Paint Scheme Grades-August 6, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Austin Cindric #2 Menard’s/Duracel Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Austin Dillon #3 BetMGM Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #8, same C grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #7 Built Bar Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The new color scheme doesn’t work well with the design scheme, and it takes an A scheme down to a B+

Corey LaJoie #7 Peacock/WWE SummerSlam Chevy Camaro-I think it’s a bit too over designed, but it does have a good color scheme. A

Corey LaJoie #7 RAZE Energy Chevy Camaro-The purple is actually worse than the pink. F

Tyler Reddick #8 3Chi Chevy Camaro-I like the green and black look, and the gold numbers and letters work too. It isn’t over designed, so this gets an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 Alsco Uniforms Chevy Camaro-The color scheme works, the design scheme works, and the two work well together. A

Aric Almirola #10 Haas Automation Ford Mustang-This is a horrible, over designed mess. Not even a good color scheme could save this, and this has too many colors to work well. F

Aric Almirola #10 Ford Pro Ford Mustang-The addition of white and some designs takes the Ford scheme down to a C from a B.

Aric Almirola #10 Mobil1/Gearwrench Ford Mustang-The two styles are so contrasting, that they look horrid as a combination. This looks so bad, they get an F.

Denny Hamlin #11 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry-The white stripe is a bit over done, but the rest of the scheme looks great! A-

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford MustangSame scheme as last year, same A grade.

JJ Yeley #15 Ford Mustang-Get rid of the side stripes, and black, and this would be an A scheme. This however gets a B.

Garrett Smithley #15 True Brands Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Joey Hand #15 Ford Pro Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #10, same C grade

JJ Yeley #15 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford Mustang-This scheme works much better than the blank version. A

JJ Yeley #15 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford Mustang-This is a downgrade, due to the needless designs added. B

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford Mustang-I like the smooth look, it isn’t over designed, and that earns an A.

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota Camry-You really can’t go wrong with more dogs. A

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Patriotic Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kyle Busch #18 M&Ms Peanut Butter Toyota Camry-Red works just as well as green. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #18, same F grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #20, same A grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto-Owners Insurance/Sherry Strong Toyota Camry-The addition of more colors does give the car a more cluttered look, so it goes from A- down to B.

Christopher Bell #20 CRAFTSMAN Racing for a Miracle Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, the motif works, and it isn’t over designed. A

Joey Logano #22 Verizon Frontline Ford Mustang-Great look, great design, great color scheme, and that always earn an A.

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-Much better look than before, great design, and this works well. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Columbia Sportswear Patriotic Toyota Camry-This would be an A scheme, were it not for the fish…why fish? It’s still decent, so this gets a B

Bubba Wallace #23 Draft Kings Toyota Camry-This is not a great design, and the color scheme looks awful, especially with the black background. F

Bubba Wallace #23 Embrace Home Loans Toyota Camry-Great look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

William Byron #24 Acronis Chevy Camaro-I like the color schemes, the two blues work well, and this gets an A.

Daniil Kyvat #26 Hezeberg Systems Toyota Camry-To call this a horrible, ugly, over designed disaster would be a masterpiece of understatement. This is awful, and it gets an F.

Michael McDowell #34 FloRacing Ford Mustang-I like the look, and I like the color scheme. This works. A

Todd Gilliland #38 A&W Restaurants Ford Mustang-Keeping the old Front Row template would have worked better, but this isn’t bad. I do hate the design on the rear. B+

Todd Gilliland #38 YANMAR Ford Mustang-It looks good, and has a great color scheme. A

Ty Dillon #42 Big Dog Energy Chevy Camaro-The front works, the rear doesn’t, this gets a C.

Kurt Busch #45 McDonald’s Toyota Camry-I like the two McDonald’s look, but the black Monster Energy design is out of place, and makes the scheme look odd. All things considered, this gets a D.

