Paint Scheme Grades-June 2, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Matt Kenseth #6 Wyndham Rewards Patriotic Ford Fusion-Decent scheme, but not enough red for a patrioitic scheme, and the middle of the car is an over desigend mess of jumbled stripes. C-

JJ Yeley #7 Steakhouse Elite Chevy Camaro-The camo gives the black a cluttered look, and the gold isn’t used enough.   The color scheme works well, but the design scheme needs improvement. B-

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Patriotic Chevy Camaro-It’s a decent scheme, but the sides are over designed, and the yellow door number contrasts with the scheme as a whole.  It looks cluttered, and while it could be better, it isn’t awful. C

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Patriotic Ford Fusion-The black clashes with the patriotic motif, which itself is a jumbled mess of stripes.  It has a decent color scheme, but the scheme earns a D-.

Ross Chastain #15 Internetwork Engineering Chevy Camaro-A smooth, simple look with a great color scheme that earns an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford Fusion-The patriotic motif is a bit over done, but it’s not terrible, and the color scheme works well with the design scheme.  All things considered, it’s worth a B-.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Patriotic Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Daniel Suarez #19 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #18, same F grade.

Erik Jones #20 Circle K Toyota Camry-It is still a decent scheme, but black replacing white isn’t an upgrade, and the changing of the stripe angle doesn’t improve it either.  Both of these changes take an A scheme down to a B+.

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry-The plain hood and roof look out of place when compared to the jumbled mess of designs on the sides.  The side is so over designs with random elements, that it makes my head hurt.  I can’t say anything good about this scheme, so I won’t. F

William Byron #24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Replacing the standard text with patriotic text works well, and it looks good. A

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Patriotic Chevy Camaro-It’s amazing how a change of color and change of design can take a scheme that is awful to a high A scheme.  This scheme looks great, and I give it an A.

Ryan Newman #31 Kalahari Resorts Chevy SS-Same basic scheme as last year, same C-grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Cosmo Motors Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Patriotic Ford Fusion-Replacing the standard text with patriotic text works well, and it looks good. A

Chris Buescher #37 Cottonelle Chevy Camaro-The cotton and the blue would work by themselves, but together they just don’t work.  The color scheme is good, but the design scheme looks odd.  All totaled, this scheme gets a C-.

Kyle Larson #42 DC Solar Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as their Clash scheme, same D- grade.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Kroger Red, White & Barbecue Chevy Camaro-There are too many different design elements.  Each one by themselves would work, but together they give the car a jumbled look that earns an F.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevy Camaro-It’s amazing how a change of color and change of design can take a scheme that is awful to a high A scheme.  This scheme looks great, and I give it an A.

Jeffery Earnhardt #55 Black Rifle Coffee Chevy Camaro-The sides are a tad over designed, but its not bad.  It’s a good scheme that’s worth an A-.

Timmy Hill #66 Crash Claims R Us Toyota Camry-The blue on the front is pointless, and ugly.  They serve no purpose, and take an A scheme down to an A-.

Corey LaJoie #72 MyFreedomSmokes.com Chevy Camaro-The military motif works very well here, and the design is great, and earns an A.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 5-Hour Energy Toyota Patriotic Camry-It’s amazing how a change of color and change of design can take a scheme that is awful to a high A scheme.  This scheme looks great, and I give it an A.

Kasey Kahne #95 Throne Chevy Camaro-It’s a great shade of green, and the design works well on the sides.  It’s a great look. A

Parker Kligerman #96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Chevy Camaro-Changing the color from red to black works well, and the car still looks good. A

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Paint Scheme Grades-May 26, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Jamie McMurray #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy Camaro-Replacing black with white could have gone a long way, but this scheme isn’t horrible, so I’ll give it a B+.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Ford Fusion-The vintage can design worked for Brad Keselowski last year, and it works for Kevin Harvick this year.  The car has a great look with a great color scheme, and earns an A as a result.

Matt Kenseth #6 Roush Throwback Ford Fusion-I loved the Eagle One scheme back in the day, and I love this faithful replica today.  It has a great look, and a great design, and earns an A.

Chase Elliott #9 Sun Energy Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield/Waffle House Ford Fusion-Too many different designs, which all contrast with each other is not a great look.  This isn’t a scheme I can give any higher than an F, so I won’t.

Ryan Blaney #12 Hawk Performance/Carlisle Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as Fleetwood RV, but with Hawk Performance on sides, and Carlisle on sides. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Stewart-Haas Racing Fan Club Ford Fusion-It’s a meh design scheme with a decent color scheme, so, all things considered, I’ll give it a C.

Clint Bowyer #14 IT Savvy Ford Fusion-Orange can be iffy on race cars, but this scheme works well.  The shade of orange is good, and the design works very well.  A

Justin Marks #15 Sufferfest Beer Chevy Camaro-The design scheme works well, the color scheme works perfectly with the design scheme, and this scheme earns an A.

