Paint Scheme Grades-November 9, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 RigUp/Roland Chevy Camaro-It’s a good scheme, the colors work well with each other, and it isn’t over designed. I’ll give this an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Acronis Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Roush Performance, same B+ grade.

Daniel Hemric #8 Cat Dozers Chevy Camaro-I love what they did here! The dirt motif looks great, as does the bulldozer motif. This is a great scheme. A

Clint Bowyer, #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Mobil 1, same A grade.

Joe Nemechek #15 Xchange of America/Southside Bank Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Xchange of America, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford Mustang-This new Menard’s template works well with red. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

William Byron #24 Axalta/Service King Collision Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Axalta, same A grade.

Ross Chastain #27 Low T Center Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #15, same F grade.

John Hunter Nemechek #36 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, the color scheme is great, and the flame motif works well. I like this, and it gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Slim Jim Chevy Camaro-Yellow and red is a great look, and the car has a really good look. I can’t say anything bad about this. A

Daniel Suarez #41 Walmart Family Mobile Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Covert Auto Group Chevy Camaro-Good look, and a good color scheme is a recipe for an A.

JJ Yeley #53 Factor One Source Pharmacy Ford Mustang-This scheme is just nauseating to look at. This is making me sick, so I give this an F.

Timmy Hill #66 TEX TALK Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Page Construction, same A grade.

Paint Scheme Tracker-November 6, 2019

By David G. Firestone

STAR COM RACING #00

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, Yellow, white, black and silver with numerous stripes and designs on sides. D+

Landon Cassill #00 Permatex Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, orange and blue with white diagonal stripes on sides. A-

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, Yellow, white, black and silver, design has been toned down D+

Landon Cassill #00 Manscaped Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with white and silver stripes on bottom. A

Landon Cassill #00 Iron Mountain Data Centers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with blue stripes. A

Landon Cassill #00 CGS Imaging Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with blue and red stripes. A

Landon Cassill #00 USFRA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Landon Cassill #00 Jacob White Construction Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, yellow, with black, white, and silver stripes on sides. C

Landon Cassill #00 Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019 black with white, and red designs on side. B+

Landon Cassill #00 Home Town Lenders Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with white curve stripes. A

Landon Cassill #00 Kodra Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black with Kodra logos on sides and hood. A

Landon Cassill #00 Elongator Tailgates Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with yellow stripes. A-

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Patriotic Chevy CamaroNo change. B-

Landon Cassill #00 Madison Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black, with white and silver designs on sides. B

Landon Cassill #00 Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with pink stripes on sides. A

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black. A

Landon Cassill #00 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, patriotic motif across whole car. A

Landon Cassill #00 Mane ‘n Tall Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, yellow with blue and white designs on sides. D

Landon Cassill #00 Whole Harvest Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with green wave forms on sides. C

Landon Cassill #00 Creek Enterprises Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, blue and green curves, with white top. B

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Sterling Marlin’s 2000s Coors Light Dodge. A

Landon Cassill #00 Sherfick Companies Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with orange, gray, and black stripes. A-

Landon Cassill #00 William Hill Sports Book/Sahara Las Vegas Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with stripes and vertical fade. B

Landon Cassill #00 University of Richmond Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, red, white, and blue with spider motif. A

Landon Cassill #00 Coladk/Bos Klein Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with grid motif across whole car. A

Landon Cassill #00 Clean Origin Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, blue with white stripes on sides. A

Landon Cassill #00 Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019 light blue with white, black, and dark blue designs on side. B-

Landon Cassill #00 Creek Enterprise Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black and white with blue and green stripes. A-

Landon Cassill #00 Pop-A-Lock Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, orange with black and white designs on sides. C

Landon Cassill #00 Sea Deck/Units Moving and Portable Storage Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with blue and black stripes. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 ComSurv Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black, with green logos across car. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, black with orange curve up sides. A

Kurt Busch #1 Star Nursery Throwback Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2019, based on Kurt’s 1999 Star Nursery scheme. A-

Kurt Busch #1 Global Poker Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as Monster, but with Global Poker on sides and hood. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gearwrench/Monster Energy Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, yellow and orange designs on front, fade to black rear. C

Kurt Busch #1 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

Kurt Busch #1 Global Poker Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, camo across whole car. F

Kurt Busch #1 Chevrolet Accessories Throwback Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2019, based on the design of a 1968 Camaro. A-

Kurt Busch #1 Global Poker Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, camo across whole car. F

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, white front, red center, black rear, with design in middle. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Reese/Drawtite Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Snap On Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black with red and white hood design. C

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National/Supreme Ford MustangNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Rusty Wallace’s 1996 Miller scheme. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, black with red, white, and silver wave pattern. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Gold Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, gold with black and red stripe on bottom. A

Austin Dillon #3 AAA Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, black has been removed entierly, white roof, light and dark green waves across sides. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Silastic Silicone Elastomers Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Killz Coatings Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, same as Dow. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Symbicort Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as #31. C-

Austin Dillon #3 Realtree Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, camo front, black curve with green designs, and black on rear. F

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Richard Childress’ black and gold throwback. A

Austin Dillon #3 Coke Zero Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with white and red designs on sides. A-

Austin Dillon #3 DOW Salutes Veterans Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Dale Earnhardt’s 1996 Olympic scheme. A

Austin Dillon #3 Behr Ultra Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, silver, white, and black with wave motif. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Freightliner Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2019, black, white, and silver with large diagonal stripes. C

Austin Dillon #3 Chevy Accessories Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as #8. A

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with white and orange wave forms on sides. C-

Austin Dillon #3 Jack Daniels Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with white accents. A

Austin Dillon #3 Okuma Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as #8. D+

Austin Dillon #3 Roland Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, white with pink and blue designs on sides. F

Austin Dillon #3 RigUp/Roland Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with blue curves and sublimated logos. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford MustangNew scheme for 2018, similar to 2018 scheme, but with added stripes on sides. A-

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black with gray flames. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, green sides, white hood and roof, curve designs on sides. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Beer Car 2 Can Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black carbon fiber motif. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1/O’Reilly Auto Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, same as Mobil 1, but with O’Reilly Auto Parts on side. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Plaid Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Millennial Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, gray with black stripe, and various millennial designs on sides. F

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Fathers Day Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Busch, but with Father’s Day contest on sides. A-

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Beer/National Forest Foundation Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, forest motif across whole car. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Beer Gen X Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, black with VR motif and laser across car. F

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Big Buck Hunter Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, red replaces blue, hunting motif across car. B

Kevin Harvick #4 Harvick Beer Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Busch but with Harvick replacing Busch. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ducks Unlimited Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, red with forest motif on sides. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, orange with hot dog motif across whole car. A

Ryan Newman #6 Wyndham Rewards Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, clouds have been removed, stripes have been expanded. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford MustangNo change. B-

Ryan Newman #6 Acorns Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, green with pink door numbers sublimated designs, and white logos. C-

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Mayer Bacon Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, same as Oscar Meyer, but with bacon instead of hot dogs. A

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Acorns Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Patriotic Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, Patriotic elements added. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, orange with various design across whole car. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Mazola Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white front, green middle, yellow rear. A

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Patriotic Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Oscar Meyer, but with patriotic elements added. C

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer/Velveeta Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Mark Martin’s 1990’s Valvoline Ford Thunderbird. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Coca Cola Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, red front, patriotic Coke bottle motif on sides, white rear. A

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer/Velveeta Throwback Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, red Oscar Meyer front, yellow Velveeta rear, dot motif in between. A

Ryan Newman #6 Acronis Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white front, blue cutting edge design on rear. B

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Wyndham Rewards Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Roush Performance, but with Wyndham Rewards on the sides. B+

Ryan Newman #6 Acronis Pink Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Acronis, but with pink numbers. F

Ryan Newman #6 Wyndham Rewards Pink Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Wyndham Rewards, but with pink numbers. F

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Mazola Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Roush Performance, but with pink numbers. F

Ryan Newman #6 Blue Bird Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, designed like a school bus, but with pink numbers. F

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Acronis Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Roush Performance, but with Acronis on the sides. B+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Daniel Hemric #8 Bass Pro Shops/CAT Gold Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as #3 gold. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Liberty National Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, much more toned down. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, yellow front, fades to honeycomb on black rear. A

Daniel Hemric #8 ALSCO Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with light green on sides and hood. B+

Daniel Hemric #8 Red Kap Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, red, with black and white curved stripes. B+

Daniel Hemric #8 Cessna Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with black and silver cutting edge on sides. B+

Daniel Hemric #8 Okuma Chevy CamaroNo change. D+

Daniel Hemric #8 CAT Next Generation Mini Excavators Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, gold with mini-excavator design on sides. C+

Daniel Hemric #8 Bass Pro Shops Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with orange and white cutting edge designs. C-

Daniel Hemric #8 Bulwark FR/Wayne Workwear Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with white and blue curves up sides. B-

Daniel Hemric #8 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with black and orange designs on sides. D

