Paint Scheme Tracker-February 19, 2020

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Jacob Construction Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, White with red stripes, and red and blue curve. A-

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with green and white cutting edge designs on sides. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, dark purple with yellow Penske template. F

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 20 #12. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 PPG Ford MustangNo change. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNo Change. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black top, green stripe around number, silver bottom. A

Austin Dillon #3 Symbicort Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, more side designs have been added. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver replaces black on hood and roof. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford MustangNo change. A-

Kevin Harvick #4 #PIT4BUSCH Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver with blue and white flames. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, green with white and bacon motif. A

Ryan Newman #6 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white, green, red, and black with zig-zag designs. C

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black with red and yellow bottles and splatter motif. F

Ryan Newman #6 Koch Industries Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white front, black middle, blue rear. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Zero Sugar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, black with green Camaro stripes and green stripes on sides. A

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNo change. B-.

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with orange numbers and stripes. A

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue replaces white, gold replaces blue. C+

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Pure Farmland Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with green and blue stripes. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 2020 #21. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, reverse color scheme of Shell/Pennzoil. D

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, the designs on sides have been cleaned up. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNo change. B+

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, design has been cleaned up a bit. D

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

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

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #15

Brennan Poole #15 Spartan Mosquito Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, White with yellow and blue Camaro stripes. B+

KAULIG RACING #16

Justin Haley #16 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 SunnyD Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, side stripes have been toned down. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

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

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Dips Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, white has been added. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #

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

Martin Truex Jr. # Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Sirius XM Toyota CamryNo change. B-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNo change. C

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, smartphone motif has been removed. C-

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Maytag Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

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

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, Axalta Sea Glass replaces dark blue. C

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #27

Reed Sorenson #27 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, blue. A

GO FAS RACING #32

Corey LaJoie #32 Pala Casino Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, red fade to black. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, orange waffle design remains but black and red flames have been added. B+

Corey LaJoie #32 RagingBull.com Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, blue front, checkered flag motif side, white rear. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

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

RICK WARE RACING #36

David Ragan #36 Select Blinds Ford MustangNo change. B

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, white, yellow with a series of stripes and designs on sides and front. C

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Citgard Ford MustangNo change. B+

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Fire Alarm Services Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with designs on sides, and stripes on hood. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 Haas Automotion Ford MustangNo change. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

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

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

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, with a white stripe and white designs on rear. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with cutting edge designs on sides. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #49

Chad Finchum #49 Garrison Homes/Toyota Knoxville Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, blue and white with curves on sides. B+

RICK WARE RACING #51

Joey Gase #51 Page Construction/ASC Agri Services Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, gray with a series of designs on sides. F

RICK WARE RACING #52

BJ McLeod #52 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, white sides, black hood and roof, curves on sides. B+

RICK WARE RACING #54

JJ Yeley #54 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black. A

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

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

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, green front, brown sides, white rear. F

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Ross Chastain #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as #42. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, vertical rectangle design. A

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Alex Bowman #88 Adam’s Polishes/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, black with orange and gold stripe. A

Alex Bowman #88 NOCO/Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as Adam’s Polishes but with NOCO on hood. A

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy CamaroNo change. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Christopher Bell #95 Rheem Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, red, white, and black with stripes. B+

Christopher Bell #95 Procore Chevy Toyota CamryNo change. F

GAUNT BROTHERS RACING #96

Daniel Suarez #96 Toyota Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, black with red and white curves on sides. B-

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 Tracker-February 23, 2020

By David G. Firestone

STARCOM RACING #00

Quin Houff #00 Jacob Construction Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, White with red stripes, and red and blue curve. A-

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Kurt Busch #1 Monster Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kurt Busch #1 Gear Wrench Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with green and white cutting edge designs on sides. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo change. C

Brad Keselowski #2 Pirtek Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, dark purple with yellow Penske template. F

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford MustangNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Dent Wizard Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 20 #12. F

Brad Keselowski #2 Money Lion Ford MustangNo change. C

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy CamaroNo Change. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black top, green stripe around number, silver bottom. A

Austin Dillon #3 Symbicort Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, more side designs have been added. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver replaces black on hood and roof. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford MustangNo change. A-

Kevin Harvick #4 #PIT4BUSCH Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, silver with blue and white flames. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, green with white and bacon motif. A

Ryan Newman #6 Castrol Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white, green, red, and black with zig-zag designs. C

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2020, black with red and yellow bottles and splatter motif. F

Ryan Newman #6 Koch Industries Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white front, black middle, blue rear. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Tyler Reddick #8 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNo change. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Zero Sugar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, black with green Camaro stripes and green stripes on sides. A

Chase Elliott #9 UniFirst Chevy CamaroNo change. B-.

