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 Tracker-March 3, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, new side elements added. F

Quin Houff #00 8 Ball Whiskey Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with a series of stripes across car. B+

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue, with yellow, black, and teal stripes. F

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black with orange stripes and roof. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Mobility Science Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black with red and white cutting edge designs on sides. 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

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with green and white stripes. B+

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo 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+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford MustangNo change. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

Corey LaJoie #7 Netflix’s “The Crew” Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black and green with a series of colored stripes, and designs. F

Corey LaJore #7 Marwin Sports Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, red and green, with white and black curves. C

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black and blue with waves on sides. A

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Rental Store Chevy CamaroNo change. A

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

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, dark green is gone, car has cleaned up design. A

Chase Elliott #9 Aftershoc Performance Energy Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black front, red rear, stripes in between. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2021, black with checkered flag motif. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange gradient to white. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, blue fade to green with white design on sides. C

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Small Business Grant Contest Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, white front, blue middle, white rear, with diagonal stripes, and design on front. 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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, Menard’s template with light blue. C

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Libman Ford MustangNo change. B

MBM MOTORSPORTS #13

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, red and black with stone and tractor motif. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

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

Chase Briscoe #14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black circle removed. A

RICK WARE RACING #15

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, much cleaner sides. A

Chris Windom #15 NOS Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue front, with orange stripes. A

James Davison #15 Signing Day Sports Ford MustangNo change. A-

James Davison #15 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, white. A

KAULIG RACING #16

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with black cutting edge designs. A-

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green with red and white accents. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

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

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Fudge Brownie 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

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, same as #20. 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

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Moen Ford MustangNo change. B+

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

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, black with red diagonal stripes. 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

William Bryon #24 Axalta Electrolight Color Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, white front, green stripes, black rear. A-

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #36

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford MustangNo change. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNo change. C

Ryan Preece #37 Kroger/Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue waves on front, red with white waves on rear. F

Ryan Preece #37 Slim Jim Chevy CamaroNo change. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white sides and stripes. B

Anthony Alfredo #38 The Pete Store Ford MustangNo change. C

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

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

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ross Chastain #42 McDonald’s Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white removed, and sides are cleaned up. A

Ross Chastain #42 Chevrolet Accessories Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, yellow, and white with a series of designs on sides. F

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black accents. A-

Erik Jones #43 Petty’s Garage Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue and white wth some designs. A-

Erik Jones #43 Tide Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, orange front, yellow stripe, white rear, with blue accents. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue and white front, blue and orange rear. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Cottonelle Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, same as #37. C

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Tide Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, Kroger front, Tide rear. C.

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

RICK WARE RACING #51

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with multicolored stripe. A

RICK WARE RACING #52

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford MustangNewsponsor for 2021, black and yellow with designs and white accents. D+

Josh Bilicki #52 Jacob Companies Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, same as 2019 #51 design. B

RICK WARE RACING #53

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

Garrett Smithley #53 Clix Wipers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white, black, and blue with a series of designs on sides. F

Garrett Smithley #53 Rich Mar Florist Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black, blue and white with designs on sides. F

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, same as 2020, but blue replaces yellow. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red with black, red, and white designs. D-

Timmy Hill #66 CrashClaimsR.us Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with white and red curve. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, and black stripes on sides. C

Justin Haley #77 AirMedCare Network Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue and white, with a series of stripes on sides. C

Justin Haley #77 Diamond Creek Water Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with blue and white designs on sides. B

BJ MCLEOD MOTORSPORTS #78

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, blue with green and black front, pattern fade to black rear. C

BJ McLeod #78 Diecast Kings Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green front, black rear. A

Scott Heckert #78 Motorsport Games Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red, black, and white with a series of designs. F

BJ McLeod #78 Traxion.gg/Motorsport Games Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white and pink stripes, and various designs on sides. F

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black camo motif. F

Ty Dillon #96 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota CamryNo change. B-

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with multicolored designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 Camping World Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, blue with green designs on sides. B

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 24, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, new side elements added. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue, with yellow, black, and teal stripes. F

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black with orange stripes and roof. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Mobility Science Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black with red and white cutting edge designs on sides. 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

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with green and white stripes. B+

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo 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+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford MustangNo change. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

Corey LaJoie #7 Netflix’s “The Crew” Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black and green with a series of colored stripes, and designs. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black and blue with waves on sides. A

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Rental Store Chevy CamaroNo change. A

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

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, dark green is gone, car has cleaned up design. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2021, black with checkered flag motif. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange gradient to white. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, blue fade to green with white design on sides. C

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, Menard’s template with light blue. C

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNo change. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Libman Ford MustangNo change. B

MBM MOTORSPORTS #13

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, red and black with stone and tractor motif. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

