Paint Scheme Grades-June 19, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Beer #BuschToThemoon Ford Mustang-The space motif works well, and the color scheme works too, so this gets an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 iCashautos/I Am Second Chevy Camaro-The only thing I like here is the black, other than that, this is just a mess. D-

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Wrangler Ford Mustang-This is a great scheme. The shade of blue works, and this car looks great. A

David Starr’s #13 T Top Mfg Toyota Camry-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

James Davison #15 Go FMX/America’s Best Value Inn Chevy Camaro-Recoloring the design isn’t an upgrade, or a downgrade. A-

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

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-The gold numbers actually look better here, and this car looks great regardless. A

Austin Cindric #33 Pirtek Ford Mustang-This is a horrible scheme, with the colors all over the place, and a bad design. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Bush’s Best Chevy Camaro-This is the worst template I have ever seen, because it clashes with every other sponsor, and itself when there is no secondary sponsor. F

Timmy Hill’s #66 Boathouse Bar & Grill Toyota Camry-If it was just the blue, I could give this a higher grade, but with the blue, this gets a B.

Daniel Suarez #99 Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Chevy Camaro-Getting rid of either the blue or orchid motif would work better, but this isn’t bad, so I’ll give it a B+

Paint Scheme Grades-June 5, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Patriotic Ford Mustang-The silver looks slightly better, but the scheme is still good, so I’ll give it an A-

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Patriotic Ford Mustang-Good color scheme, bad design scheme, C grade as a result.

Corey LaJoie, driver of the #7 Diamond Creek Water Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is another scheme where nothing is really right, or nothing wrong. It gets a C.

Tyler Reddick #8 Alsco Uniforms Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The replacement stripes are out of place in comparison to the rest of the scheme. It looks awful, and takes an A scheme down to a C.

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

Ryan Blaney #12 BodyArmor EDGE Ford Mustang-I think there are too many colors, and the car is way too over designed. F

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Patriotic Ford Mustang-This is a very well-done patriotic motif. It’s not over designed, and the car looks great. A.

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

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Patriotic Toyota Camry-A great scheme that got cleaned up will always get an A.

Christopher Bell #20 Honoring Our Fallen Heroes Toyota Camry-I think the car is much too over designed, I hate the flag motif on the front, and the blue designs aren’t good. F

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Masterforce Tools Ford Mustang-I like the colors, and the spark motif is a unique look. This is a great scheme, and it gets an A.

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-This is a well done scheme, with a unique look, and that will always get an A.

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Patriotic Ford Mustang-Camo does NOT look good on the side of a race car. F

Ryan Preece #37 Kroger/Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-I like the shade of red Coca Cola uses. Other than that, this is an awful, poorly designed scheme. D

Anthony Alfredo #38 Death Wish Coffee Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cole Custer #41 Feeding America/Wow Wow Ford Mustang-Silver and black is a great color scheme, the green and red stripes work well, this gets an A.

Ross Chastain #42 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-Calling this awful would be an understatement. This is officially a contender for worst scheme of the year. F

Erik Jones #43 Petty’s Garage Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The patriotic motif works well here. This looks good, and gets an A.

David Starr #66 Special Report with Bret Baier/Richardson Service Toyota Camry-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will ALWAYS earn an A.

Justin Haley #77 Walmart Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is great, and it isn’t over designed. This is a great look, and t gets an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 29, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy Camaro-These two motifs don’t really work, and they don’t look good, so they get an F.

Brad Keselowski #2 Thomas Built Buses Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Freightliner, same A- grade.

Austin Dillon #3 Workrise Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, and the design scheme isn’t over done, so this gets an A.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Patriotic Chevy Camaro-I think this is a little over designed, and I think the red hood and roof aren’t needed. Still, this works, so I’ll give it an A.

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil1Thousand.com Ford Mustang-Metallic gold is a great look, and the dollar motif works well too. A

Kyle Larson #5 MetroTech Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, but the car is pointlessly over designed. Too many distracting elements here. D

James Davison #15 Skip Barber Racing School Chevy Camaro-The color scheme here is great, the design is solid, and works well, so I can’t give this anything but an A.

Bubba Wallace #23 DraftKings Toyota Camry-The gray is pointless, but other than that, this is a solid scheme. A-

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash DashPass Toyota Camry-A solid scheme with a unique color scheme will earn an A grade.

William Byron #24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Freightliner, same B+ grade.

