The Driver Suit Blog-2018 Paint Scheme Leaderboard Part 1-Chevy

By David G. Firestone

Well, it’s that time of year again. Christmas music is in all the stores and on the radio. Egg nog is available for purchase. The racing season has ended, and The Driver Suit Blog Paint Scheme Review Committee has met again. The Committee consists of myself, Lucy the Beagle, and Alejandro the cat. During our meeting Lucy and Alejandro fell asleep, so I did the heavy lifting. So here are the Paint Scheme Leaderboards for Chevy in the Cup Series in 2018

1. Beard Oil Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 1

Rank Last Year: 1st of 23

GPA: 4.00

One singular scheme raced for four races, and it has a great design. It’s bold, but not over designed. It’s a great look.

2. Rick Ware Racing #52 Chevy Camaro/Ford Fusion

Number of Schemes: 5

Rank Last Year: N/A

GPA: 3.80

A series of different drivers raced a series of different paint schemes in 2018. All of these schemes were good, some better than others. The Live Hotel and Casino and Jacob Companies entries could have used some work, but as a whole, a very solid year.

3. Jimmie Johnson #48 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 6

Rank Last Year: 23rd of 23

GPA: 3.61

Jimmie had 5 solid A schemes this year, which looked great, and weren’t over designed. Sadly, The Jimmie Johnson Foundation scheme was awful. The Jimmie Johnson Foundation was an ugly, over designed mess, with a bad color scheme, as opposed to the other schemes raced. This scheme was so bad, it took Jimmie’s GPA from 4 to 3.61.

4. Jamie McMurray #1 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 16

Rank Last Year: 8th of 23

GPA: 3.48

The schemes were all passable schemes, but the DC Solar patriotic schemes, the Clover schemes, and DC Solar weren’t great, and dragged Jamie’s GPA down to just above a B+. Cessna, and McDonald’s were great.

5. Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 20

Rank Last Year: N/A

GPA: 3.47

The STP, Mile 22, and Food Lion Feeds schemes were slightly over designed. and World Wide Technology was mediocre at best, and Kroger Red, White and Barbecue was a disaster. Other than that, Darrell Wallace Jr. had a great season, paint scheme-wise. He had a lot of great looks, and a really great throwback.

6. Premium Motorsports #55 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 7

Rank Last Year: 6th of 23

GPA: 3.40

Another potential 4.0 scheme ruined by a series of bad grades, including Nevada Donor, the car the following week, and Black Riffle Coffee. Adirondack Tree Surgeons was horrible. Averaging out the grades gives the #55 a 3.40.

7. William Byron #24 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 10

Rank Last Year: 12th of 23

GPA: 3.37

The year started off promising, with 4 A schemes introduced at the beginning of the season. There was a definite drop off as the season progressed, with Uni First, and Hertz, though Hertz would redeem themselves. Then came the disaster that is Axalta/Imron, and that was what dragged the GPA down even more.

8. MBM Motorsports #66 Chevy Camaro/Ford Fusion/Toyota Camry

Number of Schemes: 12

Rank Last Year: 21st of 23

GPA: 3.27

The Rewards.com, and the Rewards.com throwback weren’t the best. Other than those two, there were a lot of A, A-, and B+ schemes this year. But the numbers don’t lie, and the average is a 3.27. In years past, this could have been a higher rank, but this year isn’t a high rank.

9. Austin Dillon #3 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 17

Rank Last Year: 14th of 23

GPA: 3.20

A lot of great, a lot of meh, and some awful. Scooper Cat Litter was awful. American Ethanol, Symbicort, and Dow/Molykote were mediocre. Dow Killz needed work, and while the rest of the schemes were solid, the bad drags down the good here.

10. Premium Motorsports #15 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 16

Rank Last Year: 11th of 23

GPA: 3.13

Low T Center, which never has a good scheme, Go Pro Motorsports, and Championship Machinery were the real stinkers here. Amazingly, there were a lot of A schemes, but those three schemes dragged the GPA down a lot.