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with orange numbers and stripes. A

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue replaces white, gold replaces blue. C+

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo change. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Pure Farmland Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with green and blue stripes. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford MustangNew sponsor for 2020, same as 2020 #21. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Advance Auto Parts Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, reverse color scheme of Shell/Pennzoil. D

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, the designs on sides have been cleaned up. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Peak Ford MustangNo change. B+

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, design has been cleaned up a bit. D

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

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

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford MustangNo change. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #15

Brennan Poole #15 Spartan Mosquito Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, White with yellow and blue Camaro stripes. B+

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 SunnyD Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, side stripes have been toned down. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

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

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Dips Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, white has been added. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #

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

Martin Truex Jr. # Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Sirius XM Toyota CamryNo change. B-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Stanley Toyota CamryNo change. C

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2020, smartphone motif has been removed. C-

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menards/Maytag Ford MustangNo change. A

Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft Ford MustangNo change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

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

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, Axalta Sea Glass replaces dark blue. C

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #27

Reed Sorenson #27 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, blue. A

GO FAS RACING #32

Corey LaJoie #32 Pala Casino Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, red fade to black. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford MustangNew scheme for 2020, orange waffle design remains but black and red flames have been added. B+

Corey LaJoie #32 RagingBull.com Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, blue front, checkered flag motif side, white rear. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

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

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Ryan Preece #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, white, yellow with a series of stripes and designs on sides and front. C

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Speedy Cash Ford MustangNo change. A

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Citgard Ford MustangNo change. B+

John Hunter Nemechek #38 Fire Alarm Services Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2020, white with designs on sides, and stripes on hood. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Cole Custer #41 Haas Automotion Ford MustangNo change. F

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Kyle Larson #42 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2020, green, blue, pink, and silver with cutting edge design on sides. F

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

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

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

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, blue, with a white stripe and white designs on rear. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Financial Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, black with cutting edge designs on sides. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #49

Chad Finchum #49 Garrison Homes/Toyota Knoxville Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, blue and white with curves on sides. B+

RICK WARE RACING #51

Joey Gase #51 Page Construction/ASC Agri Services Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, gray with a series of designs on sides. F

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Timmy Hill #66 RoofClaim.com Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, green front, brown sides, white rear. F

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Ross Chastain #77 Advent Health Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as #42. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy CamaroNo Change. A

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2020, vertical rectangle design. A

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Alex Bowman #88 Adam’s Polishes/Chevy Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, black with orange and gold stripe. A

Alex Bowman #88 NOCO/Group Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2020, same as Adam’s Polishes but with NOCO on hood. A

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy CamaroNo change. A

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Christopher Bell #95 Rheem Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2020, red, white, and black with stripes. B+

Christopher Bell #95 Procore Chevy Toyota CamryNo change. F

The Final Paint Scheme Grades Of 2019-November 29, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 International Marine Chevy Camaro-This is an ugly, over designed mess that doesn’t look good at all. This gets an F.

Daniel Hemric #8 myblu Chevy Camaro-I love the shade of blue, it works well with the black, and the car has a good design. This looks good, and earns an A.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Richmond Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #21, same A grade.

Joe Nemechek #15 RoyalTeakCollection.com Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.

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

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

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

Ross Chastain #27 Xchange of America Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #15, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 CorvetteParts.net/Skooza.com Ford Mustang-I like the flamingo motif here. It’s bold and unique. I also like the overall design. This gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Honey Nut Cheerios Chevy Camaro-Love the color scheme, hate the design scheme. Red and yellow is a great color scheme, but this is an ugly, over designed mess. I’ll give this a C.

Chris Buescher #37 Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevy Camaro-You can’t go wrong with black with flames. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Clorox Chevy Camaro-This is a bold look, it has a great color scheme, and it isn’t over designed. I give this an A.