Ross Chastain #15 Caddy’s Chevy Camaro-I love the beach motif, it’s a bold, unique look, that isn’t over designed, and the car looks great as a result! A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Red Nose Day Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Knauf Ford Fusion-The new Penske template is a piece of perfection.  The schemes all look great, are bold, but not over designed messes.  This is yet another perfect example of a great Penske Template scheme. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Throwback Chevy Camaro-We have a new front runner for best throwback scheme!  This was a great scheme back in the day, and it looks good today.  I can’t say anything bad here, so I won’t. A

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy Camaro-As much as I like the color scheme here, I can’t say the same for the design.  It’s a little too over designed for my taste. Toning down the stripes would work better.  It’s still not a bad design,but it does have its flaws, so I’ll give it a B+.

Ryan Newman #31 CAT/Granger Chevy Camaro-It’s a unique look, with a great color scheme, and I really can’t say anything bad about it.  A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Zynga Poker Ford Fusion-Great color scheme, great design scheme, and I love the poker chip motif used here. A

Chris Buescher #37 Clorox Chevy Camaro-The cutting edge design scheme is a downgrade from last year.  Also, the red could be toned down too.  All things considered, I’ll give it a B-.

BJ McLeod #51 Prefund Capital Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Timmy Hill #66 Sentinel One Chevy Camaro-My only complaint is that the side designs could be toned down a bit, but other than that, it’s a great scheme. A-

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy Camaro-A bit bolder than last year, this new patriotic scheme is quite good, and it’s not over done.  I like this scheme, and it earns an A.

Kasey Kahne #95 Drumont Jets Chevy Camaro-Another great throwback scheme.  Kasey’s Budweiser scheme has always been good, and this faithful replica is no exception. A

Paint Scheme Grades-May 19, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Dari-O Chevy Camaro-Good design scheme, but it could be toned down just a bit. Good color scheme too. All in all, it’s worth a B+.

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Textron Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Cessna, same A grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Prime Ford Fusion-Its a smooth look, the vertical fade works well, and the color scheme is great. I can’t say anything bad about this scheme. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas 30 Years Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Hass CNC, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Atlas Designer Shingles Ford Fusion-Another example of the new Menard’s template working very well. This is a great design, and the color scheme works well here. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry-Another example of design for the sake of design. The side is a jumbled mess of red and black geometric designs that look awful, and I can only give it an F

Chris Buescher #37 Breyers Chevy Camaro-Toning down the designs in the red would work better, and toning down the red part lower down the car would work as well. It’s not a bad scheme, but it needs some work. B-

Kyle Larson #42 First Data Clover Chevy Camaro-There is nothing really wrong with this scheme, but nothing really right about it either. The color scheme is bland, and the design scheme is bland. It is going to get the C it deserves.

Reed Sorenson #55 Harrah’s Casino Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, nothing wrong here. A

Timmy Hill #66 Crash Claims R Us Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, nothing wrong here. A

Corey LaJoie #72 Schluter Systems Chevy Camaro-Schluter Systems loves to take bad designs and make them worse. This new all red scheme is much worse than anything they have come out with before. Add in the fact that the scheme is needlessly over designed, and you have a scheme worth an F.

Kasey Kahne #95 TWD Chevy Camaro-Kasey really needs to stop adding his design preferences to his schemes. This scheme has a decent color scheme, but the design scheme is bad, and doesn’t work with the color scheme. It’s not good, and I can’t defend it. F

Paint Scheme Grades-May 12, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 RNH Electric Chevy Camaro-Decent color scheme, decent design scheme, they just don’t work well together. It’s a rather bland scheme, that is worth a C.

Ross Chastain #15 Eat Florida Watermelon Chevy Camaro-I LOVE the watermelon motif used here! This is an amazing look, and I can’t give it anything less than an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Little Hug Fruit Barrels Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

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

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Checklist Chevy Camaro-Same basic scheme as #47, same B- grade.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 World Wide Technology Chevy Camaro-Decent color scheme, good design scheme, they don’t work together. I also don’t like the dark blue front, it should be used throughout the whole car. C

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Eckrich Chevy Camaro-Good color scheme, good design scheme, they work well together, and it’s a good look that earns an A.

Cody Ware #51 Keen Buildings Chevy Camaro-The matte black look is good, the car has a smooth look, and the car has a great overall look. A

Kasey Kahne #95 Ollies Bargain Outlet Chevy Camaro-Its a good look, with a great color scheme. It works very well. A

Derrike Cope #99 Star Com Fiber Chevy Camaro-Reversing the colors of the #00 doesn’t really help, in fact, it takes a C scheme down to a C-. The yellow front works better for this scheme.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 5, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Snap-On Ford Fusion-I love red and black as a color scheme, and the relativly simple design works very well. I like this scheme, and I’ll give it an A.

Austin Dillon #3 Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-Coca Cola has a great shade of red, and the American flag motif used here works very well. It’s a great scheme, and it earns an A.

Matt Kenseth #6 Wyndham Rewards Ford Fusion-The sky and cloud motif works well, and the shade of blue works perfectly with the design. All in all, it’s a great scheme. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Throwback Ford Fusion-The scheme is faithful to the original, but the numbers don’t work well here. Still, it works well, and is worth an A-.