Daniel Hemric #8 Caterpillar Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on a 1920’s Caterpillar design. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Poppy Bank Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, orange front, white and black designs on sides. C

Daniel Hemric #8 Kalahari Resorts Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, white front, water motif, blue rear. B+

Daniel Hemric #8 Chevy Accessories Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, same basic scheme, straight lines turned into curves. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Lucas Oil Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with red and blue cutting edge designs on sides. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Cat Dozers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, dirt and bulldozer motif. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, sides have been cleaned up a bit. B

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, blue and white with designs on sides. B-

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew/Team Rubicon Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, camo has replaced black in some sports. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew/Little Ceaser’s Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on 2018 Little Ceaser’s design. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Brakes Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black with gold and white and black stripes. B+

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Bill Elliott’s 1981 Mell-Gear Ford Thunderbird. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, blue with patriotic motif across car. A

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dewnited States Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as Mountain Dew, but with Dewnited Motif across car. F

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Spirits Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with blue, teal, and orange stripes on sides. A

Chase Elliot #9 Hooters Pink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, pink replaces orange. F

Chase Elliot #9 NAPA Filters Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, blue with yellow hill and stripes. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Night Vision Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019 blue and white with gold and yellow geometric designs on sides. A

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Chase’s 2018 Martinsville scheme. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, slash patterns have been expanded. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Prime Fresh Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white front and top, green and yellow rear. B+

Aric Almirola #10 Farmer John Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, same as Smithfield, but blue has replaced black. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield/Shazam Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, Shazam motif across whole car. B-

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Get Grilling America Ford Mustang-No change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Patriotic Ford MustangNo change. D

Aric Almirola #10 Valley Tech Academy Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white front, fades to dark blue rear, red stripe on sides. B-

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Tony Stewart’s 2002 Home Depot Championship Pontiac. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield/Meijer Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019 Smithfield black and white front, blue Meijer rear. C

Aric Almirola #10 Go Bowling Ford MustangNo change A-

Aric Almirola #10 3D Systems Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, dark blue with light blue, gray, and teal cutting edge designs on sides. C

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Racing for Bacon Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, red with bacon flame motif, black rear. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, white with orange and blue designs on sides. B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, same as FedEx Express B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, same as FedEx Express B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, same as FedEx Express B+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, based on Darrell Waltrip’s Parts America scheme. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Cares Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, blue, orange and white with designs on sides. D

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 PPG Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Knauf Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, blue on hood and front, yellow sides. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, blue on hood and front, yellow sides. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Money Lion Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, green and white Penske template. C

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNo change. B+

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Libman Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, green hood, yellow sides, green stripe across bottom. B

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, 2019 Menard’s template with Cardell on hood. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, 2019 Menard’s template with black. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, yellow stripes replace black stripes. A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Dent Wizard Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, purple and white Penske template. F

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Wrangler Riggs Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, red, with black and white stripes. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Pennzoil Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Michael Waltrip’s Pennzoil scheme. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Sylvania Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as #21. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as #21. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Dickies/Menards Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, dark blue with yellow accents. A

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Military Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, yellow, with patriotic motif across bottom. A

Ty Dillon #13 Geico/K&L Ready Mix Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, red, white, and black with a series of designs on sides. B-

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Richard Childress’ 1969 Talladega scheme. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Peak Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2019, black, and blue with curve elements. C

Clint Bowyer #14 Blue Def Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2018, same as 2019 Peak, but white replaces black. C

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford MustangNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black with red flames. A

Clint Bowyer #14 DeKalb Ford Mustang MustangNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas CNC Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black with red stripes. A

Clint Bowyer #14 CSU One Cure Ford MustangNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 IT Savvy Ford MustangNo Change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Stops Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black with red flames, Mobil 1 on hood, and Rush Truck Stops on rear. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Automation Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black with red stripes. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white, red, orange, blue and black with designs on sides. B-

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops/Haas Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Rush’s but with Haas on sides. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Automation/IT Savvy Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, Haas front, IT Savvy rear. B

Clint Bowyer #14 Peak Lighting Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with gold and peak designs on sides. B-

Clint Bowyer, #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Mobil 1, but with Rush Truck Centers on the sides. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #15

Ross Chastain #15 Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ross Chastain #15 Rim Ryderz Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as #27. A-

Ross Chastain #15 Fit Strong Chevy Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black with blue stripes on side. A-

Ross Chastain #15 So Cal Chevy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ross Chastain #15 Low T Center Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Ross Chastain #15 VIP Racing Experience Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black. A

Ross Chastain #15 Cross Country Adjusting Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with blue designs on top. A

Garrett Smithley #15 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Oil Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black, with gray and red curves on sides. A

Quin Houff #15 The Elease Project Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as Rim Ryderz, but with The Elease Project logos. A-

Ross Chastain #15 YVARS Branding.com Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black front, flame motif, blue rear. B

Ross Chastain #15 Chantz Auto Group/Icey Tek Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with logos. A

Ross Chastain #15 Xchange of America/Busey Bank Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, blue with white letters. A

Ross Chastain #15 Empire Auto Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, yellow top, wavy black stripe, white bottom. A

Ross Chastain #15 Harrah’s North Kansas City Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black. A

Joe Nemechek #15 Xchange of America/Southside Bank Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, blue with white letters. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford MustangNo change. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black added to sides, along with hourglass design. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Little Hug Fruit Barrels Ford MustangNo change. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, side designs changed. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, much more toned down. A

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #17 NOS Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, blue with orange rear, and diagonal stripe on sides. A

Ricky Stenhouse #17 Fastenal Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Darrell Waltrip’s Parts America scheme. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Roush/Fastenal Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as #6 A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Acronis Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019,same as #6. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Dog’s Most Wanted Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with Dog The Bounty Motif. C

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Pink Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Fastenal, but with pink numbers. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Pink Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Sunny D, but with pink numbers. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr #17 Fifth Third Bank Pink Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as Fifth-Third Bank, but with pink numbers. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

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

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Chocolate Bar Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, chocolate bar motif across whole car. B-

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Patriotic Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Creamy Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, brown with nougat motif across car. A

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota CamryNo change. A

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

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Hazelnut Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, teal replaces yellow. A

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, based on Bobby Hillin, Jr.’s 1990 Snickers Buick. A

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

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNo change. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, blue front with cutting edge designs fade to black. B+

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Sirius XM Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, black with blue and white designs on sides. B-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Patriotic Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, patriotic motif replaces black. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, based on Martin’s 2004 Xfinity Series car. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance 500th Start Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, black with blue stripe on sides. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, same as 2018, but with smartphone added on side. C

Erik Jones #20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman “Racing for a Miracle” Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, designed by four members of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital. A

Erik Jones #20 Stanley Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, yellow with black and gray designs. C

Erik Jones #20 Reser’s Main St. Bistro Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, same as Reser’s. A

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman/SportsClips Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, Craftsman scheme with SportClips logos. A

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, based on Erik’s Late Model scheme. A

Erik Jones #20 Crafstman/Gas Monkey Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, same as Craftsman. A

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Moen Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, new Menard’s template with purple front and stripe. B+

Paul Menard #21 Quaker State Ford MustangNo Change. B-

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Sylvania Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, new Menard’s template with black front and stripe. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Maytag Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, new Menard’s template with dark blue. A

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Quick Lane Ford MustangNo change. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, new Menard’s template with Dutch Boy on the hood. C

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Knauf Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, same as #12. B+

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Nibco Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, new Menard’s template with light blue. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Richmond Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, 2019 Menard’s template with black. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/FVP Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, new Menard’s template with FVP. D

Paul Menard #21 Quaker State/Menards Steve Kinser Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, gray replaces white, changes to side design. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Duracel Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as #12. A

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Glen Wood’s 1956 Ford Fairlane Convertible. A

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft/Ford Senior Master Technicians Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with red and white wrench on the sides. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Monster Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, 2019 Menard’s template with black. A

Paul Menard #21 Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as #12. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Tarkett Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2019, 2019 Menard’s template with blue. A

Paul Menard #21 Menards/Atlas Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, Menard’s template with red and black hood. A-

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, new Menard’s template with Jack Links Beef Jerky on hood. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019 toned down design. D+

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 Money Lion Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, same as #22. C

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, white replaces red on front, red replaces yellow on sides. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Kevin Harvick’s Shell/Pennzoil scheme. C

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. D-

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNo change. B-.