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

Chase Briscoe #14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black circle removed. A

RICK WARE RACING #15

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, much cleaner sides. A

KAULIG RACING #16

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with black cutting edge designs. A-

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green with red and white accents. 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

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, same as #20. 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

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, black with red diagonal stripes. 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

William Bryon #24 Axalta Electrolight Color Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, white front, green stripes, black rear. A-

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #36

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford MustangNo change. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNo change. C

Ryan Preece #37 Kroger/Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue waves on front, red with white waves on rear. F

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white sides and stripes. B

Anthony Alfredo #38 The Pete Store Ford MustangNo change. C

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

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

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ross Chastain #42 McDonald’s Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white removed, and sides are cleaned up. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black accents. A-

Erik Jones #43 Petty’s Garage Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue and white wth some designs. A-

Erik Jones #43 Tide Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, orange front, yellow stripe, white rear, with blue accents. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue and white front, blue and orange rear. F

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

RICK WARE RACING #51

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with multicolored stripe. A

RICK WARE RACING #52

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford MustangNewsponsor for 2021, black and yellow with designs and white accents. D+

Josh Bilicki #52 Jacob Companies Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, same as 2019 #51 design. B

RICK WARE RACING #53

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

Garrett Smithley #53 Clix Wipers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white, black, and blue with a series of designs on sides. F

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, same as 2020, but blue replaces yellow. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red with black, red, and white designs. D-

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, and black stripes on sides. C

Justin Haley #77 AirMedCare Network Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue and white, with a series of stripes on sides. C

BJ MCLEOD MOTORSPORTS #78

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, blue with green and black front, pattern fade to black rear. C

BJ McLeod #78 Diecast Kings Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green front, black rear. A

Scott Heckert #78 Motorsport Games Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red, black, and white with a series of designs. F

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black camo motif. F

Ty Dillon #96 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota CamryNo change. B-

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with multicolored designs on sides. F

Paint Scheme Grades-February 20, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, and the color scheme is awful. I give this an F.

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-I don’t like the off-center design on the sides, but I do like the overall design as well as the fade. The good and the bad cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

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

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford Mustang-Not even a good color scheme can save this disaster from an F grade. This might be one of the worst schemes I have ever seen.

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-I think that the black is over designed a bit, but it isn’t terrible. This gets an A-

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

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-I love the fade of the stripe, and the blue is really good too. The car has a smooth and bold scheme, and this gets an A.

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

I don’t like the shade of green used, it needs to be darker. Also, the teal is needless. Still, it’s a decent scheme, so it gets a B+

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-The only thing keeping this scheme above an F grade is the color scheme. Other than that, this is an F scheme.

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-A good color scheme balanced by a bad color scheme will always earn a C.

Paint Scheme Tracker-February 17, 2021

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Mane ‘n Tail Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, new side elements added. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNo change. B

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue, with yellow, black, and teal stripes. F

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white mountains. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNo change. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, black with orange stripes and roof. 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

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson # 5 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, black with green and white stripes. B+

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo 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+

Ryan Newman #6 Guaranteed Rate Ford MustangNo change. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange waffle board to flame motif. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Youtheory Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with teal dots and black roof. B

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, white with orange gradient, black bottom, and series of croissant designs on sides. F

Tyler Reddick #8 Lenovo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, black and blue with waves on sides. A

Tyler Reddick #8 I Am Second Chevy CamaroNo change. 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

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, some stripes added to bottom. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. C+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods 10th Anniversary Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2021, black with checkered flag motif. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 Offerpad Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange gradient to white. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2021, blue fade to green with white design on sides. C

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, Menard’s template with light blue. C

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNo change. B+

MBM MOTORSPORTS #13

Garrett Smithley #13 Trophy Tractor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, red and black with stone and tractor motif. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

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

RICK WARE RACING #15

Derrike Cope #15 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, much cleaner sides. A

KAULIG RACING #16

Kaz Grala #16 Hyper Ice Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with black cutting edge designs. A-

IROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, green with red and white accents. 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

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, light and dark blue with slight gradient. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, same as #20. 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

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, black with red diagonal stripes. 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

TEAM PENSKE #33

Austin Cindric #33 Verizon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, black with red and white stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, white with black stripes and rear. A

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #36

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford MustangNo change. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNo change. C

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Anthony Alfredo #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

Anthony Alfredo #38 Dude Wipes Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, black with white sides and stripes. B

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

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

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, white and blue with wood motif. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Ross Chastain #42 Clover Chevy CamaroNo change. A

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Erik Jones #43 RP Funding Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with white stripes. A

Erik Jones #43 Armor All Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black accents. A-

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/NOS Energy Drink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2021, blue and white front, blue and orange rear. F

