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+.