Paint Scheme Grades-November 9, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 RigUp/Roland Chevy Camaro-It’s a good scheme, the colors work well with each other, and it isn’t over designed. I’ll give this an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Acronis Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Roush Performance, same B+ grade.

Daniel Hemric #8 Cat Dozers Chevy Camaro-I love what they did here! The dirt motif looks great, as does the bulldozer motif. This is a great scheme. A

Clint Bowyer, #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Mobil 1, same A grade.

Joe Nemechek #15 Xchange of America/Southside Bank Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Xchange of America, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford Mustang-This new Menard’s template works well with red. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

William Byron #24 Axalta/Service King Collision Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Axalta, same A grade.

Ross Chastain #27 Low T Center Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #15, same F grade.

John Hunter Nemechek #36 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, the color scheme is great, and the flame motif works well. I like this, and it gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Slim Jim Chevy Camaro-Yellow and red is a great look, and the car has a really good look. I can’t say anything bad about this. A

Daniel Suarez #41 Walmart Family Mobile Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Covert Auto Group Chevy Camaro-Good look, and a good color scheme is a recipe for an A.

JJ Yeley #53 Factor One Source Pharmacy Ford Mustang-This scheme is just nauseating to look at. This is making me sick, so I give this an F.

Timmy Hill #66 TEX TALK Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Page Construction, same A grade.

Paint Scheme Grades-November 2, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Sea Deck/Units Moving and Portable Storage Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, and the design scheme is good. I can’t give this scheme anything less than an A.

Kurt Busch #1 Global Poker Chevy Camaro-Camo doesn’t look good on a race car. This color scheme doesn’t work with the camo. The car doesn’t look good, so I give it an F

Ryan Newman #6 Blue Bird Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ross Chastain #15 Harrah’s North Kansas City Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr #17 Fifth Third Bank Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Pink Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Garrett Smithley #52 RichMarFlorist.com Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

JJ Yeley #53 Gotta Kill It To Heal It Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Paint Scheme Grades-October 26, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Editor’s note: I am not including the #47 from Kansas, as that was not an intentional design, but rather the result of an off-track incident.

Landon Cassill #00 Creek Enterprise Chevy Camaro-My only complaint is that the green isn’t really needed here. Otherwise, it’s a great look.

Landon Cassill #00 Pop-A-Lock Chevy Camaro-The orange is good, the black and white work well too. The car is horribly over designed, and it doesn’t look good. All things considered, this gets a C

Austin Dillon #3 Roland Chevy Camaro-In addition to being over designed, this has a terrible color scheme, so it gets an F.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ducks Unlimited Ford Mustang-The nature motif works well, and the color scheme works too. This is a good scheme, and it gets an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Mazola Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Ryan Blaney #12 Dickies/Menards Ford Mustang-This is a good shade of blue,and the yellow pops as well. Nothing wrong with this scheme. A

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

Paul Menard #21 Menards/Atlas Ford Mustang-My only complaint here is that the hood is over designed. A-

Corey LaJoie #32 Kansasland Ford Mustang-It has a good color scheme, and it isn’t over designed. That earns this scheme an A.

Austin Theriault #52 Bangor Savings Bank/Travis Mills Foundation Ford Mustang-I love a good fade, and the red chevrons work very well. This gets an A.

Josh Bilicki #53 Insurance King Ford Mustang-I can’t stand this scheme. I hate the gray. I hate the road motif, I hate the hood and roof stripes. I just hate this scheme. F

Joey Gase #66 Page Construction Toyota Camry-The hood and roof look good, and the color scheme works well. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Protect My Farm Chevy Camaro-The Nationwide Small Business scheme worked well, and the farm motif is a good look. A

Paint Scheme Grades-October 19, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme here, blue and white works well. I think the black isn’t needed, and the design is over designed. I’ll give this a B- as a result.

Kevin Harvick #4 Harvick Beer Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Busch, same A grade.

