt Kenseth #6 Wyndham Rewards Ford Fusion-The sky and cloud motif works well, and the shade of blue works perfectly with the design. All in all, it’s a great scheme. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Throwback Ford Fusion-The scheme is faithful to the original, but the numbers don’t work well here. Still, it works well, and is worth an A-.

Erik Jones #20 XYO Network Toyota Camry-Dark blue with geometric designs could be great or horrible. This is great. The contrasting blue stripe on the bottom works well. All things considered, I’ll give it an A.

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

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-Very faithful throwback, and the numbers not only work well with the scheme, but are an improvement over the original. This scheme is getting the A it deserves.

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

Chris Buescher #37 Degree Chevy Camaro-Good color scheme, but the design scheme is very over done, and it just looks awful. This isn’t great, but not horrible, so I’ll give it a B-.

David Ragan #38 Bad Boy Mowers Ford Fusion-Replacing white with black doesn’t really do anything to help this scheme. It’s still awful, just awful in a different way. Since it hasn’t improved, this scheme stays at an F.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Petty’s Garage Chevy Camaro-Richard Petty’s vintage schemes always look amazing, and this scheme is no exception. It has a great look, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Timmy Hill #51 Keen Buildings/Race to Erase Opioids Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Keen Buildings, same D+ grade.

Reed Sorenson #55 TCL Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a good color scheme will always earn an A.

Cole Whitt #72 1950 Clothing Company Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a good color scheme will always earn an A.

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore Safety Qualified Chevy Camaro-Procore’s scheme works well in just black. This is a great looking scheme, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

DJ Kennington #96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Humboldt Broncos, same A grade.

Paint Scheme Leaderboard-The Grand Finale

By David G. Firestone

Alejandro and I have finished averaging out all the grades of all 45 teams that ran in The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Alejandro was there for moral support, as he slept on my lap the whole time. Without further ado, here is the list:

1-#98 Premium Motorsports Chevy/Toyota-Position Last Year-10th of 49-The #98 of Premium Motorsports has- done the impossible…They’ve had a perfect season! Not one of their paint scheme grades was below an A! The have dethroned The Wood Brothers for the top spot, in both their manufacturer, and across the board. A

2-#35 Front Row Motorsports Ford-Rank Last Year:2nd of 49-The #35 had a great showing, with two very solid A schemes, and…well…nothing else. Two perfect A schemes means an A for the year.

3-#55 Premium Motorsports Chevy/Toyota-Position Last Year-17th of 49-Becker Auto Trailers was the only paint scheme that kept the #55 out of the top spot. The #55 had a very solid year, and with the exception of the B+ Becker Auto Trailers scheme, and when your worst scheme is a B+, that’s worth an A

4-#21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford-Rank Last Year:4th of 49-A throwback for a basic scheme, two other schemes based on this design is a great way to have a high A average. The Virginia Tech scheme was a B+, just barely keeping them out of the top spot. A

5-#47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-5th of 49-A few sub par grades kept JTG Daugherty from the top spot, namely Unwharrie Bank, Bush’s Baked Beans, and Pink-washing. Still, They had a very sold year, and they have earned an A for the season.

6-#20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-9th of 49-Four solid A schemes, Dollar General, DeWalt, DeWalt USA, Tide, and Dollar General Silver Numbers, that’s what Matt Kenseth had this season. Sadly, Flexvolt derailed the A train, taking the A down to an A-.

7-#30 TMG Chevy-Position Last Year-NA-TMG had a very solid and impressive year…until the D- level Feed The Children scheme debuted. It derailed a sold A year, and took the whole set from an A to an A-.

8-#41 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-49th of 49-Kurt Busch had a very solid year, and while the Slate and Hass VF1 schemes weren’t great, they were still B+ level. All in all, Kurt earns an A- this season.

9-#2 Team Penske Ford-Rank Last Year:11th of 49-Brad Keselowski had a great season, with all of his sponsors having great showings…except Auto Trader and the patriotic Miller Lite scheme. It averages out to an A-

10-#46 HScott Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-23rd of 49-Northland Oil, and St Jude’s were two B+ grades, that took an otherwise solid A season down to an A-.