Kurt Busch #45 SiriusXM Toyota Camry-Toning down the blue would have really worked, it looks a little cluttered, but it’s not bad, so I’ll give it a B

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Entenmann’s Donuts Chevy Camaro-There isn’t anything wrong here, but nothing really right either. C

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Pick’n Save/ Velveeta Chevy Camaro-I like this look, it works well, and this gets an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/BallPark Chevy Camaro-It’s amazing how cleaning up the sides makes the car look so much better! A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Minute Rice Chevy Camaro-It’s a very similar look to Ball Park, which is a great thing, since Ball Park is an A scheme. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 SweetLeaf Chevy Camaro-Again, it’s amazing how cleaning up the sides makes the car look so much better! A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr #47 Kroger/GO-GURT Chevy Camaro-I hate the spiral, I hate the shade of green, I hate the pink splots, this is awful! F

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Music City Chevy Camaro-Not only are the stripes over designed, but the color scheme is so awful, it makes my eyes bleed. F

Alex Bowman #48 DC Comics/Ally Chevy Camaro-It’s almost as bad as Interstate Batteries, but I like the shade of blue, so this gets a D-

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Military Salutes Ford Mustang-It’s a solid scheme, with a great look, so this gets an A.

Kyle Tilley #78 Patriot Military Family Foundation Ford Mustang-The color scheme is good, but the scheme is over designed. They cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

B.J. McLeod #78 NASCAR Ignition Ford Mustang-NThis scheme isn’t helped with the addition of green, so the same F is graded.

B.J. McLeod #78 My Mochi Ice Cream Ford Mustang-t’s smooth, and has a great design, but it also has one of the worst shades of purple I have ever seen on the side of a race car. This takes it from an A down to a B.

Josh Williams #78 Alloy Employer Services Ford Mustang-It’s a good look, not over done, and it works. A

Daniel Suarez #99 SLAM! Chevy Camaro-This car is beyond over designed, and this scheme does NOT look good. F

Paint Scheme Grades-May 28, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Austin Cindric #2 Keystone Light Ford Mustang-It’s a unique look, that isn’t over designed, and that will always earn an A.

Kevin Harvick #4 #BuschBacon Ford Mustang-The shade of blue works, the bacon works, this whole scheme works, this gets an A.

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Much cleaner design this year, and it looks great! A

Tyler Reddick #8 Guaranteed Rate Chevy Camaro-This cleaner look is much better, and earns an A as a result.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield #BuschBacon Ford Mustang-The beer motif clashes with the rest of the scheme. It’s still good, just a bit of a downgrade. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Wrangler Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chase Briscoe #14 Magical Vacation Planner Ford Mustang-These are two elements that together would earn an A, but since the clash, this gets a C.

JJ Yeley #15 Diagnostic Imaging Centers Ford Mustang-A great look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Bubba Wallace #23 Dr. Pepper Dark Berry Toyota Camry-The shade of blue works, the stripe works, this just works. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same Bk grade.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Viva Chevy Camaro-I like the shade of blue, the dots and stripes work, and it isn’t over designed. A

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Military Salutes Program Chevy Camaro-The pixel design doesn’t really distract from the scheme so it gets an A.

Landon Cassill #77 Shelton Energy Solutions Chevy Camaro-I think it is a bit over designed, but it does have a solid color scheme, so it gets a B+.

BJ McLeod #78 Circle B Diecast Ford Mustang-I don’t like the stars, nor do I like the stripe. The stars are pointless, and the stripe could be a solid white. Still, this isn’t bad so this gets a B.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 14, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 Coca Cola Throwback Chevy Camaro-I loved this scheme back in the day, and I love this now! A

Austin Cindric #2 Menard’s/Libman Throwback Ford Mustang-Replacing the red with green really takes this scheme down. Factor in that they replaced Kodak’s yellow with a much worse shade and you have a B- scheme.

Austin Dillon #3 Huk Performance Fishing Chevy Camaro-This is an example of a great scheme getting better! This looks great, and gets an A.

Brad Keselowski #6 King’s Hawaiian Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods/Haas Automotion Throwback Ford Mustang-Great look, very faithful, no complaints here. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Throwback Toyota Camry-This scheme earned an A in 2016, and it earns an A today.

JJ Yeley #15 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Throwback Ford Mustang-This scheme earned an B+ in 2015, and it earns an B+ today.

Daniel Hemric #16 AG1 by Athletic Greens Chevy Camaro-Decent color scheme with a mediocre design scheme will earn a C.