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

RICK WARE RACING #51

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, blue with multicolored stripe. A

RICK WARE RACING #52

Josh Bilicki #52 Wisconsin Lighting Lab Ford MustangNewsponsor for 2021, black and yellow with designs and white accents. D+

RICK WARE RACING #53

Joey Gase #53 Page Construction Ford MustangNew scheme for 2021, black, with green and teal stripe. B+

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Noah Gragson #62 Beard Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2021, same as 2020, but blue replaces yellow. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 VSI Racing Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2021, red with black, red, and white designs. D-

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Justin Haley #77 General Formulations, Royal Sovereign, and Mutoh America Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2021, blue fade to black, colored stripe, white bottom. C

Jamie McMurray #77 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, and black stripes on sides. C

BJ MCLEOD MOTORSPORTS #78

BJ McLeod #78 NASCAR Heat 5 Collection Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2021, blue with green and black front, pattern fade to black rear. C

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Ty Dillon #96 Bass Pro Shops/Black Rifle Coffee Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2021, orange with black camo motif. F

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suarez #99 iFly Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red, white, and blue with a series of curves across car. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Pump It Up Party Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, white with blue, yellow, green, and black designs on sides. F

Daniel Suarez #99 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2021, red and black with stripes. D-

Daniel Suarez #99 Commscope Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2021, black with multicolored designs on sides. F

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.

Paint Scheme Leaderboard-Week 4, The Grand Finale

By David G. Firestone

The Paint Scheme Ranking Executive Committee meetings have been long, but not too contentious, I can’t stay mad at Alejandro when he shows me his belly, so now we present all 55 NASCAR Sprint Cup teams ranked from first to last on how their paint schemes looked. NR has a different meaning this week. NR now specifically referrs to teams that didn’t exist in 2013. Teams that ran different manufacturers in 2013 will be ranked when it came to last year. So, without further ado,

1-Wood Brothers #21 Rank Last Year:1st of 50 -The Wood Brothers always design great cars, and the Quick Lane scheme uses the blue very well. It all looks good!

2-Hendrick Motorsports #48 Rank Last Year:2nd of 50-Classic, smooth looks with no needless clutter. Jimmie always runs great schemes

3-Michael Waltrip Racing #55 Rank Last Year:3rd of 50-The color schemes are good, and the design schemes work very well.

4-Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Rank Last Year:5th of 50-The zebra stripe Interstate Battery scheme wrecks a perfect score for Kyle this year

5-Stewart Haas Racing #4 Rank Last Year:NR-With the exception of Hunt Brothers Pizza, which uses an awful shade of green, Kevin has consistently run a series of great schemes.

6-Team Penske #2 Rank Last Year:18th of 50-The Wurth and Redd’s Apple Ale schemes are a bit over designed, but the white Miller Lite schemes, Alliance Truck Parts, and Detroit Genuine Parts schemes make up for it.

7-Richard Childress Racing #31 Rank Last Year:35th of 50-A lot of great schemes this year, but Wix is overdone, and the Cat/Quicken Loans hybrid looks awful

8-BK Racing #23 Rank Last Year:NR-The Dip Your Car scheme is awful, but the rest of the schemes are very good, and are very attractive.

9-Stewart Haas Racing #41 Rank Last Year: NR-The Slate scheme does not work, but all the other schemes work very well.

10-Roush Fenway Racing #6 Rank Last Year:NR-This would be ranked higher, as it has a somewhat vintage look, but the candy cane on the nose looks odd. It’s still a good scheme.

11-Richard Petty Motorsports #43 Rank Last Year:6th of 50-The Ekcrich camouflage scheme doesn’t work, camouflage schemes rarely do. The Charter green is horrible, but the rest of the schemes look really good.

12-Chip Ganassi Racing #1 Rank Last Year:24th of 50-A pink-washing scheme and a terrible shade of green on the WEMO scheme cost this team the 2nd place spot,knocking them down to 5th. They have run a lot of great schemes this season

13-Levine Family Racing #95 Rank Last Year:45th of 50-The TWD schemes look medicore, but could be worse. The template Levine Family Racing switched too this year looks great and the cars look very good too.

14-Furniture Row Racing #78 Rank Last Year:4th of 50-The World Vision scheme needs work, as the color does not support a fade, but the Furniture Row, and Colorado Freedom Memorial work very well.

15-BK Racing #26 Rank Last Year:50th of 50-Bully Hill Vinyards is an over-designed joke with an awful color scheme. The yellow numbers on the Burger King scheme are awful, but the rest of the schemes are good, and defendable.

16-RAB Racing #29 Rank Last Year:NR-Good color scheme, mediocre design scheme.

