The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-November 28, 2015

By David G. Firestone

Kyle Larson #42 Target Plain Chevy SS-I really hope the plaid thing is done with, because these cars are brutal to look at. D-

Ryan Preece #98 Mowhawk/East West Marine Chevy SS-The sponsorship destroys an otherwise solid scheme, taking it from an A to a B+.

With that, my winter sabbatical begins. I will occasionally update the tracker and grades, but for the most part, I’m going to decompress, and enjoy the holiday season. The paint scheme leaderboard will go ahead as planned. I want to thank you for another successful year, and see you in 2016!

The Driver Suit Blog-2015 Driver Suit Blog Gift Guide

By David G. Firestone

It seems everyone is doing gift guides for the Holiday season. So, in honor of Black Friday, I figured I would get in on the action. We all have a racing fan we know, whether it be a coworker, friend, family member, neighbor, or whoever, and you might not know what to get them for the holidays. Racing fans are not that difficult to shop for as one might think, so here is a list of things ideal to give the racing fan in your life.

Racing tickets-The ideal gift for any racing fan is a ticket to see the race live in person. Plus, if said person lives with you, it gets them out of the house for a day, which is nice.

Anything, and I mean ANYTHING with their favorite driver’s name and/or number on it.-Let’s be honest, racing fans want anything that is branded with their favorite driver. I’m fully convinced that male fans will buy a dildo, if it has their driver’s number on it. Just make sure you get the right driver. You don’t want to give a Joey Logano fan a Matt Kenseth branded item…or vise versa. Also, WHY DOES NASCAR SELL ROMANTIC NOVELS?

A big screen tv-To watch racing on…obviously! Turn racing on, and the fans will watch, and you can go about your life without them.

Food delivery gift cards-Racing fans do not like leaving the house to get food, so give them the ability to eat without leaving the house.

Beer-Can’t watch racing without beer. Most racing fans aren’t sophisticated so when it comes to beer…the cheaper the better! Make sure they choose a designated driver first.

Bacon-Now if I really have to explain why this is a good gift, you probably should be reading Cosmo instead of this…

Red meat-See above.

BBQ Sauce-Goes on the red meat.

Potato chips or other snacks-To be eaten with pizza, bacon or red meat.

Soda-Used with beer to help wash down the pizza, bacon, or red meat

Maalox, Pepto Bismol, or any other antacid-A racing fan after pigging out on pizza, bacon, or red meat while watching a race is not pleasant to watch. Said fan is even worse to deal with after the fact, so this should help.

Air freshener-See above.

Follow this easy guide, and the racing fan in your life will be happy!

The Driver Suit Blog-The 3rd Annual Paint Scheme Awards!

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By David G. Firestone

For the end of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, the Paint Schemies have returned! The Schemies will reveal the best,and worst paint schemes of 2015. I’ve eliminated the exhibition and improved categories for 2015, with exhibition replaced by throwback paint scheme.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.

CIMG1130 - CopyFirst, the Paint Schemie Award for Worst Regular Season Single Paint Scheme .

The nominees are:

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy SS

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Lyons Financial Ford Fusion

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Voodoo Grills Toyota Camry

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

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Lyons Financial Ford Fusion

The next award is for Worst Paint Scheme Set, meaning the team that is running consistently bad schemes all year. The nominees are:

GERMAIN RACING #13 CHEVY SS

TEAM PENSKE #22 FORD FUSION

BK RACING #26 TOYOTA CAMRY

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #66

The The winner of the Award For Worst Scheme Set of 2015 goes to…

GERMAIN RACING #13 CHEVY SS

The next Paint Schemie Award is for Throwback Paint Schemes. This category is a little different, as the Schemies will go to the best and worst throwback. For 2015, the nominees for Worst Throwback Paint Scheme are…

Chase Elliott #25 NAPA Fauxback Chevy SS

Denny Hamlin #11 Sport Clips Throwback Toyota Camry

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Winn Dixie Throwback Ford Fusion

The Schemie for Worst Throwback Paint Scheme of 2015 goes to…

Chase Elliott #25 NAPA Fauxback Chevy SS

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

CIMG1130First, the Paint Schemie Award for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme.

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/McDonald’s Chevy SS

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota Camry

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt Toyota Camry

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft/Quicklane Ford Fusion

Jeff Gordon #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy SS

David Ragan #34 CSX Ford Fusion

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Windows 10 Chevy SS

And the winner of the Paint Schemie Award for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme is…

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft/Quicklane Ford Fusion

The next category is best throwback, and it should come as no surprise that the competition was strong this year.

