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The Driver Suit Blog-Vintage Item Spotlight-Fransico Grande Pitching Rubber.

By David G. Firestone

Every good baseball team need a home for spring training. In 1959, the San Francisco Giants played their final game at Seals Stadium, a small, crowded, outdated facility in the Mission District of San Francisco. Starting in 1960, the Giants would play their home games at the brand new Candlestick Park. Giants owner Horace Stoneham renovated a large chunk of land near Casa Grande Arizona into a spring training resort named Francisco Grade, Francisco for the San Francisco Giants, and Grande for Casa Grande.

Francisco Grande hosted the Giants from 1959-1979, and during the resort’s early years, it became a desert refuge for Hollywood celebrities, like John Wayne, Pat Boone, and Gale Gordon. Willy McCovey, Juan Marichal and Willy Mays honed their skills at the ballpark, with Mays hitting a 375 foot homer in 1959. After the Giants left for Scottsdale in 1980, the facility wasn’t utilized until the California Angels came in 1982 through 1984. The Angels went all the way to the ALCS before losing to the Milwaukee Brewers. For those three seasons, the Angels prepared for the season, with talent like Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew working on the same diamonds that, 20 years before, Juan Marichal, Willy McCovey, Orlando Cepada, Gaylord Perry, Jose Pagan, Don Larsen and Willy Mays had utilized before their 1962 World Series Title.

When the Angels left, the facility was converted to a football field for the Arizona Wranglers and Denver Gold of the ill-fated USFL. Then it was converted into a golf course, which hosted a number of PGA events. Then in 2003, it closed for renovations. Two years and $8.5 million later, it has evolved into a world-class golf resort.

Most of the baseball equipment from the early glory days has been lost to history. Some of the home plates and equipment used is in a display in the resort. I acquired one of, if not the only remaining pitching rubbers from that resort. To think that Juan Marichal, Billy Pierce, Don Larsen, Gaylord Perry, Warren Spahn, Steve Stone, Vida Blue, or Tommy John used this pitching rubber is just mind blowing! It shows its age, but is still in decent condition. These baseballs were also rescued during the renovations. They have lost their leather covering and red stitches, but they clearly were there for a long time, and one can only dream of who used them…   In additon there are also some hotel key tags from the days before plastic cards. When checking in, the front desk agent would hand the guest a key with one of these tags to let them know where their room was. These would be returned at the end of the stay. These were also rescued during the renovations, and many show their age as well.

The days of McCovey and Mays may be long gong, but the resort has risen anew.  The success of the golf resort as well as the popularity of warm resort during the winter season has taken the resort from a humble ballpark to a world-renowned destination.  The future looks as bright as the Arizona sun for Francisco Grande.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Tracker-February 8, 2023

By David G. Firestone

TRACKHOUSE RACING #1

Ross Chastain #1 Kubota/Onx Homes Chevy CamaroNo change. B

Ross Chastain #1 Jockey Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ross Chastain #1 Worldwide Express/Advent Health Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Ross Chastain #1 Advent Health Chevy CamaroNo change. F

TEAM PENSKE #2

Austin Cindric #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Austin Cindric #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo Change. A

Austin Cindric #2 Freightliner/eCascadia Ford MustangNo change. D

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, white removed, camo added. B

Austin Dillon #3 Get Bioethanol Chevy CamaroNo change. B

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, some changes to stripes on side. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Rheem Ford MustangNo change. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Gear Wrench Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Brad Keselowski #6 Elk Grove Manufacturing and Technology Expo Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, white with red and blue designs. B

Brad Keselowski #6 Esperion Therapeutics Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, white with blue and beige designs. A

Brad Keselowski #6 Castrol Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, black with green and red stripes. A

Brad Keselowski #6 King’s Hawaiian Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, blue removed, green added. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 The Jessie Rees Foundation Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, blue, black, teal, and white with a series of stripes. C