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, patriotic lettering replaces white lettering, patriotic stripes replace flames. A

William Byron #24 Hendrick Autoguard Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, black replaces silver on posts and roof, silver replaces black on bottom. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, white with blue and white flames. A

William Byron #24 City Chevrolet/Hendrick Autoguard Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Cole Tricke’s #46 Lumina from Days Of Thunder. A

William Byron #24 Axalta/Service King Collision Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as Axalta, but with Service King Collision on sides. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #27

Casey Mears #27 Rim Ryderz Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with orange and yellow stripes. A-

Reed Sorenson #27 Solomon Plumbing Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, black with red and white curves on sides. A-

Reed Sorenson #27 Harrah’s Casino Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Reed Sorenson #27 VIP Racing Experience Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as #15. A

Reed Sorenson #27 Lehigh Valley Phantoms Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, black with orange Phantom logos on sides. A

Ryan Sieg #27 SciAps, Inc. Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with green and blue stripes. A-

Ross Chastain #27 Low T Center Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as #15. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #31

Tyler Reddick #31 Symbicort Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, more yellow, less blue, new side designs. C-

Tyler Reddick #31 Tame the Beast Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black chevrons on top, red bottom, Bigfoot motif on front. B+

GO FAS RACING #32

Corey Lajoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black with red and silver stripes on sides. B-

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, orange with black designs. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Old Spice Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, LaJoie’s face and hair across whole car. F

Corey LaJoie #32 Prospr Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black, fade to red, with black stripes near door number. A

Corey LaJoie #32 The Hartford Group Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, gold with logos. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Dude Wipes Ford MustangNo change. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, black with logos. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Freedom Hard Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white with red stripes. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Visone RV/Wildcat Adventures Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, all black. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Harvest Investments Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, yellow, with Big Bird on hood. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Morton Group/GMN Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with logos. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Coinlotto.com Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with white and blue stripes, and lotto balls. B+

Corey LaJoie #32 Weirs Motor Sales/Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with green and yellow stripes on sides. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Shine Armor Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, red, white, and blue with paint splatter motif across whole car. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Dale Jarrett’s 1990 Nestle Crunch Pontiac Grand Prix. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, yellow, green, and white with cutting edge designs on sides. F

Corey LaJoie #32 Samaritan’s Feet Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black top, white bottom. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Incredible Bank Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, orange with black cutting edge designs on sides. B+

Corey Lajoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Scooby Doo Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, based on the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo. C

Corey LaJoie #32 Ark.io Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, red, white, and black with designs on sides. F

Corey LaJoie #32 Samaritan’s Feet Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, white top, black bottom. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Drydene Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white and red with some zig zag designs. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Visone RV Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, all black. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Kansasland Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white with dark blue and yellow stripes. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

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

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, gray front, carbon fiber and red across sides. B+

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black with red designs on sides. B+

Michael McDowell #34 A&W Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, creamy foam motif on front, wooden barrel motif on side to back. A

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Patriotic Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, camouflage motif across car. F

Michael McDowell #34 Melling Engine Parts/Dockside Logistics Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, same as Dockside, but with Melling on hood. B+

Michael McDowell #34 Long John Silvers Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, yellow, and blue with wood motif, and wave pattern. B+

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Jimmy Means’ 1990 Alka-Seltzer Pontiac. A

Michael McDowell #34 The Pete Store Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, white with red and silver and sublimated designs. C

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #36

Matt Tifft #36 Speedco Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt Tift #36 Surface Sunscreen Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, gray with face designs on bottom. B+

Matt Tift #36 The Pete Store Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, white with red curves up sides. B-

Matt Tift #36 Surface Suncreen/Tunity Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with red and gray designs on sides. B+

Matt Tifft #36 Out West Express Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, blue with red stripe. A

Matt Tift #36 Surface Suncreen/Tunity Patriotic Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, patriotic motif across car. A

Matt Tift #36 Surface Sunscreen Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, black front, white rear. A

Matt Tifft #36 Acquire Investments/Bounce Innovation Hub/Unshackled Ventures Ford Mustang-New sponsors for 2019, blue with white with cutting edge designs on sides. C

Matt Tifft #36 Louis Kemp Crab Delights Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt Tifft #36 Ron Jon Surf Shop Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white with blue designs on sides. A

Matt Tifft Southwestern Trucking Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with red and silver designs on sides. C

Matt Tifft #36 Meijer Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019 red, white, and blue with curves on sides. A

Matt Tifft #36 Hilker Glass Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on David Hilliker’s Dirt Late Model car. A

Matt Tifft #36 Southeastern Equipment & Supply/Meijer Ford Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, dark blue with light blue and yellow designs on sides. D-

Matt Tifft #36 YANMAR America/Martin Generators Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with red designs on sides. A

Matt Tifft #36 Delaware Lottery/Surface Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, same as Surface but with Delaware Lottery on hood. B+

John Hunter Nemechek #36 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, green and red with flame motif on rear. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Chris Buescher #37 Kleenex Wet Wipes Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Scott Comfort Plus Chevy CamaroNo change. C-

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Naturdays Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, beige, fade to yellow to beige. F

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Flavor Fill Up Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black, green, and red with tire mark motif. D-

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Speed Up Your Cleanup Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with blue and stripes. A

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Best Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Chris Buescher #37 Tide Pods Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, orange with blue designs, Tide motif on rear, polka dots on sides. F

Chris Buescher #37 Degree Chevy CamaroNo change. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger-Your Personal Pit Stop Chevy Camaro-Black and red with designs on sides. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Thrill of the Grill Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black with flame motif. A

Chris Buescher #37 Hellmann’s Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, blue, silver, white, and black, with cutting edge designs on sides. D

Chris Buescher #37 Maxwell House Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, blue with white stripe. A

Chris Buescher #37 Planters Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, blue with yellow stripe. A

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Fast Start Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019 black with yellow and red designs on sides. F

Chris Buescher #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNo change. C-

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Fast Lane to Flavor Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black, gold, and red with a series of designs on sides. D-

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Seltzer Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with orange fade to yellow and white numbers. A

Chris Buescher #37 Velveeta Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, yellow front, drip motif, red rear. A

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Simmer Like A Winner Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with red and yellow paintbrush motif on sides. A

Chris Buescher #37 Slim Jim Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, yellow wrapper motif with red roof. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

David Ragan #38 Select Blinds Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, blue with white and purple designs on sides. B

David Ragan #38 Citgard Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, red sides, white front, some stripes across sides. B+

David Ragan #38 Fireade Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with yellow and green designs on sides. C-

David Ragan #38 MDS Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, white with blue and orange designs. B+

David Ragan #38 MDS Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, white and blue with orange designs. B+

David Ragan #38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black front, white rear, designs on sides. B+

David Ragan #38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Ford MustangNo change. A

David Ragan #38 Select Blinds Patriotic Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, patriotic flame motif across car. F

David Ragan #38 Exploria Resorts Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, black and gray with cutting edge designs across car. F

David Ragan #38 Thanks DW Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Darrell Waltrip’s chrome scheme from 1997. A

David Ragan #38 Compressor World Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black hood and roof, blue sides, designs on sides. B

David Ragan #38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Throwback Ford MustangNew Sponsor for 2019, based on David Pearson’s 1969 Ford Torino Cobra. A

David Ragan #38 Long John Silvers Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same as #34. B+

David Ragan #38 Compressor World Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black, with blue and silver designs across whole car. C

David Ragan #38 MDS Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, white and orange with blue designs. B+

David Ragan #38 Mannington Commercial Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with orange and white stripes, and a laser beam motif on rear. F

David Ragan #38 Envision USA Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, New sponsor for 2019, black hood and roof, blue sides, designs on sides. B

CHIP GANASSI RACING #40

Jamie McMurray #40 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, toned down version of 2018 scheme. A

Jamie McMurray #40 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

Jamie McMurray #40 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #41

Daniel Suarez #41 Haas Automotion Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, red front, black camo rear. F

Daniel Suarrez #41 Aaris Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, orange top, black bottom, white stripe between the two. A

Daniel Suarez #41 Arris Ruckus Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black bottom, white top, orange stripe between. A

Daniel Suarez #41 Orange Vanilla Coca Cola Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, orange, with cream curve, and red Coca Cola motif on sides. A

Daniel Suarez #41 Haas Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, based on Tony Stewart’s 2005 Home Depot Championship Chevy. A

Daniel Suarez #41 Walmart Family Mobile Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, blue with white letters. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, redesign of the 2018 scheme. A

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s Team Classic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, red with over sized McDonald’s logos across car. A

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

Kyle Larson #42 Clover Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, green front, black rear, silver line in between. A

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, some slight patriotic elements added. A

Kyle Larson #42 Ronald McDonald House Charities Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as McDonald’s. A

Kyle Larson #42 Clover Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Ricky Craven’s 1995 Kodiak scheme. B

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s McDelivery Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, white and yellow elements added. B

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s Spicy Chicken Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as McDonald’s McDelivery. B

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Plan B Sales Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019,dark blue, Petty blue, silver, and white with designs on sides. F

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Aftershokz Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black front, Petty blue rear. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 McDonald’s Team Bacon Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with over sized McDonald’s logos, red hood, and red square over car numbers. B+

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Transportation Impact Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 World Wide Technology Chevy CamaroNo change. C

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Blue-Emu Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, blue with white top. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Orange Vanilla Coca Cola Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as #41. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Victory Junction Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white front and blue rear with green on bottom, and designs on sides. A-

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, based on an A-10 Warthog design. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Victory Junction Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Adam Petty’s 1998 Spree Pontiac Grand Prix. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 LeithCars.com Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, blue front, dark blue and white designs on sides. B-