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Genuine Draft Ford Fusion

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Mark Martin Throwback Ford Fusion

Clint Bowyer #15 Buddy Baker Throwback Toyota Camry

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Cargil David Pearson Throwback Ford Fusion

Jeb Burton #23 Estes Cat Throwback Toyota Camry

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta Throwback Chevy SS

Josh Wise #32 Beer Frost/Corvetteparts.com Tide Throwback Ford Fusion

Mike Bliss #33 Harry Gant Throwback Chevy SS

Kyle Larson #42 Mello Yello Chevy SS

Aric Almirola #43 STP 1972 Throwback Ford Fusion

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Valvoline Buddy Baker Throwback Chevy SS

The Schemie for Best Throwback of 2015 goes to…

Clint Bowyer #15 Buddy Baker Throwback Toyota Camry

The final award of 2014 is the Paint Schemie for Best Paint Scheme Set of 2015. The nominees are:

TEAM PENSKE #2 FORD FUSION

JOE GIBBS RACING #11 TOYOTA CAMRY

MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING #15 TOYOTA CAMRY

JOE GIBBS RACING #20 TOYOTA CAMRY

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21 FORD FUSION

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24 CHEVY SS

RAB RACING #29 TOYOTA CAMRY

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #35 FORD FUSION

JTG DAUGHTERY RACING #47 CHEVY SS

FURNITURE ROW RACING #78 CHEVY SS

PHIL PARSONS RACING/PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #98

The Schemie goes to…

FURNITURE ROW RACING #78 CHEVY SS

Now for my annual top 10 list, this year, we are looking at the 10 worst paint schemes of all time…

10. Tony Stewart 2011 #14 El Monterey/Office Depot Chevy Impala-Dark red, Petty blue, and gold do not work as a color scheme.

9.Jimmie Johnson 2013 #48 Yellow Lowe’s Chevy SS-As awful as this scheme is, at least he didn’t wear a yellow uniform, or he would look like a peep, though I do like the chrome helmet.

8. AJ Allmendinger 2003 #51 Neil Bonnett Tribute Chevy SS-This scheme worked in 1994, and really should have stayed there. Also, you couldn’t have used throwback door numbers?

7. Marty Robbins 1978 #42 Marty Robbins Dodge-As deomnstrated above, pink and yellow is NOT a good color scheme.

6. Any paint scheme run by Travis Pastrana in NASCAR-This is just a representation, but anything Travis Pastrana has driven in NASCAR is awful.

5. Brian Keselowsk 2014 #52 Support Millitary Toyota Camry-There is a reason this scheme won the Worst Single Scheme Schemie for two years in a row.

4. Jeff Green 2003 #43 Yu-Gi-Oh Cheerios Dodge Avenger-”Hey! NASCAR fans really like Yu-Gi-Oh, so we should advertise to them” said no one ever.

3. Various Teams 2007 57 Chevy Monte Carlo-To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1957 Chevy, one of the most beautiful cars ever made, Chevy convinced NASCAR to run one of the ugliest paint schemes ever run.

2. Kenny Irwin 1997 #27 Tonka/Winner’s Circle Ford Thunderbird-I really think, given the sponsor, a 9 year old helped design this car.

1. Dale Earnhardt Jr. 2000 #3 Peter Max Chevy Monte Carlo-I was a die hard Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan since watching my first race, the 1990 Twin 125’s. I loved that black #3 with the silver stripe on the bottom. For what would be his last race, Dale raced this car, which looks like a clown threw up all over it. I have yet to find a Dale Sr. fan who will defend this scheme. At least he didn’t wear a matching driver suit.

The Driver Suit Blog-The Final 2015 Paint Scheme Tracker of 2015-November 25, 2015

By David G. Firestone

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #1

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Beechcraft Chevy SSNo Change A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy SSSame basic scheme, but with a new door design. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/McDonald’s Chevy SS-Special dual scheme for the Daytona 500, black Cessna on the front, fade to red McDonald’s on the back. A+

Jamie McMurray #1 Sherwin Williams Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, Red, white and blue with a red line down the center, with the top fades blue to white on top, and white to blue on the bottom. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Dixie Chopper Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2015, same as Cessna/Beechcraft scheme A

Jamie McMurray #1 Energizer Eco Advanced Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2015, same as #42 scheme. D+

Jamie McMurray #1 Bass Pro Shops/Big Ceder Lodge Chevy SS–New scheme for 2015, black with an orange oval with hunting camo in the front. F

Jamie McMurray #1 Cushman Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with a red bumper, and a series of red wave stripes up the side. A+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Beechcraft Chevy SS-Same as Cushman scheme, but with Beechcraft logo on sides. A+

Jamie McMurray #1 Lexar Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, fade replaces stripe on bottom, slight change of sponsors. A+.

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy SS-Same as Daytona scheme, but reversed. A+

Jamie McMurray #1 FlirMPX Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with green stripe across side, and blue rear. A+

Jamie McMurray #1 Naturemade Gummies Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red and yellow with stripes and a fruit motif. F

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s All Day Breakfast Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, all black with blue, white, and pink lettering. F

Jamie McMurray #1 HALO 5 Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, various shades of blue, with HALO inspired designs across car. F

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford FusionSame basic design as 2014, but with no gold stripe, vintage Miller Crest, or hop designs on the side. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford FusionNew redesign, similar in design to Joey Logano’s Shell/Pennzoil Ford, black replaces yellow as the primary color. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford FusionRedesign from last season, follows the Shell/Pennzoil template. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, blue Penske template on a black background C-