David Ragan #38 Thank You David Ford Mustang-I miss the old Front Row template. This is why I miss it. The color scheme is great, and the car looks great, so this gets an A.

Daniel Suarez #41 Coca Cola Ford Mustang-Coca Cola has a great shade of red.  The car isn’t over designed, and it looks great.  A

Kyle Larson #42 Clover Chevy Camaro-The red numbers don’t look good, and clash with the color scheme. They take an A scheme down to a B.

Bayley Currey #52 Mtel-One Ford Mustang-The orange doesn’t really add or subtract from the scheme, so I’ll give this a B.

Josh Bilicki #53 Token 4 Token Chevy Camaro-I like this scheme. I like the brick motif, and the color works well for it. I give this an A.

Garrett Smithley #54 AQRE.app Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #51, same A grade.

Timmy Hill #66 GENEREX Generator Toyota Camry-It is a tad over designed, but it isn’t horrible. The color scheme works well, and the car looks good. I’ll give it a B-

Reed Sorenson #77 Rousseau Chevy Camaro-I like the look. The red looks good, as do the white and blue. The car isn’t over designed, and I’ll give this an A.

Garrett Smithley #77 Chevy Camaro-I like this look, and the color scheme works, so this gets an A.

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Procore Safety Qualified Toyota CamryCamo does NOT work on race cars! Add in the fact that this scheme is pointlessly over designed, and you have an F scheme.

Paint Scheme Tracker-October 5, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Coladk/Bos Klein Chevy Camaro-I love this scheme! The grid motif looks awesome, and the colors work very well. I’m going to give this an A.

Austin Dillon #3 Okuma Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #8, same D+ grade.

Ross Chastain #15 Empire Auto Group Chevy Camaro-This is a good look, I do like the color scheme, and the car is well designed. A

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

Corey LaJoie #32 Samaritan’s Feet Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Velveeta Chevy Camaro-The yellow drip motif is good, the red rear is great, this car is great. A

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-I thought the old Jacob Companies scheme was decent, but this new one is awful. It’s way too over designed. Add in the fact that the black and dark blue don’t work well, and you have a D level scheme.

Garrett Smithley #52 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Oil Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #15, same A grade.

Timmy Hill #66 Duracap Asphalt Toyota Camry-My only complaint here is that I think that the stripes are pointless. Other than that, this is a great scheme.

Reed Sorenson #77 Aquesta Bank Chevy Camaro-Those fading stripes are AWESOME! They are bold and unique, but they aren’t over designed. Add in that they are on a black background, and you have a really great scheme.

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Retirement Plans Chevy Camaro-The black elements aren’t needed, and they look out of place. Add in that they take away from an otherwise great scheme, and you have a B- scheme that could have been an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-September 7, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Throwback Chevy Camaro-I always love metallic siver, and the Coors Light look is a great look. I also like the design as a whole. This is getting an A.

Kurt Busch #1 Chevrolet Accessories Throwback Chevy Camaro-The black Monster Energy area looks out of place. This is visually distracting and takes away. The scheme looks good, but the black takes it from an A to an A-.

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Throwback Ford Mustang-The Miller scheme had a unique look, and while I preferred the standard Miller Genuine Draft scheme, this is still a great scheme. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Big Buck Hunter Ford Mustang-Red looks out of place here, and it doesn’t work with this design. Still, it is a decent look, so I’ll give it a B.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Dog’s Most Wanted Ford Mustang-I’ve never seen a car with the motif of someone sitting in a car before. It’s original, but it’s not really that great. Its not over done, but it’s not awful. I’ll give it a C.

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Throwback Toyota Camry-The white design is a unique look, and it’s a good throwback. I like this, and I’m giving it an A.

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Throwback Toyota Camry-This is a smooth, simple look, and it’s a great look. The black works, the red works, and the scheme works. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford Mustang-I was not a fan of the Harvick Shell/Pennzoil scheme, and I’m not a fan of this throwback. There are other Shell schemes that could work, but this is just a meh scheme. I’ll give it a C.

Ryan Sieg #27 SciAps, Inc. Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the green is too light, and it could be darker. A-

Corey Lajoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Scooby Doo Ford Mustang-I never liked Scooby Doo, and I’m not a fan of this scheme. It’s not awful, but I don’t like it. I’ll give it a C.