Erik Jones #20 XYO Network Toyota Camry-Dark blue with geometric designs could be great or horrible. This is great. The contrasting blue stripe on the bottom works well. All things considered, I’ll give it an A.

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Shell/Pennzoil, same D grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-Very faithful throwback, and the numbers not only work well with the scheme, but are an improvement over the original. This scheme is getting the A it deserves.

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

Chris Buescher #37 Degree Chevy Camaro-Good color scheme, but the design scheme is very over done, and it just looks awful. This isn’t great, but not horrible, so I’ll give it a B-.

David Ragan #38 Bad Boy Mowers Ford Fusion-Replacing white with black doesn’t really do anything to help this scheme. It’s still awful, just awful in a different way. Since it hasn’t improved, this scheme stays at an F.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Petty’s Garage Chevy Camaro-Richard Petty’s vintage schemes always look amazing, and this scheme is no exception. It has a great look, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Timmy Hill #51 Keen Buildings/Race to Erase Opioids Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Keen Buildings, same D+ grade.

Reed Sorenson #55 TCL Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a good color scheme will always earn an A.

Cole Whitt #72 1950 Clothing Company Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a good color scheme will always earn an A.

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore Safety Qualified Chevy Camaro-Procore’s scheme works well in just black. This is a great looking scheme, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

DJ Kennington #96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Humboldt Broncos, same A grade.

Paint Scheme Grades-April 28, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Sparks Energy Chevy Camaro-Good color scheme, but I think that the whole motif is over done. It’s not great, but not awful at the same time. I’ll give it a C+.

Landon Cassill #00 Star Com Fiber Chevy Camaro-The addition of the paint splatter motif doesn’t work that well, but it’s not horrible. It does take a C scheme down to a C-.

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as #42 McDonald’s. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Scooper Cat Litter Chevy Camaro-This is the worst color scheme I’ve seen in a while, and the design, while awful, doesn’t work with color scheme at all. I wish I could give lower than an F for this scheme.

Clint Bowyer #14 Ford NASCAR Hall of Fans Ford Fusion-Black is a great base color for a race car, silver, blue, and white work sell with black. I do think the side designs are over done, but they aren’t horrible. The scheme as a whole earns a .C-

Ross Chastain #15 Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Flavor Vote Toyota Camry-The addition of the three flavors the public can vote on are done well, and the car still has a good look. A

Paul Menard #21 Quaker State Ford Fusion-Green can be a temperamental color to work with on a race car, but Quaker State has a great shade of green. Apparently, they felt the need to compensate for that by having a gaudy white design on the sides. Again, it’s not horrible, but it just doesn’t work. I’ll give it a B-.

Gray Gaulding #23 Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant Toyota Camry-The color scheme is decent, could use a little work. The side designs are a tad over done, and they don’t work with the color scheme. I’m going to give this one a C-

Ryan Newman #31 Childress Vineyard Chevy Camaro-The simplified design and great color scheme work well. I also like the building motif on the sides. I’ll give this scheme the A it deserves.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Superior Logistics Ford Fusion-The white with red and blue stripes is a great looking scheme, and the car has a great look as a direct result. Nothing bad to say about this scheme! A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Food Lion Feeds Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the shade of yellow isn’t great. If it was just blue and white, it would work much better, still it’s a really good scheme, so I’ll give it an A-.

Timothy Peters #92 Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion-The Ricky Benton Racing motif on sides is awful, and takes what would otherwise be an A scheme down to a B+.

Paint Scheme Grades-April 21, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 TW Cable/Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth, solid look, with a great color scheme. A scheme like this will always earn an A.

Austin Dillon #3 Realtree Chevy Camaro-To call this scheme an over designed ugly mess would be a masterpiece of understatement. This is the worst scheme I have seen in a while, and that says a lot. This scheme earns an F.

Ryan Blaney #12 Fleetwood RV Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Red Cross, same A grade.

Clint Bowyer #14 Wix Filters Ford Fusion-I hated this scheme last year, and this new version is just as bad. I hate the Wix logos, I hate the yellow stripes, this scheme is a mess, and I’m giving it an F.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Plan B Sales Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

David Ragan #38 The Pete Store Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s Chevy Camaro-The yellow on the #1 looks better than the black does here, so the scheme drops from an A- to a B+.

Harrison Rhodes #51 Chevy Camaro-Great look, great color scheme, no problems here!

Harrison Rhodes #51 Industrial Construction Experts Inc. Chevy Camaro-The side designs just don’t work here. It’s a shame, since this would work better and earn an A without them. With the side designs, the grade drops down to a B-.

Reed Sorenson #55 VIP Racing Experience Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Chad Finchum #66 Smithbilt Homes Chevy Camaro-It’s not bad, but the diagonal lightning would work better as a horizontal stripe. This current configuration earns a B.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-The new hood logo looks great, and the rest of the car looks great too. All in all, it earns an A.

DJ Kennington #96 Humbolt Broncos Tribute Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, red roof and stripe on sides. white stripe across side, Humboldt Broncos logo on hood, Gaunt Brothers Racing on sides. A