Corey LaJoie #7 Celsius Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Animal Control Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, light orange with raccoons. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Kyle Busch #8 Alsco Uniforms Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, black added, side design changed. B+

Kyle Busch #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, solid red, with black bottom and biscuits. A

Kyle Busch #8 BetMGM Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, green and black with cleaned up sides. A

Kyle Busch #8 Netspend Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, light blue with red and orange stripes. D-

Kyle Busch #8 3Chi Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, black, and gold with cutting edge designs. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, more blue added, some new stripes. A

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, black with orange designs. A

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNo change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo Change. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. A

Denny Hamlin #11 Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2023, some new designs added. A-

Denny Hamlin #11 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Wabash Ford MustangNo Change. A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Ford MustangNo change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Great Lakes Flooring Ford MustangNo change. A

KAULIG RACING #13

Chandler Smith #13 Quick Tie Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, white with red and teal. B

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 Mahindra Tractors Ford MustangNo change. C

RICK WARE RACING #15

JJ Yeley #15 CW & Sons Infrastructure Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, black and red with curves. A

KAULIG RACING #16

AJ Allmendinger #16 Nutrien Ag Solutions Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, green and white with designs. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2023, blue, pink, and gray with slight design. D

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Esperion Therapeutics Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, same as #6. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, same as #6. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo Change. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2023, sublimated designs added, orange reduced. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNo change. A

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2023, new designs. A-

Christopher Bell #20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2023, same as #11. F

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Harrison Burton #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford MustangNo Change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. A

23XI RACING #23

Bubba Wallace #23 DoorDash Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2023, more designs, different shade of red. C

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, side colors reversed. A

William Byron #24 RAPTOR Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, white sides added. B+

KAULIG RACING #31

Justin Haley #31 Cirkul Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, blue and white with water designs. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNo change. A

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

Michael McDowell #34 Quincy Compressor Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, black with purple designs. F

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Todd Gilliland #38 Gener8tor Skills Accelerator Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, red with white. A

Todd Gilliland #38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, black with green and red. A

Todd Gilliland #38 Quincy Compressor Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, same as #34. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Ryan Preece #41 United Rentals Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, some design changes. B

Ryan Preece #41 HaasTooling.com Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, red, black, and white with designs on sides. A

LEGACY MOTOR CLUB #42

Noah Gragson #42 Sunseeker Resort Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, red with stripes. D-

LEGACY MOTOR CLUB #43

Erik Jones #43 Allegiant Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, slight design change. A

23XI RACING #45

Tyler Reddick #45 MoneyLion Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2023, green and black with designs across car. C-

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, front cleaned up. C

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Food4Less/Velveeta Chevy CamaroNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Day Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, blue fade to white with designs. D

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Night Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, blue fade to black with designs. C

RICK WARE RACING #51

Cody Ware #51 Biohaven Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, same as Nurtec. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #54

Ty Gibbs #54 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2023, same as #11. F

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Austin Hill #62 Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevy CamaroNo change. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Ty Dillon #77 Ferris Mowers Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, more designs added. B+

Ty Dillon #77 NASCAR Fan Rewards Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, black and white with colored stripes. B

LIVE FAST MOTORSPORTS #78

Josh Bilicki #78 Zeigler Auto Group Chevy CamaroNo change. C

BJ McLeod #78 B’laster Ford MustangNo change. D-

B.J. McLeod #78 Celsius Ford MustangNo change. A

LEGACY MOTOR CLUB #84

Jimmie Johnson #84 Carvana Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, dark metallic blue with light blue stripes. A

TRACKHOUSE RACING #99

Daniel Suárez #99 Jockey Chevy CamaroNo change. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-February 4, 2023

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy Camaro-Camo is a downgrade, the car looks cluttered. It’s a downgrade from last year. B

Kevin Harvick #4 Gear Wrench Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota Camry-A bit more cluttered than last year’s design, but still not bad. A-

Michael McDowell #34 Quincy Compressor Ford Mustang-I hate the shade of purple, and the design looks awful, so this gets an F.