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Victory Junction Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, blue with a series of drawn cars on sides. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Covert Auto Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, blue with white top. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #46

Joey Gase #46 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, black, with red stripe on bottom. A

Joey Gase #46 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, same as #66 NV Donor. B-

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ryan Preece #47 Kroger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, patriotic motif across whole car. A

Ryan Preece #47 Kroger Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Ron Bouchard’s Majik Market/Hawaiian Punch Buick from 1984. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with blue designs on wheel well. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, camo across car with white letters. F

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Fueling Futures/ Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as Ally but with Ally Fueling Futures and Jimmie Johnson Foundation on rear. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Throwback Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on his Chevy Off Road truck. A

RICK WARE RACING #51

BJ McCleod #51 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, blue with silver and white designs across car. B

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black with logos. A

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies P-40 Warhawk Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, based on a Flying Tigers P-40 Warhawk. A

J.J. Yeley #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, blue sides, red roof. A

B.J. McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Patriotic Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same design as #00, but blue replaces red. A

BJ McCleod #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019 white with blue, red, and silver diagonal stripes up sides. C

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, blue front, black rear, with a series of designs on sides. F

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019 same as previous Jacob Companies, but silver replaces red. C

BJ McLeod #51 Pinnacle Sports and Entertainment Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with black and silver splatter motif across sides. D

BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Stroker Ace’s car from Stroker Ace. A

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019 dark blue and more side designs are added. D

Austin Theriault #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, gold with gray and black designs honoring Roger Haynes. A

BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Pink Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, white with pink elements. F

RICK WARE RACING #52

Cody Ware #52 Winn-Dixie Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2019, red front, black middle, red rear. A

BJ McLeod #52 Trick Shot Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, green top, black and gold marker design over red. F

BJ McLeod #52 MTEL-ONE Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as Jacob Companies, but with orange added. B

Jeb Burton #52 Muzzy Bowfishing Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with orange and white designs on sides. F

Bayley Currey #52 Belmont Classic Cars Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with designs on sides. A

Bayley Currey #52 Steakhouse Elite Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, bottom stripe removed, camo pattern removed. A

Stanton Barrett #52 HUSKI Chocolate Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019 red with white stripes. A

BJ McLeod #52 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black. A

Bayley Currey #52 Rick Ware Racing SR-71 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, based on an SR-71 Blackbird. A

J.J. Yeley #52 Steakhouse Elite/Weis Markets Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black with red stripes and white rear. A

Josh Bilicki #52 Mariott Companies Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black with logos on sides. A

Cody Ware #52 SBC Contractors Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, American flag motif across car. A

Bayley Currey #52 Monarch Crypto Wallet Ford MustangNew scheme for 2019, black fade to blue. A

J.J. Yeley #52 DriveSmartWarranty.com Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with orange and white designs. C

B.J. McLeod #52 Jacob Companies Patriotic Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019, same design as #51, but light blue replaces dark blue. A

Austin Theriault #52 Bangor Savings Bank Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black, with blue wave designs. B-

Josh Bilicki #52 AQRE Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with blue building motif on sides. A

Kyle Weatherman #52 Belmont Classic Cars Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, tan with black roof and 50’s inspired stripe on rear. B-

JJ Yeley #52 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on 1953 Daytona winner Bill Blair’s car. A

Garrett Smithley #52 Honest Abe Roofing Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, blue with Abe Lincoln motif and sublimated ABE LINCOLN ROOFING on sides. B-

JJ Yeley #52 Byrna Richmond Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with gray and orange sublimated logos, and stun gun on sides. B

Garrett Smithley #52 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Oil Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, same as #15. A

JJ Yeley #52 Drive Smart Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white and red with blue stripes. B+

Spencer Boyd #52 Manscaped Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, blue and black with silver cutting edge designs and sublimated designs. C

Austin Theriault #52 Bangor Savings Bank/Travis Mills Foundation Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white fade to black with red chevrons on bottom. A

Garrett Smithley #52 RichMarFlorist.com Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black with pink elements. F

RICK WARE RACING #53

B.J. McLeod #53 Enlisted Nine Flight Company Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, airplane motif across car. A

Joey Gase #53 Connected Claim Services/Action Restoration Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with patriotic motif across whole car. C-

Josh Bilicki #53 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, red. A

Spencer Boyd #53 Chelle Corporation Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2019 same as #52. A

Josh Bilicki #53 Insurance King Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, black with yellow and gray designs with road motif. F

JJ Yeley #53 Gotta Kill It To Heal It Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, white with pink elements. F

JJ Yeley #53 Factor One Source Pharmacy Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, tye dye motif across car. F

RICK WARE RACING #54

J.J. Yeley #54 Slayer Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with barbed wire motif across car. A

J.J. Yeley #54 PODS Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with barbed wire motif across car. D

Garrett Smithley #54 AQRE Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Lennie Pond’s 1976 Pepsi Chevy. A

JJ Yeley #54 Maximum Elevation Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black and white with sublimated and cutting edge designs. F

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Brendan Gaughan #62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Brendan Gaughan #62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, same as #62, but with pink elements added. F

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #66

Joey Gase #66 AgriSupply Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, light blue with blue, yellow, white, and black curved stripe on sides. C

Joey Gase #66 www.NVDonor.org Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, black with yellow and blue waves across sides. B-

Timmy Hill #66 American Valor Foundation/CrashClaimsR.Us Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, same as NV Donor. B-

Timmy Hill #66 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, blue. A

Joey Gase #66 Sam Bass Tribute Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, tribute to Sam Bass across whole car. C

Joey Gase #66 Cocopah Speedway/IMCA Winter Nationals Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, silver with mountains and checkered flag motif. A

Joey Gase #66 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, black. A

Joey Gase #66 Nevada Donor Network/Fan Memories Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, same as Nevada Donor Network, but with Fan Memories of sides. B-

Timmy Hill #66 Duracap Asphalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, black front, orange sides, some black and white stripes. A-

Joey Gase #66 Fan Memories at Richmond Raceway Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, black front, red center, gray checkered flag rear. F

Joey Gase #66 Page Construction Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, blue with red hood and white accents. A

Timmy Hill #66 TEX TALK Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, same as Page Construction. A

TOMMY BALDWIN RACING #71

Ryan Truex #71 Accell Construction Chevy CamaroNo change. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Garrett Smithley #77 HeroBox, Harrell’s and Precision Turf Chevy Camaro-New sponsors for 2019, black with red and white curves up sides of car. A

Reed Sorenson #77 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, plain black. A

Quin Houff #77 Rim Ryderz Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as #15/27. A-

Garrett Smithley #77 CDF Firefighters Benevolent Foundation Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with sponsor logos. A

D.J. Kennington #77 Go-Part Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with orange and blue arrow motif on side. B+

Garrett Smithley #77 Trophy Tractor Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with logos on sides and hood. A

Quin Houff #77 FALCI Adaptive Motorsports Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black, with logos on sides. A

Justin Haley #77 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy Camaro-No change. A

Quin Houff #77 Oil Fire Rye Whiskey Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black top, white bottom, red stripe across center. A

Quin Houff #77 NASCAR Mobile App Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019 black with NASCAR design elements on side. A

Justin Haley, #77 Formula One Imports Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with logos. A

Quin Houff #77 Sleep6/Abt Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black. A

Quin Houff #77 Go-Parts.com Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white with blue and orange cutting edge designs. B-

Quin Houff #77 #MyTrackMyRoots Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with red stripe, and checkered flag motif. A

Quin Houff #77 Rapid City Rush Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with Rush motif on sides. A

Garrett Smithley #77 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Oil Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as #15. A

Reed Sorenson #77 Motor Racing Network Throwback Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, an old school blue and gold look. A

Reed Sorenson #77 Aquesta Bank Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black with fading stripes on sides. A

Blake Jones #77 Tennessee Shine/XXX Distillery Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black. A

XCI RACING #81

Jeffrey Earnhardt #81 iK9/Xtreme Concepts Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2019, black with sublimated stars. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, white front and top, orange and red rear, wave pattern in between. C

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, blue hood and roof, white side, blue stripe across bottom. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Pet Insurance Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, white front, blue rear, diagonal separation. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Pitch To Win Big Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as Nationwide Pet Insurance. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, dark blue with sublimated patriotic motif. C

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, based on Tim Richmond’s Folgers scheme. A

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, white with patriotic elements on sides. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Children’s Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2019, butterfly motif remains, stripes toned down. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Fan-Designed Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, black with blue and white designs across car. F

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, red top, white stripes, black bottom. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Retirement Plans Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2019, blue front, white rear, some black elements added. B-

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide/Amazon Echo Auto Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, black, with dark blue stripes on sides. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Protect My Farm Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2019, same as Nationwide Small Business, but with farm motif. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Procore Chevy Toyota CamryNo change. F

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Dumont Jets Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, some slight changes from 2018. B-

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Procore Chevy Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, black with orange and white accents, and motherboard motif across car. B+

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Toyota Express Maintenance Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, white front, black rear, red diagonal stripes on sides. C

Matt DiBenedetto #95 NASCAR Pro Heat/LFR Pro League Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, black with sunbeam designs on sides. A

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Thank You Toyota Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, white front, black rear, red diagonal stripes on sides. C

Matt DiBenedetto #95 FDNY Foundation Chevy Camaro-No change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Digital Momentum-Hubspot Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, blue with green and white design on sides. B

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Anest Iwata Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, blue fades to black across car. A

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Procore Thanks DW Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, based on Darrell Waltrip’s 1974 Terminal Transport car. A

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Anest Iwata Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, black fades to blue across car. A

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Toyota Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2019, based onToyota’s original IMSA GTO program. A

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Horizon Transport Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, black honeycomb design with red, and white elements. A

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Barstool Sports Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2019, patriotic motif across car. A

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Dumont Jets Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Matt DiBenedetto #95 One Bite Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, red, with cheese pizza motif. A

GAUNT BROS RACING #96

Parker Kligerman #96 Toyota: Proud Sponsor of Team USA Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, white front, red and blue rear, starts added. A.

