Paint Scheme Grades-August 17, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Creek Enterprises Chevy Camaro-Getting rid of the black on the front would help. I also think that the shade of green could be darkened.  It’s still a good scheme so I’ll give it a B.

Aric Almirola #10 3D Systems Ford Mustang-Both the design and the color scheme are mediocre. I don’t hate them, but I don’t like them. This is getting a middle of the road C.

Ty Dillon #13 Geico/K&L Ready Mix Chevy Camaro-I love the color scheme here, but the design is over done, and it isn’t great. It almost looks like a reversed wave pattern.  Still, I’ve seen much worse, so I’ll give this a B-.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance 500th Start Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft/Ford Senior Master Technicians Ford Mustang-Black is always a good base color, and I do like the wrench motif. I would like to see a red with black as opposed to black with red. Still, this is a good scheme, so it gets an A

Matt Tifft #36 Meijer Ford Mustang-The color scheme is good, the design scheme is good, and I can’t say anything bad here. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Victory Junction Throwback Chevy Camaro-Spree was never one of my favorite sponsors. That said, after some time, I do see what they were doing with their scheme. This is a faithful representation of the old Spree scheme, and It works very well. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Fueling Futures/ Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy Camaro-Replacing the rear Ally logo is an improvement. This is a good look, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies Ford Mustang-Same scheme as a previous Jacob Companies, same A- grade.

Spencer Boyd #53 Chelle Corporation Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #52 same A- grade.

Garrett Smithley #77 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Oil Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #15 same A grade.

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Paint Scheme Grades-August 3, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Landon Cassill #00 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

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

Austin Dillon #3 Behr Ultra Chevy Camaro-The car is a bit over designed for my taste. Wave designs aren’t great, but this isn’t too bad. The front and back designs could be toned down. All things considered, this gets a B+.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Beer/National Forest Foundation Ford Mustang-The color scheme works very well, and the forest motif is a great look. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Beer Gen X Ford Mustang-This is one of the most horrid, awful, and ugly schemes I have seen in some time. It looks like a bad 80’s movie poster. I can’t give this scheme anything better than an F, so I won’t.

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer/Velveeta Ford Mustang-The dot fade works well, especially with the great color scheme such as Velveeta and Oscar Meyer, this is a great look, and it earns an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Acronis Ford Mustang-The cutting edge design is over designed. The color scheme works, but could be lightened a little. It’s decent, and it earns a B.

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dewnited States Chevy Camaro-Recipe for an F grade: Take a great color scheme and design scheme, and add the ugliest, over designed and horrific mess of a design to the rear. It’s horrific, and I can’t give this a passing grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Pennzoil Throwback Ford Mustang-Mike’s old Pennzoil scheme was simple, it was attractive, and it worked. This faithful replica works well, and earns an A.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Sylvania Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #21, same A grade.

Quin Houff #15 The Elease Project Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Rim Ryderz, same A- grade.

Ross Chastain #15 YVARS Branding.com Chevy Camaro-Replacing blue with black would be a major upgrade. Hell, replacing this blue with a much darker blue would work better. This shade of blue doesn’t work well with red flames. Add in that it is a tad over designed, and you have a B scheme that could have been an A scheme.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Roush/Fastenal Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #6, same A grade.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Acronis Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #6, same A grade.

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

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/FVP Ford Mustang-The only good thing I can say is that the yellow looks good. Other than that, this is hideous, and it earns a D.

Paul Menard #21 Quaker State/Menards Steve Kinser Throwback Ford Mustang-It’s a good throwback, with a great design, and that will always earn an A.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Duracel Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #12, same A grade.

William Byron #24 Axalta Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Coinlotto.com Ford Mustang-The stripes are very over designed, and that drags the whole design down quite a bit. The color scheme is good, and the lotto balls work well, but the stripes drag the scheme from an A to a B+.

Corey LaJoie #32 Weirs Motor Sales/Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford Mustang-The color scheme works well, and the car design is bold, but not over done. This is a great scheme that earns an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Shine Armor Ford Mustang-The paint splatter fade works well here. The car has a great look. It’s bold and distinctive. I give this an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Throwback Ford Mustang-Jarrett’s Nestle scheme is an interesting throwback choice, but it’s well done, very faithful, and earns an A as a result.

Michael McDowell #34 Long John Silvers Ford Mustang-Wave patterns are iffy, this is over done. Add in the wood motif, and the color scheme and you have a B+ scheme.

Matt Tifft #36 Louis Kemp Crab Delights Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Matt Tifft #36 Ron Jon Surf Shop Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme. I also love the Ron Jon logo, especially the lettering. This is a great look, and it gets an A.

Matt Tifft Southwestern Trucking Ford Mustang-Red, black, and silver is a great color scheme. The design is over designed. I don’t like wave patterns anymore. So I’m taking everthing into concern when I give this scheme a C.

Chris Buescher #37 Maxwell House Chevy Camaro-Plain blue with a white stripe on the bottom works well, looks good, and earns an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Planters Chevy Camaro-Plain blue with a yellow stripe on the bottom works well, looks good, and earns an A.

David Ragan #38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Throwback Ford Mustang-David Pearson’s 1969 Torino Cobra is a great look, and this is a great throwback. I can’t give this less than an A.

David Ragan #38 Long John Silvers Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #34, same B+ grade.

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

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Kyle Larson #42 Ronald McDonald House Charities Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #34, same A grade.

B.J. McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Patriotic Ford Mustang-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Bayley Currey #52 Monarch Crypto Wallet Ford Mustang-A great fade with a great color scheme will ALWAYS look great! This is no exception. A

J.J. Yeley #52 DriveSmartWarranty.com Ford Mustang-Yet another example of a great color scheme, but an over-designed mess of a design scheme. Toned down, this scheme could be a lot better, but this isn’t great, and earns a C.