Todd Gilliland #38 Quincy Compressor Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #34, same F grade.

Ty Dillon #77 Ferris Mowers Chevy Camaro-The lack of white works, but the new design is too cluttered up to get anything more than a B+

The Driver Suit Blog-Driver Suit Blog Radio Episode 56

Some news, some thoughts on stadiums, and some thoughts on Power Slap this week.

https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bears/why-are-bears-moving-arlington-heights-heres-what-we-know
https://www.foxnews.com/sports/chicago-mayor-lori-lightfoot-bears-stadium-beating-packers
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldier_Field
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Bears
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turner_Field
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truist_Park
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_White
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Slap
https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.team-guide-williams-f1s-sleeping-giants-with-an-american-rookie-at-the-wheel.2oTU9kZoWQILs4w934r9A2.html
https://www.nhra.com/news/2023/jcm-racing-teams-tim-wilkerson-expands-partnership-scag
https://www.jayski.com/2023/01/23/chase-elliott-named-favorite-to-win-2023-cup-series-championship/
https://www.jayski.com/2023/01/24/teams-optimistic-about-deal-with-nascar-on-tv-rights-revenue/
https://www.motorsport.com/nascar-cup/news/cup-teams-path-forward-revenue-sharing-deal/10423941/

Local Forecast – Slower by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3988-local-forecast—slower
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Tracker-February 1, 2023

By David G. Firestone

TRACKHOUSE RACING #1

Ross Chastain #1 Kubota/Onx Homes Chevy CamaroNo change. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Austin Cindric #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Austin Cindric #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo Change. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, white removed, camo added. B

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, some changes to stripes on side. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Rheem Ford MustangNo change. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Gear Wrench Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Brad Keselowski #6 Elk Grove Manufacturing and Technology Expo Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, white with red and blue designs. B

Brad Keselowski #6 Esperion Therapeutics Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, white with blue and beige designs. A

Brad Keselowski #6 Castrol Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, black with green and red stripes. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 The Jessie Rees Foundation Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, blue, black, teal, and white with a series of stripes. C

Corey LaJoie #7 Celsius Chevy CamaroNo change. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Kyle Busch #8 Alsco Uniforms Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, black added, side design changed. B+

Kyle Busch #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, solid red, with black bottom and biscuits. A

Kyle Busch #8 BetMGM Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, green and black with cleaned up sides. A

Kyle Busch #8 Netspend Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, light blue with red and orange stripes. D-

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, more blue added, some new stripes. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo Change. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. A

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Wabash Ford MustangNo Change. A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Ford MustangNo change. A

KAULIG RACING #13

Chandler Smith #13 Quick Tie Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, white with red and teal. B

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 Mahindra Tractors Ford MustangNo change. C

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2023, blue, pink, and gray with slight design. D

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Esperion Therapeutics Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, same as #6. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, same as #6. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo Change. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2023, sublimated designs added, orange reduced. C-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNo change. A

Christopher Bell #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2023, new designs. A-

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Harrison Burton #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford MustangNo Change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, side colors reversed. A

William Byron #24 RAPTOR Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, white sides added. B+

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNo change. A

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

Michael McDowell #34 Quincy Compressor Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, black with purple designs. F

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Todd Gilliland #38 Gener8tor Skills Accelerator Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, red with white. A

Todd Gilliland #38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, black with green and red. A

Todd Gilliland #38 Quincy Compressor Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, same as #34. F

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Ryan Preece #41 United Rentals Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, some design changes. B

Ryan Preece #41 HaasTooling.com Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, red, black, and white with designs on sides. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, front cleaned up. C

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Day Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, blue fade to white with designs. D

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Night Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, blue fade to black with designs. C

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #77

Ty Dillon #77 Ferris Mowers Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, more designs added. B+

LIVE FAST MOTORSPORTS #78

Josh Bilicki #78 Zeigler Auto Group Chevy CamaroNo change. C

BJ McLeod #78 B’laster Ford MustangNo change. D-

LEGACY MOTOR CLUB #84

Jimmie Johnson #84 Carvana Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, dark metallic blue with light blue stripes. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-January 28, 2023

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #6 Castrol Ford Mustang-A good color scheme, and a great design scheme will always earn an A.