Michael McDowell #34 Outwest Express Ford Mustang-I like the color scheme, and the design scheme is bold, yet simple. This is a great scheme! A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevy Camaro-This template is awful when the two sponsors work together. Here, the Louisiana Hot Sauce scheme is so different to the Kroger scheme, that is just looks horrible. F

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Patriotic Chevy Camaro-It’s not over designed, and it has an amazing look to it. This is also a good look if it were a throwback. A

Josh Bilicki #52 Junction Fuels Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, and the design scheme is bold, yet simple. This is a great scheme! A

Justin Haley #77 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy Camaro-I think the black and yellow scheme works better, but this is a solid scheme that earns an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 22, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Reliant/Verkada Chevy Camaro-I would like this scheme more if it was just the fade, but the rest of this takes the design from an A to a C-.

Kurt Busch #1 Yorktel/Caregility Chevy Camaro-Fades are awesome, pastel colors aren’t and the stripes just don’t work. B-

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Wurth/UTI Thanks 2 Teachers Ford Mustang-It’s a bold look, it isn’t over designed, and it has a great color scheme. A

Austin Dillon #3 Huk Performance Fishing Chevy Camaro-I like this. The water motif works well, as does the white net. A

Ryan Newman #6 Planters Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, and the color scheme is great, so this gets an A.

Corey LaJoie #7 Drydene Performance Products Chevy Camaro-I think that the red is over designed a bit, but since that is my only complaint, this gets an A-.

Tyler Reddick #8 CAT Linkage Pins Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme and hood stripes. I hate the side designs and sublimated designs. All things considered, this gets a C.

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a great scheme, I like the designs, and it works. A

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

Michael McDowell #34 Revolve Finance Ford Mustang-I like this, it’s a great look, and it has a great color scheme. A

Ryan Preece #37 Thomas English Muffins and Bagels Chevy Camaro-You can do a lot worse than orange, and the car has a good design. A

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Mother’s Day Ford Mustang-Silver with red flowers works well, and this is a very well-designed car. A

Ross Chastain #42 Moose Fraternity Chevy Camaro-It’s a great look, it isn’t over designed, and it looks great. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Bush’s Best/Kroger Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #37, same F grade.

Josh Bilicki #52 RBR Aviation Ford Mustang-Another smooth look with a great color scheme. A

Josh Bilicki #52 BullShooter.com Ford Mustang-The shade of yellow doesn’t work too well, and the sides are a bit over designed. B-

Garrett Smithley #53 Smart Sanitizer Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #15, same A- grade.

Garrett Smithley #53 Fat Boy Ice Cream Chevy Camaro-The stripes and stars are pointless, and they take an A scheme down to a B.

Garrett Smithley #53 Rich Mar Florist Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Kyle Tilley #78 Battle Associates/Bremont Chronometers Ford Mustang-The stripes are gaudy, and are way too over done

B.J. McLeod #78 Solomon Plumbing/Da-Quick Clip Ford Mustang-Great color scheme plus awful design scheme equals C grade.

Daniel Suarez #99 ONX Homes/iFly Chevy Camaro-Not a bad scheme, but the red stripes are over done, and the white stripes on the sides are pointless. B+

Paint Scheme Grades-May 15, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Bos Klein/RCA Throwback Chevy Camaro-I liked the RCA Ford back in the day, and this is a very faithful replica. A

Austin Dilon #3 Bass Pro Shops Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a really good and faithful throwback, and I really like the throwback logos. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Throwback Ford Mustang-I liked the white version of the Goodwrench scheme, and this is pretty faithful. I will say the black and silver one was better though. A

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Throwback Ford Mustang-This is kinda odd looking, especially since I wasn’t able to find an image of the car itself. Still, it isn’t bad, so I’ll give it a B.

Corey LaJoie #7 Zerex Chevy Camaro-This might be the most faithful throwback I have ever seen! I loved the old Zerex scheme, and this is a great look. A

Tyler Reddick #8 Quartz Hill Records Throwback Chevy Camaro-Pink and yellow isn’t the best combination,but this is a pretty decent throwback, so I give this an A.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Throwback Ford Mustang-I’m going to knock this one down because I hated the original. I loved the classic black Winn-Dixie scheme, but the flames one is awful. Still, it’s a faithful throwback, so I’ll give it a B.

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Throwback Ford Mustang-This was a mediocre scheme to begin with, but the dimensions here just look odd. But it is faithful, so I’ll give it a B.

Chase Briscoe #14 Highpoint Throwback Ford Mustang-A.J. had some great schemes in NASCAR, and this is one of them. This is a great look, and it gets an A.

James Davison #15 HOPEGIVERS Throwback Chevy Camaro-This was an awesome scheme back in the day. Silver and red work well when done right. This is also a faithful throwback, so this gets an A.

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Throwback Toyota Camry-You can’t go wrong with a Wendell Scott throwback, and this is another example. I also like the throwback Dr. Pepper and McDonald’s logos. A

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Throwback Ford Mustang-Often imitated, the Bill Elliott Coors scheme is a great one, and this might be the best and most faithful one yet. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 We Care/Fr8 Auctions Throwback Ford Mustang-I never got to see the Hardee’s scheme on track, but it was original. This is an awesome and faithful throwback, and it gets an A.