B.J. McLeod #52 Jacob Companies Patriotic Ford Mustang-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Austin Theriault #52 Bangor Savings Bank Chevy Camaro-Wave designs rarely look great. This is a good example. It’s too over designed, and it looks bad. Add in a mediocre color scheme and you have a B-.

Joey Gase #53 Connected Claim Services/Action Restoration Chevy Camaro-Some patriotic motifs are over designed, and this is another example. The torn flag motif could be good, but this needs to be toned down. I’ve seen much worse, so I’ll give this a C-.

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

Quin Houff #77 Sleep6/Abt Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Quin Houff #77 Go-Parts.com Chevy Camaro-Blue and white is a great scheme. This shade of orange doesn’t work here. The car is a bit over designed. Still, it’s not over designed so I’ll give it a B-.

Quin Houff #77 #MyTrackMyRoots Chevy Camaro-Black and red works well as a color scheme, and the checkered flag motif works well here too. This is an all-around great scheme, and it earns an A.

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Children’s Chevy Camaro-The toned down stripes look amazing, and they take an A scheme and make it much better. This is awesome, and I give it an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Anest Iwata Toyota Camry-A great fade with a great color scheme will ALWAYS look great! This is no exception. A

Paint Scheme Grades-May 25, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Elongator Tailgates Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the yellow stripes are a tad over done. Other than that, this is a great scheme. A-

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #40, same F grade.

Austin Dillon #3 Coke Zero Chevy Camaro-I think the side designs are over done, but the car as a whole looks good, and has a great color scheme. I give this an A-.

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-Replacing the hot dog motif with this motif is a downgrade. It still has a decent color scheme, but the design is worse. All things considered, I give it a B+.

Ryan Newman #6 Mazola Ford Mustang-Green can be a very difficult color to work with, but this is a great shade of green. Add in a good color scheme, and smooth design, and you have a scheme that earns an A.

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Military Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Ross Chastain #15 VIP Racing Experience Chevy Camaro-A smooth design with a great color scheme will ALWAYS earn an A.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Hazelnut Toyota Camry-The teal look is really good, and the design works well.  I can’t really say anything bad, so I won’t. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Patriotic Toyota Camry-The patriotic motif works well, and the car has a really good design. This is a great scheme. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Throwback Toyota Camry-I’m not always a fan of Bass Pro Shops throwbacks, some are better than others. That being said, this scheme is a good look, with a great color scheme. This scheme gets an A.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Knauf Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #12, same B+ grade.

Joey Logano #22 Money Lion Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #22 same C grade.

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang-Amazing how changing the colors on the Penske Template vastly improves the scheme here. This is so much better than red and goldenrod.  This is a great scheme, and I can’t give this anything less than an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Freedom Hard Ford Mustang-This is a great look! White with red stripes looks really good, and the car isn’t over designed. This scheme gets an A

Matt Tift #36 Surface Suncreen/Tunity Patriotic Ford Mustang-Replacing a regular scheme with patriotic elements can be difficult. In this case, it works very well. This looks really good, and I don’t have any complaints. A

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #40, same F grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Could someone please explain to me why in the world it was decided that WHITE LETTERS ON CAMOUFLAGE was a good idea?  The letters and logo are so difficult to read when you are closely looking at the car, never mind when the car is at the track. This is the worse camouflage scheme I have ever seen, and that says a lot! F

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-A smooth design with a great color scheme will ALWAYS earn an A.

B.J. McLeod #53 Enlisted Nine Flight Company Chevy Camaro-The military motif works well, and the car looks awesome! The numbers are amazing. This is a great scheme. A

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Anest Iwata Toyota Camry-I like fades, and this is a great fade.  Blue to black is a great fade. Add in that the car isn’t over designed, and you have a scheme worth an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-September 1, 2018

Matt Kenseth #6 Oscar Meyer Throwback Ford Fusion-First off, this is a fauxback, not a throwback, the second part about this is that is that this looks too modern to be a decent throwback.  If this was raced during any other race, I would give it a higher grade.  As a throwback, this gets a B+.

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a throwback that is from 2008.  While I liked the Jimmie Johnson’s throwback, I didn’t really like this when it first debuted, but I’ve decided that this is worth a B+.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts/Charlie Brown Ford Fusion-The fade works very well, the color scheme is great, and the Charlie Brown motif works well with the scheme.  This scheme gets an A.

David Ragan #38 DiGard Throwback Ford Fusion-The Citgo throwback works well, though I do think the door numbers should be a tad thinner.  It’s stll a great scheme that earns an A.

Kyle Larson #42 DC Solar Throwback Chevy Camaro-Don’t get me wrong, I love Davey’s white to black Havoline scheme.  The color changes are jarring, and really don’t work with the design scheme.  Still, it’s a decent scheme, so I’ll give it an A-.

A.J. Allmendinger #47 Kroger Throwback Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the back logos are too cluttered, but it’s not terrible, so I’ll give it an A-

B.J. McLeod #52 Jacob Companies Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, same as #51. A-

Timmy Hill #66 Rewards.com Throwback Toyota Camry-Full disclosure, I never liked this scheme.  I didn’t like it in 2000, and I don’t really like it now.  It’s not terrible, I’ve certainly seen worse.  All things considered, this gets a B-.

Jeffery Earnhardt #96 Nine Line Apparel Throwback Toyota Camry-This is one of the best throwback schemes this year!  It looks amazing, and is faithful to the original.  I can’t say anything bad about this, so I won’t. A