Corey LaJoie #7 Celsius Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kyle Busch #8 Netspend Chevy Camaro-The only good thing I can say is that I like the shade of red. Other than that, this car has no redeeming qualities. D-

Chandler Smith #13 Quick Tie Chevy Camaro-I like the design and the shade of red, but the teal looks really out of place. It’s not bad, so it gets a B

Chase Briscoe #14 Mahindra Tractors Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #6, same A grade.

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A- grade.

Todd Gilliland #38 Gener8tor Skills Accelerator Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Todd Gilliland #38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Ryan Preece #41 United Rentals Ford Mustang-This scheme is neither better nor worse than last year, so this gets the same B as last year.

Ryan Preece #41 HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang-Definitely an upgrade, with a better primary color, and new designs. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Driver Suit Blog Radio Episode 55

NASCAR, NHRA, IndyCar, Formula 1, and Motocross are discussed this week.

https://www.carscoops.com/2023/01/nascar-makes-fireproof-socks-and-underwear-mandatory/
https://twitter.com/bobpockrass/status/1615412678612160518
https://www.indycar.com/news/2023/01/01-12-larson-500-2024
https://www.jayski.com/2023/01/17/top-three-finishers-in-busch-light-clash-will-be-awarded-medals/
https://motorsports.nbcsports.com/2023/01/06/supermotocross-chicagoland-speedway-playoffs-zmax-dragway-supercross-motocross/
https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.formula-1-update-on-the-2023-calendar.4pTQzihtKTiegogmNX5XrP.html
https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.track-to-be-resurfaced-and-paddock-moved-inside-hard-rock-stadium-for-2023.1Oei1J5s4KM2IDWY1YhTdC.html
https://twitter.com/BPedersen88/status/1616151152176791580
https://www.adl.org/resources/hate-symbol/1488

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Tracker-January 25, 2023

By David G. Firestone

TRACKHOUSE RACING #1

Ross Chastain #1 Kubota/Onx Homes Chevy CamaroNo change. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Austin Cindric #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Austin Cindric #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo Change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, some changes to stripes on side. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Rheem Ford MustangNo change. B+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Brad Keselowski #6 Elk Grove Manufacturing and Technology Expo Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, white with red and blue designs. B

Brad Keselowski #6 Esperion Therapeutics Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, white with blue and beige designs. A

Brad Keselowski #6 Castrol Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, black with green and red stripes. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 The Jessie Rees Foundation Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, blue, black, teal, and white with a series of stripes. C

Corey LaJoie #7 Celsius Chevy CamaroNo change. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Kyle Busch #8 Alsco Uniforms Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, black added, side design changed. B+

Kyle Busch #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, solid red, with black bottom and biscuits. A

Kyle Busch #8 BetMGM Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, green and black with cleaned up sides. A

Kyle Busch #8 Netspend Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, light blue with red and orange stripes. D-

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, more blue added, some new stripes. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo Change. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. A

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Wabash Ford MustangNo Change. A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Ford MustangNo change. A

KAULIG RACING #13

Chandler Smith #13 Quick Tie Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, white with red and teal. B

STEWART HAAS RACING #14

Chase Briscoe #14 Mahindra Tractors Ford MustangNo change. C

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2023, blue, pink, and gray with slight design. D

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Esperion Therapeutics Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, same as #6. A

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, same as #6. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo Change. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2023, sublimated designs added, orange reduced. C-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNo change. A

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Harrison Burton #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford MustangNo Change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, side colors reversed. A

William Byron #24 RAPTOR Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, white sides added. B+

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNo change. A

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

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

Todd Gilliland #38 Gener8tor Skills Accelerator Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, red with white. A

