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-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-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.