17-Hendrick Motorsports #88 Rank Last Year:22nd of 50-National Guard, Mountain Dew, Kickstart, and Superman look good, and work well with the new number design, but Michael Baker, Kelly Blue Book, and Nationwide don’t at all.

18-Chip Ganassi Racing #42 Rank Last Year:11th of 50-While Cottonelle, the Silver Scheme, and Energizer work very well, but the rest of their schemes are mediocre at best. The white on the back doesn’t work.

19-Beard Oil Racing #75 Rank Last Year:NR-If the sides had a sponsor, and the stripe at the bottom was eliminated, it would work a lot better.

20-Front Row Motorsports #34 Rank Last Year:28th of 50-The majority of the schemes look great, but the upside down lettering on the hood of the CSX scheme looks odd. The Wendell Scott scheme is amazing!

21-JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Rank Last Year:15th of 50-While Bush’s, Clorox, Scott’s, Sullivan/Palatek, Kingsford, and Bush’s Grilling Beans work well,Kroger/USO is overdone, Charter Communications uses a horrid shade of green, and Hungry Jack just looks terrible.

22-Hendrick Motorsports #24 Rank Last Year: 36th of 50-Drive to end Hunger is too overdone, and the upside down D on the hood looks terrible. Their orange scheme is even worse. Panasonic is mediocre at best. Pepsi looks good, and all of the Axalta schemes are really good.

23-Humphery Racing #77 Rank Last Year:NR-Plinker Arms doesn’t look great but it could be worse. That applies to Essex Homes as well. The rest of the schemes look good.

24-Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Rank Last Year:31st of 50-The Autisim Speaks scheme works well. The zipper scheme is decent, but odd. Sport Clips is over-designed, but with a good color scheme. The FedEx schemes have decent color schemes, but are over-designed on the front.

25-BK Racing #83 Rank Last Year:7th of 50-Voo Doo Barbecue is an over-designed mess. Dip your car is terrible, as is Zak. Burger King and Borla work well though.

26-Team Penske #12 Rank Last Year:9th of 50-The SKF scheme works very well. The Penske Truck Rental scheme uses a horrible shade of orange, and just looks hideous.

27-Hillman Racing #40 Rank Last Year: NR-When the car doesn’t have a scheme, it looks very good. When it has a sponsor it looks awful.

28-Front Row Motorsports #35 Rank Last Year:27th of 50-The Hefty scheme is a little unorthodox, silver and orange isn’t a great combo, but the design looks good. MDS looks good

29-HScott Motorsports #52 Rank Last Year: NR-The black scheme is good, but the orange Florida Lottery scheme is a trainwreck. Less is more on a paint scheme.

30-HScott Motorsports #51 Rank Last Year:13th of 50-If the car is running a Brandt scheme it looks good, anything else looks terrible.

31-Phil Parsons Racing #98 Rank Last Year: 44th of 50-While I like the Dogecoin,Trench Shoring,iRacing, black Curb Records, and unsponsored black schemes, anything else looks horrendous.

32-Front Row Motorsports #38 Rank Last Year:26th of 50-Most of the schemes are good, but the Love’s Truck Stops, and Love’s Truck Stops Camo schemes are horrific.

33-Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Rank Last Year:23rd of 50-Can all be summed up with medicore color schemes and mediocre design schemes

34-Swan Racing #30 Rank Last Year:50th of 50-The only time the car looked good was when it was unsponsored, but compared to last year’s design it looks amazing!

35-Roush Fenway Racing #17 Rank Last Year:16th of 50-Eco-Power has awful shades of green. Pit for a pair is awful even for a pink-washing scheme. Zest has a good color scheme, but awful design scheme,as does Fifth-Third Bank. Their all-star scheme was terrible. Ford Eco-Boost, NOS, and Nationwide work very well.

36-Richard Childress Racing #27 Rank Last Year: 20th of 50-Neon yellow looks terrible, when they use the stripes on the sides it looks even worse. The Pittsburgh Paints scheme looks really good though.

37-BK Racing #93 Rank Last Year:8th of 50-The Support Millitary scheme is the worst, and although Burger King, Dr. Pepper, and Iowa City Chop House do make up for it, it just isn’t enough.

38-CircleSport/Richard Childress Racing #33 Rank Last Year: 47th of 50-

39-Tommy Baldwin Racing #37 Rank Last Year: NR-Accell Construction has a great color scheme, but the design scheme ruins it.

40-Tommy Baldwin Racing #36 Rank Last Year:29th of 50-Another example of a team where when the car is unsponsored, it looks better.

41-Richard Petty Motorsports #9 Rank Last Year:12th of 50-Can all be summed up with Great color schemes but mediocre design schemes. The camo scheme looks bad, but the upside is that the camo is subtle.