Todd Gilliland #38 Speedy Cash Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, black with green and red. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #41

Ryan Preece #41 United Rentals Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, some design changes. B

Ryan Preece #41 HaasTooling.com Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, red, black, and white with designs on sides. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, front cleaned up. C

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Day Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, blue fade to white with designs. D

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Night Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, blue fade to black with designs. C

LIVE FAST MOTORSPORTS #78

Josh Bilicki #78 Zeigler Auto Group Chevy CamaroNo change. C

BJ McLeod #78 B’laster Ford MustangNo change. D-

LEGACY MOTOR CLUB #84

Jimmie Johnson #84 Carvana Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, dark metallic blue with light blue stripes. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-January 21, 2023

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #6 Esperion Therapeutics Ford Mustang-Good look, not over designed, good color scheme. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy Camaro-Adding the blue looks great, and the stripes work better too. A

Chris Buescher #17 Esperion Therapeutics Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #6, same A grade.

William Byron #24 RAPTOR Chevy Camaro-Like last year, adding the white takes away from a great scheme, and takes it from an A to a B+ because it looks so out of space

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Day Chevy Camaro-It’s a downgrade. The smooth looking scheme has been replaced by a cluttered mess. I can say that the color scheme is good, but this gets a D.

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Night Chevy Camaro-Changing from white to black does help, but only to take the grade from a D to a C.

BJ McLeod #78 B’laster Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D- grade.

Jimmie Johnson #84 Carvana Chevy Camaro-I like the metallic blue, the stripes have a good color, and they are not over designed. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Tracker-January 18, 2023

By David G. Firestone

TRACKHOUSE RACING #1

Ross Chastain #1 Kubota/Onx Homes Chevy CamaroNo change. B

TEAM PENSKE #2

Austin Cindric #2 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Austin Cindric #2 Autotrader Ford MustangNo Change. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford MustangNo Change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford MustangNew scheme for 2023, some changes to stripes on side. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Rheem Ford MustangNo change. B+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Chevy CamaroNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Brad Keselowski #6 Elk Grove Manufacturing and Technology Expo Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, white with red and blue designs. B

Brad Keselowski #6 Esperion Therapeutics Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, white with blue and beige designs. A

SPIRE MOTORSPORTS #7

Corey LaJoie #7 The Jessie Rees Foundation Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, blue, black, teal, and white with a series of stripes. C

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Kyle Busch #8 Alsco Uniforms Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, black added, side design changed. B+

Kyle Busch #8 Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, solid red, with black bottom and biscuits. A

Kyle Busch #8 BetMGM Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, green and black with cleaned up sides. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, more blue added, some new stripes. A

STEWART HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford MustangNo Change. A-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo Change. A

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Discount Tire Ford MustangNo Change. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Wabash Ford MustangNo Change. A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Ford MustangNo change. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford Mustang-New scheme for 2023, blue, pink, and gray with slight design. D

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford MustangNo change. A

Chris Buescher #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford MustangNo change. F

Chris Buescher #17 Esperion Therapeutics Ford Mustang-New sponsor for 2023, same as #6. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo Change. A-

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2023, sublimated designs added, orange reduced. C-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Christopher Bell #20 Rheem Toyota CamryNo change. A

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Harrison Burton #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford MustangNo Change. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

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

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 AAA Southern California Ford MustangNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 AAA Insurance Ford MustangNo change. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, side colors reversed. A

William Byron #24 RAPTOR Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, white sides added. B+

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford MustangNo change. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, front cleaned up. C

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Day Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, blue fade to white with designs. D

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Night Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2023, blue fade to black with designs. C

LIVE FAST MOTORSPORTS #78

Josh Bilicki #78 Zeigler Auto Group Chevy CamaroNo change. C

BJ McLeod #78 B’laster Ford MustangNo change. D-

LEGACY MOTOR CLUB #84

Jimmie Johnson #84 Carvana Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2023, dark metallic blue with light blue stripes. A