Paint Scheme Tracker-January 20, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STEWART HAAS RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford MustangNo Change. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, green with white and dark green stripes. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo Change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, redesign with a series of sublimated designs. F

Ryan Newman #6 Kohler Generators Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with blue and white waves on sides. B+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white fade to green fade to red with sublimated designs. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue curves and stripes. A

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

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

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

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

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota CamryNo Change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with red and white stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with a series of black stripes. A-

Christopher Bell #20 Irwin Tools Toyota CamryNo change. C

Christopher Bell #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with red and black stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black and red with stripes and designs. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford MustangNo change. C

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

23XI RACING #23

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, red with black and white stripes on sides. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, white with red flames and red and blue stripes. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, light and dark red with yellow, blue, and green stripes. D

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2021, gray with black and red cutting edge designs. B

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue, and pink with a series of cutting edge designs on sides. F

Paint Scheme Grades-January 16, 2021

By David G. Firestone

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

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

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

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang-I think the side designs are over done, but the car does have a good look, and a good color scheme, so I’ll give it a B.

Paint Scheme Grades-January 9, 2021

By David G. Firestone

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

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang-I think the sublimated designs are over done, and the white stripe isn’t great. Still it’s not bad, so I’ll give it a B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light 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.

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-It’s way too over designed and it just looks ugly. F

Chase Elliott #9 LLumar Window Film Chevy Camaro-I love a good fade, and this is a great fade. The sublimated designs work well, and this gets an A.

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

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

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look with a great design scheme, and that will ALWAYS earn an A.

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

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

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.

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota Camry-An amazing looking scheme with a great color scheme. This gets an A.

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota Camry-I think the stripes are a bit over done, but it’s not a bad scheme so I’ll give it an A-

Christopher Bell #20 Irwin Tools Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Christopher Bell #20 Stanley Toyota Camry-Nothing to complain about here! This is an amazing scheme. A

Christopher Bell #20 Craftsman Toyota Camry-Take an amazing color scheme, give it an ugly design scheme, and you have the recipe for a C scheme.

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

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

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

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D+ grade.

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

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy Camaro– really like the simple look here, and the color scheme is great, so I’ll give this an A.

Paint Scheme Tracker-January 6, 2021

By David G. Firestone

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford MustangNo Change. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, green with white and dark green stripes. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo Change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, redesign with a series of sublimated designs. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white fade to green fade to red with sublimated designs. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue curves and stripes. A

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

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

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

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

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with red and white stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with a series of black stripes. A-

Christopher Bell #20 Irwin Tools Toyota CamryNo change. C

Christopher Bell #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, yellow with red and black stripes. A

Christopher Bell #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black and red with stripes and designs. C

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford MustangNo change. C

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. D+

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. D

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, white with red flames and red and blue stripes. A

The Final Paint Scheme Grades of 2020-November 14, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 UNITS Moving and Portable Storage Chevy Camaro-This design is over designed a bit. It’s not horrible, and it has a good color scheme. I’ll give it an B+.

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National/Thank A Trucker Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Wabash National, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light #FACEATTHERACE Ford Mustang-It’s a really good scheme, and the car has a really good look. A

Garrett Smithley #7 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Oil Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #53, same F grade.

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

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, yellow door numbers in honor of Jimmie Johnson. B-

The yellow door numbers are a downgrade, and they take a B+ scheme down to a B-.

Aric Almirola #10 Go Bowling Throwback Ford Mustang-It’s a great looking throwback, and I love the door numbers. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-Same scheme as FedEx, same B+ grade.

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

Clint Bowyer #14 Clint Bowyer Tribute Ford Mustang-The wood grain motif works well, and the car has a great look. This is a great scheme, and it gets an A.

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford Mustang-This is a massive upgrade from previous schemes. This looks great, the car looks smooth, and the scheme gets an A.

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

Joey Logano #22 PPG Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #2, same A grade.

