Grading The 2020 Throwbacks!

By David G. Firestone

Well, the throwback race is officially behind us, so I’m going to grade all of the throwback schemes. As per the norm, the #1 scheme will win the Schemie for Best Throwback. Without further ado, let’s get started!

1-Ross Chastain #77 Dirty Mo Media Throwback Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, based on Dale Earnhardt’s 1976 Hy-Gain Chevy Malibu. A

2-Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Junior Johnson’s #3 Holly Farms Chevy. A

3-Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Cash App Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on D.K. Ulrich’s #6 scheme Richard Petty ran at the 1986 Coca-Cola 600. A

4-Josh Bilicki #7 Insurance King Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Tommy Baldwin Sr.’s modified car. A

5-Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, based on Cale Yarborough’s 1973 Chevy Laguna. A

6-Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on The Wood Brothers’ 1963 Ford Galaxie. A

7-Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Curtis Turner’s 1965 Ford Galaxie. A

8-Joey Gase #51 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Stroker Ace’s car from Stroker Ace. A

9-Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, based on Phil Parsons’ 1984 Skoal Bandit. A

10-James Davison #53 Signing Day Sports Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Tom Sneva’s 1983 Chevy. A

11-Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Bobby Allison’s 1985 Miller Lite scheme. A

12-Brennan Poole #15 Remember Everyone Deployed Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Ricky Rudd’s 1985 Ford Thunderbird. A

13-Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, based on Elliot Sadler’s 2004 Ford Taurus. A

14-Clint Bowyer #14 Peak Throwback MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Kyle Petty’s 1990 Rockingham scheme. A

15-Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on 1997 Busch beer can design. A

16-John Hunter Nemechek #38 Citgard Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Elliot Sadler’s Citgo scheme from 1999-2000. A

17-Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, based on Martin’s 2004 Xfinity Series car. A

18-Tyler Reddick #8 Cat Power Throwback Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, Jeff Burton’s 1994 Rookie of the Year Rabestos Ford Thunderbird. A

19-William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Jimmie Johnson’s 2013 All-Star Scheme. A

20-Daniel Suarez #96 ARRIS Throwback Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2020, based on Suarez’s 2018 ARRIS Camry. A

21-Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Paul Menard and his 2003 ARCA victory at Talladega. A-

22-Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, based on Brad’s 2010 Discount Tire Championship winning Ford . A-

23-Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Todd Bodine’s 2010 Truck Series Championship winning Toyota Tundra. B+

24-Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, honoring his 1999 USAC Silver Crown Series Championship. B+

25-Quin Houff #00 Throwback Permatex Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, black with spiral on hood, and beach motif on sides. B

26-Erik Jones #20 SportClips Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, Tony Stewart’s 2005 Martinsville Home Depot scheme. B

27-Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Jimmie Johnson’s 2009 Championship scheme. C

28-Alex Bowman #88 Truck Hero/Chevy Group Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, honors Jimmie Johnson’s 2006 championship season. C

29-Christopher Bell #95 JBL Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, based on Bell’s 2017 Truck Series Championship JBL scheme. F

30-JJ Yeley #27 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, based on Kenny Irwin’s 1997 Nerf Ford Thunderbird. F

Next week, some dirt track memorabilia!

Paint Scheme Grades-September 5, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Throwback Permatex Chevy Camaro-This isn’t a real throwback. While it does have throwback elements, it’s a bit over done with the hood spiral. The motif looks good on the side. I’ll give this a B.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow VORASURF Chevy Camaro-It’s not over designed, and it has a great color scheme. That will always earn an A.

Garrett Smithley #7 Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Wisconsin Lighting Lab, same A grade.

Josh Bilicki #7 Ariens Chevy Camaro-My only complaint is that the white is pointless here. Other than than, this gets an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 KCMG Chevy Camaro-The only thing saving this scheme is a good color scheme. This is an ugly over designed mess. D

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford Mustang-There is nothing good I can say about this scheme. This is horrible. It’s horrifically over designed, and too many colors. F

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Throwback Toyota Camry-This was a great scheme then, and a great scheme now. It’s a good, faithful throwback of a great scheme, and it earns an A.

Erik Jones #20 Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota Camry-A good fade always works, and a good color scheme helps. A

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Throwback Toyota Camry-I never really liked Tony’s silver Home Depot schemes, largely because I don’t like silver and orange as a color scheme. I like this scheme because red works so much better. I’ll give this a B, as I do think it is over designed.