Parker Kligerman #96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota CamryNo change. A

Parker Kligerman #96 TRD 40th Anniversary Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2019, black, with white hood, red roof, and white and red designs on sides. B

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 3-Toyota

Toyota

By David G. Firestone

The Paint Scheme Ranking Executive Committee met this week to rank Toyota. I worked while Alejandro amused himself with a bottle cap. Now here are the rankings, and you already know what NR stands for, so I don’t have to explain it.

1-Michael Waltrip Racing #55 Rank Last Year: 1st of 14-The color schemes are good, and the design schemes work very well.

2-Joe Gibbs Racing #18 Rank Last Year: 2nd of 14-The zebra stripe Interstate Battery scheme wrecks a perfect score for Kyle this year.

3-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.

4-BK Racing #26 Rank Last Year:14th of 14-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.

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

6-Joe Gibbs Racing #11 Rank Last Year:9th of 14-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.

7-BK Racing #83 Rank Last Year:3rd of 14-VooDoo Barbecue is an over-designed mess. Dip your car is terrible, as is Zak. Burger King and Borla work well though.

8-Joe Gibbs Racing #20 Rank Last Year:8th of 14- Can all be summed up with medicore color schemes and mediocre design schemes

9-Swan Racing #30 Rank Last Year:14th of 14-The only time the car looked good was when it was unsponsored, but compared to last year’s design it looks amazing!

10-BK Racing #93 Rank Last Year:4th of 14-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.

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

12-Michael Waltrip Racing #15 Rank Last Year:11th of 14-The Peak scheme is defendable, the color scheme is good, but the rest of the schemes are just awful.

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

Next week is the grand finale!  All 55 teams will be ranked!

Oakley…Not Just For Sunglasses Anymore!

98-romesburgBy David G. Firestone

When you say “driver suit” you think of names like Simpson, Sparco, Impact!, OMP, Stand 21, and Momo, you don’t automatically think of Oakley. Oakley started in 1975 as a sunglasses company by Jim Jannard in his garage in Foothill Ranch California. He got the name from Oakley, his English Setter. He went from working in his garage to one of the biggest sunglasses companies in the world. They design eyewear for athletes, the military, skiers, and, starting in the late 2000’s, motorsports apparel.

Oakley makes a number of racing items, the most prominent being driver suits. IndyCar drivers Justin Wilson, Ed Carpenter, Mike Conway, and Josef Newgarden all wear Oakley driver suits as do Alex Bowman, Ryan Truex, Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton, Michael Waltrip, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in NASCAR and Tony Schumacher in the NHRA. While they make suits for the top drivers in the sport, for some reason they don’t seem to sell suits through their own site, you have to go to a third-party site to buy their racing suits…which to me seems odd, because no one else ever does that.98-romesburg 98-romesburgb 98-romesburg-pantThis particular suit was worn by Jason Romesburg, who was the rear tire changer for Paul Menard in 2010. Menard had a decent season, with a top 5, and 6 top 10’s and 17 laps led. The suit shows heavy use, with the right cuff on the pant leg destroyed.98-romesburg-pant-rlogo 98-romesburg-pant-rcuff In addition to the damage to the pant leg, what strikes me about this suit is that the material seems so light. While it is safety certified, it does not feel like a Nomex suit. It is very light for a suit of its size.

The suit is a two-piece and the jacket does not show as much wear as the pants, and I understand the reason. The logo about the Menard’s logo is for Mastercraft Doors. 98-romesburg-flogoPaul Menard races with Menard’s on the quarter panel and a rotating set of sponsors on the hood. Mastercraft Doors was on the hood for 3 races in 2010, the Brickyard 400, the Carfax 400 at Michigan, and the Ford 400 at Homestead. While the jacket doesn’t show as much wear, it does show some staining on the sleeves. 98-romesburg-rsleeve1 98-romesburg-rsleeve2 98-romesburg-rshoulder 98-romesburg-shoulder 98-romesburg-lseeve1 98-romesburg-lsleeve2There are stains on the white area of the sleeves. Since Romesburg was a tire changer, this is to be expected.

The two piece suit is very popular with pit crews because it has the same fire protection as a one piece but with less restriction than a one piece. If you have ever worn a one-piece jumpsuit you know that it does restrict movement, as opposed to a jacket and pants of the exact same size. So when you are changing 4 tires in 14 seconds, you need every edge you get. What I don’t see on the jacket are arm gussets. These would be used to add movement without subtracting fire protection. I have two theories on this, either the suit fit well enough that they weren’t needed, or because the crews were switching jackets so often that expense or time dictated that arm gussets couldn’t be used.

One detail I love are the television logos on the sleeves.98-romesburg-lsleeve2 98-romesburg-rsleeve2 The dual logos on the sleeves look good and actually work well for both sponsors. The suit actually looks pretty good, but I do not like the quilt pattern on the legs, because it isn’t represented on the jacket, and it does look pretty odd in this respect. It does look like the two were designed and made by different people. I’m also amazed by how lackluster the warranty label is…98-romesburg-tag2 98-romesburg-tag1 98-romesburg-pant-tag1 98-romesburg-pant-tag2That is the shortest warranty label I have ever seen on a modern suit. Let’s compare it to a Simpson tag…41-craven-tag1Wow that is a short warranty label, also, I don’t think a skull and crossbones don’t belong on this kind of suit, but it does say what it needs to say, just in a much shorter form than most driver suits.

In short, Oakley is making decent suits, and they are doing what they are designed to do, protect the driver from fire. I think Oakley suit could catch with minor league racers, provided they start marketing them better. The fact that they don’t sell them through their own website, and provide more info on the drivers who wear their suits make it hard to sell them to the general public. Puma, which has a lot of talent on its roster too, does not want to sell through its own website. Why they don’t is a mystery, as there is a lot of money in these suits, and people will pay for high quality suits made by a reputable company.

Before I get to the Paint Scheme Reviews, we have some breaking news on a story I had discussed in my Silly Season post a few weeks ago.  I had mentioned at the time that Comcast was in negotiations with NASCAR to become the title sponsor of the Nationwide Series.  Nationwide Insurance is leaving the series at the end of the season.  Well it was announced on Wednesday  that Comcast and NASCAR have come to a deal for a 10 year sponsorship of what will be called the Xfinity Series.  It was not revealed how much the deal was worth, but we are talking hundreds of millions of dollars.   I will be interested to see the series logo and what Xfinity does with the new deal.  Now on to…

PAINT SCHEME REVIEWS!