42-Team Penske #22 Rank Last Year:41st of 50-The Shell/Pennzoil scheme has a decent color scheme but a bad design scheme. Anything Pennzoil Platnum is awful, as is Auto Trader. The Auto Club scheme has a great color scheme but a bad design scheme.

43-Identity Ventures Racing #87 Rank Last Year:NR-300 is a mess, and Morris,Hardick and Schinder/SmartBen looks too dull.

44-Michael Waltrip Racing #15 Rank Last Year:38th of 50-The Peak scheme is defendable, the color scheme is good, but the rest of the schemes are just awful.

45-Roush Fenway Racing #99 Rank Last Year:34th of 50-Fastenal looks good, but anything else looks terrible.

46-Go FAS Racing #32 Rank Last Year:25th of 50-The Terry Labonte throwback scheme was amazing, but most of their other schemes are over-designed messes.

47-Stewart Haas Racing #14 Rank Last Year:21st of 50-The over designing of the Bass Pro Shops schemes, as well as the use of orange and camo just look horrible. Mobil 1, Rush Truck Centers, and Code 3 look decent, but to some extent have issues. Mobil 1 is over designed, Rush uses too dark a yellow, Code 3 uses too bright a yellow.

48-Tommy Baldwin Racing #7 Rank Last Year:43rd of 50-Allstate Peterbuilt, and Pilot-St Jude Children’s Network work well, as both have good color schemes and design schemes. Anything else just looks awful.

49-Richard Childress Racing #3 Rank Last Year:NR-Cheerios is very good, and has a classic look. Dow schemes have a great color scheme, but have mediocre design. Anything else looks terrible on this car.

50-Germain Racing #13 Rank Last Year:40th of 50-The blue is too bright, as is the yellow. The car is overdesigned, and the whole car looks like a mess. The camo scheme is much worse.

51-Hendrick Motorsports #5 Rank Last Year:46th of 50-The only half decent scheme is Pepsi. Everything else is an over designed mess.

52-Stewart Haas Racing #10 Rank Last Year:37th of 50-The only scheme that doesn’t make my eyes hurt here is Aspen Dental. Terrible shades of orange and green, with ugly design. The pink-washing scheme is terrible.

53-Xxxtreme Motorsports #44 Rank Last Year: 49th of 50-Every single one of their cars is an ugly, over-designed mess that doesn’t look good at all.

54-Roush Fenway Racing #16 Rank Last Year:19th of 50-Every scheme is terrible.

55-Michael Waltrip Racing #66 Rank Last Year:NR-Nothing about any of these schemes is good.

Paint Scheme Leaderboard, Week #1-Chevy

By David G. Firestone

Starting this week, and for the next four Fridays, we will rank the paint schemes of all 55 race teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup. I will not grade any paint schemes until these rankings are done, but I will still update the Paint Scheme Tracker on Wednesday. The rankings were determined by the Paint Scheme Ranking Executive Committee, made up of myself, and Alejandro my black cat, though all he did was sleep through the proceedings. First up will be Chevy. I will also add the rank each scheme held last year. Teams that did not exist or run Chevy cars will be marked as NR for Not Ranked..

1-Hendrick Motorsports #48 Rank Last Year: 1st of 19-Classic, smooth looks with no needless clutter. Jimmie always runs great schemes

2-Stewart Haas Racing #4 Rank Last Year: NR-With the exception of Hunt Brothers Pizza, which uses an awful shade of green, Kevin has consistently run a series of great schemes.

3-Stewart Haas Racing #41 Rank Last Year: NR-The Slate scheme does not work, but all the other schemes work very well.

4-Richard Childress Racing #31 Rank Last Year: 13th of 19-A lot of great schemes this year, but Wix is overdone, and the Cat/Quicken Loans hybrid looks awful

5-Chip Ganassi Racing #1 Rank Last Year: 9th of 19- A pink-washing scheme and a terrible shade of green on the WEMO scheme cost this team the 2nd place spot,knocking them down to 5th. They have run a lot of great schemes this season

6-Furniture Row Racing #78 Rank Last Year: 2nd of 19-The World Vision scheme needs work, as the color does not support a fade, but the Furniture Row, and Colorado Freedom Memorial work very well.

7-Hendrick Motorsports #88 Rank Last Year: 8th of 19-National Guard, Mountain Dew, Kickstart, and Superman look good, and work well with the new number design, but Michael Baker, Kelly Blue Book, and Nationwide don’t at all.

8-Chip Ganassi Racing #42 Rank Last Year: 4th of 19-While Cottonelle, the Silver Scheme, and Energizer work very well, but the rest of their schemes are mediocre at best. The white on the back doesn’t work.