JJ Yeley #27 Thriv5 Ford Mustang-I like this. The designs look good, the car as a whole has a smooth look, and the car looks great. A

JJ Yeley #27 America Strong Chevy Camaro-I think the car is a bit over designed, and I hate the yellow stripe on the read. Still, this isn’t a bad scheme, so I’ll give it a B.

Michael McDowell #34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang-The spiral motif works well, and the lack of orange is a much needed improvement. A

Ryan Preece #37 Scotts Chevy Camaro-Getting rid of the green, and toning down the waves would help this scheme a lot. Currently, this mess gets a D, because I do like the shades of white and blue.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Citgard Ford Mustang-The plain red Citgo scheme was a great look, and a scheme I really miss. This is a really good look, and a faithful throwback, so it gets an A.

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Throwback Ford Mustang-Another amazing and faithful throwback from a great scheme. This looks great, and gets an A.

Josh Bilicki #53 Insurance King/The Wounded Blue Chevy Camaro-Nothing really wrong here. The car is smooth, and the scheme looks great. A

Joey Gase #53 Sparks Ford Mustang-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, and not even a great color scheme can save from an F.

Ross Chastain #77 Moose Fraternity Chevy Camaro-I like the look, I like the color scheme, I like the moose, this gets an A.

BJ McLeod #78 Royal Teak Collection Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Christopher Bell #95 JBL Throwback Toyota Camry-I think the original was an over designed mess, and I think the throwback reflects that. F

Paint Scheme Grades-August 29, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quinn Houff #00 Eagle Rock Wealth Management Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a great throwback, and I love the design! A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Ford Mustang-I like this design. Busch has some great cans in the 90’s, and this is a perfect example. A

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-I like the overall design, but they took a few creative liberties with the car, and the new designs are not only pointless, but distract from the overall scheme. Still, this is good, and I’ll give it a B+

Josh Bilicki #7 Insurance King Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a very faithful throwback, and I think this looks great! A

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew/Team Rubicon Chevy Camaro-Camo does NOT look good on a race car in general, but this color scheme really doesn’t do it any favors. F

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Throwback Chevy Camaro-I hated this scheme the first time around, but I understand why it was used. Still, it is a faithful throwback, so I’ll give this a C

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

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy Camaro-This is faithful replica of an awesome scheme. I like this, and it gets an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Drydene Ford Mustang-Adding the black is pointless, and the new design is over done. Now it isn’t horrible, and the color scheme is decent, so I’ll give it a C.

Michael McDowell #34 Digital Ally Shield Cleansers Ford Mustang-It’s a bold look, and it isn’t over designed, so I give it an A.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 ACME Markets Ford Mustang-I like the color scheme, and I hate the design scheme. As such, this gets a C.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Columbia Sportswear Chevy Camaro-This is an amazing scheme, and I like the design and color schemes. This earns an A.

Joey Gase #51 Race for Relief Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, white. A

It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Alex Bowman #88 Acronis Chevy Camaro-The stripes work well, it’s bold, and not over designed. I give this an A.

Alex Bowman #88 Truck Hero/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-I hated this scheme the first time around, but I understand why it was used. Still, it is a faithful throwback, so I’ll give this a C

Daniel Suarez #96 ARRIS Throwback Toyota Camry-I liked this scheme then, and I like it now. A

Paint Scheme Grades-June 20, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Behr Ultra Chevy Camaro-I like the change here, the new scheme looks good, and this is a great look. A

Reed Sorenson #7 Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 Chevy Cares Chevy Camaro-Another example of a scheme that isn’t wrong, and isn’t right. It’s just blah, so I’ll give it a C.

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

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO For Your Boat Chevy Camaro-I like this scheme, but I think that the blue and white should be reversed…but it’s still a great scheme so it gets an A.

Erik Jones #20 Toyota Accessories Toyota Camry-I think that the red designs are a tad over done, but everything else works well, so it gets an A-.

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D+ grade.

JJ Yeley #27 Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Insurance King, same D+ grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts “Mask” Ford Mustang-I hated this last year, I hate this in 2020. I don’t get it, and I give it an F.