AJ Allmendinger #16 Andy’s Frozen Custard Chevy Camaro-A bad color scheme with a horrible design scheme will always earn an F.

Christopher Bell #20 SiriusXM Throwback Toyota Camry-Good color scheme, but I think the design is over done. Still, it isn’t bad, so I’ll give it a B-

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford Mustang-I like the faithful look, and the great color and design scheme works well. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Money Lion Toyota Camry-The color scheme is decent, but not only is the design scheme bad, but it clashes a bit with the color scheme. All things considered, this gets a D.

William Byron #24 RAPTOR Chevy Camaro-The white is not a good look, and clashes with the rest of the car. One of the other would work. Still, this isn’t awful, so this gets a B+

Ty Dillon #42 Petty/GMS Throwback Chevy Camaro– a faithful throwback, with a great look, and that earns an A.

Ty Dillon #42 Ferris Mowers Throwback Chevy Camaro-Great color scheme, great design scheme, everything looks good. A

Erik Jones #43 FocusFactor Throwback Chevy Camaro-It’s a faithful throwback, with a great look, and that earns an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Nature Valley Chevy Camaro-Horrible color scheme, and over designed, need I say more? F

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Throwback Chevy Camaro-I liked this back in the day, and I like this now. Great scheme, no complaints. A

B.J. McLeod #78 Throwback Ford Mustang-It’s a great look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Daniel Suarez #99 Coca Cola Throwback Chevy Camaro-I loved this scheme back in the day, and I love this now! A

Rating The 2022 Throwback Paint Schemes

By David G. Firestone

There will be no Driver Suit Blog Radio this week. This is for good reason. With the 2022 Darlington Throwback race behind us, I’m going to rate the throwbacks as I do each year, so let’s get started!

1-Daniel Suarez #99 Coca Cola Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Dale Earnhardt Sr’s 1998 Coca Cola scheme from the NASCAR Thunder Special Motegi – Coca-Cola 500. A

2-Ross Chastain #1 Coca Cola Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Dale Earnhardt Jr’s 1998 Coca Cola scheme from the NASCAR Thunder Special Motegi – Coca-Cola 500. A

3-Kurt Busch #45 McDonald’s Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2022, based on Bill Elliott’s 1996 McDonald’s Ford Thunderbird. A

4-William Byron #24 AXALTA Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Jeff Gordon’s AXALTA scheme. A

5-Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Mike Stefanik’s 1998 #51 Burnham Chevy Monte Carlo. A

6-Ty Dillon #42 Petty/GMS Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Lee Petty’s 1959 Daytona 500 winning Oldsmobile. A

7Erik Jones #43 FocusFactor Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Richard Petty’s 1959 Daytona 500 Oldsmobile. A

8-Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Mark Martin’s 1993 Ford Thunderbird. A

9-Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Tim Richmond’s All-Star Racing No. 0 Pontiac. A

10-Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2022, based on Denny’s 2016 Daytona 500 winning Toyota. A

11-Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2022, based on Elliot Sadler’s 1998 M&M’s Pontiac Grand Prix. A

12-Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Logano’s first midget car. A

13-Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods/Haas Automotion Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Sam Rodriguez’s sprint car. A

14-Corey LaJoie #7 Staking Pennies Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Marty Robbins #777 Plymouth Belvedere. A

15-Chase Briscoe #14 Mahindra Tractors Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Tony Stewart’s 2001 Target Indy Car. A

16-B.J. McLeod #78 Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on McLeod’s 2004 Super Late Model Series car. A

17-Harrison Burton #21 DEX Imaging Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Jeff Burton’s #99 Exide Batteries Ford Taurus from 2000. A-

18-Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Jason Leffler’s NetZero scheme. A-

19-JJ Yeley #15 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Clint Bowyer #15 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry. B+

20-Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Jimmy Means’ #52 NAPA Ford Thunderbird. B

21-Brad Keselowski #6 Socios.com Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Mark Martin’s 2004 Viagra reverse Ford Taurus. B

22-Chris Buescher #17 Socios.com Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Matt Kenseth’s 2004 DeWalt Ford Taurus. B

23-Austin Cindric #2 Menard’s/Libman Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Rusty Wallace’s 2005 Kodak Dodge. B-

24-Christopher Bell #20 SiriusXM Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2022, based on Bell’s 2017 Truck Series championship season. B-

25-Kevin Harvick #4 Rheem “Chasing a Cure” Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on the 2011-2012 Rheem Chasing a Cure scheme that ran during October. F

Next Week, Driver Suit Blog Radio returns!!!