11. Chris Buescher #37 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 24

Rank Last Year: 5th of 23

GPA: 3.00

Chris Buescher raced a lot of schemes, and they were all over the place. While the Natural Light Resume scheme was a bad idea all around, there were a lot of schemes that were bad, but with some work could be better. The final GPA however was much lower that it could have been at a 4, but he only got a 3.

12. Rick Ware Racing #51 Chevy Camaro/Ford Fusion

Number of Schemes: 22

Rank Last Year: 9th of 23

GPA: 2.95

The #51’s schemes were all over the place. Some schemes were amazing, some were awful. The Jacob Companies had more different schemes this year than any singular company. The averages are what they are, and the rank is what it is.

13. Premium Motorsports #7 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 10

Rank Last Year: N/A

GPA: 2.91

I get that the #7 is also used for the #15 and #55. However, I’m going to have the #7 as it’s own number. NY Racing will be a separate entry. There was a lot of bad to awful schemes on the 7 this year. This just wasn’t a great year for the #7. Sure there were a few good schemes, but not as many as bad schemes.

14. StarCom Racing #99 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 10

Rank Last Year: N/A

GPA: 2.91

International Marine had a couple of awful schemes. For some reason, the #99 had the really awful Rewards.com Darrell Waltrip throwback. StarCom Fiber’s scheme was bad, but their patriotic scheme was slightly better. It wasn’t a great year for the new team.

15. Chase Elliott #9 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 12

Rank Last Year: N/A

GPA: 2.78

Sun Energy was awful, though they did redeem themselves later in the year. Little Ceaser’s, Mountain Dew, Baja Blast, the second Sun Energy, and NAPA Nightvision were great. Other than that, the schemes were decent, but could have bee great.

16. Ryan Newman #31 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 20

Rank Last Year: 10th of 23

GPA: 2.77

Ryan’s schemes were all over the place this year. Some were really great, including some of CATERPILLAR’s schemes, and the throwback. Others were awful, such as Liberty National and Lucas Oil. But there was a lot more bad than good.

17. Alex Bowman #88 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 9

Rank Last Year: 16th of 23

GPA: 2.76

The Axalta scheme was awful, as was the Church Brothers scheme. The Philadelphia Eagles scheme was ill-advised, as was the Llumar, and Nationwide schemes, but they weren’t awful. It was a decent year, but it could have been a lot better.

18. Gaunt Brother Racing #96 Chevy Camaro/Toyota Camry

Number of Schemes: 11

Rank Last Year: 19th of 23

GPA: 2.73

Ik9 had some great looks this year. The Dale Earnhardt Sr. Throwback was great, as was Northern Provincial. There were some bad looks, but the season as a whole was decent. It could have been better, but it was just decent.

19. Tri Star Motorsports #72 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 17

Rank Last Year: 18th of 23

GPA: 2.71

Tri Star was all over the place this year. Zomongo, Monarch Crypto Wallet, ARK Custom Blockchain, and both Schluter Systems schemes were awful. There were some highlights, including So Cal Chevy, Winn Dixie, BCT Blockchain, and Gas Monkey Garage. There was also a lot of meh schemes. I’ve reluctantly accepted the door number designs, but I’m not accepting some of the paint schemes from the #72.

20. NY Racing Team #7 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 1

Rank Last Year:N/A

GPA: 2.70

One scheme that was decent, but not great, but not awful. That sums up the season for NY Racing, and their one paint scheme.

21. Leavine Family Racing #95 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 15

Rank Last Year: 13th of 23

GPA: 2.53

Kasey’s schemes could be great when they had to. They were bad because he wanted them to be. His schemes were mostly pointlessly over designed, and looked awful. There were some good schemes, but the good and bad led to a bad average.

22. Kyle Larson #42 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 14

Rank Last Year: 20th of 23

GPA: 2.52

Kyle’s schemes were much more over designed than Jamie McMurray’s schemes. The awful Clover scheme found its way on to Kyle’s car. Add in that DC Solar had numerous different designs, and they were all bad in their own way, as well as many that could have been improved, and you have a low GPA for 2018.