Corey LaJoie #32 Storm Tight Windows Ford Mustang-Aqua and a tornado is kind of an odd pairing. This is another example of a scheme that would look better with a new color scheme. B-

Michael McDowell #34 The Pete Store Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Ryan Preece #37 Purina Chevy Camaro-I think the side designs are over done by a tad, I also think the pet pictures are oddly placed. It’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B+

Ryan Preece #37 Slim Jim Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Death Wish Coffee Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, it has a great color scheme and that will ALWAYS earn an A.

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com/Jacob Co Ford Mustang-Two sponsors with two different designs is not a good look. This is such a mess, that I can’t give it anything but an F.

Cole Custer #41 Jacob Co/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang-Two sponsors with two different designs is not a good look. This is such a mess, that I can’t give it anything but an F.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Black Lives Matter Chevy Camaro-It’s simple, it gets the point across, and it works. A

Joey Gase #51 Donate Life Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

Joey Gase #51 Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

Joey Gase #51 Carolina SIM Works Chevy Camaro-I like the look, it’s smooth, and it really looks good. A

Garrett Smithley #53 Hero Box Chevy Camaro-I like the green here, and the car has a smooth yet bold look, so I give it an A.

David Starr #53 Helluva Ranch/Richardson Service Chevy Camaro-The stripes are beyond over designed, and the car as a whole looks like a mess. F

Garrett Smithley #77 Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

JJ Yeley #77 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

Garrett Smithley #77 Formula One Imports Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

BJ McLeod #78 Circle Track Warehouse Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, red. A It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 24, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light YOURFACEHERE Ford Mustang-The new branding doesn’t hurt a great scheme. A

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Mayer Ford Mustang-I like this scheme. It’s a good look, with a great color scheme, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Josh Bilicki #7 Gravely Chevy Camaro-It has a smooth look, a great color scheme and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield #GoodFoodChallenge Ford Mustang-This would be so much better without the slashes. The slashes take an A scheme down to a C.

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

Brennan Poole #15 SpartanGO Chevy Camaro-It has a smooth look, a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’S Thank You Heroes Toyota Camry-I like the look here, the color scheme is great, and the car looks great. A

JJ Yeley #27 Jacob Construction Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #51, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 Drydene Ford Mustang-The slight redesign doesn’t take away from the scheme. This is a good look, and it earns an A.

Michael McDowell #34 CarParts.com Ford Mustang-This is a horrible look. The blue and orange shades don’t work, and the car as a whole is over designed. I can’t give this anything but an F, so I won’t.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Scag Power Equipment Ford Mustang-Either tiger stripes OR cutting edge designs…you can’t have both, because the car is an over designed mess. F

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang-I think the cutting edge designs are decent, a tad over done. The gray could be a little darker. Still, it’s not horrible, so I’ll give it a B.

Matt Kenseth #42 Credit One Bank Chevy Camaro-Black is a decent addition to this look, and it looks sharper. I like this and it gets an A.

Joey Gase #51 Agri Supply/Carolina Cooker Chevy Camaro-A great and faithful throwback will ALWAYS earn an A.

Garrett Smithley #53 Trophy Tractor Chevy Camaro-Black with red is a great color scheme, and the smooth look earns this scheme an A.

Reed Sorenson #77 Greenville Swamp Rabbits/Bon Secours Chevy Camaro-This is another example of a scheme where there is nothing really wrong, but nothing really right either. It’s just blah, and I’ll give it a C.

BJ McLeod #78 Christensen Arms Chevy Camaro-It has a smooth look, a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 2, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Editor’s Note, due to the cancellation of the NASCAR season through May, I will do the Paint Scheme Tracker every week, and the Paint Scheme Grades every other week. This will last until the racing season resumes, or until I run out of new schemes. DGF

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 YANMAR Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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

Daniel Suarez #96 Toyota Toyota Camry-It’s a mediocre color scheme, I don’t like the shade of red and blue here. I also don’t like the design scheme. All things considered, this gets an F.

Paint Scheme Grades-March 14, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Permatex Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A- grade.

Quin Houff #00 Ashurst American Honey Chevy Camaro-An over designed mess with a mediocre color scheme will always earn an F

Tyler Reddick #8 Caterpillar MinExpo 2020 Chevy Camaro-I like this, it’s bold, not over done, and has a great color scheme. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

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

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

Kyle Busch #18 SportClips Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #20, same C- grade.

