Paint Scheme Grades-April 23, 2016

By David G. Firestone

Kasey Kahne #5 Dewcision Mountain Dew Pitch Black Chevy SS-So Mountain Dew is giving fans the opportunity to bring back one of two flavors, Pitch Black or Baja Blast in a competition called “Dewcision.” They are running three paint schemes to promote it, and all of them are exactly the same except for colors. The color schemes themselves are good, but the design is horrible, and they just look bad, so I give them all a D-.

Kasey Kahne #5 Drive to End Hunger Chevy SS-This is the best Kasey has looked all year! Great design, great color scheme, and a great look. I give it an A+

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota Camry-This was a great scheme last year, and this year, they have improved on it. I didn’t think it could get better, but it has. The removal of the blue stripe, and the color change looks really good, and earns an A+.

Carl Edwards #19 Xfinity Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Chase Elliott #24 Dewcision Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy SS-So Mountain Dew is giving fans the opportunity to bring back one of two flavors, Pitch Black or Baja Blast in a competition called “Dewcision.” They are running three paint schemes to promote it, and all of them are exactly the same except for colors. The color schemes themselves are good, but the design is horrible, and they just look bad, so I give them all a D-.

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Duracel Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

Chris Buescher #34 A&W Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J/Battle of Bristol Chevy SS-Same scheme as white Pilot/Flying J, same A+ grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevy SS-Proving once again that the yellow door numbers make a difference, the minor change takes a C- scheme up to a B+ scheme.

Matt DiBenedetto #83 RMC Events Toyota Camry-The color scheme is good, but I do not like the zig-zag design. It doesn’t look good. The scheme would look better if the stripe was straight or diagonal. This just looks like a mess. The color scheme gives it a B-.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Dewcision Chevy SS-So Mountain Dew is giving fans the opportunity to bring back one of two flavors, Pitch Black or Baja Blast in a competition called “Dewcision.” They are running three paint schemes to promote it, and all of them are exactly the same except for colors. The color schemes themselves are good, but the design is horrible, and they just look bad, so I give them all a D-.

Ryan Ellis #93 Science Logic Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same D+ grade.

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A+ grade.

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors/MastiClean Ford Fusion-I HATE the leaf motif on the sides. It’s ugly, contrasts will the color scheme, and just doesn’t look good. The car as a whole looks good, but the quarter panels are awful. B-

Paint Scheme Grades-October 31, 2015

By David G. Firestone

First we have 2016 paint scheme…

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Chevy SS-It’s a smooth look, very good color scheme, and it looks great! It earns an. A+

Now on to 2015 paint schemes…

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Bad Boy Buggies Pink Chevy SS-Pinkwashing is an automatic F

Greg Biffle #16 Ford Performance Ford Fusion-It’s a simple design with a great color scheme, and I love the spray design on the door numbers. A+

Carl Edwards #19 Xfinifty Toyota Camry-Let’s be honest, it’s a slightly better redesign of the Great Clips scheme, and even then, it’s only B- level. Too many dark-on-dark designs.

JJ Yeley #26 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Toyota Camry-The mediocre color scheme and insanely overdone design scheme combine to earn an F. There is no part of this scheme I can defend.

Paul Menard #27 Menards/Tarkett Chevy SS-With the Menard’s template, or any template for that matter, some color schemes work, other color schemes don’t. The purple isn’t great, but it isn’t awful. I’ll give it a B+.

Bobby Labonte #32 C&J Energy Services Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Ryan Ellis #33 Science Logic Chevy SS-A great color scheme and an awful design scheme combine for a D+ grade.

Travis Kvapil #33 Chevy SS-A timeless look with a great color scheme will earn an A+ ever single time.

David Gilliland #38 Jerry Cook Tribute Ford Fusion-Great looking throwbacks will ALWAYS deserve an A+.

Kyle Larson #42 Target Plaid Chevy SS-If you paint your car with a houndstooth design and it ends up looking like a picnic table cover, you deserve to get a D-.

Kyle Larson #42 Target Plaid Chevy SS-Plaid doesn’t look good on clothes, and it looks even worse on race cars. The only thing saving this scheme is a good color scheme. D-

Michael Annett #46 Flying J/PJ Fresh Chevy SS-Good color scheme, and I LOVE the tomato sauce and pepperoni motif! It looks great and earns an A+.

Timmy Hill #62 Royal Teak Ford Fusion-Royal Teak has had a lot of great color schemes this year, and this is another one. Great color scheme, great design, no complaints. A+

Michael Waltrip #98 Maxwell House Toyota Camry-Same as Clint Bowyer’s Maxwell House Toyota, same A+ grade.