9-Beard Oil Racing #75 Rank Last Year: NR-If the sides had a sponsor, and the stripe at the bottom was eliminated, it would work a lot better.

10-JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Rank Last Year: NR-While Bush’s, Clorox, Scott’s, Sullivan/Palatek, Kingsford, and Bush’s Grilling Beans work well,Kroger/USO is overdone, Charter Communications uses a horrid shade of green, and Hungry Jack just looks terrible.

11-Hendrick Motorsports #24 Rank Last Year: 14th of 19-Drive to end Hunger is too overdone, and the upside down D on the hood looks terrible. Their orange scheme is even worse. Panasonic is mediocre at best. Pepsi looks good, and all of the Axalta schemes are really good.

12-Hillman Racing #40 Rank Last Year: NR-When the car doesn’t have a scheme, it looks very good. When it has a sponsor it looks awful.

13-HScott Motorsports #52 Rank Last Year: NR-The black scheme is good, but the orange Florida Lottery scheme is a trainwreck. Less is more on a paint scheme.

14-HScott Motorsports #51 Rank Last Year: 5th of 19-If the car is running a Brandt scheme it looks good, anything else looks terrible.

15-Richard Childress Racing #27 Rank Last Year: 6th of 19-Neon yellow looks terrible, when they use the stripes on the sides it looks even worse. The Pittsburgh Paints scheme looks really good though.

16-CircleSport/Richard Childress Racing #33 Rank Last Year: 19th of 19-

17-Tommy Baldwin Racing #37 Rank Last Year: NR-Accell Construction has a great color scheme, but the design scheme ruins it.

18-Tommy Baldwin Racing #36 Rank Last Year:10th of 19-Another example of a team where when the car is unsponsored, it looks better.

19-Stewart Haas Racing #14 Rank Last Year: 7th of 19-The over designing of the Bass Pro Shops schemes, as well as the use of orange and camo just look horrible. Mobil 1, Rush Truck Centers, and Code 3 look decent, but to some extent have issues. Mobil 1 is over designed, Rush uses too dark a yellow, Code 3 uses too bright a yellow.

20-Tommy Baldwin Racing #7 Rank Last Year:16th of 19-Allstate Peterbuilt, and Pilot-St Jude Children’s Network work well, as both have good color schemes and design schemes. Anything else just looks awful.

21-Richard Childress Racing #3 Rank Last Year:NR-Cheerios is very good, and has a classic look. Dow schemes have a great color scheme, but have mediocre design. Anything else looks terrible on this car.

22-Germain Racing #13 Rank Last Year:NR-The blue is too bright, as is the yellow. The car is overdesigned, and the whole car looks like a mess. The camo scheme is much worse.

23-Hendrick Motorsports #5 Rank Last Year:17th of 19-The only half decent scheme is Pepsi. Everything else is an over designed mess.

24-Stewart Haas Racing #10 Rank Last Year:14th of 19-The only scheme that doesn’t make my eyes hurt here is Aspen Dental. Terrible shades of orange and green, with ugly design. The pink-washing scheme is terrible.

25-Xxxtreme Motorsports #44 Rank Last Year:NR-Every single one of their cars is an ugly, over-designed mess that doesn’t look good at all.

Next week, we move on to Ford…See you soon!

Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 4-The Grand Finale

By David G. Firestone

The focus group of one has had its meetings, and has made its decisions.  Here are all 50 teams that ran the Sprint Cup this year ranked first to last on their paint schemes:

#1-Wood Brothers #21-A classic design scheme that just seems to get better with age. The Henry Ford design combines classic and modern elements for an amazing look.

#2-Hendrick Motorsports #48 Jimmie Johnson went with a very classic look, with a day scheme and a night scheme, which worked very well. Johnson did not have a bad look all year.

#3-Michael Waltrip Racing #55 Simple traditional designs. That is the secret to their success on the leaderboard. Color schemes are great as well. Nothing wrong with these schemes.

#4-Furniture Row Racing #78 When it came down to picking a number 1 for Chevy, for both the Paint Schemie and the Leaderboard, I had to flip a coin to pick a number 1, and Johnson won. Kurt Busch ran a series of very solid schemes, not a lot to comment on and it always looks good.

#5-Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Like Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch on the Chevy side, the Toyota winner for both the Paint Schemie and Leaderboard was decided by a coin flip. More modern than the 55, all these schemes are good, with amazing paint schemes and really good design.

#6-Richard Petty Motorsports #43 This team combines classic and modern looks, and uses Petty Blue very effectively. The Transportation Impact scheme was not good at all, and kept the 43 team out of the top spot.  Extra Credit for the Maurice Petty Tribute Scheme.