JJ Yeley #27 Figgers Wireless Ford Mustang-Another case of a bad design scheme with a great color scheme. They cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

JJ Yeley #27 Ford Mustang-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

JJ Yeley #27 Red Rock Secured Ford Mustang-I don’t like the white hood here. I think it is visually distracting. I give this an A-

Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford Mustang-Even a great color scheme can’t save this over designed mess from getting an F.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #47, same A grade.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Chevy Camaro-I like the new look. This is a much smoother look, and the car looks great. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-Silver is such an improvement here. The Ally scheme works well with silver, and the car earns an A.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Throwback Chevy Camaro-The Richard Petty motif would work, the Dale Earnhardt motif would work, the two together just look odd. Add in the odd door numbers, and I will give it a C.

Joey Gase #51 Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Joey Gase #51 Donate Life Texas Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Donate Life Virginia, same F grade.

Joey Gase #51 PageKC Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Page Construction, same B grade.

James Davison #53 Virginia International Raceway Ford Mustang-Another case of a bad design scheme with a great color scheme. They cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

Joey Gase #53 Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

James Davison #53 Hopegivers International Ford Mustang-Another example of a scheme with nothing wrong, and nothing right. It’s just meh, and gets a C.

Timmy Hill #66 CrashClaimsR.us Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Pit Boss Grills, same A grade.

Garrett Smithley #77 DECK Leadership Chevy Camaro-The scheme is way too over designed, and the red is pointless. The scheme has a decent color scheme, and isn’t horrifically over designed, so I’ll give it a B-

Alex Bowman #88 ChevyGoods.com Chevy Camaro-Same as Adam’s Polishes, same A grade.

Alex Bowman #88 Truck Hero/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-The clashing yellow door numbers are a downgrade, and they take a A scheme down to a B+.

Daniel Suarez #96 T-Ten Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Toyota, same B- grade.

Paint Scheme Grades-November 7, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Josh Bilicki #7 Junction Fuels Chevy Camaro-Camo does not, has never, and never will look good on the side of a race car, and this is more proof. F

Josh Bilicki #7 Insurance King/Wounded Blue Chevy Camaro-The police car motif works well, the car is well designed, and I give this an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 Motor Trend Chevy Camaro-Another example of a great color scheme being countered with a bad color scheme. This gets a C.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Shipathon Toyota Camry-I like the bow look, it looks good, and the rest of the car has a great look too. It’s much better than regular FedEx, and it gets an A.

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

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Stir Up Savings Chevy Camaro-I think the shade of green can be adjusted, but it’s still a solid Halloween motif, and it earns an A.

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Zombie Toyota Camry-I rarely, if ever complain about a scheme being under designed, but I think there could have been more focus on the dirt and zombies. Also, why no zombie M&M characters? Still, this isn’t bad, and it gets an A-

JJ Yeley #27 Fat Boy Ice Cream Chevy Camaro-Very smooth look, and it has a great color scheme. This gets an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford Mustang-This might be the best Halloween motif I’ve seen in a while. Smooth, not over designed, and great color scheme all combine to earn an A.

Michael McDowell #34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang-It’s horribly over designed, and the colors don’t do it any favors. This gets an F.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 DoorDash Vote Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Chad Finchum #49 Octane Mania/Sharelife Vacations Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #66, same A grade.

Joey Gase #51 Donate Life Texas Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Donate Life Virginia, same F grade.

Timmy Hill #66 Dreamworks Motorsports Toyota Camry-It’s far too over designed, and the car has a very cluttered look. F

Alex Bowman #88 Planters Chevy Camaro-The look here is really good, and the car is well designed. A

Christopher Bell #95 Procore Toyota Camry-I never really liked this scheme back then, and I don’t really like it now. It’s not awful, but not great. It gets a C.

Daniel Suarez #96 The NASCAR Foundation Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Daniel Suarez #96 Peacock Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-October 31, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Tyler Reddick #8 Clark Pipeline Services Chevy Camaro-The curve is over done, and I think the blue is pointless. It’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B.