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Genuine Draft Ford FusionThrowback scheme that ran from 1990-1996 A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller High Life Ford FusionBased on the design that Bobby Allison won the 1983 Sprint Cup Championship. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite/Penske 25th Anniversary Ford Fusion-Same as Miller Lite scheme but with a special design on the hood. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite 1998 Throwback Ford FusionBased on the 1998 Rusty Wallace scheme, but with some subtle differences. Different logo on hood and sides, and a layers stripe on the stripes. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite 2007 Gold Throwback Ford FusionBased loosely on the 2007 gold scheme raced at the Sprint Unlimited and All-Star Race, new hood logo and designs, door and hood numbers covered by blue. B-

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite 2010 Throwback Ford FusionBased on the Miller Lite scheme from 2010, with some changes to accommodate the Gen 6 car. B-

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite/Careers for Veterans Ford Fusion-Same as Miller Lite but with Careers for Veterans on the quarter panel. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Avaya Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red, white and black Penske template. A+

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite/Luke Bryan Ford Fusion-New scheme, same as Miller Lite but with Luke Bryan on the hood. A+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon #3 Cheerios Chevy SSNo change A+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy SSNo change B+

Austin Dillon #3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy SSNo Change F

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy SSNo Change A-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Energy and Water Chevy SSNo change B-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/WeatherTech Chevy SS-Same scheme as Dow B+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Styrofoam Insulation Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with a downward fade to blue, and a Dow insulation motif on the front. C+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, silver with an American flag motif on the sides, roof and hood. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Weather Tech Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with a red and black roof, and red and black accents on the sides. A-

Austin Dillon #3 NRA Museum Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, black replaces blue on door number and behind. A+

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Utility Chevy SS-Same as Dow scheme, B+.

Auston Dillon #3 Dow Agro Sciences Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red with black curved stripes starting at the door number and moving up the side of the rear. A+.

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015. throwback design based on a Richard Childress scheme from the 1970’s and 1980’s. Red top and bottom, white stripes on roof and sides. B-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Great Stuff Chevy SSNo Change. B-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Plastic Additives Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, black and red with plastic particulate motif across whole car. A+

Austin Dillon #3 Bad Boy Buggies Chevy SSNo Change. F

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Budweiser Chevy SSNo change A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmie Johns Chevy SSNo change A

Kevin Harvick #4 Outback SteakhouseNo Change A

Kevin Harvick #4 Ditech Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue, and white is the primary color scheme A+

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, green, red, and white color scheme with a series of geometrical shapes across the side. F

Kevin Harvick #4 Budweiser Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, yellow with red and black stripes on bottom, sublimated yellow stripes on side. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Folds of Honor/Budweiser/Folds of Honor Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, slightly smaller logos on right side and hood. A+

Kevin Harvick #4 Budweiser Make It Home Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, all red with white lettering. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #5

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Chevy SSNo Change D+

Kasey Kahne #5 Time Warner Cable Chevy SSNo Change C

Kasey Kahne #5 Farmers Insurance Chevy SSComplete redesign from last year, black, and dark blue replaces light blue and silver, and the design has been completely revamped. C+

Kasey Kahne #5 Liftmaster Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red and white redesign of the Time Warner scheme. C+

Kasey Kahne #5 Pepsi Chevy SSNo change B+

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Shark Week Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, yellow, blue, aqua, and orange color scheme, similar to Great Clips, but with a shark motif. B+

Kasey Kahne #5 Aquafina Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue and white with a water motif. A+

Kasey Kahne #5 Hendrick Ride Along Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, red stripes across top and bottom, white separating both, which meet at front, vintage designed numbers and logos. A+

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Tribute Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same as great clips, but with Jeff Gordon Yellow numbers. C+

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Ford Fusion-New team, new sponsor, red, white and blue is the color scheme. A+

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Camo Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, blue with a white front, and a camo motif across. F

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Mark Martin Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, based on Mark Martin’s Valvoline scheme from 1998-1999. A+

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Pink Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, same basic design, but with pink and sequin replacing red, white, and blue. F

TOMMY BALDWIN RACING #7

Alex Bowman #7 Nikko/Toy State Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, Red borders a blue design on the sides and hood. D-

Alex Bowman #7 Accell Construction Chevy SSNo change. C-

Alex Bowman #7 DOC 360 Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all black with DOC 360 logos on front and sides. A+

Alex Bowman #7 Chevy SS-All black with white numbers. A+

Alex Bowman #7 Golden Corral Chevy SS-Same scheme as #46, same C+ grade.

Alex Bowman #7 Chevy SS-All black with gold and white numbers. A+

Alex Bowman #7 Culer Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, dark blue, white, and green, with a wire-frame motif up the side. C+

Alex Bowman #7 Racing Rewards Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, green with a red paint stripe diagonally up the side. C+

Alex Bowman #7 Advance Auto Parts Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with a white stripe on the sides. A+

Alex Bowman #7 Marsh Supermarkets Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with red and green flames up the sides. B+

Alex Bowman #7 FW1 Wash and Wax Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with a diagonal red to green fade over door number and sides. B-

Alex Bowman #7 APC Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black top, yellow stripe across sides blue bottom. B-

Alex Bowman #7 “Tiger” Tom Baldwin Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, pays tribute to “Tiger” Tom Baldwin’s modified car Has image of air filter on hood, and roll bars on sides. A+