#7-BK Racing #83 Great designs all around, but the hood needs work. Why is it black when the rest of the car is red?

#8-BK Racing #93 See Above, but the Old Dominion scheme drags it down.

#9-Penske Racing #12-Though only raced for one race, the SKF design worked very well. A great color and great design scheme. If this had been raced for multiple races, I would have ranked it higher, but it is still a solid scheme.

#10-Richard Childress Racing #29 The Bad Boy Buggies scheme is bad, and the Rheem/Budweiser combo scheme is awful, but aside from those, Kevin Harvick has had a very good season, paint scheme wise

#11-Earnhardt Ganassi Racing #42 Get rid of the Axe Apollo scheme and the Camouflage scheme, and Juan Pablo Montoya would have the top spot.

#12-Richard Petty Motorsports #9 This set earned a place in the top 5 because it improved by a lot over the course of the season. It has a great color scheme, but the early schemes were not great, but since Stanley redesigned their logo, and made some changes to the car, it is a very nice set.

#13-Phoenix Racing/Turner Scott #51 Guy Roofing and Hendrick Cars are hideous, but apart from that, they have run a great set of paint schemes. Bonus points given for the Neil Bonnett throwback scheme.

#14-Michael Waltrip Racing #56 The Get Back and Give Back scheme is horrid, but the rest of the schemes are really good.

#15-JTG Daugherty Racing #47 Most of what they ran this year was great, but the Bushes Baked Beans car has an odd overall design, and a weird color scheme. The Clorox scheme has a bad color scheme, as does the Charter scheme, as does the Wounded Warrior Project scheme.

#16-Roush Fenway Racing #17 A pinkwashing scheme as well as the Valvoline NexGen scheme kick Ricky Stenhouse Jr. out of the top spot. Sad thing too, as Ricky had a very solid year when it comes to paint schemes

#17-Joe Gibbs Racing #81 Alert Energy is awful. Double Mint is awesome.

#18-Penske Racing #2 While I miss the beer colored wheels from last year, Keselowski has had a decent year, the color scheme is great, though there is too much white on the car. The Redd’s Apple Ale scheme was great, but the Fan Mosaic and Patriotic schemes need some work.

#19-Roush Fenway Racing #16 Greg Biffle had a lot of great schemes, but he had a number of awful ones , including a pinkwashing scheme as well. Get rid of the pinkwashing scheme, the Scotchguard, give blood, and Megulars schemes, and he would be in the top 5.

#20-Richard Childress Racing #27 The yellow is too bright, but other than that, the schemes are really good.

#21-Stewart Haas Racing #14 Some of these schemes are good, others not so much.

#22Hendrick Motorsports #88 Dale Jr. runs good schemes most of the time, but Soldiers of Steel, Orange Amp Energy, and Camouflage are just brutal. Additional points lost for a pinkwashing scheme.

#23-Joe Gibbs Racing #20 If the Dollar General was more plain, and did not have the orange back, I would love to give Matt Kenseth a higher spot, and a pinkwashing scheme does not help.

#24-Earnhardt Ganassi Racing #1 Bad Boy Buggies is even worse here, and the Bass Pro Shop schemes are awful. A number of good schemes here as well.

#25-FAS Lane Racing #32 The Oxy Water scheme, and the gray scale C&J Energy Services schemes do not work, but the rest of the schemes they ran do

#26-Front Row Motorsports #38 The template they run works very well when the color scheme matches that of the sponsor. When it doesn’t match, it looks awful.

#27-Front Row Motorsports #35, See above

#28-Front Row Motorsports #34, See above, aside from the CSX scheme, which looks great, and the Peanut Patch scheme which looks awful.

#29-Tommy Baldwin Racing #36 This team looks better without a primary sponsor than they do with one.

#30-Max Q Motorsports #37 Simple, yet attractive. Would be higher if they ran more races.

#31-Joe Gibbs Racing #11 The Jason Leffler tribute scheme and the FedEx delivery manager schemes are great, but the rest are just awful. I miss the Gen 5 schemes

#32-Nemco Racing #87 The word that can best describe this set is dull. Not bad, but not spectacular.

#33-Circle Team Sport #40 Interstate Moving is really good. Moon Shine Attitude Attire is really awful, and their pinkwashing scheme is even worse.

#34-Roush Fenway Racing #99 Geek Squad and Fastenal work well, the rest…not so much.

#35-Richard Childress Racing #31 A few good schemes but most of them are mediocre at best.

#36-Hendrick Motorsports #24 See Above

#37-Stewart Haas Racing #10 Worst shades of yellow in NASCAR, and the pinkwashing scheme is so much worse.