11-#44 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford-Rank Last Year:40th of 49-Thanks to Shore Lodge, and The Red Cross, this is another scheme that could have taken the top spot, but is relegated to an A- for the season. All of Alberston’s schemes were A schemes. The Twisted Tea schemes were good too, though I stand by the F given to the modern scheme run during the Throwback race at Darlington.

12-#14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-42nd of 49-Tony Stewart’s final season saw a series of very solid A schemes, and several mediocre schemes. Bass Pro Shops, Ducks Unlimited, and TaxAct didn’t do him any favors. Still his average ends up being an A-.

13-#15 HScott Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-NA-While Visine needed a few tweaks, and AccuDoc needed a lot of work, Clint had a great season. Solid A- season for sure.

14-#38 Front Row Motorsports Ford-Rank Last Year:14th of 49-If not for Snapchat/Rock the Vote, and Florida Lottery, this set would have taken the top spot. With the two blemishes, the #38 earns an A- for the season.

15-#4 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-7th of 49-The one real black mark on Kevin Harvick’s season was the Bloomin Monday paint scheme. Outback needed a little work, the hunting camouflage scheme needed a decent amount of work. It was a season that could have been much better without those schemes. B+

16-#16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford-Rank Last Year:32nd 49 of 49-Greg Biffle had a lot of great schemes this year, and he has a decent grade. The one scheme that hurt Biffle was the pink washing scheme. It helped take Greg down to a B+ for the season.

17-#88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-41stof 49-Nationwide’s and Axalta’s schemes were great, but Mountain Dew is where the schemes began to go off the rails. Many of them were great, but Dewcision was a disaster, the camouflage scheme was horrid. The worst of them all was the green, yellow, and white “Patriotic” scheme, that couldn’t have been less patriotic if their lives depended on it. Most of their schemes were A’s, but the two F’s and a C brought the total down to a B+.

18-#18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-35th of 49-The Interstate Batteries scheme still sucks, but the Throwback did make up for it. The Skittles/Marvel scheme needed work, and the Halloween and Snickers Crispier schemes could have been better. It averages out to a B+.

19-#5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-37th of 49-Kasey had a pretty decent year this year. His average scheme grade is higher, B over a C+. Also, his schemes were notably better than last year, so he really earned the B.

20-#34 Front Row Motorsports Ford-Rank Last Year:16th of 49-Chris Buescher had a slew of great schemes. Love’s Truck Stops, and CSX had great showings, but the Support the Troops and Hire our Veterans were F schemes, and took him from the top spot down to a B.

21-#31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-27th of 49-Ryan Newman’s schemes were all over the map, some were great, some were awful. Wix was a disaster, Florida Lottery was bad, Kalahari Resorts was worse. Still, there were a decent amount of A’s to make up for it, bringing their total up to a B.

22-#19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-22nd of 49-If not for Comcast Busniess, Carl Edwards would be higher ranked. All of the schemes except for Comcast were solid. The average of the grades is a B.

23-#17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford-Rank Last Year:33rd of 49-Sunny D was a downgrade, which sucks, because while Eco-Boost needed some work, all of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s schemes were A schemes. He finished the season with a solid B

24-#42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-25th of 49-Clorox and Huggies dragged a solid A season down to a B. The Target fade scheme was good, though some variations needed work. The Coca Cola scheme needed work, but it wasn’t awful. It’s still a solid B scheme.

25-#10 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-46th of 49-Replacing GoDaddy with Nature’s Bakery was a good move, and Mobil 1 worked too. Sadly, the Patriotic scheme, April O’Neil, and Aspen Dental killed off what would have been a Solid A season. It’s still a B for the year though.

26-#59 Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-NA-This is a case of two mediocre schemes that average out to a B. Nothing great, and nothing awful.

27-#3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-31st of 49-There are a lot of schemes on this list that needed improvement. There were a number of good schemes, and a number of awful schemes. Credit to Bass Pro Shops, in that their scheme didn’t look that bad here. The AAA scheme needs to go. B-

28-#11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-8th of 49-The four primary FedEx schemes were great, sad that three of them have gotten the axe. The SportClips scheme still looks awful, and the FedEx Cares scheme was awful. Also, great call in letting Denny design a D- scheme. All grades taken into account, Denny averages a B-.