Kevin Harvick #4 Budweiser Aluminum Pint Chevy SS A bit cluttered, the solid red works well with Budweiser, and it has a classic look with a modern twist. A-

Jeff Gordon #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy SS The front is a bit over designed, the ribbon on the side does work somewhat, and the orange, I’d never thought I would say this, is too dull. I’ll give it a C+

Joe Nemechek #66 Friedman Law Firm Toyota Camry Law firms can be good at what they do, and they are apparently great at designing race cars. Clean, simple, attractive with a good color scheme eans an A+

Clay Rogers #75 Beard Oil Chevy SS Beard Motorsports is making their debut with Clay Rogers at Richmond in the Beard Oil Chevy. Their first time car has a great design scheme and a great color scheme and earns an A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevy SS A great design with a great color scheme and a great simple design. My sticking point with this is that I do not like the silver numbers, the font design just doesn’t work. I’ll give it a B+

David Stremme #90 Junie Donlavey Tribute Chevy SS Junie Donlavey passed away earlier this year, and Circle Sport Racing will run this design based on his 1972 Ford Gran Torino. It looks amazing, and I have to give it an A+

Josh Wise #98 Provident Metals Ford Fusion Looks good, good color scheme, decent design scheme. Too many stripes. I looked Provident Metals up and found that they are a precious metal dealer who make a currency called “Zombucks” which they jokingly market as “currency for the Apocalypse.” I’ll give it an A-

Home Beer Brewing Project Update…

DSCN1093Two weeks ago, I started the work on brewing beer using the Mr. Beer Homebrewing Kit.  It fermented for two weeks, and I bottled it this week.  The recipe will make 2 gallons of beer, which fits into four 2-liter bottles.  I added the sugar to the bottles…DSCN1114added some liquid to the bottom to get the mixture started…DSCN1115then I bottled the four 2-liter bottles…DSCN1116Now I have to wait two more weeks for the carbination to complete….DSCN1117then I have to chill for two days prior to enjoying…Ugh!  Well, I’ll keep you posted, and I’ll have some jam while I wait…

The Silly Season…and Why It Isn’t Silly For Me…

By David G. Firestone

It’s August, the summer is winding down, you are seeing back to school ads on TV, Halloween stuff is popping up in stores, and the Silly Season is officially underway. For me, this begins the most hectic part of the year for The Driver Suit Blog. Within the next few months, driver changes, sponsor changes and team changes will be announced. There is always a shakeup of some kind, and this year will be no different.

Carl Edwards, for example, will be leaving Roush Fenway Racing after the season. It was announced on Tuesday that Edwards would be moving to Joe Gibbs Racing and driving the #19 Toyota Camry. He has sponsors, one of which is Arris, which is a communications company for 17 races. The remaining 19 races he has a sponsor for the other races, but that hasn’t been addressed yet.

Where a driver is in the points helps with these kinds of decisions. As it stands right now, there are 1- drivers in the Chase because of a victory, and X driver who are in the Chase because of points. Will that change before Chicagoland? I have no reason to believe it won’t. I will be watching the Federated Auto Parts 400 this year, in light of what happened last year. I would have to believe that something like last year can happen. As of today, there are 12 drivers, AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almorla, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmy Johnson, Brad Keselowski, and Joey Logano have a spot in the Chase due to wins. That leaves 4 spots open, and with 3 races to go it is highly unlikely that there will be 3 new winners, so some drama can and will happen.

The part where it gets really bad is that from here to Daytona in February, there will be 2015 paint schemes released on a regular basis. The problem is that every 2015 scheme I grade will have to be taken with a grain of salt. For example,in mid-August last year, Brian Vickers was announced to drive the #55 Aaron’s Dream Machine. The announcement included photos of the car. However, later on, a new design was released, and became the current standard. I didn’t complain too much because both designs are good. But this is a constant issue for me, do I grade them as-is, or do I back off and wait? This will get more and more frustrating between now and Homestead. An example of this is that Ricky Stenhouse Jr.and Greg Biffle  just announced one of their new car designs for 2015. I will take it with a grain of salt, but I will grade it below as I normally would.

Something I also have to take into consideration is that something late in the season will cause a major change to the playing field. A perfect example is the unpleasantness last year at the Federated Auto Parts 400. After that scandal, Napa announced that it would be leaving Michael Waltrip Racing, and that left Martin Truex Jr. without a ride. He moved to Furniture Row Racing, and the full-time #56 became the part time #66.

One other major story I am following and I’m sure you are as well is who will sponsor the Nationwide Series next season? It was announced in 2013 that after 2014, Nationwide Insurance would be leaving as the series sponsor. Nothing definitive has been announced as of today, but I would have to believe there will be an announcement before the season ends. I’m curious just as the rest of us as to who that would be. Comcast is negotiatinng a deal for the series, and I would think a deal would be announced quite soon.

There will be driver changes, sponsor changes, team changes, and schedule changes. A rumor is going around that The Southern 500 will move back to Labor Day, Atlanta will follow the Daytona 500, and that the first Bristol race is moving from early March to mid-April. Again, when the schedule is announced we will know for sure. There are little changes every year, and after a while these little changes add up to big changes.

One other bit of news I need to address is that on Monday, a number of teams stayed at Michigan to test some 2015 rule changes. All totaled, 6 different car configurations were tested for a total of 160 laps. Again, equipment changes are a common event between seasons and this is nothing new. Information will be taken, adjustments will be made, and there will be more testing during the off season. Once that happens, the rules package will be created and distributed to the teams for the upcoming season.

Now before I get into paint schemes, I’d like to discuss something that has been happening in F1 for a while and I think needs to be stopped. Between the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 27, and the Belgian Grand Prix on August 29, F1 is on it’s “summer break.” This is due to the high travel restrictions and the limit on active crew members an F1 team can have. Teams don’t show up to the track on the Friday before the race, they show up on the Monday before the race. While I am not unsympathetic to the demands on crew members, I am a racing fan. F1 is one of the most watched sports in the world, with telecasts that can get as many as 54 million viewers worldwide. Fans love the sport, and the summer break is a headache. So here is my solution. First, we double the number of active personnel that the team can have, so fresh guys that can be rotated. Second, we extend the season by 4 weeks, so that there can be time for drivers and crew to relax between events.

Now we have a lot of ground to cover when it comes to…

PAINT SCHEME REVIEWS!

First, we have our first 2015 paint scheme,

Greg Biffle #16 Ortho Fire Ant Killer Ford Fusion  Great color scheme, good design, I give it an A-, the number still looks horrible.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford Fusion Decent design, great color scheme, I hope this scheme stays on…A

Now on to 2014 Schemes…

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite/Careers for Veterans Ford Fusion This is a rare case where the quarterpanel logo needs to be bigger. The lettering is hard to see in this photo, and was harder to see on the telecast. It takes an A scheme down to a B+

Michael Annett #7 Pilot /Allstate Peterbuilt Chevy SS Great color scheme, great simple design, A+

Greg Biffle #16 Roush Perfomance Ford Fusion Red and black is a great color combination, and I like the dot fade effect. This is the best Biffle scheme all year and it earns an A

Greg Biffle #16 Hire our Heroes Ford Fusion Another prime example of why came and race cars don’t mix.  This is just an awful mess.  The American flag motif just looks horrible with the camo, but I think it might look good by itself.  I’ll give it a D

Kyle Busch #18 Doublemint Gum Toyota Camry Great color scheme, great design, A+

Alex Bowman #23 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry I don’t like green on race cars, but at least here it is used tastefully. It works very well and earns an A+

Cole Whitt #26 Bully Hill Vineyards Toyota Camry Good color scheme, odd design for the sponsor. A vineyard using a spilled wine design to sell wine…not a good look. C-

Cole Whitt #26 Speed Stick/Iowa City Chop House Toyota Camry I find it amazing that the same team that brought the terrible scheme above could come up with an A+ scheme for the race one week later.

Travis Kvapil #32 Keen Parts/Try Androzone Ford Fusion Great simple design and a great color scheme earns an A+

Travis Kvapil #32 Skuttle Tight Ford Fusion Great simple design and a great color scheme earns an A+

Alex Kennedy #33 Circle Sport Chevy SS Good color scheme, bad design, it’s giving me a headache, D+

David Stremme #33 ThunderCoal Chevy SS Good color scheme bad design, C-

Aric Almirola #43 Eckrich Ford Fusion Ok, I thought we had this said, but I’ll say it again…CAMO DOES NOT WORK ON RACE CARS! It takes an A scheme down to a C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy SS Another classic Jimmie Johnson A+ scheme!

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes Chevy SS  Reportedly, Jimmie was unhappy with the color scheme change from blue to white and asked Lowes to swtich back to blue after a series of sub-par finishes.  Lowes agreed, and the car is another classic Jimmie Johnson A+ scheme!

Joe Nemechek #66 Landcastle Title Toyota Camry Great simple design and a great color scheme earns an A+

Nelson Piquet Jr. #77 Worx Ford Fusion Another tasteful use of green, another A+ scheme!

Josh Wise #98 Provident Metals Ford Fusion  The word horrible is not enough to describe this car!  Too overdesigned and with a bad color scheme, I can only give it an F

Carl Edwards #99 Ford Eco-Boost Ford Fusion The word of the day is overdesigned. Good color scheme, but overdesgined and a C- gradeDSCN1093Before I go I wanted to tell you about a project.  I recently bought a Mr. Beer home brewing kit.  It is a kit for beginers like me who have no experience brewing beer.  It is a realativly simple process.  The kit comes with a 2 gallon fermenter, some booster sugar, brewer’s yeast, a pale ale hopped malt extract, and some no rinse cleanser. DSCN1097 DSCN1095   You need a non wooden spoon, a glass bowl a can opener and a measuring cup.  DSCN1096You use the no rinse cleanser to sanitize everything you use to make the beer, then you place the hopped malt extract and booster containers in hot water while you boil 4 cups of water.DSCN1099While the water is boiling, you fill the fermenter with 4 quarts of cold water.  Once the water is boiled, you add the hopped malt extract, and booster sugar, and mix well.DSCN1100 DSCN1101  Then you pour the mix into the fermenter, add more water, and then add the yeast.  DSCN1105 DSCN1108 DSCN1109Now comes the hard part, we have to wait two weeks for it to ferment.  I’ll keep you posted.

