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-

Grading The 2020 Throwbacks!

By David G. Firestone

Well, the throwback race is officially behind us, so I’m going to grade all of the throwback schemes. As per the norm, the #1 scheme will win the Schemie for Best Throwback. Without further ado, let’s get started!

1-Ross Chastain #77 Dirty Mo Media Throwback Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, based on Dale Earnhardt’s 1976 Hy-Gain Chevy Malibu. A

2-Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Junior Johnson’s #3 Holly Farms Chevy. A

3-Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Cash App Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on D.K. Ulrich’s #6 scheme Richard Petty ran at the 1986 Coca-Cola 600. A

4-Josh Bilicki #7 Insurance King Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Tommy Baldwin Sr.’s modified car. A

5-Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, based on Cale Yarborough’s 1973 Chevy Laguna. A

6-Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on The Wood Brothers’ 1963 Ford Galaxie. A

7-Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Curtis Turner’s 1965 Ford Galaxie. A

8-Joey Gase #51 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Stroker Ace’s car from Stroker Ace. A

9-Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, based on Phil Parsons’ 1984 Skoal Bandit. A

10-James Davison #53 Signing Day Sports Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Tom Sneva’s 1983 Chevy. A

11-Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Bobby Allison’s 1985 Miller Lite scheme. A

12-Brennan Poole #15 Remember Everyone Deployed Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Ricky Rudd’s 1985 Ford Thunderbird. A

13-Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, based on Elliot Sadler’s 2004 Ford Taurus. A

14-Clint Bowyer #14 Peak Throwback MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Kyle Petty’s 1990 Rockingham scheme. A

15-Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on 1997 Busch beer can design. A

16-John Hunter Nemechek #38 Citgard Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Elliot Sadler’s Citgo scheme from 1999-2000. A

17-Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, based on Martin’s 2004 Xfinity Series car. A

18-Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Power Throwback Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, Jeff Burton’s 1994 Rookie of the Year Rabestos Ford Thunderbird. A

19-William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Jimmie Johnson’s 2013 All-Star Scheme. A

20-Daniel Suarez #96 ARRIS Throwback Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2020, based on Suarez’s 2018 ARRIS Camry. A

21-Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Paul Menard and his 2003 ARCA victory at Talladega. A-

22-Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Brad’s 2010 Discount Tire Championship winning Ford . A-

23-Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Todd Bodine’s 2010 Truck Series Championship winning Toyota Tundra. B+

24-Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, honoring his 1999 USAC Silver Crown Series Championship. B+

25-Quin Houff #00 Throwback Permatex Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, black with spiral on hood, and beach motif on sides. B

26-Erik Jones #20 SportClips Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, Tony Stewart’s 2005 Martinsville Home Depot scheme. B

27-Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Jimmie Johnson’s 2009 Championship scheme. C

28-Alex Bowman #88 Truck Hero/Chevy Group Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, honors Jimmie Johnson’s 2006 championship season. C

29-Christopher Bell #95 JBL Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, based on Bell’s 2017 Truck Series Championship JBL scheme. F

30-JJ Yeley #27 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Kenny Irwin’s 1997 Nerf Ford Thunderbird. F

Next week, some dirt track memorabilia!

Paint Scheme Grades-September 21, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 William Hill Sports Book/Sahara Las Vegas Chevy Camaro-The stripe is pointless, and it is visually distracting. It’s not a bad scheme, and I’ll give it a B.

Landon Cassill #00 University of Richmond Chevy Camaro-I love this look. Sure it’s a Spider Man based design, but it looks great. A

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

Chase Elliot #9 NAPA Filters Chevy Camaro-I really like this scheme. The color works well, the lack of white works well, the design is great, and I can’t say anything bad about this. A

Erik Jones #20 Crafstman/Gas Monkey Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Craftsman, same A grade.

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

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Seltzer Chevy Camaro-White numbers on a white background isn’t a bad look, but here it just looks odd. I’m not a fan of the look. Still it’s not awful, so it gets a B.

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Fan-Designed Chevy Camaro-Calling this an ugly, over designed mess would be a complement. This is the worst scheme I have seen in some time. I can’t give this less than an F.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Barstool Sports Toyota Camry-Not a bad scheme at all. A