Ross Chastain #42 McDonald’s Throwback Chevy Camaro-The fact that the white square is missing takes away from the scheme as a whole. It isn’t as faithful, and, as such, will get an A-.

Erik Jones #43 STP Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is another contender for the most faithful throwback I’ve ever seen. Everything is perfect here, even that stupid yellow stripe. A

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Throwback Chevy Camaro-It’s a good attempt, but the incorrect and rather gaudy colors take away from what could have been an amazing throwback. This gets a B.

BJ McLeod #78 CorvetteParts.net/Keen Parts Ford Mustang-It’s a solid scheme, is very faithful, and looks really good. A

Daniel Suarez #99 Camping World Throwback Toyota Camry-This is one that, while it looks good, I don’t get. It’s clearly inspired by 1969-1970’s designs, but if it is there to commemorate Camping World’s 55th anniversary, it should look like it is from 1966. It’s not bad, I just don’t get it, so I’ll give it a B.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 8, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Verizon Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #33, A same grade.

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

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Throwback Chevy Camaro-It’s faithful, and it’s well done, so I’ll give it an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Hy-Vee Ford Mustang-Changing the design really didn’t change the grade. It still gets a B.

Corey LaJoie #7 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, same as #77. D

Same scheme as #77, D same grade.

Tyler Reddick #8 Childress Vineyards Chevy Camaro-Changing the design really didn’t change the grade. It still gets a C.

Tyler Reddick #8 Childress Vineyards Chevy Camaro-I like this smooth and bold look. This is a great look, and it gets an A.

Joey Gase #15 ExploreBranson.com Chevy Camaro-This is a decent scheme, with a good color scheme, so this gets a B.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’S MIX Toyota Camry-I don’t think the three themes work together, and I think they clash somewhat. Still, it’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B-.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Throwback Toyota Camry-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Dickies Ford Mustang-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Bubba Wallace #23 Dr Pepper Zero Sugar Toyota Camry-This is a great look, with a great color scheme, and it gets the A it deserves.

William Byron #24 Valvoline Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a great throwback, and I like it. This is amazing, and gets an A.

Austin Cindric #33 Money Lion Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #2, A same grade.

Michael McDowell #34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang-This is a big improvement over last year. It’s a smoother look, much cleaner, and the lack of orange works. A

Ryan Preece #37 Nature Valley Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, and the paint brush motif works, so this gets an A.

Ryan Preece #37 Velveeta Throwback Chevy Camaro-I like the look here. The Velveeta as flames works, and the throwback is pretty faithful, so this gets an A.

Erik Jones #43 The Lonely Entrepreneur Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is good, but getting rid of the teal would work better. Toning down the designs a bit would help too. C

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Energizer Chevy Camaro-Another example of a new scheme which doesn’t make improve at all. This is the same scheme as the other Energizer scheme. C

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Tide Throwback Chevy Camaro-Not a full throwback, but a good look. The fade works well, and this is amazing. A

Justin Haley #77 NASCAR Trucks at Knoxville Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #7, C same grade.

Justin Haley #77 Fraternal Order of Eagles Throwback Chevy Camaro-It’s a faithful throwback, and I like the old Jasper schemes, so this gets an A.

BJ McLeod #78 Celsius Chevy Camaro-The orange front works, and the rest of the car looks great. A

Paint Scheme Grades-April 17, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Gardner Marsh Chevy Camaro-The stripes are very over done. The color scheme is good, so I’ll give it a B+

Brad Keselowski #2 Freightliner Ford Mustang-My only complaint here is that the front stripes are pointless. Other than that, this is a great scheme. A-

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy Camaro-It’s still a good scheme, but the black is a downgrade, so this goes from an A to an A-.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch NA Ford Mustang-The red and white designs are horrid, and they look out of place when compared with the rest of the scheme. Still, it’s not horrific, so I’ll give it a C.

Corey LaJoie #7 Ark.io Chevy Camaro-Ark.io loves to pointlessly over design their race cars, and this example is no different. There is nothing good I can say, so this gets an F.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ford Mustang-This is a great scheme, the color and fade work well, and the car looks great! A

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

James Davison #15 Nurtec ODT Military Salutes Program Navy Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, but the car is a tad over designed. The photo motif is not a good look, but it’s a passable scheme, so I’ll give it a C.

James Davison #15 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #52, same B grade.

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Peanut Brownie Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, that isn’t over designed, and that will always earn an A.

Christopher Bell #20 Toyota Toyota Camry-There is no real change in terms of grade. It’s still an A- scheme.

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford Mustang-This is a great throwback! I love the look the car has, and it’s smooth. A

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-I actually like this scheme a little more than the other DoorDash scheme. I think this works well, and it gets an A.