Ryan Newman #6 Wyndham Rewards Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Night Vision Chevy Camaro-It’s a bold look, I like the use of metallic gold. I also like the designs, it’s not over designed. It’s a great look that earns an A.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Racing for Bacon Ford Mustang-Do I really need to say anything than “bacon flame motif?” A

Ty Dillon #13 GEICO Throwback Chevy Camaro-Great shade of green, great throwback numbers and Richard Childress on the name rail all add up to an A scheme.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Tarkett Ford Mustang-This new Menard’s template works well with blue. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

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

David Ragan #38 Envision USA Ford Mustang-Another example of a great color scheme, but an over-designed mess of a design scheme. Toned down, this scheme could be a lot better, but this isn’t great, and earns a C.

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s Spicy Chicken Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as McDonald’s McDelivery, same B grade.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Victory Junction Ford Mustang-It’s a unique look, I like the way it looks. It’s got a good color scheme, and it works well. A

Austin Theriault #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-The flag truck is a tradition at Talladega, and this faithful replica is a great look, that I can’t say anything bad about. A

Spencer Boyd #52 Manscaped Chevy Camaro-Another example of a scheme that could have been great, but is over designed. The silver designs are pointless, as are the sublimated designs. Still, it has a great color scheme, so I’ll give it a C.

Brendan Gaughan #62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Joey Gase #66 Fan Memories at Richmond Raceway Toyota CamryThis is an ugly over designed mess of a scheme. Also, why didn’t this scheme run at Richmond? It’s just awful. F

Blake Jones #77 Tennessee Shine/XXX Distillery Chevy CamaroA smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide/Amazon Echo Auto Chevy CamaroIt has a great color scheme, and a bold look that isn’t over designed. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 One Bite Toyota CamryI like the shades of red and yellow used here, and the design is great. All things considered, this gets an A.

Paint Scheme Grades-October 12, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Clean Origin Chevy Camaro-This is a good look, with a great color scheme, and I will give this an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Acronis Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Daniel Hemric #8 Lucas Oil Chevy Camaro-A bold look that isn’t over designed, and has a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Paul Menard #21 Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #12, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #32 Drydene Ford Mustang-White and red is a great color scheme, and the design is bold and perfect. I can’t give this less than an A.

Michael McDowell #34 The Pete Store Ford Mustang-I’ll describe this as having nothing wrong, and nothing right at the same time. It’s just there. C.

Matt Tifft #36 Delaware Lottery/Surface Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #36, same B+ grade.

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Simmer Like A Winner Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is great, and I love the bold look of the paintbrush motif. This scheme works and it gets an A.

JJ Yeley #52 Drive Smart Ford Mustang-The red really isn’t needed here, and it clutters up a decent scheme. Add it that the blue is too light, and you have a scheme that could have been an A is taken down to a B+

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Dumont Jets Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Paint Scheme Grades-September 28, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Jack Daniels Chevy Camaro-This is a great look, a great design scheme, and it gets an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Roush Performance/Wyndham Rewards Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Roush Performance, same B+ grade.

Matt Tifft #36 YANMAR America/Martin Generators Ford Mustang-I like this look. The color scheme is great, and the design works well with the color scheme. A

Bubba Wallace #43 LeithCars.com Chevy Camaro-The designs on the rear are visually distracting, over designed, and don’t look good. The front of the car looks great. I do like the color scheme, so I’ll give it a B-

JJ Yeley #52 Byrna Richmond Ford Mustang-The sublimated are over done, one orange one would have worked much better. The addition of gray logos takes this from an A to a B.

Joey Gase #66 Nevada Donor Network/Fan Memories Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Nevada Donor Network, same B- grade.

Alex Bowman #88 Cincinnati, Inc. Chevy Camaro-I like this look. The color scheme is great, and the design works well with the color scheme. 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 3, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Landon Cassill #00 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Kurt Busch #1 Global Poker Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Camo doesn’t look good on a race car. This color scheme doesn’t work with the camo. The car doesn’t look good, so I give it an F.

Austin Dillon #3 Behr Ultra Chevy Camaro-The car is a bit over designed for my taste. Wave designs aren’t great, but this isn’t too bad. The front and back designs could be toned down. All things considered, this gets a B+.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Beer/National Forest Foundation Ford Mustang-The color scheme works very well, and the forest motif is a great look. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Beer Gen X Ford Mustang-This is one of the most horrid, awful, and ugly schemes I have seen in some time. It looks like a bad 80’s movie poster. I can’t give this scheme anything better than an F, so I won’t.

Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Meyer/Velveeta Ford Mustang-The dot fade works well, especially with the great color scheme such as Velveeta and Oscar Meyer, this is a great look, and it earns an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Acronis Ford Mustang-The cutting edge design is over designed. The color scheme works, but could be lightened a little. It’s decent, and it earns a B.

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dewnited States Chevy Camaro-Recipe for an F grade: Take a great color scheme and design scheme, and add the ugliest, over designed and horrific mess of a design to the rear. It’s horrific, and I can’t give this a passing grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

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.

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

Quin Houff #15 The Elease Project Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Rim Ryderz, same A- grade.

Ross Chastain #15 YVARS Branding.com Chevy Camaro-Replacing blue with black would be a major upgrade. Hell, replacing this blue with a much darker blue would work better. This shade of blue doesn’t work well with red flames. Add in that it is a tad over designed, and you have a B scheme that could have been an A scheme.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Roush/Fastenal Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #6, same A grade.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Acronis Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #6, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Richmond Ford Mustang-This new Menard’s template works well with black. This is a great look, and it earns an A.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/FVP Ford Mustang-The only good thing I can say is that the yellow looks good. Other than that, this is hideous, and it earns a D.

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

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Duracel Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #12, same A grade.

William Byron #24 Axalta Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Coinlotto.com Ford Mustang-The stripes are very over designed, and that drags the whole design down quite a bit. The color scheme is good, and the lotto balls work well, but the stripes drag the scheme from an A to a B+.

Corey LaJoie #32 Weirs Motor Sales/Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford Mustang-The color scheme works well, and the car design is bold, but not over done. This is a great scheme that earns an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Shine Armor Ford Mustang-The paint splatter fade works well here. The car has a great look. It’s bold and distinctive. I give this an A.

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.

Michael McDowell #34 Long John Silvers Ford Mustang-Wave patterns are iffy, this is over done. Add in the wood motif, and the color scheme and you have a B+ scheme.

Matt Tifft #36 Louis Kemp Crab Delights Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Matt Tifft #36 Ron Jon Surf Shop Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme. I also love the Ron Jon logo, especially the lettering. This is a great look, and it gets an A.

Matt Tifft Southwestern Trucking Ford Mustang-Red, black, and silver is a great color scheme. The design is over designed. I don’t like wave patterns anymore. So I’m taking everthing into concern when I give this scheme a C.

Chris Buescher #37 Maxwell House Chevy Camaro-Plain blue with a white stripe on the bottom works well, looks good, and earns an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Planters Chevy Camaro-Plain blue with a yellow stripe on the bottom works well, looks good, and earns an A.

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

David Ragan #38 Long John Silvers Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #34, same B+ grade.

David Ragan #38 Compressor World Ford Mustang-Another example of a great color scheme, but an over-designed mess of a design scheme. Toned down, this scheme could be a lot better, but this isn’t great, and earns a C.

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Patriotic Chevy Camaro-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Kyle Larson #42 Ronald McDonald House Charities Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #34, same A grade.

B.J. McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Patriotic Ford Mustang-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Bayley Currey #52 Monarch Crypto Wallet Ford Mustang-A great fade with a great color scheme will ALWAYS look great! This is no exception. A

J.J. Yeley #52 DriveSmartWarranty.com Ford Mustang-Yet another example of a great color scheme, but an over-designed mess of a design scheme. Toned down, this scheme could be a lot better, but this isn’t great, and earns a C.

B.J. McLeod #52 Jacob Companies Patriotic Ford Mustang-This is a good patriotic motif. Not over designed, good color scheme, unique. This works very well, and I give it an A.

Austin Theriault #52 Bangor Savings Bank Chevy Camaro-Wave designs rarely look great. This is a good example. It’s too over designed, and it looks bad. Add in a mediocre color scheme and you have a B-.

Joey Gase #53 Connected Claim Services/Action Restoration Chevy Camaro-Some patriotic motifs are over designed, and this is another example. The torn flag motif could be good, but this needs to be toned down. I’ve seen much worse, so I’ll give this a C-.