Alex Bowman #7 Jewel-Osco Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white front, green stripes vertically across center, red back. B-

Alex Bowman #7 Road Rippers Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same scheme as Toy State but with Road Ripper logos on sides and hood. D-

Alex Bowman #7 Pink Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, black with pink ribbon on hood, and pink stripes. F

Alex Bowman #7 Accell Pink Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same as Accell, but pink replaces red. F

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #9

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Twisted Tea Ford FusionNo Change A

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Camping World/Medallion Bank Ford Fusion-New sponsor set for 2015, a redesign of the Fresh From Florida #43 scheme. F

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Medallion Bank Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as Camping World Scheme, but with a darker green. F

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Medallion Bank/Mercury Marine Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as Camping World Scheme, but with a red, white and blue as a color scheme. B+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Lyons Financial Ford FusionRedesign of the Medallion Bank scheme, with a Lyons Financial logo on the hood. F

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Nature Blast/Medallion Bank Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, light green and dark green diagonal stripes up the side. F

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Victory Junction/Shop.com Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, blue with a series of small white strips in a grid pattern on the side, and an oval with the sponsor on a white background. C+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Jacob Companies Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, aqua, blue and white with a series of geometrical designs on sides and roof. B-

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, dark yellow with black and red stripes on sides. B+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Transportation Impact Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, Jacob Companies color scheme with a lightning bolt swirl design. C-

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Blue Emu Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white front with blue rear, and white spirals on sides. B+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Winn Dixie Throwback Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2015, based on Mark Martin’s 1999 Winn Dixie scheme with modern logos. B-

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Go Bowling/Draft Kings Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2015, Medallion Bank scheme but with different logos. B+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Walmart Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, light blue front, white hood, with a curve to the back. B-

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Lowes Foods Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, all green with white hood. A+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Walmart/SlimFast Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, light blue front, white hood, with a curve to the back. B-

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Sonic Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, blue and white fade design on top, yellow and blue stripe across side, blue bottom, fading design on rear. F

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Go Bowling/Gigablast Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2015, Medallion Bank scheme but with different logos. B+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Cheney Brothers Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white with red and black designs around door number design. F

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Chevy SSSame basic design as last year, but the blue ovals on the white are more pronounced. C

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy Chevy SSNew redesign with more black and less orange. F

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy/TaxAct Chevy SS-New sponsor combo for the Sprint Unlimited, front of the car retains traditional GoDaddy design, whereas back quarter panel is TaxAct. C-

Danica Patrick #10 TaxAct Chevy SS-One race sponsor, will run at Martinsville in March, red, white and black scheme, with diagonal design up the doors. C-

Danica Patrick #10 Mobil 1/Aspen Dental Chevy SSNew sponsor/scheme for 2015, a rehash of Tony Stewart’s #14 Mobil 1/ Bass Pro Shops scheme. C+

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy Small Biz Force Chevy SS-Same as GoDaddy but with #smallbizforce on the hood. F

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy Black Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, reversal of the current scheme with black on top, green on bottom. C+

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy Pink Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, pink replaces most of the green, except around rear logos and hood. F

Danica Patrick #10 GoDaddy Tribute Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same basic design as GoDaddy, but with pictures from Danica and GoDaddy’s 9 year partnership. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNew redesign with a much simpler front and more design on the sides. A+

Denny Hamln #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamrySame redesign as FedEx Express A+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamrySame redesign as FedEx Express A+

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamrySame redesign as FedEx Express A+

Denny Hamlin #11 SportClips Toyota CamryNew redesign with a new door design C-

Denny Hamlin Autism Speaks Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2015, same as FedEx schemes but with an Autism Speaks color scheme. A+

Denny Hamlin #11 Sport Clips Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, white top and hood, black stripe across sides, vintage number design, and red bottom. C

GERMAIN RACING #13

Casey Mears #13 Geico Chevy SSNo Change. D-

Casey Mears #13 Geico/Squidward Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue and aqua with a Squidward tentacles motif. F

Casey Mears #13 Geico Millitary Chevy SSNo Change. F

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevy SSSame color scheme as last year, but with a new design on the side. C+

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops Chevy SSSame color scheme as last year, but with a new design on the side. C+

Tony Stewart #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil1 Chevy SSNo Change C+

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Centers Chevy SSNo Change A+

Tony Stewart #14 Mobil 1/Bass Pro Shops American Salute Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, white takes over for blue as the primary color, scheme is much simpler. A-

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops/Arctic Cat Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as Bass Pro Shops but with Attic Cat on the sides. F

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shop Throwback/Mobil 1 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, silver on top, red stripes across car, bottom is black, vintage Bass Pro Shops log on hood. C+

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Chevy SS-Same as Bass Pro Shops, but with Ducks unlimited on side. C+

Tony Stewart #14 Rush Truck Stops/Arctic Cat Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same as Rush’s but with Arctic Cat on quarter panels. A+

MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING #15

Clint Bowyer #15 5 Hour Energy Toyota CamryNo Change B+

Clint Bowyer #15 Peak Toyota CamryNo Change B

Clint Bowyer #15 Maxwell House Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, blue with orange and white wave designs on bottom. A

Clint Bowyer #15 Cherry 5-hour ENERGY benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation Toyota CamrySame scheme as last year, with a few minor associate changes. B+