Chase Elliot #9 Hooters Pink Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 ROMCO Equipment Ford Mustang-The black to white fade works, the yellow doesn’t work. Together they look odd. It isn’t bad, so I’ll give it a B.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-This just doesn’t work. I hate the design so much. I wasn’t a fan of the color scheme, but I led it slide. This I can’t let slide. F

Alex Bowman #88 Acronis Chevy Camaro-My complaint here is that the dark blue works better with the door number than the light number. Other than that, this is a solid scheme. A-

Paint Scheme Grades-October 24, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Ryan Newman #6 Hy-Vee Ford Mustang-I think the gray is pointless, and the red needs to be toned down. Other than that this is a good scheme. B

Josh Bilicki #7 Insurance King/The Wounded Blue Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #53, same A grade.

Clint Bowyer #14 DeKalb Ford Mustang Mustang-The white and yellow look is good, and I like the eagle here. A

Brennan Poole #15 Thriv5 Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the green is pointless. A-

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

JJ Yeley #27 United Breast Cancer Foundation Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Corey LaJoie #32 Plan B Sales Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, simple yet bold, and that will always earn an A.

James Davison #53 Play Seat Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Cruz and Associates, same A- grade.

Reed Sorenson #77 Marwin Sports Chevy Camaro-The design on the front is ugly, and serves no purpose. Take it away, and this gets a A, but this gets a B.

Daniel Suarez #96 GF Machining Solutions Toyota Camry-There really isn’t anything bad I can say about this. A

Paint Scheme Grades-October 17, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Sim Seats Chevy Camaro-The only reason I didn’t give this an A-, the same as Permatex, is because I don’t think that white should be the primary color, more red or blue. Still, it’s not bad, so I’ll give it a B+

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy Camaro-This is a good look, the black works well, and the car as a whole looks great. The red waves work well too. A

Ryan Newman #6 Castrol Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman ACE/Children’s Miracle Network Toyota Camry-This is a really good design, it isn’t over designed, and the car looks great as a result. A

Ryan Preece #37 Maxwell Houses for Heroes Chevy Camaro-Camo doesn’t work on a race car, and blue camo is just so much worse! I can’t give this a passing grade, so this gets an F

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Columbia Sportswear Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the white dots on black just don’t work, other than that, the car looks great. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Pink Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Josh Bilicki #51 Rich Mar Florist/Lemons of Love Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

James Davison #53 Tilson Chevy Camaro-It’s a good look. The patriotic motif works well here. I like this, and I give it an A.

Daniel Suarez #96 Coca-Cola Hispanic Heritage Month Toyota Camry-This is a really good look. The car is designed well, and it gets an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-October 10, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Next Gen Dozers Chevy Camaro-I like this scheme. The patriotic motif works, and the car has a great look. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfiled Power Bites Ford Mustang-This is a really good look. I like the white and orange stripes. It’s a good look, and it gets an A.

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO For Your RV Chevy Camaro-The tree motif works well, and the car has a great look. The color scheme is good, and I give this an A.

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Centers/BlueDEF Ford Mustang-The Rush design, and the BlueDEF logo don’t work together. They work well by themselves, but together they just don’t work. I’ll give this a C.

Chris Buescher #17 Sunny D Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Tuscany Ford Mustang-It’s the same design as Dutch Boy, so it gets the same C grade.

William Byron #24 Hendrickcars.com Chevy Camaro-I like this scheme. The patriotic motif works, and the car has a great look. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Pink Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Joey Gase #51 JIMCO Windows & Doors Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that always earn an A.

James Davison #53 America’s Best Value Inns Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Timmy Hill #66 Trump 2020 Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #32, same C grade.

Justin Haley #77 Parts Plus Chevy Camaro-I don’t like a lot of the colors here, and I think that the design is over done. I’ll give this a C.

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy Camaro-A great throwback with a great look will ALWAYS earn an A.