23. StarCom Racing #00 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 21

Rank Last Year: 22nd of 23

GPA: 2.42

Another example of a series of schemes that are all over the place. There are too many different ones to mention individually, but almost every grade in the spectrum is represented, and when averaged out, the #00 gets a 2.42.

24. Ty Dillon #13 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 4

Rank Last Year: 15th of 23

GPA: 2.35

The Twisted Tea scheme was great. The Throwback scheme was good, certainly better than the Geico scheme, which is still the same mess it was last year. The Geico patriotic scheme is self-serving, with the outline of the Geico gecko used as a camoflage pattern. The #13 just doesn’t look good.

25. Daniel Hemric #8 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 1

Rank Last Year:N/A

GPA: 2.30

The Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff scheme isn’t great, but it’s not awful. That’s really all there is to be said.

26. AJ Allmendinger #47 Chevy Camaro

Number of Schemes: 2

Rank Last Year: 7th of 23

GPA: 1.90

Kroger was not a great scheme used for most of the year. The only other scheme used was the throwback, but that wasn’t good enough to get a solid A, only an A-. The two schemes averaged only a 1.90.

Next Week, the Ford Paint Scheme Leaderboard.

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The Driver Suit Blog-Throwback Thursday-1981 #25 Rondeau M379

Jean Ragnotti and Jean-Louis Lafosse 1981 #25 Rondeau M379

I’ve the discuss Rondeau M379 before, and I think it looks like a car a child would draw with crayons. The color scheme of this particular M379 is decent, but the design scheme is so over done it’s awful. There are random patches of yellow placed all over the car. The red stripes do work though. All things considered, it’s worth a C+

The Driver Suit Blog-It’s That Time Of Year…The 2018 Paint Schemies Are Here!

By David G. Firestone

With the 2018 NASCAR season behind us, I’m happy to present the 5th Annual Driver Suit Blog Paint Schemie Awards! Regular readers know about this, but I’ll discuss this again. Every year, I pick the best and worst paint schemes and award them the Paint Schemie. This was done using the Driver Suit Blog executive committee for paint scheme analysis and consists of me and Driver Suit Blog assistant, my cat Alejandro, and uses the following standards:

Color Scheme:How the colors look, and how they work with each other.

Overall Design:How good the design itself looks, is there too much, or not enough.

Primary Sponsor Logos: How the primary sponsor logos look on the car

Originality: How original is the scheme.

All of the above can work for or against a scheme, and all will be taken into consideration.

Let’s get the bad Paint Scheme Awards out of the way…

First, the Paint Schemie Award for Worst Regular Season Single Paint Scheme.

The nominees are:

Landon Cassill #00 Mane ‘n Tall Chevy Camaro

Chase Elliott #9 Sun Energy Chevy Camaro

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Military Chevy Camaro

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Ford Fusion

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

Erik Jones #20 Toyota Toyota Camry

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Can Am/Kappa Ford Fusion

David Ragan #38 FR8 Auctions Ford Fusion

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for Worst Regular Season Single Paint Scheme goes to:

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry

The next Paint Schemie Award is for Exhibition or Throwback Paint Schemes. This category is a little different, as the Schemie will go to the best and worst throwback. For this category, all exhibition race and throwback paint schemes qualify automatically.

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for Worst Exhibition or Throwback Paint Schemes goes to…

Timmy Hill #66 Rewards.com Throwback Toyota Camry

The next award of 2018 is the Paint Schemie for Worst Paint Scheme Set of 2018. The nominees are:

Denny Hamlin #11 Toyota Camry

Daniel Hemric #8 Chevy Camaro

Germain Racing #13 Chevy Camaro

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Ford Fusion

Daniel Suarez #19 Toyota Camry

Joey Logano #22 Ford Fusion

BK Racing #23 Toyota Camry

A.J. Allmendinger #47 Chevy Camaro

Ricky Benton Racing #92 Ford Fusion

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for for Worst Paint Scheme Set goes to…

BK Racing #23 Toyota Camry

Now after talking about the bad, we discuss the good. Here are the winners in the best category…

First, the Paint Schemie Award for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme.