Clint Bowyer #15 AAA Insurance Toyota CamryNo Change. B+

Clint Bowyer #15 Jack Links/Big Machine Records Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, Bowyer template with a red, white, and black color combo. B+

Clint Bowyer #15 Casey’s General Store Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, Bowyer template with green, red, white, and black color scheme. A-

Clint Bowyer #15 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, front has Bowyer template, rear has sponsor logos. A+

Clint Bowyer #15 Buddy Baker Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, hand painted throwback to Buddy Baker’s 1974 scheme. A++

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #16

Greg Biffle #16 Cheez Its Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red with a cheese colored stripe and crackers on the side. A+

Greg Biffle #16 Clean Harbors Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red white and black design A-

Greg Biffle #16 Ortho Fire Ant Killer Ford FusionNo change A-

Greg Biffle #16 Ortho Home Defense Ford Fusion-New sponsor, white design with a red and yellow stripe on the bottom, with a net design on the side. A

Greg Biffle #16 Ortho Bug-B-Gon Ford Fusion-New sponsor, new design, red, black, and white is the primary color scheme. A+

Greg Biffle #16 Cheez It/Patrick Starr Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red with an underwater motif and Patrick Starr on the hood. F

Greg Biffle #16 Safety Kleen Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, green, yellow, white, and black with an overly complex design on the sides. F

Greg Biffle #16 Lilly Diabetes Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white front, red, black, and green stripes up the side. C-

Greg Biffle #16 Roush Performance Parts Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, same color scheme but with vertical stripes replacing the dot motif. C-

Greg Biffle #16 Ortho Throwback Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, red with white hood, vintage numbers, logos, and consistency decals. A+

Greg Biffle #16 Roush Performance Parts Pink Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, same as Roush Performance Parts but pink replaces red. F

Greg Biffle #16 Ford Performance Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, all white with blue spray paint design on doors. A+

Greg Biffle #16 Jardiance Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white, yellow, and teal, with a series of geometrical designs on sides. F

Greg Biffle #16 Bleacher Report Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, grey with white quarter panels. B+

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford Fusion-New primary sponsor, blue, and white is the color scheme. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford FusionSame color scheme as 2014, but with a new, simpler side design. A+

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 NOS Ford FusionSame color scheme as 2014, but with an updated design. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Zest Ford FusionNo Change. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, much more subtle patriotic design, with a star and stripe motif, which replaces the American motif. B+

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Ford EcoBoost Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, same as Carl Edwards in 2014. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Juicy Juice Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, green with red stripe and yellow dots. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Cargil David Pearson Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, based on David Pearson’s 1969 Ford Torino Cobra. A+

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Cargil Ford Fusion-White front, light blue center, dark blue back, with a geometrical stripe. B+

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo Change F-

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota Camry-New design for 2015, with a green background and more emphasis on M&M’s Crispy, as well as a new hood logo. B-

David Ragan #18 Snickers Xtreme Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, brown with a series of fades around the Xtreme logo. D+

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2015, orange with white and blue on the bottom. A+

Erik Jones #18 M&M’s Red Nose Day Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, yellow with red noses replacing most of the M&M designs. Red Nose Day is an event to raise money for kids in poverty by having fun via a telethon staring a lot of comedians and stars. A+

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota CamryNo Change. A+

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s/American Hertiage Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, slight change in color, and American Heritage logos on quarter panels. B-

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Center Toyota Camry-Same as Interstate Batteries scheme. F

Kyle Busch #18 Halloween M&M’s Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, orange and black becomes the new color scheme, with Halloween motif across the whole car. A+

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Pink Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, white, blue and pink replace green, yellow, and brown. F

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Carl Edwards #19 Stanley Toyota Camry-New team and new sponsor, yellow, black, and white is the color scheme. B+

Carl Edwards #19 Aaris Toyota Camry-New team and new sponsor, reddish orange with the Aaris logo used as part of the side stripe. A

Carl Edwards #19 Comcast Business Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, blue, silver and white, with a stripe that starts on the bottom, covers the car number, and takes over the top at the back. D-

Carl Edwards #19 SportClips Toyota Camry-New sponsor, same design as Denny Hamlin. C-

Carl Edwards #19 Subway Toyota CamryNew sponsor for Joe Gibbs, much simpler design. A+

Carl Edwards #19 Stanley/Cook’s Children’s Hospital Toyota CamrySlight redesign of the Stanley scheme, with one paitent name from each state on the car. B+

Carl Edwards #19 Minions Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, white with Minions in different poses on sides, deck-lid, and hood. A+

Carl Edwards #19 Xfinifty Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, all black with green, gray, and red geometrical designs on sides. B-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt Toyota Camry-New sponsor, black, green, yellow, and white is the color scheme.-A+

Matt Kenseth #20 Dollar General Toyota CamryMuch simpler than the 2014 scheme, with fewer side designs. A

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt Made In America Toyota Camry-Same basic DeWalt scheme, but with a patriotic motif on sides, and Made In America logo on hood. A+

WOOD BROTHERS RACING #21

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft/Quicklane Ford FusionNo Change A+