29-#95 Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-15th of 49-If not for Donatello, ON Semiconductor, and Advil, the #95 would rank much higher ere. There were a lot of A’s and B’s handed out over the course of the season. Still, with some of the designs, it ended as a B- season.

30-#6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford-Rank Last Year:34th of 49-The basic Advocare scheme was good, and the Mark Martin throwback was great, but from the Patriotic scheme on, the schemes went downhill. The fan mosaic, Advocare Spark, and SEAL Legacy schemes were all in the B range, and averaging them out, the schemes grade ends up as a B-.

31-#7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-43rd of 49-Nikko had a lot of bad schemes this season. Citizen Soldier wasn’t that good either. Add in not one, but two pink-washing schemes, and Tommy Baldwin Racing couldn’t earn anything better than a C+. What kept them above water, in terms of grades, was the many good non-Nikko and throwback schemes.

32-#32 Go Fas Racing Team Ford-Rank Last Year:39th of 49-Of the 25 pages of schemes that make up the Paint Scheme Tracker, Go FAS Racing takes up an entire page. The schemes are all over the place, from solid A schemes, to horrid F schemes. The schemes average out to a C+.

33-#99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford-Rank Last Year:NA-Since the team only ran one race, I’ll just quote my piece during the paint scheme grades…The color scheme is good, but the design is a bit too much. It’s not bad, just over done. I’ll give it a C+.

34-#23 BK Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-30th of 49-If the car had a beverage sponsor, it almost always got a higher grade. The Life With Cancer scheme got a decent grade, but Leonardo, Brandeis Machinery, Sweet Frog, and Bubba Burger were all disasters, and the final grade has been dragged down to a C+.

35-#24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-6th of 49-Sun Energy was the worst scheme of the bunch, coupled with Dewcision Baja Blast,and two bad patriotic schemes leads to a final grade of C+.

36-#27 Richard Childress Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-26th of 49-With two temperamental templates used this season, it’s no surprise that Paul Menard was all over the spectrum this season, in terms of grades. His schemes could be great, or they could be awful. Averaging all the grades out, he winds up with a C+.

37-#48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-38th of 49-It’s not a good sign when all three primary schemes earn a C-, and most of the special schemes earn much higher grades. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation scheme is a disaster though, and the final grade is a C+.

38-#78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-Position Last Year-1st of 49-As much as I like their stores, I’m beginning to hate Bass Pro Shops because of their car designs. Furniture Row had a great scheme this year, as did Auto Owner’s Insurance. The throwback scheme needed work, and Tanger Outlets looked bad. Everything Bass Pro Shops did with the #77 was bad. The grades average out to a C+.

39-#43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford-Rank Last Year:20th of 49-Once upon a time, the #43 had a lot of great schemes, and almost never looked bad. Then Fresh From Florida and the Waffle House came on board, and the schemes went from a solid A for the season to a C+.

40-#83 BK Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-29th of 49-Another team that takes up one whole page of the 25 page Paint Scheme Tracker, BK Racing was all over the place. Grades were either high, or low, not many in between. In averaging them out, BK Racing earns a C+ for the season.

41-#1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-36th of 49-The season started out solid…then Credit One came on board. Bass Pro Shops didn’t help, and did I mention that I HATE THE MAC TONIGHT SCHEME? In the end, the best they could muster is a C.

42-#13 Germain Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-48th of 49-A great primary scheme, and a great throwback scheme were neutralized by two bad military schemes. Two A’s and two F’s averages out to a C.

43-#40 Hillman Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-24th of 49-Their Daytona 500 scheme was a D-, then, the team went belly up.

44-#93 BK Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-NA-A couple of B’s could not help the #93 from being at the bottom of the barrel, with a D+ for the season.

45-#22 Team Penske Ford-Rank Last Year:45th of 49-Penske used the same template that earned them the bottom rank in Ford last year, and the results speak for themselves. The only good schemes were the ones that threw the template away, and did their own thing, namely the Throwback, and Pennzoil. The schemes grades average out to a D+, though they should be lower.