The End of An Era in Evanston

DSCN0972By David G. Firestone

We all have at least one place that we always remember fondly from our childhood. It could be a restaurant, a park, the home of a close friend, or family member, or a park. We all have at least one, probably many. It is always sad when one of these places goes away. Well this happened to me this last week, when an Evanston institution began the process of moving.

Tom Thumb in Downtown Evanston was a place that I and a number of my friends spent a great deal of our childhood. Some of us were skateboarders, some of us were RC car fanatics, some of us, like me were model builders and die cast collectors. It had been in the same place for 49 years, but they announced that they were going to move after a zoning decision was made to replace the current building with a two-story building for two restaurants. So, on July 12, after 49 years as an Evanston institution, it closed. I went there on the 12, and made, with a heavy heart, my last purchase.photo 2 photo 1This was a sad day because I am a huge NASCAR fan, and for many years, Tom Thumb was the only store in Evanston that sold NASCAR stuff. It was also one of, if not the oldest skate shop in the midwest. I went there, looked around the store where I spend my childhood, took it all in, and bought my last purchase, this 1997 Darrell Waltrip 25th Anniversary set.DSCN0972I bought this for two reasons. The first is that I love this set, I remember many of these schemes from races I watched in 1997. They all look really good, and they bring back memories. The second reason, and I didn’t even think about this until I started doing some work for next week. During my research, I was grumbling about how many different paint schemes each car runs every week, and it dawned on me that this might be the first example of that in the Sprint Cup Series.

You never had this much variety in paint schemes before 1997. Each team ran one scheme for the majority of the season, maybe 2 or 3 different schemes and special schemes for the All-Star race, and possibly the Busch Clash. But Darrell Waltrip ran, in total, 7 different schemes, each based on a specific era in his career. Each had Western Auto Parts America as the primary sponsor, but were based for past sponsors. He started with Gatorade, which he ran for DiGard Motorsports, from 1975-1980. He won two Coca Cola 600’s(1978, 1979) a Winston 500(1977) the Southern 500(1978,1979)as well as 22 other races during that time.DSCN0990In 1981, he left DiGard for Junior Johnson Motorsports, and was sponsored by Mountain Dew, where he won 24 races including the 1982 Winston 500, the 1981 Busch Clash, and two of his three Sprint Cup ChampionshipsDSCN0991Pepsi replaced Mountain Dew and created The Pepsi Challenger which he ran in 1983 for Junior Johnson. He won 6 races for PepsiDSCN0992After Pepsi left, Budweiser took over the sponsorship, and from 1984-1986, he won 13 races, the 1985 Winston Cup Championship, the Inagural All-Star Race in 1985, the 1985 Southern 500, and the Winston 500. I find love how they call it “Red” instead of Budweiser since this was marketed to kids at the time.DSCN0993In 1987, he made the move to Hendrick Motorsports, and picked up Tide as a sponsor. He won the 1989 Daytona 500, The 1988 and 1989 Coca Cola 600’s and 6 other races. I loved that it was identical to the scheme used by Ricky Rudd that same season.DSCN0994From 1990-1997, he raced the #17 for Hendrick Motorsports in 1990, and then founded Darrell Waltrip Motorsports, which raced this scheme from 1990 to 1997. He won 5 races, but was never to get his former glory back. Western Auto left the team after 1997, and Darrell Waltrip Motorsports shut down shortly after the start of the 1998 season.DSCN0995The last scheme is one of the most innovative schemes in the history of NASCAR. His legendary Chrome scheme.  Darrell loved chrome, using chrome numbers, and a chrome helmet.  This was supposed to be used for just a single race, but it was raced a number of times that season. Nothing like this had ever been done in NASCAR before. There had been chrome numbers, but never a chrome car. This car was so far ahead of it’s time.  Darrell even had a Chrome driver suit that he wore with this car!DSCN09961997 would be the beginning of the end for Darrell Waltrip. He shut down his Winston Cup team in 1998, and joined Dale Earnhardt Inc. midway through the season. He would race for just two more seasons before fully retiring in 2000.

The idea of 7 different schemes seems like standard opperating procedure today, but back in 1997, this was revolutionary. This was unheard of. These schemes were all good, and they worked well, but this surprised some fans. 17 years later, this is the norm rather than the exception. If I did the paint scheme reveiws back in 1997, I would write one article at the beginning of the season, one before the all-star race, and maybe one midway through the season. There were no changes to paint scheme, or if there were, they were very rare.

Tom Thumb will reopen eventually. But whavever the new location, it will never have the same feel as the decades old building were it was once housed. I will miss it. I really will. But I find a bit of irony in that I bought the beginning of an era at the end of another era. I will visit Tom Thumb when they reopen, and I wish them the best of luck. From the residents of Evanston to Tom Thumb, we will miss you, and we wish you the best of luck in your new location!

We also have a paint scheme related news item to discuss.  This last week, NASCAR announced that the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup would have some new features on their cars.  Specifically,  all Chase contenders will have a yellow splitter cover, a yellow window stripe with black letters, yellow roof numbers, and a special Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup decal.  I’ve been speculalting that this might come to be, and now I have proof.  I am not going to discuss how I think it will look, until I have a good idea as to who is in the Chase, and how it will look on their cars.  Here is an illustration of how it looks.

With that out of the way, we move on to…

PAINT SCHEME REVIEWS

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Shark Week Chevy SS Another case where it looks like two different designers created the car without speaking to each other. It looks awful. The color scheme is good, so it passes, though just bearly with a D-

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevy SS For a Bass Pro Shops scheme it looks really good. It isn’t over designed, has a nice patriotic touch, and has a good color scheme. A+

Clint Bowyer #15 RK Motors Charlotte Toyota Camry Clint’s C scheme but with an even worse color scheme ends in a D-

Greg Biffle #16 3M Throwback Ford Fusions Greg Biffle is holding a contest to pick a throwback sheme for his race at Pocono in August. I would normally grade all four of these seperatley, however they all have the same traits, so I will grade them at once. All four have really good color schemes, and really nice logos, but they are all plagues with modern car numbers as well as modern designs. They simply look awful. I will vote for none of these schemes and give them all an F-

Trevor Bayne #21 QuickLane Ford Fusion A really good design with a really good color scheme. It works very well, A+

Cole Whitt #26 Scorpion Window Film Toyota Camry Good color scheme, good design, though the silver stripe on the bottom is a bit much. A-

Paul Menard #27 Menards/Splash Chevy SS The Splash logo looks really good, and I’ll give it a B+

Joe Nemechek #29 Toyota Cares Toyota Camry Great color scheme, awful design, they average out to a C-

Morgan Shepherd #33 ThunderCoal Chevy SS I liked the other ThunderCoal scheme, but this is just awful. Too many neon colors, and it is needlessly overdesigned. I give it an F

Alex Kennedy #33 MediaCAST Chevy SS Awful color scheme and way too over designed. F

Landon Cassill #40 Gallery Furniture Chevy SS Great color scheme, great simple design, though the 40 could be brighter. A

Kyle Larson #42 Cottonelle Chevy SS Great color scheme, great design A+

Michael Waltrip #66 Royal Teak Toyota Camry Good color scheme, great simple design, A+

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Worldvision Chevy SS Great color scheme, great design, I love that fade, looks great. A+

Ryan Truex #83 Voodoo/Armed Forces Motorsports Toyota Camry A D+ scheme with a new hood logo is still a D+ scheme.

Michael McDowell #95 JPO Absorbents Ford Fusion Another great Levine Family Racing scheme. It is hard to believe how bad they were last year. Great color and design scheme equals an A+ scheme.

Carl Edwards #99 UPS Ford Fusion They took a D- scheme, and made it worse. Awful color scheme, awful design, F-

Paint Scheme Grades, Some F1 News and Clarification of a Term

By David G. Firestone

I have been neglecting the Paint Scheme grades for the last few weeks, so after this brief post, we will focus on those this week.  I want to clarify a term that I use regularly.  I use the word “overdesigned” and what it basically means is that the paint scheme has design for design sake.  The scheme has design that serves no real purpose, and was just added needlessly.  Most things we own are, to a certain extent, over designed, mainly to prevent damage from regular use.  But when a car uses needless design in a paint scheme, more often than not, it looks awful.

