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Paint Scheme Grades-September 15, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Joey Gase #00 Eternal Fan Chevy Camaro-Too many colors, and the car is extremely over designed. F

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Molykote Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Ford Fusion-I don’t like the shade of blue they used, and the designs on the white is distracting. All things considered, I give it a B+.

Clint Bowyer #14 DeKalb Ford Fusion-Great color scheme, and the wing design looks really good in black and yellow. Nothing wrong here. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Stops Ford Fusion-The design works well here, and the color scheme works well with the scheme. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 John Deere Ford Fusion-The color scheme is decent, but the car is somewhat over desgined.  This is another one of those schemes that would work better with a different color scheme.  It’s worth a C-.

Michael McDowell #34 Kroger Race for Riley Ford Fusion-A good color scheme with a good color scheme will always earn an A.

Michael McDowell #34 Speedco/Rotella Ford Fusion-The shades of blue and yellow are good, and the smooth look earns an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Resume Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly over designed mess of a resume for Brian Starr.  This is supposed to get this poor kid a job, but it will probably not work out that well. F

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta/Church Brothers Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Axalta, same F grade.

Kasey Kahne #95 Drumont Jets Chevy Camaro-Great color scheme, but the side design is a bit over designed.  I also think that the black is pointless here.  This scheme is getting a B-.

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Paint Scheme Grades-August 18, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Mane ‘n Tall Chevy Camaro-The color scheme isn’t great to begin with, and when you add in a design scheme that clashes with the color scheme, it’s not good.  It’s a car that clashes with itself. F

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Throwback Chevy Camaro-The metallic gold Miller High Life scheme is a great scheme, and this very faithful representation is a great look! I can’t say anything bad about this scheme. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow We Are Innovators Chevy Camaro-Overall, it’s a great scheme with a great color scheme, and a great look.  A

Matt Kenseth #6 Roush Performance Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Garrett Smithley #7 Victory Lane Oil Change Chevy Camaro-Black replacing white really works here!  The scheme still looks great, and the black fits the scheme more than white does. A

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

Clint Bowyer #14 Cummins/Rush Truck Stops Ford Fusion-The scheme is a smooth classic look with a great color scheme.  It looks really great.  Black and white is a great look for a car. All things considered, I give it an A.

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

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 John Deere Ford Fusion-Yellow and green can be a very difficult scheme to work with on a race car.  This scheme worked well in 1997, and this throwback knocks it out of the park.  It looks great, and I give it an A.

Erik Jones #20 Doosan Machine Tools Toyota Camry-It’s a great design scheme, but the light blue does not work with the rest of the scheme. If the blue were somewhat darker, it might work.  Still, it’s not a bad scheme, so, all things considered, I give it a B-.

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Throwback Toyota Camry-The RE/MAX look from 1997 is a great scheme.  It has a great color scheme and design scheme.  I also love the 1990’s Upper Deck based logo on the hood. All things considered, this gets an A

Paul Menard #21 Earn While You Learn/NewFordTech.com Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Motorcraft, same A grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Harvest Investments Ford Fusion-It’s a great design scheme with a solid color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Slim Jim Chevy Camaro-The sublimated designs, and Slim Jims on sides is a little over done.  It could have been a solid A scheme, but these minor touches take it down to an A-.

David Ragan #38 Louis Kemp Crab Delights Ford Fusion-The orange crab scheme works well, and the blue works well with the rest of the scheme.  It just works well. A

BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-Stripes on a race car are like Tabasco sauce in a Bloody Mary…too much is a bad thing.  In this case, less really would have been more.  It’s still not terrible, so I’ll give it an A-.

Timmy Hill #66 Rewards.com Chevy Camaro-The shades of green and blue aren’t great, and the Rewards logos don’t help.  It’s a good design scheme, but B-

Kasey Kahne #95 Drumont Jets Throwback Chevy Camaro-The Dodge scheme was a great scheme, and this is a faithful replica of that scheme.  This scheme looks great. A

Derrike Cope #99 StarCom/Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-Black is a great scheme for a race car, and the stripe with the fade works well too. This is a great scheme with a smooth look. A

Derrike Cope #99 Bojangles Chevy Camaro-Another great throwback, and this one is very well executed.  The color scheme and design scheme work well, and this car has a great look. A

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Paint Scheme Grades-November 11, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First some 2018 schemes…

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford Fusion-Discount Tire always has great looking cars, and this is no exception. It’s a smooth look, it has a great color scheme, and it earns an A.