Paint Scheme Grades-April 23, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Corey LaJoie #7 Drydene Performance Products/DuraMAX Chevy Camaro-I like this design, but it’s a slight downgrade from last year. B+

Tyler Reddick #8 3Chi Chevy Camaro-Reversing the colors makes the car look better. A

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy Camaro-What an upgrade! The white with minimal stripes look is amazing! This gets an A!

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

JJ Yeley #15 Georgia Strong/JAG Metals LLC Ford Mustang-I like the look, it has a great color scheme, and it has a great design. A

Noah Gragson #16 Chevy Truck Month Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is decent, minus the gray. The car is way too over designed, so I’ll give it a C-

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Throwback Toyota Camry-I loved the scheme back then, and I love the scheme now! This gets an A!

Bubba Wallace #23 Columbia Sportswear Chevy Camaro-I hate the color scheme here, and the design scheme doesn’t do it any favors. This is just awful. F

Cole Custer #41 Jacob Construction/Haas Tooling Ford Mustang-That stripe that extends into really takes away from a solid look, and takes the scheme down to a B-

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Throwback Chevy Camaro-This might be one of the best throwback schemes this year! It’s accurate, and based on a great car. A

Justin Allgaier #77 Brandt Chevy Camaro-A great color scheme with a terrible color scheme will always earn a C.

Josh Williams #78 Alloy Employment Services Ford Mustang-Get rid of the non blue section on the bottom, this gets a solid A. With it, this scheme gets a scheme. A-

Paint Scheme Grades-April 16, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 GoPro Chevy Camaro-I like the look, I like the color scheme, and this gets an A.

Austin Cindric #2 Menards/Moen Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Brad Keselowski #6 Solomon Plumbing Ford Mustang-I’m not sold on this new template, but this color scheme works well enough. B

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Spirals Ford Mustang-Red and black is a great color scheme, and the design scheme works well. A

Denny Hamlin #11 Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota Camry-I like the toned down sides, and the car has a smoother look. A

JJ Yeley #15 Nabor Force Ford Mustang-Good color scheme, not over designed, great look, gets an A.

JJ Yeley #15 Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Christopher Bell #20 Yahoo! Toyota Camry-The dark blue is pointless, and I think the car is a bit over designed. B+

Michael McDowell #34 WISE-EV Ford Mustang-I HATE THIS COLOR SCHEME! This is a terrible color scheme. The light colors clash with the black, and the car is over designed. F

Todd Gilliland #38 Cross Country Adjusting Ford Mustang-I think the car is over designed, and the color scheme is mediocre. This is just bland, and it gets a C.

Kurt Busch #45 McDonald’s/Money Lion Toyota Camry-Too many contrasting designs, both color and design give this a cluttered look. I can’t defend this, so I won’t.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevy Camaro-This isn’t really that bad, but when compared to the 2021 scheme, it’s a huge downgrade. This gets a C.

B.J. McLeod #78 Epilepsy Foundation Ford Mustang-I loves me a good fade, and this is a good fade. This works well, and it gets an A.

Daniel Suarez #99 GoPro Chevy Camaro-I like the look, I like the color scheme, and this gets an A.

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-April 10, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Ryan Newman #6 ITsavvy Ford Mustang-I like the color scheme here, and the design scheme works well too. This gets an A.]

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Throwback Chevy Camaro-I like a faithful throwback, and this is a great looking faithful throwback. It’s almost perfect, it’s just not on a Ford. A

Josh Bilicki #52 Junction Fuels Ford Mustang-Removing the fade and checkered flag motif takes this B scheme up to an A.

JJ Yeley #53 Jacob Companies Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #53, same B grade.

Mike Marlar #66 Auto Parts For Less Toyota Camry-I love the color scheme, but I hate the design scheme. The two cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

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.