Paint Scheme Leaderboard-Toyota

By David G. Firestone

Toyota takes center stage this week, as The Executive Paint Scheme Ranking Committee releases our results. Alejandro was a lot of help, sitting behind me, and licking my hair. The results are below:

1-#98 Premium Motorsports Chevy/Toyota-Position Last Year-NA-The #98 of Premium Motorsports has- done the impossible…They’ve had a perfect season! Not one of their paint scheme grades was below an A! The have dethroned The Wood Brothers for the top spot, in both their manufacturer, and across the board. A

2-#55 Premium Motorsports Chevy/Toyota-Position Last Year-Position Last Year-5th of 13-Becker Auto Trailers was the only paint scheme that kept the #55 out of the top spot. The #55 had a very solid year, and with the exception of the B+ Becker Auto Trailers scheme, and when your worst scheme is a B+, that’s worth an A

3-#20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-3rd of 13-Four solid A schemes, Dollar General, DeWalt, DeWalt USA, Tide, and Dollar General Silver Numbers, that’s what Matt Kenseth had this season. Sadly, Flexvolt derailed the A train, taking the A down to an A-.

4-#18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-11th of 13-The Interstate Batteries scheme still sucks, but the Throwback did make up for it. The Skittles/Marvel scheme needed work, and the Halloween and Snickers Crispier schemes could have been better. It averages out to a B+.

5-#19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-7th of 13-If not for Comcast Busniess, Carl Edwards would be higher ranked. All of the schemes except for Comcast were solid. The average of the grades is a B.

6-#11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-2nd of 13-The four primary FedEx schemes were great, sad that three of them have gotten the axe. The SportClips scheme still looks awful, and the FedEx Cares scheme was awful. Also, great call in letting Denny design a D- scheme. All grades taken into account, Denny averages a B-.

7-#23 BK Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-9th of 13-If the car had a beverage sponsor, it almost always got a higher grade. The Life With Cancer scheme got a decent grade, but Leonardo, Brandeis Machinery, Sweet Frog, and Bubba Burger were all disasters, and the final grade has been dragged down to a C+.

8-#78 Furniture Row Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-NA-As much as I like their stores, I’m beginning to hate Bass Pro Shops because of their car designs. Furniture Row had a great scheme this year, as did Auto Owner’s Insurance. The throwback scheme needed work, and Tanger Outlets looked bad. Everything Bass Pro Shops did with the #77 was bad. The grades average out to a C+.

9-#83 BK Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-8th of 13-Another team that takes up one whole page of the 25 page Paint Scheme Tracker, BK Racing was all over the place. Grades were either high, or low, not many in between. In averaging them out, BK Racing earns a C+ for the season.

10-#93 BK Racing Toyota-Position Last Year-NA-A couple of B’s could not help the #93 from being at the bottom of the barrel, with a D+ for the season.

Paint Scheme Leaderboard-Ford

By David G. Firestone

For the next installment of The Paint Scheme Leaderboard, The Executive Paint Scheme Ranking Committee has ranked the schemes of the Ford teams this year. Alejandro decided that he would rather sleep on a chair, so I did most of the work. Here are the results:

1-#35 Front Row Motorsports Ford-Rank Last Year:1st of 15-The #35 had a great showing, with two very solid A schemes, and…well…nothing else. Two perfect A schemes means an A for the year.

2-#21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford-Rank Last Year:2nd of 15-A throwback for a basic scheme, two other schemes based on this design is a great way to have a high A average. The Virginia Tech scheme was a B+, just barely keeping them out of the top spot. A

3-#2 Team Penske Ford-Rank Last Year:4th of 15-Brad Keselowski had a great season, with all of his sponsors having great showings…except Auto Trader and the patriotic Miller Lite scheme. It averages out to an A-

4-#44 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford-Rank Last Year:14th of 15-Thanks to Shore Lodge, and The Red Cross, this is another scheme that could have taken the top spot, but is relegated to an A- for the season. All of Alberston’s schemes were A schemes. The Twisted Tea schemes were good too, though I stand by the F given to the modern scheme run during the Throwback race at Darlington.