Joey Gase #28 Register Me Ford Mustang-I love a good, faithful throwback, and this is a good, faithful throwback. I miss Texaco as a sponsor, and this brings back memories. This gets an A.

Ryan Preece #37 Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevy Camaro-The yellow on the rear is pointless, and visually distracting. I think it takes away from a great scheme. A-

Anthony Alfredo #38 iRacing Ford Mustang-This reminds me of the the Hendrickcars scheme, which I like, and it is a great look. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Crest Chevy Camaro-This is just a meh template, and it creates meh schemes. C

Garrett Smithley #51 Nurtec ODT Military Salutes Program Air Force Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, but the car is a tad over designed. The photo motif is not a good look, but it’s a passable scheme, so I’ll give it a C.

Josh Bilicki #52 Insurance King Ford Mustang-Everything I said about Brad Keselowski’s Freightliner scheme applies here. The front stripes are pointless. Other than that, this is a great scheme. A-

Josh Bilicki #52 Nurtec ODT Military Salutes Program Army Ford Mustang-I like the color scheme, but the car is a tad over designed. The photo motif is not a good look, but it’s a passable scheme, so I’ll give it a C.

JJ Yeley #53 Fat Boy Ice Cream Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

JJ Yeley #53 Nurtec ODT Military Salutes Program Marines Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, but the car is a tad over designed. The photo motif is not a good look, but it’s a passable scheme, so I’ll give it a C.

BJ McLeod #78 CorvetteParts.net Ford Mustang-It’s a slightly over designed scheme, with a mediocre color scheme. All things considered, this gets a C-.

Paint Scheme Grades-April 10, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Ryan Newman #6 ITsavvy Ford Mustang-I like the color scheme here, and the design scheme works well too. This gets an A.]

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Throwback Chevy Camaro-I like a faithful throwback, and this is a great looking faithful throwback. It’s almost perfect, it’s just not on a Ford. A

Josh Bilicki #52 Junction Fuels Ford Mustang-Removing the fade and checkered flag motif takes this B scheme up to an A.

JJ Yeley #53 Jacob Companies Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #53, same B grade.

Mike Marlar #66 Auto Parts For Less Toyota Camry-I love the color scheme, but I hate the design scheme. The two cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

Paint Scheme Grades-March 3, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 #BuschDirtCar Ford Mustang-The dirt motif works well here, and I think the car has a unique and cool look. A

Kyle Larson #5 Freightliner Chevy Camaro-Black and silver work well with this template. The car looks great, and earns an A

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Mayer Cold Cuts Ford Mustang-I like the fade, and the mustard motif works very well. A

Corey LaJoie #7 NASCAR Trucks at Knoxville Chevy Camaro-This would be a solid A, without the sublimated designs, and black on the side. With these aspects, this gets a C.

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

James Davison #15 Chevy Camaro-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Quaker State Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Ryan Preece #37 Bush’s Best/Kroger Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess. This is awful, I hate it, and it gets an F.

Josh Bilicki #52 Insurance King Ford Mustang-It’s a bold, and unique look, that isn’t over designed. This gets an A.

Joey Gase #53 Donate Life Georgia Chevy Camaro-It’s a decent design scheme ruined by a mediocre color scheme. If this was red, black and yellow, it would work better. This scheme gets a C.

Timmy Hill #66 Supreme Transportation Toyota Camry-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota Camry-There is simply too much going on here for this to be good. It’s ugly, over designed, and just looks horrible. F

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Paint Scheme Grades-March 27, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Corey LaJoie #7 NFL Alumni Association/Folds of Honor Chevy Camaro-This is just a mediocre scheme, not much worth noting. The color scheme is OK, as is the design. C

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

Christopher Bell #20 Sirius/XM Toyota Camry-The newer, cleaner design is a much needed improvement over last year’s design. Add in a great color scheme, and you have an A scheme.

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

Austin Cindric #33 Pirtek Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Ryan Preece #37 Planters Chevy CamaroThe white and yellow designs are a major downgrade from last year. It’s still a decent scheme, so I’ll give it a B

Anthony Alfredo #38 Georgia Peanut Commission Ford Mustang-I’m not really into peanuts, but this scheme looks great! The peanut motif works, and the color scheme is great. A

Timmy Hill #66 Supreme Transportation Group Toyota Camry-The only good thing about this is that I like the shades of blue and silver. Other than that, this is a terrible scheme. The stripes of over designed, and the orange doesn’t work. D

Stewart Friesen #77 Halmar International Chevy Camaro-Another example of a great color scheme with a bad design scheme. They cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

Shane Golobic #78 Elk Grove Ford/NOS Energy Drink Ford Mustang-Even with a decent color scheme, the car is so over designed, that I can’t give this anything higher than an F.