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Ford Mustang-This was a very unique scheme back in the day, and I like this faithgul representation. This is a good look, and I like the silver door numbers. A

Matt Tifft #36 Hilker Glass Throwback Ford Mustang-This is a bold look that isn’t over done. It’s also a faithful throwback. This is a great look, and I give it an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Fast Lane to Flavor Chevy Camaro-This is an ugly, over designed mess. The only good thing I can say is that I like the color scheme, so that saves it from an F. D-

Kyle Larson #42 Clover Throwback Chevy Camaro-I never liked the green Kodiak scheme, I always preferred the white scheme. This is a faithful replication, but it doesn’t pop as much as some of the others. I’ll give this a B.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Throwback Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is so much better than his current Ally scheme, and it’s a faithful replica. This is a great scheme. A

BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy Camaro-An underrated NASCAR movie with a lot of great cars, this is a faithful replica of the #7 Chicken Pit/Zenon Ford Thunderbird. This is an amazing look, and I give it an A.

JJ Yeley #52 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a good look, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Garrett Smithley #54 AQRE Throwback Chevy Camaro-Not the scheme I was expecting, but this is a good look, and it’s a faithful replica. I give this an A.

Reed Sorenson #77 Motor Racing Network Throwback Chevy Camaro-A fauxback, but a good one. Blue and gold works well, and the design is simple. I give this an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Toyota Throwback Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, it has a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

2019 Throwbacks Ranked!

By David G. Firestone

The throwback race is behind us. You know what that means. I’m going to rank all of the 2019 throwback schemes. As in previous years, the top ranked scheme will be the winner of the Paint Scheme for Best Throwback Scheme. Let’s get going!

1. Austin Dillon #3 DOW Salutes Veterans Chevy Camaro-Black and gold works well, especially on a throwback. This is a great scheme, with a great color scheme, and I can’t give this less than an A.

2. Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Throwback Ford Mustang-The Miller scheme had a unique look, and while I preferred the standard Miller Genuine Draft scheme, this is still a great scheme. A

3. William Byron #24 City Chevrolet/Hendrick Autoguard Chevy CamaroCole’s City Chevrolet Lumina is my favorite car in Days Of Thunder. This is a great replica, and it looks really good. This is getting an A.

4. BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy Camaro-An underrated NASCAR movie with a lot of great cars, this is a faithful replica of the #7 Chicken Pit/Zenon Ford Thunderbird. This is an amazing look, and I give it an A.

5. Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Throwback Chevy Camaro-You could put all of Bill Elliott’s pre-1999 schemes in a hat, pick one out at random, and be guaranteed to pick a great scheme. 1981 was a great scheme, and this faithful throwback is an amazing representation. I love this scheme! A

6. Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Throwback Chevy Camaro-I always love metallic siver, and the Coors Light look is a great look. I also like the design as a whole. This is getting an A.

7. Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Throwback Chevy Camaro-The Tim Richmond Folgers scheme was a great scheme, and it’s nice that Axalta is doing a faithful throwback. This is a great look. A

8. Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy Camaro-Dale’s Olympic scheme was a great scheme. This somewhat faithful replica looks really good, and I can’t really say anything bad. A

9. William Byron #24 City Chevrolet/Hendrick Autoguard Chevy CamaroCole’s City Chevrolet Lumina is my favorite car in Days Of Thunder. This is a great replica, and it looks really good. This is getting an A.

10. JJ Yeley #52 Jacob Companies Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a good look, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

11. David Ragan #38 Thanks DW Ford Mustang-Darrell’s chrome scheme was a bold look that would look just as awesome today. While I think that metallic silver isn’t chrome, I do love this look, and I think this scheme is great. A

12. Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Throwback Toyota Camry-Darrell’s 1990’s Parts America scheme was a great scheme. It looked amazing, and still holds up today! This is a great throwback scheme, and I can’t give this less than an A!

13. Ricky Stenhouse #17 Fastenal Throwback Ford Mustang-Darrell’s 1990’s Parts America scheme was a great scheme. It looked amazing, and still holds up today! This is a great throwback scheme, and I can’t give this less than an A!