Josh Bilicki #53 Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Quin Houff #77 Sleep6/Abt Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Quin Houff #77 Go-Parts.com Chevy Camaro-Blue and white is a great scheme. This shade of orange doesn’t work here. The car is a bit over designed. Still, it’s not over designed so I’ll give it a B-.

Quin Houff #77 #MyTrackMyRoots Chevy Camaro-Black and red works well as a color scheme, and the checkered flag motif works well here too. This is an all-around great scheme, and it earns an A.

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Children’s Chevy Camaro-The toned down stripes look amazing, and they take an A scheme and make it much better. This is awesome, and I give it an A.

Matt DiBenedetto #95 Anest Iwata Toyota Camry-A great fade with a great color scheme will ALWAYS look great! This is no exception. A

Paint Scheme Grades-June 15, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 DOW Salutes Veterans 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

Ryan Newman #6 Coca Cola Ford Mustang-Another great patriotic look. This is a good design, it isn’t over designed, and the car looks great. A

Daniel Hemric #8 Chevy Accessories Chevy Camaro-Changing the angles to curves is a good look. The car looked great last year, and it looks great this year. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield/Meijer Ford Mustang-Another example of a scheme that has two good elements that combine to be a mediocre design. The blue Meijer would work, as does Smithfield. Together, this isn’t a great look, I’ll give it a C.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Wrangler Riggs Ford Mustang-Red as a base color is a good look, and the 2018 Menard’s template works very well. This gets a well-earned A.

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The bottom motif works well, it’s simple yet well done. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Automation/IT Savvy Ford Mustang-This is a decent scheme, but this would work so much better with a black-to-orange fade. Still, it’s decet, so I’ll give it a B.

Garrett Smithley #15 Victory Lane Quick Oil Change/Kendall Oil Chevy Camaro-The red and white curves look really good on the black background. The car as a whole looks great. A

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman/SportsClips Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Craftsman, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Nibco Ford Mustang-This works well, I’m beginning to come around on the new template. This is a good look. A

Corey LaJoie #32 Harvest Investments Ford Mustang-I don’t know for sure if Big Bird has his own shade of yellow. I hope he does, because this is a great shade of yellow. Add in that the car has a smooth look, and you have an A.

Michael McDowell #34 Melling Engine Parts/Dockside Logistics Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Dockside Logistics, same B+ grade.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy Camaro-I love everything about this design! The A-10 is one of my favorite Air Force planes. This look is a great look. A

Josh Bilicki #52 Mariott Companies Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A

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

Paint Scheme Grades-June 8, 2019

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Madison Group Chevy Camaro-The gray on white designs could be toned down.  That would be a great improvement.  It’s not a terrible design, but it has room for improvement. B

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National/Supreme Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Fathers Day Ford Mustang-The cluttered rear quarter panel is a downgrade, and the car as a whole suffers as a result.  It’s still great, but the new design does take the scheme from an A to an A-

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+.

Daniel Hemric #8 Kalahari Resorts Chevy Camaro-This is getting a higher grade, because it’s a better scheme…by comparison.  It’s over designed, and I don’t like the shade of blue.  But compared to last year’s scheme, it’s an improvement.B+

Aric Almirola #10 Valley Tech Academy Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2019, white front, fades to dark blue rear, red stripe on sides. B-

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.

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.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #17 NOS Ford Mustang-NOS has had some schemes over the years that would not get a passing grade.  This isn’t one of them.  This is a good scheme.  The colors work well, the car is not over designed, and it has a smooth look.  All things considered, this gets an A.

Corey LaJoie #32 Visone RV/Wildcat Adventures Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Matt Tift #36 Surface Sunscreen Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

David Ragan #38 Exploria Resorts Ford Mustang-Gray isn’t always the best base color for a race car.  Add in a pointlessly over designed mess of a scheme, and you get an F grade.

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.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Victory Junction Ford Mustang-My only complaint here is that the designs on the front are over designed.  Other than that, this is a good scheme. A-

J.J. Yeley #52 Steakhouse Elite/Weis Markets Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.