Ryan Blaney #21 Maryn Winters Motorcraft JDRF Ford Fusion-Designed by Maryn Winters, an 8 year old with type 1 diabetes, the car features a flower and park theme across the whole car. A+

Ryan Blaney #21 Snap On Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2015, scheme mirrors that of Cruz Pedregon’s funny car. A+

Ryan Blaney #21 SKF Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, blue with white letters and a red and white Nike-style logo up the sides. A+

Ryan Blaney #21 Snap On Throwback Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, same as Snap On, but photos of Snap On distributors replace white. B-

Ryan Blaney #21 SKF Manufacturing Day Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, slight modification of SKF scheme with a polka dot motif and special logo on hood. A+

Ryan Blaney #21 PPG Automotive Finishes Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, blue with paint streaks moving towards the white back. A+

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change D

Joey Logano #22 AAA Ford FusionThe AAA logo has been straightened up in 2015. D

Joey Logano #22 Southern California AAA Ford FusionRedesign of the AAA scheme, with Southern California AAA logo in place of the standard AAA logo. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Platnum Ford FusionNo Change F

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader.com Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015 Ford Fusion-Redesign using the Penske Template. D-

Joey Logano #22 Snap On Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2015, scheme mirrors that of Cruz Pedregon’s funny car. A+

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Indy 500 Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, designed to match Helio Castroneves’ Indy 500 car. A+

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader/Pennzoil Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as Shell/Pennzoil. D

Joey Logano #22 Shell Pennzoil Mario Andretti Throwback Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, based on Mario Andretti’s 1988 24 Hours of LeMans Porsche. A+

BK RACING #23

J.J. Yeley #23 Dr. Pepper/Maxim Fantasy Sports Toyota Camry-New sponsor for the Daytona 500. Black on top, white on the bottom, red stripe in between, Dr Pepper style logo on the door number.-B-

JJ Yeley #23 Dr Pepper Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2015, car keeps the red on top, new number design, and white on bottom. B-

J.J. Yeley #23 American Cancer Society Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, white, red and blue with a supplanted design on the blue, and a thunderbolt motif. C-

Alex Bowman #23 Dr. Pepper Throwback Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, all red with some sublimated I’m a Pepper logos and vintage Dr. Pepper and I’m a Pepper logos on the quarter panel. A+

JJ Yeley #23 We Salute You Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, white, with a patriotic motif on the sides and back. Donation of $10 will get a fallen soldier’s name on the hood and quarter panel. A+

JJ Yeley #23 Heinz Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, black with Heinz bottles on sides and back. A+

JJ Yeley #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry-Same as Burger King #83, except Dr. Pepper replaces Burger King logos. A+

JJ Yeley #23 TraqGear/CoolShirt Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, dark blue, light blue, and white with a stripe and corner design on doors. A+

JJ Yeley #23 Voodoo Grills Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, same as #83, F.

Jeb Burton #23 Estes Cat Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2015, Based on Ward Burton’s 2002 Daytona 500 Winning scheme. A+

JJ Yeley #23 Beds For Kids Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, blue with silver stripe running up the side, white bottom, Dr Pepper design has been removed, vintage-style logos on sides and hood. B-

Jeb Burton #23 Dr. Pepper Pink Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, same as Dr. Pepper, but pink replaces red. F

JJ Yeley #23 Overture Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, orange and blue, orange bottom, blue top, stripe pattern in middle. F

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

Jeff Gordon #24 3M Chevy SS-New design for 2015, silver, with red accents and numbers, with a white hood design that extends over the roof and deck-lid. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta Chevy SSNo Change A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Pepsi Chevy SS-No Change A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy SSMuch simpler redesign, with new hood logo and same color scheme A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Panasonic Toughbook Chevy SSNo Change A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta/Fix Auto Chevy SSSame basic Axalta scheme, but with Fix Auto on the side. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta/Penn State Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, all blue with a slight blue twist design on the sides. B+

Jeff Gordon #24 Red Cross Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all black with red accents. A

Jeff Gordon #24 AARP Member Services/United Health Care Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black front which fades to red on hood, red stripes on sides. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta Throwback Chevy SSBased on the scheme Jeff Gordon raced from 1993-2000. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 AARP Member Advantages/Chase Credit Cards Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as Member Services/United Health Care, but with Chase Credit Cards instead of United Health Care A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta “It’s Been a Great Ride” Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, will be run at Homestead, Jeff’s final race, same as Axalta, but with “It’s been a great ride” on quarter panel. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta Final Race Chevy SSNew scheme and the final scheme for Jeff Gordon’s illustrious career. Same as Axalta, but silver replaces black on sides, roof, and hood. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Ride With Jeff Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, red with 557 names of donors on hood. A+

Jeff Gordon #24 Axalta/Service King Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same as Axalta but with Service King on quarter panels. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #25

Chase Elliott #25 NAPA Chevy SS-New sponsor and car number for 2015, blue is the primary sponsor, with a yellow design on the side. B

Chase Elliott #25 NAPA Fauxback Chevy SSTo be raced at Darlington, based on the 1985 Coors Ford design, but with NAPA colors and logos. C-

BK RACING #26

Jeb Burton #26 Live Deals Ford Fusion-New sponsor for the Daytona 500, will have similar design as JJ Yeley, but with orange, black, and white. B-

