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-May 30, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Good Greek Moving Chevy Camaro-The stripes on the front ar pointless, but other than that, the car is great. B+

Austin Dillon #3 DOW Keep America Beautiful Chevy Camaro-The curve designs are pointless, and give the car a bit of an odd look. Without them, this would get a solid A, but with them they get a B.

Austin Dillon #3 Coca Cola Chevy Camaro-A simple, yet bold look, it has a great color and design scheme, and this gets an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Roman Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great paint scheme will ALWAYS earn an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 Alsco Uniforms Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Camo does NOT and never has worked on the side of a race car! This is a perfect example! This looks bad, and gets an F!

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

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Patriotic Toyota Camry-The patriotic elements don’t improve or demote the scheme, so it gets the same B+ as the FedEx scheme.

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

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Hump Day Chevy Camaro-The camel motif doesn’t work, the shades of blue don’t work with each other, and the car just looks bad. F

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Military Chevy Camaro-Geico’s old Military scheme wasn’t great, but this new scheme is somehow worse! Replacing the black elements with white makes the car look worse. I give this an F.

Brennan Poole #15 In Memory of SFC Nathan Chapman Chevy Camaro-It’s a simple, smooth, and bold look, with a great color scheme, so it gets an A.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Fudge Brownie Toyota Camry-Like the hazelnut scheme last year, replacing yellow with teal works well. 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-The eagle motif works well, the color scheme is great, and this car looks awesome. A

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

William Byron #24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a downgrade from last year. The more complex design isn’t as good. It’s not terrible, and it gets a B+

Gray Gaulding #27 Panini America Ford Mustang-The car is an ugly, over designed mess. Even with a great color scheme, this is still horrible. F

Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts “Thank a Hero” Ford Mustang-The scheme looks great, the color scheme works, it isn’t over designed, and the car has a smooth look. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Plan B Sales Ford Mustang-This is such an improvement over last year. It’s still a tad over designed, but it looks much more toned down than the 2019 version. B+

Corey LaJoie #32 Ark.io Ford Mustang-The car is an ugly, over designed mess. Even with a great color scheme, this is still horrible. F

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Patriotic Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Ryan Preece #37 Tide Pods Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Ryan Preece #37 Scotts Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is good, but the scheme is over done. The good equals the bad, so the scheme gets a C.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The slight change doesn’t hurt the design scheme at all.  A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a great look! It’s bold, it’s simple, it has a great color scheme, and it has an all around great look, that gets an A.

Joey Gase #51 Agri Supply Patriotic Ford Mustang-The color scheme is good, but the scheme is over done. The good equals the bad, so the scheme gets a C.

Alex Bowman #88 ChevyGoods.com/NOCO Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The car is an ugly, over designed mess. Even with a great color scheme, this is still horrible. F

Daniel Suarez #96 TODAY. TOMORROW. TOYOTA. Toyota Camry-It’s a tad over done, but it isn’t horrible. I’ll give it a B.