14. Matt DiBenedetto #95 Procore Thanks DW Throwback Toyota CamryFaithful 1970’s schemes always look awesome, and this is no exception. This is an amazing look, and I love everything about this scheme! A

15. Erik Jones #20 SportClips Throwback Toyota Camry-This is a smooth, simple look, and it’s a great look. The black works, the red works, and the scheme works. A

16. Garrett Smithley #54 AQRE Throwback Chevy Camaro-Not the scheme I was expecting, but this is a good look, and it’s a faithful replica. I give this an A.

17. Daniel Hemric #8 Caterpillar Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a great scheme, not just because it looks awesome, but because I like how throwbacks are evolving in NASCAR. It used to be that throwbacks were either old schemes, or based on old schemes. Nowadays, everything from cans to trucks are being used. This example is based on an old Caterpillar tractor from the 1920’s. This looks amazing! A

18. David Ragan #38 Shriners Hospitals for Children Throwback Ford MustangDavid Pearson’s 1969 Torino Cobra is a great look, and this is a great throwback. I can’t give this less than an A.

19. Ryan Preece #47 Kroger Throwback Chevy CamaroI love this throwback! The shade of red works, the design looks great, and the car just looks awesome. I love good throwbacks, and this is a good throwback. A

20. Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Ford Mustang-This was a very unique scheme back in the day, and I like this faithful representation. This is a good look, and I like the silver door numbers. A

21. Ryan Blaney #12 Pennzoil Throwback Ford Mustang-Mike’s old Pennzoil scheme was simple, it was attractive, and it worked. This faithful replica works well, and earns an A.

22. Jimmie Johnson #48 Ally Throwback Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is so much better than his current Ally scheme, and it’s a faithful replica. This is a great scheme. A

23. Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Throwback Ford MustangGlen’s 1956 Ford Fairlane had a great look, and this faithful replica is a great look. This is an amazing look, and I can’t give this less than an A.

24. Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Throwback Toyota Camry-The white design is a unique look, and it’s a good throwback. I like this, and I’m giving it an A.

25. Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Throwback Ford Mustang-Jarrett’s Nestle scheme is an interesting throwback choice, but it’s well done, very faithful, and earns an A as a result.

26. Matt Tifft #36 Hilker Glass Throwback Ford Mustang-This is a bold look that isn’t over done. It’s also a faithful throwback. This is a great look, and I give it an A.

27. Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Throwback Toyota Camry-I’m not always a fan of Bass Pro Shops throwbacks, some are better than others. That being said, this scheme is a good look, with a great color scheme. This scheme gets an A.

28. Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Victory Junction Throwback Chevy CamaroSpree was never one of my favorite sponsors. That said, after some time, I do see what they were doing with their scheme. This is a faithful representation of the old Spree scheme, and It works very well. A

29. Daniel Suarez #41 Haas Throwback Ford Mustang-The third Tony Stewart Championship throwback scheme is based on his 2005 Home Depot scheme, which is the best of the three. It’s faithful, and it has a great look, and that will always earn an A.

30. Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Throwback Ford Mustang-For Tony Stewart’s Hall of Fame election, Stewart-Haas Racing’s cars are being painted in the colors of Tony’s Cup Championship schemes. The first from 2002, is based on Tony’s Home Depot. It’s a faithful replica, so that’s good, and I do like the Home Depot’s shade of orange. All things considered, this gets an A.

31 Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-This second Tony Stewart Throwback is based on his 2011 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy. Like the #10, it’s a faithful replica, with correct colors. I liked the design back then, and I like this now, so this gets an A.

32. Paul Menard #21 Quaker State/Menards Steve Kinser Throwback Ford MustangIt’s a good throwback, with a great design, and that will always earn an A.

33. Matt DiBenedetto #95 Toyota Throwback Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, it has a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

34. Reed Sorenson #77 Motor Racing Network Throwback Chevy Camaro-A fauxback, but a good one. Blue and gold works well, and the design is simple. I give this an A.

35. Kurt Busch #1 Star Nursery Throwback Chevy Camaro-My only complaint is the forced black spot for the Monster Energy logo. Other than that, this is a really great throwback. A-

36. Kurt Busch #1 Chevrolet Accessories Throwback Chevy Camaro-The black Monster Energy area looks out of place. This is visually distracting and takes away. The scheme looks good, but the black takes it from an A to an A-.

37. Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer/Velveeta Throwback Ford Mustang-Full disclosure, I loved the old Mark Martin Valvoline design. This new version with Oscar Meyer and Velveeta colors is not as great. The red, white, and blue design works well. Red, green and white doesn’t work as well. It’s still decent, so I’ll give it a B+.

38. Kyle Larson #42 Clover Throwback Chevy Camaro-I never liked the green Kodiak scheme, I always preferred the white scheme. This is a faithful replication, but it doesn’t pop as much as some of the others. I’ll give this a B.

39. Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford Mustang-I was not a fan of the Harvick Shell/Pennzoil scheme, and I’m not a fan of this throwback. There are other Shell schemes that could work, but this is just a meh scheme. I’ll give it a C.

Next week, I revisit an older article.

Paint Scheme Grades-August 10, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Mane ‘n Tall Chevy Camaro-The only good thing I can say is that the color scheme isn’t awful. It’s not a great design scheme, and it’s very over designed. I’ll give this a D.

Landon Cassill #00 Whole Harvest Chevy Camaro-I don’t like wave designs, but this isn’t as bad as some, because the color scheme is great. This is actually a decent look, and earns a C.

Austin Dillon #3 Freightliner Chevy Camaro-Its a great color scheme, with a mediocre, over designed look. I’ll give this a C.

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Spirits Chevy Camaro-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Aric Almirola #10 Go Bowling Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A- grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Cares Toyota Camry-Orange and blue isn’t a great color scheme, and this is a very over designed mess. It does use white as a base color, which is the only thing keeping this above an F. This scheme does get a D.

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Throwback Ford Mustang-Glen’s 1956 Ford Fairlane had a great look, and this faithful replica is a great look. This is an amazing look, and I can’t give this less than an A.

William Byron #24 City Chevrolet/Hendrick Autoguard Chevy CamaroCole’s City Chevrolet Lumina is my favorite car in Days Of Thunder. This is a great replica, and it looks really good. This is getting an A.

Reed Sorenson #27 Lehigh Valley Phantoms Chevy Camaro-Orange on black is a great look, and the design works well. This is a perfect example of less is much more. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Samaritan’s Feet Ford Mustang-A smooth, simple look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Cottonelle Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C- grade.

BJ McCleod #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-Color scheme is good, design scheme is not. I think this is over designed. It isn’t too over designed, but it is over designed. I’ll give it a C.

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-This is an ugly, over designed mess with a bad use of color. This doesn’t work at all. This is just awful. F

Josh Bilicki #52 AQRE Chevy Camaro-Black is a great color for a car, and the building motif works very well here. This is a great look, and I give this an A.

Quin Houff #77 Rapid City Rush Chevy Camaro-The Rush motif works very well. The great color scheme works well, and the design is bold, but not over designed. I give this an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-June 1, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

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

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer Patriotic Ford Mustang-The patriotic motif would work, or the Oscar Meyer motif would work. Combined, they don’t work. This is a rare scheme that clashes with itself. It’s not horrible, it’s not great, it’s worth a C.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Patriotic Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Dent Wizard Ford Mustang-This could theoretically work if the colors were reversed. Dark over light works with the Penske template, but light over dark doesn’t. This just doesn’t look good. F

Ross Chastain #15 Cross Country Adjusting Chevy Camaro-Blue, white, and orange work well, the car isnt over designed, and the car has a great look. I can’t say anything bad here, so I won’t. A

Erik Jones #20 Reser’s Main St. Bistro Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Reser’s, same A grade.

Reed Sorenson #27 VIP Racing Experience Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #15, same A grade.

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Patriotic Ford Mustang-When used correctly, camouflage can work well. This is not one of those cases. I give teams grief for using modern camo, but old school camo does not work on the side of a race car. This is not a good scheme at all. F

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Thrill of the Grill Chevy Camaro-Black with flames…need I say any more than that? A

David Ragan #38 Select Blinds Patriotic Ford Mustang-This may be the most over designed cars I have seen this year. The amount of flames is amazing, the colors don’t mix well with the design, and the whole car is giving me motion sickness while looking at a picture of it. F

Daniel Suarez #41 Coca Cola Ford Mustang-Coca Cola has a great shade of red, and they use it quite effectively here. Add in a smooth look, and you have a car worth an A.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Orange Vanilla Coca Cola Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #43, same A grade.