Jeb Burton #26 Maxim Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, white with black lettering. A+

Jeb Burton #26 Maxim Red Toyota CamryRed redesign of the white Maxim scheme, with BK Racing letter circle. A-

Jeb Burton #26 Estes Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, black on top, red stripe down the middle, yellow stripes on bottom. D+

Jeb Burton #26 Maxim Fantasy Sports/Estes Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, Red with Maxim Fantasy Sports on hood, and Estes on quarter panel. A+

Jeb Burton #26 Rocky Ridge Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, black, with red and gray curve designs on sides. F

JJ Yeley #26 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, red background with yellow stripes and city motif across car. F

JJ Yeley #26 Overture Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, same as #23. F

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #27

Paul Menard #27 Pittsburgh Paints/Menard’s Chevy SSNo change A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Serta Chevy SSSame basic scheme as 2014, but with more blue on the sides than last year. C+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Peak Chevy SSSome slight changes to the stripes, and roof F

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Duracel Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, using a black, yellow, and gold version of the Menard’s template. A+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Quaker State Chevy SSNo change C

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/FVP Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, standard Paul Menard Template with silver designs for FVP. A

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Sylvania Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red and yellow version of the Menard’s template. D-

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Schrock Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, 2015 Menard’s template with purple stripes. B+

Paul Menard #27 Moen/Menard’s Chevy SS-Menard’s Template with black and blue stripes across the sides. A+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Richmond Water Heaters Chevy SSNo Change. A+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Nebco Chevy SS-Menard’s template with Nebco on hood, and light blue on stripes. A+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Libman Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, Menard’s template with green stripes. A+

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Knauf Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, Menard’s template with sky blue. D-

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, rainbow stripe pattern with vintage Menard’s logo and door numbers. A+

Paul Menard #27 Menards/Tarkett Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, Menard’s template with Tarkett logo and purple stripes. B+

RAB RACING #29

Justin Marks #29 American Born Moonshine Toyota Camry-New sponsor for the Daytona 500, has a wood finished look, with white lettering. A+

TMG RACING #30

Ron Horniday #30 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevy SS-New team and sponsor for 2015. Two-tone green design with white lettering and yellow accents. C-

Ron Horniday #30 Toyota Camry-Matte black with blue and white lettering. A+

Jeff Green #30 Toyota Camry-Black with blue and white lettering. A+

Travis Kvapil #30 Chevy SS-Black with blue and white lettering. A+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #31

Ryan Newman #31 Cat Chevy SSSame color scheme, but the car as a whole has been redesigned A+

Ryan Newman #31 Quicken Loans Chevy SSNo change A

Ryan Newman #31 Granger Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, green, red and white, with some designs on the side. B +

Ryan Newman #31 Caterpillar Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, Yellow with black stripes up the center and vintage logos. A+

Ryan Newman #31 Wix Filters Chevy SSNo Change. F

Ryan Newman #31 Cat/Quicken Loans Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, a more straight design replaces the curved design featured on last year’s car. C-

Ryan Newman #31 CAT Command Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, grey, red, black, and yellow, with diagonal stripe up the side, separating the black bottom, and the gray top. Circular designs emanate from the rear wheel. A+

GO GREEN RACING #32

Go FAS Racing #32 Keen Parts Ford FusionSimpler redesign and a much simpler color scheme. B+

Go FAS Racing #32 C&J Energy Services Ford FusionSame color scheme, but with a different and much more complex side design F

Mike Bliss #32 Draft Demons Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red and black diagonal stripes with a fire motif at the bottom. A

Mike Bliss #32 King Taco Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red, gold and white, with a circular design on the sides, and vintage lettering on the quarter panels and hood. B+

Mike Bliss #32 Keen Parts/Corvetteparts.net Ford FusionNew design for 2015, light blue has been eliminated entierly, replaced with black and grey. Cutting edge design replaced 1960’s design. F

Mike Bliss #32 Rimrock Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, black with red and green designs on the side. F

Mike Bliss #32 Texas Tech Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red fade to black with a large Texas Tech logo on the back. A

Mike Bliss #32 Alpha Floors/JoeUSA.com Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, all white with logos on the hood. A+

Joey Gase #32 Donate For Life/Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as Corvette Parts. F

Mike Bliss #32 Rimrock Devlin/Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-Same as Corvette Parts but with Rimrock Devlin on side. F

Travis Kvapil #32 Victorypress.biz Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, all white with Victorypress.biz logo on side. A+

Boris Said #32 SPG Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white with SPG logos on hood. A+

Boris Said Genesee Beer Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2015,based on old school AMC Matador schemes A+

Michael McDonald #32 Draft Demons Ford Fusion-New scheme for Red, yellow, and white with a fire and devil motif up the side. F

Josh Wise #32 Brandeis Machinery Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, similar to Rimrock Devlin but with a different color scheme. F

Travis Kvapil #32 Skuttletight Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, green, black and white with an angled stripe up the side. A+

Josh Wise #32 Tom Siple Foundation Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white with black and yellow letters, and Tom Siple Foundation logos on sides and hood. A+

Josh Wise #32 Beer Frost/Corvetteparts.com Tide Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, based on the “Tide Ride” used by the #32 team from 2000-2006. A+