5-#38 Front Row Motorsports Ford-Rank Last Year:6th of 15-If not for Snapchat/Rock the Vote, and Florida Lottery, this set would have taken the top spot. With the two blemishes, the #38 earns an A- for the season.

6-#16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford-Rank Last Year:10th of 15-Greg Biffle had a lot of great schemes this year, and he has a decent grade. The one scheme that hurt Biffle was the pink-washing scheme. It helped take Greg down to a B+ for the season.

7-#34 Front Row Motorsports Ford-Rank Last Year:8th of 15-Chris Buescher had a slew of great schemes. Love’s Truck Stops, and CSX had great showings, but the Support the Troops and Hire our Veterans were F schemes, and took him from the top spot down to a B.

8-#17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford-Rank Last Year:11th of 15-Sunny D was a downgrade, which sucks, because while Eco-Boost needed some work, all of Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s schemes were A schemes. He finished the season with a solid B

9-#6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford-Rank Last Year:12th of 15-The basic Advocare scheme was good, and the Mark Martin throwback was great, but from the Patriotic scheme on, the schemes went downhill. The fan mosaic, Advocare Spark, and SEAL Legacy schemes were all in the B range, and averaging them out, the schemes grade ends up as a B-.

10-#32 Go Fas Racing Team Ford-Rank Last Year:13th of 15-Of the 25 pages of schemes that make up the Paint Scheme Tracker, Go FAS Racing takes up an entire page. The schemes are all over the place, from solid A schemes, to horrid F schemes. The schemes average out to a C+.

11-#99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford-Rank Last Year:NA-Since the team only ran one race, I’ll just quote my piece during the paint scheme grades…The color scheme is good, but the design is a bit too much. It’s not bad, just over done. I’ll give it a C+.

12-#43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford-Rank Last Year:14th of 15-Once upon a time, the #43 had a lot of great schemes, and almost never looked bad. Then Fresh From Florida and the Waffle House came on board, and the schemes went from a solid A for the season to a C+.

13-#22 Team Penske Ford-Rank Last Year:15th of 15-Penske used the same template that earned them the bottom rank in Ford last year, and the results speak for themselves. The only good schemes were the ones that threw the template away, and did their own thing, namely the Throwback, and Pennzoil. The schemes grades average out to a D+, though they should be lower.

Paint Scheme Leaderboard-Chevrolet

By David G. Firestone

The air is cold, festive music is on the radio, and in stores. Red and green is the color scheme this season, and you know what that means for The Driver Suit Blog…The Paint Scheme Leaderboard. This year, as in years past, The Executive Paint Scheme Ranking Committee has met again, and my kitty Alejandro and I will present the paint schemes of all the teams ranked from best to worst. First up, while I ranked Chevy, Alejandro had some cat grass. Here are the results:

1-#98 Premium Motorsports Chevy/Toyota-Position Last Year-NA-The #98 of Premium Motorsports has- done the impossible…They’ve had a perfect season! Not one of their paint scheme grades was below an A! The have dethroned The Wood Brothers for the top spot, in both their manufacturer, and across the board. A

2-#55 Premium Motorsports Chevy/Toyota-Position Last Year-6th of 26-Becker Auto Trailers was the only paint scheme that kept the #55 out of the top spot. The #55 had a very solid year, and with the exception of the B+ Becker Auto Trailers scheme, and when your worst scheme is a B+, that’s worth an A

3-#47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-2nd of 26-A few sub par grades kept JTG Daugherty from the top spot, namely Unwharrie Bank, Bush’s Baked Beans, and Pink-washing. Still, They had a very sold year, and they have earned an A for the season.

4-#30 TMG Chevy-Position Last Year-NA-TMG had a very solid and impressive year…until the D- level Feed The Children scheme debuted. It derailed a sold A year, and took the whole set from an A to an A-.

5-#41 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-26th of 26-Kurt Busch had a very solid year, and while the Slate and Hass VF1 schemes weren’t great, they were still B+ level. All in all, Kurt earns an A- this season.