Joey Gase #46 Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #66, same B- grade.

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies P-40 Warhawk Ford Mustang-For this car, I had to go to the thesaurus and look up synonyms for amazing, because I didn’t know enough. This is a prodigious looking car based on an empyreal aircraft design. I can’t begin to say how much I love this car. A

Bayley Currey #52 Rick Ware Racing SR-71 Ford Mustang-See above. A

Quin Houff #77 NASCAR Mobile App Chevy Camaro-The black looks good, and the NASCAR logo elements are a unique touch. The car isn’t over designed, and it has a great look. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy Camaro-It’s unique, I’ll give it that. The sublimated designs shouldn’t be sublimated. With this design, it looks like the patriotic was an element is secondary. It’s not the worst, but not the best. C

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Procore-Safety Qualified Toyota Camry-Another example of why camo has no place on a race car. Add in some pointless green designs, and you have an F worthy scheme.

Paint Scheme Grades-May 18, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Millennial Ford Mustang-This is…well, overdone and underdone at the same time. There are too many different elements, none of which work with each other. At the same time, there is way too much negative space that isn’t used. This is just awful, and I give it an F.

Daniel Hemric #8 Poppy Bank Chevy Camaro-It looks as though Poppy Bank took a look at the Bass Pro Shops scheme and decided that they should redesign it. It isn’t a good look. Orange is a finicky color when used correctly, and this isn’t correct. It’s not terrible, I’ve certainly seen worse. Still, all things considered, this gets a C.

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford Mustang-I like the new yellow stripes. They are a bold look, and the car has a decent look as a result. I do think that the yellow is a bit too bright for the red though. This is going to get an A-.

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops/Haas Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Rush’s, same A grade.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford This new toned down scheme works so much better! The point is the same, but the car looks so much smoother! It’s still a bold look, but it looks great! I have to give this new scheme an 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/Dutch Boy Ford Mustang-Lighter blue doesn’t work as well with the 2019 Menard’s template. Dutch Boy doesn’t have a great shade of blue to begin with, and the paint scheme doesn’t help much. This is a huge downgrade from last year’s scheme as well. The scheme has gone from an A to a C.

William Byron #24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The new patriotic design here is really good. I miss the flames, but the banner that replaced it looks really good. The car still has a good look, so I’ll give this an A.

William Byron #24 Hendrick Autoguard Chevy Camaro-The removal of silver from the posts, and removal of black from the bottom stripe helped a lot here. This is a great scheme, and I can’t find anything to complain about! A

Reed Sorenson #27 Harrah’s Casino Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Tyler Reddick #31 Tame the Beast Chevy Camaro-A decent scheme, but there are problems. First, the chevrons are over done. Second, the Bigfoot on the side is pointless, and needlessly distracting. Third, the red would work well by itself, as would the Chevrons. It’s still decent, so I’ll give it a B+.

Corey LaJoie #32 Schluter Systems Ford Mustang-Matte black is an underutilized look for race cars, and this is a great example. Add in the fact that the car has a great look, and you have an A worthy scheme.

Matt Tifft #36 Out West Express Ford Mustang-The red contrasts well with the blue, the car is not over designed, it’s a bold and unique look, and it’s a great look. All in all, this gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger-Your Personal Pit Stop Chevy Camaro-A decent scheme, but there are problems. First, the side designs are over done. Second, the red would work well by itself, as would the side designs. It’s still decent, so I’ll give it a B+.

Joey Gase #46 Toyota Camry-Plain black with a red stripe will always work, and I will always give it an A, because it always looks good.

Quin Houff #77 Oil Fire Rye Whiskey Chevy Camaro-The black works well, as does the white. I also love the design of the red stripe in the middle. It looks good, and is unique. All things considered, this gets an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Digital Momentum-Hubspot Toyota Camry-The color is decent, I hate that shade of green though. It is a bit over designed, but I have seen worse. I do thinks that it is a decent design, but toning it down would work well. Still, I’ve certainy seen worse, so this gets a B.