#38-Michael Waltrip Racing #15 Clint has consistently run cars with great color schemes, but awful designs. Except for Duck Dynasty, and pinkwashing, which are just hideous.

#39-Humphrey Smith Racing #19 Another car that just looks better without a primary sponsor.

#40-Germain Racing #13 Nothing really wrong, but nothing really right with these schemes.

#41-Penske Racing #22 Red and yellow is a really great color scheme, but the design is all wrong. This design gets even worse with the AAA scheme, which has an even better color scheme. The Pennzoil scheme is good, but not good enough to save the set.

#42-Stewart Haas Racing #39 I have to give them credit, their schemes are mostly awful, but at least they are creative.

#43-Tommy Baldwin Racing #7 Worst. Door. Number. Ever. The rest of the car isn’t good either, and a pinkwashing scheme doesn’t help.

#44-Phil Parsons Racing# 98 The schemes come in one of two food groups, bland or awful. Great colors, but the designs are horrid.

#45-Levine Family Racing #95 Worst template in NASCAR.

#46-Hendrick Motorsports #5 Innovation can be a bad thing. This, for example is what happens when you let Karl Benjamin design your cars.

#47-Circle Sport/RCR #33 It amazes me how two different teams can use the same car number, and both can put awful designs on their cars. Special credit for the Honey Nut Cheerios scheme, which is just horrific.

#48-Xxxtreme Motorsports #44 Yuck.

#49-Hamilton-Means Racing #52 Paulie Harraka had a great scheme, but Brian Keselowski…not so much.

#50-Swan Racing #30/26 Please tell me this is an experiment on how to make the worst paint scheme in history? Is Swan Racing competing with Travis Pastrana for the most obnoxious paint scheme in NASCAR?

Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 2- Chevy

By David G. Firestone

Last week, I ranked the Ford teams based on their paint schemes, and this week I will do the Chevy teams and next week I’ll rank the Toyota teams, so without further ado all the Chevy teams ranked from best to worst:

#1 Hendrick Motorsports #48 Jimmie Johnson went with a very classic look, with a day scheme and a night scheme, which worked very well. Johnson did not have a bad look all year.

#2 Furniture Row Racing #78 When it came down to picking a number 1 for Chevy, for both the Paint Schemie and the Leaderboard, I had to flip a coin to pick a number 1, and Johnson won. Kurt Busch ran a series of very solid schemes, not a lot to comment on and it always looks good.

#3 Richard Childress Racing #29 The Bad Boy Buggies scheme is bad, and the Rheem/Budweiser combo scheme is awful, but aside from those, Kevin Harvick has had a very good season, paint scheme wise

#4 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing #42 Get rid of the Axe Apollo scheme and the Camouflage scheme, and Juan Pablo Montoya would have the top spot.

#5 Phoenix Racing/Turner Scott #51 Guy Roofing and Hendrick Cars are hideous, but apart from that, they have run a great set of paint schemes. Bonus points given for the Neil Bonnett throwback scheme.

#6 Richard Childress Racing #27 The yellow is too bright, but other than that, the schemes are really good.

#7 Stewart Haas Racing #14 Some of these schemes are good, others not so much.

#8 Hendrick Motorsports #88 Dale Jr. runs good schemes most of the time, but Soldiers of Steel, Orange Amp Energy, and Camouflage are just brutal. Additional points lost for a pinkwashing scheme.

#9 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing #1 Bad Boy Buggies is even worse here, and the Bass Pro Shop schemes are awful. A number of good schemes here as well.

#10 Tommy Baldwin Racing #36 This team looks better without a primary sponsor than they do with one.

#11 Max Q Motorsports #37 Simple, yet attractive. Would be higher if they ran more races.

#12 Circle Team Sport #40 Interstate Moving is really good. Moon Shine Attitude Attire is really awful, and their pinkwashing scheme is even worse.

#13 Richard Childress Racing #31 A few good schemes but most of them are mediocre at best.

#14-Hendrick Motorsports #24 See Above

#14 Stewart Haas Racing #10 Worst shades of yellow in NASCAR, and the pinkwashing scheme is so much worse.

#15 Stewart Haas Racing #39 I have to give them credit, their schemes are mostly awful, but at least they are creative.

#16 Tommy Baldwin Racing #7 Worst. Door. Number. Ever. The rest of the car isn’t good either, and a pinkwashing scheme doesn’t help.

#17 Hendrick Motorsports #5 Innovation can be a bad thing. This, for example is what happens when you let Karl Benjamin design your cars.

#19 Circle Sport/RCR #33 It amazes me how two different teams can use the same car number, and both can put awful designs on their cars. Special credit for the Honey Nut Cheerios scheme, which is just horrific.