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-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.