The nominees for the 2018 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme are:

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford Fusion

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Chevy Camaro

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Bacon for Life Ford Fusion

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota Camry

Daniel Suarez #19 Coca Cola Toyota Camry

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro

Ryan Newman #31 eBay Motors Chevy Camaro

David Starr #97 Toyota Camry

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme goes to…

Daniel Suarez #19 Coca Cola Toyota Camry

The next category is Paint Schemie Award is for Best Exhibition or Throwback Paint Schemes, and it should come as no surprise that the competition was strong this year.

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for Best Throwback Scheme of 2017 goes to…

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy SS

The final award of 2018 is the Paint Schemie for Best Paint Scheme Set of 2018. The nominees are:

Kevin Harvick #4 Ford Fusion

Erik Jones #20 Toyota Camry

Paul Menard #21 Ford Fusion

Michael McDowell #34 Ford Fusion

Kurt Busch #41 Ford Fusion

Jimmie Johnson #48 Chevy Camaro

Rick Ware Racing #52 Chevy Camaro

Beard Oil Motorsports #62 Chevy Camaro

MBM Motorsports #66 Toyota Camry

Obaika Racing #97 Toyota Camry

The 2018 Paint Schemie Award for for Best Paint Scheme Set goes to…

Michael McDowell #34 Ford Fusion

That’s it for the Schemies, next week, the Paint Scheme Leaderboard begins with Chevy!

The Driver Suit Blog-The Final Paint Scheme Grades Of 2018-November 24, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill#00 Local Knowledge Mahi Chevy Camaro-The mahi is an amazing looking fish, but it does NOT translate well to the side of a race car. The car is over designed, and it looks like a mess.

DJ Kennington #7 APC Chevy Camaro-The front was changed from blue to red, which neither adds nor subtracts from the overall look of the car. As such, B-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Tanner Berryhill #97 Brand South Africa/Vroom! Brands Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Kyle Weatherman #99 International Marine Marlin Chevy Chevy Camaro-While the marlin is much better than a mahi as the motif for a race car, it’s still over designed. The color scheme is better, as is the design as compared to the #00, but it’s still not great. All things considered, I give it a C

The Driver Suit Blog-The Smoke Show…And A Suit To Match

By David G. Firestone

For the last entry in this year’s Little Guy November, I am going to focus on another suit not worn by a professional driver, but a suit worn by a member of the public. The name Tony Stewart is a name that was riddled with controversy. Love him or hate him, you can’t argue with his on-track results. Stewart is one of the privileged few who made it to the big leagues, and had success.

Tony Stewart uses the nickname “Smoke.” There are various stories as to where the nickname came from. He uses the nickname for a number of different things, including the Tony Stewart Smoke Show, which is a charity event where fans can, for a fee, race in a car at Texas Motor Speedway, and ride shotgun with Stewart. Part of the $6,000 fee includes a customized driver suit, like this thick Sparco suit, which is customized for L Swartz Jr. The suit doesn’t really show any use.The collar is red with a Velcro closure.There is nothing on the upper chest area. The front torso features a TONY STEWART SMOKE SHOW logo, which includes TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY.Inside the zipper is the Sparco warranty label, and a Sparco care label with 2/14 as a manufacturing date. The belt has a SPARCO logo and L SWARTZ JR. embroidered.The red legs have boot cuffs, and are unadorned.The shoulders have a red epaulet with SPARCO embroidered at the end of the shoulder, and nothing between the epaulet and the collar. The right red sleeve has a TONY STEWART SMOKE SHOW patch present, and nothing in television position. The left red sleeve has the SFI 3/2-A5 certification present, and nothing in television position. The back of the suit doesn’t really show any wear.The back of the neck is unadorned.The back of the torso is unadorned.Next week, the 2018 Paint Schemies!