6-#46 HScott Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-14th of 26-Northland Oil, and St Jude’s were two B+ grades, that took an otherwise solid A season down to an A-.

7-#14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-20th of 26-Tony Stewart’s final season saw a series of very solid A schemes, and several mediocre schemes. Bass Pro Shops, Ducks Unlimited, and TaxAct didn’t do him any favors. Still his average ends up being an A-.

8-#15 HScott Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-NA-While Visine needed a few tweaks, and AccuDoc needed a lot of work, Clint had a great season. Solid A- season for sure.

9-#4 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-4th of 26-The one real black mark on Kevin Harvick’s season was the Bloomin Monday paint scheme. Outback needed a little work, the hunting camouflage scheme needed a decent amount of work. It was a season that could have been much better without those schemes. B+

10-#88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-19th of 26-Nationwide’s and Axalta’s schemes were great, but Mountain Dew is where the schemes began to go off the rails. Many of them were great, but Dewcision was a disaster, the camouflage scheme was horrid. The worst of them all was the green, yellow, and white “Patriotic” scheme, that couldn’t have been less patriotic if their lives depended on it. Most of their schemes were A’s, but the two F’s and a C brought the total down to a B+.

11-#5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-17th of 26-Kasey had a pretty decent year this year. His average scheme grade is higher, B over a C+. Also, his schemes were notably better than last year, so he really earned the B.

12-#31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-13th of 26–Ryan Newman’s schemes were all over the map, some were great, some were awful. Wix was a disaster, Florida Lottery was bad, Kalahari Resorts was worse. Still, there were a decent amount of A’s to make up for it, bringing their total up to a B.

13-#42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-11th of 26-Clorox and Huggies dragged a solid A season down to a B. The Target fade scheme was good, though some variations needed work. The Coca Cola scheme needed work, but it wasn’t awful. It’s still a solid B scheme.

14#10 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-24th of 26-Replacing GoDaddy with Nature’s Bakery was a good move, and Mobil 1 worked too. Sadly, the Patriotic scheme, April O’Neil, and Aspen Dental killed off what would have been a Solid A season. It’s still a B for the year though.

15-#59 Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-NA-This is a case of two mediocre schemes that average out to a B. Nothing great, and nothing awful.

16-#3 Richard Childress Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-15th of 26-There are a lot of schemes on this list that needed improvement. There were a number of good schemes, and a number of awful schemes. Credit to Bass Pro Shops, in that their scheme didn’t look that bad here. The AAA scheme needs to go. B-

17-#95 Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-8th of 26-If not for Donatello, ON Semiconductor, and Advil, the #95 would rank much higher ere. There were a lot of A’s and B’s handed out over the course of the season. Still, with some of the designs, it ended as a B- season.

18#7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-21st of 26-Nikko had a lot of bad schemes this season. Citizen Soldier wasn’t that good either. Add in not one, but two pink-washing schemes, and Tommy Baldwin Racing couldn’t earn anything better than a C+. What kept them above water, in terms of grades, was the many good non-Nikko and throwback schemes.

19-#24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-3rd of 26-Sun Energy was the worst scheme of the bunch, coupled with Dewcision Baja Blast,and two bad patriotic schemes leads to a final grade of C+.

20-#27 Richard Childress Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-12th of 26-With two temperamental templates used this season, it’s no surprise that Paul Menard was all over the spectrum this season, in terms of grades. His schemes could be great, or they could be awful. Averaging all the grades out, he winds up with a C+.

21-#48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy-Position Last Year-18th of 26-It’s not a good sign when all three primary schemes earn a C-, and most of the special schemes earn much higher grades. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation scheme is a disaster though, and the final grade is a C+.

22-#1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-16th of 26-The season started out solid…then Credit One came on board. Bass Pro Shops didn’t help, and did I mention that I HATE THE MAC TONIGHT SCHEME? In the end, the best they could muster is a C.

23-#13 Germain Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-25th of 26-A great primary scheme, and a great throwback scheme were neutralized by two bad military schemes. Two A’s and two F’s averages out to a C.

24-#40 Hillman Racing Chevy-Position Last Year-10th of 26-Their Daytona 500 scheme was a D-, then, the team went belly up.