Erik Jones #20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Erik Jones #20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #18, same F grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 MotorTrend Ford Mustang-I love the color scheme here, but the car is over designed. I think toning down the red would work better. Still, it isn’t horrible so I’ll give it a C-.

Chris Buescher #37 Velveeta Chevy Camaro-Like many great recipes, adding the extra cheese really didn’t hurt. This looks good, so I’ll give it an A.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 MDS Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Mystik Lubricants Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

BJ McCleod #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-This new look is much cleaner, but is still bold, and has a great color scheme. A

JJ Yeley #52 Window World Chevy Camaro-This is a great look, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

JJ Yeley #52 Jacob Companies Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Joey Gase #53 One Legacy Ford Mustang-I think that this is over designed, and the color scheme doesn’t help. This doesn’t look good, and gets an F.

Timmy Hill #66 Pit Boss Grills Toyota Camry-This is a great look, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Daniel Suarez #96 Commscope Toyota CamryA smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-February 29, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Victory Weekend Chevy Camaro-My only complaint is I think that the red stripe splitting in to two different stripes is pointless. Other than that, this is a good scheme. A-

Tyler Reddick #8 Tame the Beast Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Clint Bowyer #14 Blue Def Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Brennan Poole #15 GOETTL Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, the design scheme is great, and the car looks good. A

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers White Toyota Camry-I like the color scheme here but I think that the design scheme is a bit over designed. It’s not a bad scheme, so I will give it a B

Martin Truex, Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry-Even though I don’t like this shade of orange, the cleaner look makes this car look better. This gets a B.

Erik Jones #20 Irwin Tools Toyota Camry-This is another case of great color scheme with bad design scheme. They cancel each other out, so this scheme gets a C.

Ryan Preece #37 Natural Light Seltzer Chevy Camaro-It has a horrible color scheme, it’s badly designed, and it makes you sick when looking at it with a hangover. I’ll give this an F.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Berry’s Bullets Ford Mustang-I can’t say anything bad about this. The color scheme is great, as is the design scheme. This gets an A.

Cole Custer #41 Production Alliance Group Ford Mustang-I like the color scheme here, but the red and white designs are over designed. The car has a very cluttered look as a result. Still, it isn’t horrible, so I’ll give it a B.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Coca Cola Energy Chevy CamaroAnother scheme that makes you dizzy when you look at it. There are too many lines, and the car looks horrible. F

Reed Sorenson #77 Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always gets an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-February 15, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Jacob Construction Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the red stripe on the front isn’t needed. Otherwise this is a great scheme.

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Austin Dillon #3 Symbicort Chevy Camaro-Last year’s scheme was bad, but this is so much worse. This is an ugly over designed mess, and I give it an F.

Kevin Harvick #4 #PIT4BUSCH Ford Mustang-This is a great look. Blue and silver with white outlines work well, and the design is great. I give this an A.

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy Camaro-The change of colors helps this scheme, only slightly though. I give this a C+.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Pure Farmland Ford Mustang-My only complaint is that I think the green is too light, that aside, this is a great scheme, and it gets an A-.

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

Brennan Poole #15 Spartan Mosquito Chevy Camaro-I don’t like the colors used here, I think blue should be the primary color. Still, it isn’t bad, but I’ll gvie this a B+

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Sirius XM Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Toyota Camry-This is just not a good look. It’s not awful, at least the color scheme is good, I’ll give it a C-.

Reed Sorenson #27 Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Fire Alarm Services Ford Mustang-I like the look here, the colors are great, and I like the design too. This gets an A.

Joey Gase #51 Page Construction/ASC Agri Services Chevy Camaro-I think that this is over designed, and the color scheme doesn’t help. This doesn’t look good, and gets an F.

Paint Scheme Grades-February 1, 2020

By David G. Firestone

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy Camaro-I like the Dale Earnhardt based design, and the car as a whole looks great. I can’t give this less than an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Castrol Ford Mustang-Another example of a scheme with nothing really wrong or right with it. It’s a mediocre scheme that earns a C.

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-I don’t like this. I get what they were trying to do, but I think it’s over designed. F

John Hunter Nemechek #36 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 World Wide Technology Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy Camaro-Even with the changes, this is still a great scheme. A

Chad Finchum #49 Garrison Homes/Toyota Knoxville Toyota Camry-If the curves on the rear was toned down I would give this a solid A. But I think the curves are over designed so this gets a B+

Christopher Bell #95 Procore Chevy Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.