The other news items I wanted to get to are from Formula 1.  I’m not an F1 fan per se, but I felt that these deserved some time on the DSB.  First there was a major shift in how cars are numbered in F1.  It used to be that were ever the driver finished in the previous season is what his car number was.  Now the change has been made and instead it is that the drivers pick a number and then use that for their entire careers.  Sky Sports covered the driver’s number choices in full, and I’m now a Daniel Ricardo fan!  The 2014 F1 helmet designs have been released and the designs speak for themselves.  This last item is about the man who is in charge of painting Lewis Hamilton’s Silver Arrow for the German-based Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team, my favorite team appearance wise in F1.  Now we move on to…

Paint Scheme Reviews

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy SS For many years, green was considered an unlucky color in auto racing. That said, this is a decent scheme. The green used is very good, and the overall design is good. The green around the vent on the side is needless, but this scheme still works. A-

Austin Dillon #3 Bad Boy Buggies/Realtree Chevy SS I’m seriously considering giving any camo paint scheme an automatic F because not one that I have seen in the last 5 years looks good at all. This scheme is just awful. The white/camo scheme is hideous and I’m embarrassed to have to grade it. F

Greg Biffle #16 Red Cross Give Blood/3M Ford Fusion One of Greg’s best schemes he has ever run. I can’t say anything bad. It has a simple yet attractive design, and a great color scheme. A+

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Zest Ford Fusion Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry Same scheme as last year, same B Grade

Jeff Gordon #24 Texas A&M Engineering Chevy SS Decent color scheme, but the side design is odd. It has a little too much design. The crooked Texas A&M logo looks odd here too. Still it is a decent design and earns a C+

Paul Menard #27 Menards/Quaker State Chevy SS Quaker State has a great shade of green, and it should be the dominant color of the car. The yellow base with green accents looks awkward. I’ll give it a C

Parker Kligerman #30 Swan Racing Toyota Camry Simple design and a great color scheme earns an A+

Parker Kligerman #30 Swan Racing Toyota Camry Simple design and a great color scheme earns an A+

Travis Kvapil #32 Ask More Get More Ford Fusion Yellow, white and black is a great color scheme. Overall design is great and the car has a great look to it. A+

Travis Kvapil #32 Ask More Get More Ford Fusion Two different schemes in two weeks is unusual and for whatever reason, the new car was a bit over designed. It still has a decent look and earns a B+

Timmy Hill #33 Circle Sport Chevy SS Simple design and a great color scheme earns an A+

David Ragan #34 Taco Bell Ford Fusion Overall design and color schemes are good, and the only complaint is that the Taco Bell logo should be in color as opposed to black and white.  A+

David Ragan #34 Dockside Logistics Ford Fusion  The car looks great, with a great color scheme and great design scheme…A+

David Ragan #34 Farm Rich Ford Fusion  Good color scheme and I love the rolling hills effect…A+

Reed Sorenson #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy SS Simple design and a great color scheme earns an A+

David Gilliland #38 Long John Silvers Ford Fusion Great design, great color scheme, great look, A+

Landon Cassill #40 Nabi Tablet Chevy SS Good color scheme, but the the car, like the Nabi Tablet is overdesigned, and earns a C

Landon Cassill #40 CRC Industries / K&W FiberLock Chevy SS A very simple design, though the yellowish-green is unattractive. If the green was darker it would work better. C+

Kyle Larson #42 Clorox Chevy SS AJ Allemdinger has a good Clorox scheme, this is an awful scheme . Why did they choose that shade of yellow instead of white? I can’t give this a passing grade. F

Aric Almirola #43 Farmland Ford Fusion Simple design and a great color scheme earns an A+

JJ Yeley #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chevy SS My first thought when I saw this scheme was it looked like the color scheme from the 1994-1995 NBA All-Star Game jerseys which is a decent color scheme. But to say the car is overdesigned is an understatement. This scheme is awful. Not even a great color scheme can help this car pass. F

AJ Allmendinger #47 Bush’s Grilling Beans Chevy SS  Great color scheme and a simple design earns an A+

Justin Allgaier #51 SEM Chevy SS Simple design, great color scheme, looks great, A+

Brian Vickers #55 Xarelto Toytoa Camry Good simple design with a great color scheme earns an A.

Jeff Burton #66 Toyota Toyota Camry The stripe down the side is much too big, and the hood design looks odd. The color scheme is good, but the overall design is a D+

Joe Nemechek #87 SmartBen Toyota Camry Simple design, great color scheme, looks great, A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew Kickstart Chevy SS The black and green color scheme is good, and the side is a bit overdeisgned. If the green stripes were scaled back, it would work better. It is work a B- grade.

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors Ford Fusion Levine Family Racing continues to get back into my good graces with another A scheme with great design and a great color scheme.

Carl Edwards #99 Kelloggs/Cheez Its Ford Fusion Too many colors, and the car is overdesigned. F

NASCAR at the National Sports Collectors Convention

By David G. Firestone

While I’m primarily a driver uniform guy, I collect other stuff as well. I like game-worn and game-used memorabilia, space-flown stuff, and Presidential bill pens, amongst other things. Last Saturday, I spent the day at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Rosemont Illinois. The NSCC, or “The National” is the biggest sports memorabilia show in the United States, and features hundreds and hundreds of sports memorabilia dealers from all over the country.

I go to these conventions on a regular basis, and something that I noticed in recent years is that racing memorabilia is present at these shows more and more, as the racing memorabilia market expands. I go to these shows with an open mind. What I don’t want to do is to go there wanting something specific, and pass up the chance to get an item that I really want. I find myself making offers and deals on items I would never would have dreamed I would buy. I went to a show in March, and came away with this Don Kessinger 1968 MLB All-Star Game trophy/coffee pot.kessenger-trophy-2

While racing memorabilia has a bigger part in these shows, what I DON’T see are driver suits. These shows, especially the National, features dealer and stores from all over the country, and they can only bring so much of their inventory to these shows. Transporting a driver suit from one state to another for a sports memorabilia convention, can be problematic at best. I have however seen driver shoes, gloves, helmets, sheet metal, and pit crew clothes at these shows, and you never know, I may see a driver suit at a show in the near future. Die casts, especially autographed ones are abundant at conventions, and I usually pick up one or two of them.

I picked up this very spiffy Michael Waltrip autographed jacket base on his 2004 driver suit. This jacket is notable in that it is very accurate when compared to his suit.waltripcoat waltripcoatb

It has arm gussets, which I have never seen on a jacket before.waltripcoat-rsleeve1

The material feels like the material that the real suit is made from, and is as heavy as an on track suit. It has a belt, though the belt is black, whereas the suit belt is blue, and Waltrip’s signature is embriodered into the side of the jacket, where a Goodyear logo is embroidered.waltripcoat-rchest

Waltrip’s name would normally be sewn into the belt in yellow lettering on a blue background.waltripcoat-belt

The arm logos are very accurate, and just like the suit, there are no television logos on the ends of the sleeves.waltripcoat-rshoulder waltripcoat-rsleeve1 waltripcoat-rsleeve2 waltripcoat-lshoulder waltripcoat-lsleeve1 waltripcoat-lsleeve2

Michael signed the jacket on the front NAPA logo.waltripcoat-flogo

An identical NAPA logo is on the back.waltripcoat-blogo

And instead of a safety certification, there is a NAPA logo on the back of the neck.waltripcoat-neck

I also bought a coin and die set from the U.S. Mint. The large round object is a die used to press coins.coinddie2

Tailgating Time!

A classic tailgating recipie is chili. It works well in the late summer and fall, and is very easy. This is a recipie that I personally use, and it is unique and has a kick to it.

You will need:

2 pounds chorizo sausage

2 onions, chopped

2 (7 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes

2 (7 ounce) cans smoked chipotle peppers

2 (15 ounce) cans tomato sauce

2 (15 ounce) cans kidney beans

3 cups water

2 pinches chili powder

2 pinch garlic powder

salt and pepper to taste

In two large saucepans over medium heat, using one pan for half the ingredients each, combine the chorizo and onion and saute until meat is browned and onion is tender. Add the stewed tomatoes with juice, smoked chipotle peppers with juice, tomato sauce, beans and water.

Season with the chili powder, garlic powder, salt and ground black pepper to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.

Paint Scheme Reviews:

Jeff Burton #31 GutterClear 365 Chevy SS Um…Who did the decals on the quarter panel? Why is the logo bent over the top of the deck lid? It looks odd, and it doesn’t do the car any favors. The CAT logo on the light blue background looks forced and awkward. The bad part is that if those two flaws were fixed, this would be a very solid scheme. I love the colors, and the overall design looks amazing, but the rear sponsor is just awful. I will give this scheme a C+ It is good but it need some work.

Tomy Drissi #87 The Counselor Toyota Camry Good color scheme, great simple classic design. A+