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Chevy Camaro-It’s a horrible shade of green, with a decent shade of blue. The look is awful, it’s a bad design, and I can’t give it anything but an F.

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger Chevy Camaro-L like the color scheme, but the design scheme, while decent, is a bit over-designed. It’s worth a B-.

Now on to the 2017 schemes.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Olympics Chevy SS-The winter motif and new color scheme work very well here, it’s a good look. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Justice League Chevy SS-The red and gold look is really good. The design scheme works very well too. It’s an all around great look. A

Joey Gase #7 Donate Life Chevy SS-The hood design works very well, but the side design is another story. It’s an ugly, over designed mess, with a decent color scheme. All things considered, it earns a C-.

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Patriotic Ford Fusion-Adding patriotic elements doesn’t do that much to help the scheme. It is the same F grade as the regular Aspen Dental scheme.

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Stops/Mobil Delvac Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Rush Truck Stops, same A grade.

Matt Kenseth #20 Xfinity Toyota Camry-It’s a bold look, not over designed, and has a great color scheme. It works very well. A

Ray Black Jr.#51 Scubalife Chevy SS-The whole motif works very well, and the color scheme is good. For some reason, water motifs on cars work well. Anyway, it’s worth an A.

David Starr #66 Moore Freight Service Chevy SS-A simple look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Gray Gaulding #83 The Country Network/Earthwater Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Earthwater, same F grade.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.#88 Nationwide/Justice League Chevy SS-The black Justice League motif works very well, and the scheme as a whole is a great look. I can’t give this anything less than an A.

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Paint Scheme Grades-October 17, 2015

By David G. Firestone

First we start with some 2016 paint schemes…

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy John’s Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Outback Chevy SS-As much as I like the color scheme, the new mountain design looks kinda forced, and the face that it eminates from the brake duct doesn’t do it any favors. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Ditech Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevy SS-A brand new design, the old Amp Energy scheme but with Nationwide colors, and I have to say…it works very well. I can’t say anything bad about this scheme. A+

Now on to the 2015 schemes..

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s All Day Breakfast Chevy SS-Black doesn’t work with McDonald’s, red or yellow would work. The design doesn’t remind of McDonald’s either. Nothing works, so I’ll give it an F.

Jamie McMurray #1 HALO 5 Chevy SS-Calling this car over designed would be an understatement. The color scheme doesn’t really fit the design. It earns an F.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Great Stuff Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Alex Bowman #7 Pink Chevy SS-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Alex Bowman #7 Accell Pink Chevy SS-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Sonic Ford Fusion-Another case of design elements on the side, all of which would work by themselves, but look horrible together. The color scheme is good, but the design kills the color scheme, and earns an F.

Tony Stewart #14 Rush Truck Stops/Arctic Cat Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same as Rush’s but with Artic Cat on quarter panels. A+

Alex Kennedy #33 Little Joe’s Auto Chevy SS-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Cole Whitt #35 Rich Logistics Ford Fusion-Overall, I like the design, but the grid pattern looks forced. Get rid of that, and it would be a solid A scheme with a great color scheme. The grid takes it down to a B+

David Gilliland #38 Love’s/Tire Pass Ford Fusion-Same as Love’s, same A grade.

Kyle Larson #42 Target Dark Plaid Chevy SS-The dark plaid design works very well, and the black and red color scheme fits the design perfectly. A+

Kyle Larson #42 Target Plaid Chevy SS-It reminds me of an old Cincinatti Red uniform, and while the Reds uniform looked great, this looks…the word “meh” comes to mind. The stripes are way too thin to look good. Still the color scheme is good, and I’ll give it a C-.

Michael Annett #46 TMC Transportation Chevy SS-The Dale Jr. Style lettering works well in yellow, and the black background works well too. I give it an A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Dillon’s Chevy SS-Same as Kroger’s, same A+ grade

Timmy Hill #62 Becker Autos Chevy SS-Simple design, great color scheme, no complaints, A+.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 HALO 5 Chevy SS-Calling this car over designed would be an understatement. While the color scheme does fit the design, the color scheme can’t save the scheme. It earns an F.

Reed Sorenson #98 VIP Racing Experience Ford Fusion-Simple design, great color scheme, no complaints, A+.