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Beer Frost/Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-Same as Corvette Parts but with Beer Frost logo on hood. F

Bobby Labonte #32 C&J Energy Services Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, same as C&J Energy but pink replaces white. F

Kyle Fowler #32 Corvette Parts Pink Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, same as Corvette Parts, but with a pinkwashing motif. F

Joey Gase #32 Zak Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, purple with Zak bottle design on quarter panel, yellow stripe on bottom. B

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #33

Ty Dillon #33 Yuengling Brewery Chevy SS-New sponsor, red, white, and blue is the primary color scheme. A+

Ty Dillon #33 Cheerios Chevy SS-New sponsor for the Daytona 500, based on Austin Dillon’s Cheerios scheme, but with a Kroger’s logo on the hood. A

Brian Scott #33 White Tail Lodge Chevy SSNo change. D-

Ty Dillon #33 Nexium Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue and yellow color scheme, yellow on hood, with a right angle design that extends to the door. A-

Ty Dillon #33 Plankton Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, pink with the character’s face on the hood, which fades to blue towards the back. Krabby Patties are located behind the door number, and the character is depicted behind the rear wheel. F

Brian Scott #33 Kraft Singles Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, patriotic motif with a series of geometrical designs on the sides. F

Brian Scott #33 Shore Lodge Chevy SSNo change. B+

CIRCLE SPORT RACING #33

Alex Kennedy #33 Dream Factory Chevy SSNo Change. B

Michael Annett #33 Pilot/Flying J Chevy SS-This one requires an explanation. At Atlanta, Michael Annett didn’t get his car through inspection in time, and didn’t get to qualify. Brian Scott offered his ride to Annett that weekend, and so the car was repainted. A+

Alex Kennedy #33 Honor and Remember Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red, yellow, and white, diagonal stripes up the sides, and a flag motif on the hood. B-

Travis Kvapil #33 Chevy SS-Black with white letters. A+

Mike Bliss #33 Harry Gant Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, based on the Skoal Bandit scheme run by Harry Gant. A+

Alex Kennedy #33 Little Joe’s Auto Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with white numbers and pink and white lettering. F

Ryan Ellis #33 Science Logic Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with blue hood, and a cloud design across sides. D+

Travis Kvapil #33 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, black with white numbers and silverstripes across hood and roof. A+

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

David Ragan #34 KFC Ford FusionRedesign for 2015, all white front, KFC style stripes on the back. A+

David Ragan #34 CSX Ford FusionSame basic scheme, though the word bubble on the hood has been replaced with a CSX logo. A+

David Ragan #34 Southern Belle Seafood Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, blue, white, and red, follows the “Front Row Motorsports Template” with a stripe that curves above and around the door number, that separates the colors of the car. A+

Chris Buescher #34 A&W Ford FusionNo Change. A+

Brett Moffitt #34 Dockside Logistics Ford FusionNo change. A+

Brett Moffit #34 CSX Veterans Ford Fusion-Same as CSX but with Proud to Hire Our Veterans with a series of veterans groups logos on hood. A+

Brett Moffat #34 A&W National Root Beer Float Day Ford Fusion-Same as A&W scheme. A+

Chris Buscher #34 Bully Hill Vineyards Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, moves from BK Racing to Front Row Motorsports, black replaces blue on primary design. D+

Brett Moffitt #34 No Escape Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, dark blue with a texture motif, orange letters and numbers. C-

Brett Moffitt #34 Dockside Logistics Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, all white with Dockside Logistics logo on hood and quarter panels. A+

Brett Moffitt #34 Visit Dallas Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2015, same scheme as #51 in 2013. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #35

Cole Whitt #35 Speed Stick Gear Ford FusionNo Change A

Cole Whitt #35 Rinnai Filters Ford FusionSame scheme as 2014, different team. A+

Cole Whit #35 Sprouts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, red and blue, with a fruit design on the side. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Ford Fusion-All white with orange and black letters. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Standard Plumbing Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, all white with red oval Standard Plumbing logos. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Tweaker Energy Shot Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015. All black with Tweaker Energy Shot logos on sides and hood. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Uponor Plumbing Products Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with blue and white letters on sides. A+

Cole Whitt #35 KFC Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as #34. A+

Cole Whitt #35 MDS Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white with black logos and gold and black numbers. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Dockside Logistics Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as #34. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Taco Bell Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as #34 in 2014. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Rich Logistics Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, gray grid design around driver compartment, black and read oval design surrounding gray design. B+

Cole Whitt #35 Moen Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, purple with Moen logos on sides and hood. B+

Cole Whitt #35 Speed Stick Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, blue with silver and white curved stripes across sides. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Ferguson Enterprises Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, white with Ferguson Enterprises on quarter panel and hood. A+

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

David Gilliland #38 Love’s Travel Stops Ford FusionNo change A

David Gilliland #38 MDS Ford FusionSame scheme as 2014, but different team. A-

David Gilliland #38 The Pete Store Ford FusionAlmost the same as last year, with a slight change in the curve behind the driver letters. A+

David Gilliland #38 Farm Rich Ford FusionNew team for Farm Rich, same scheme as last year. A+

David Gilliland #38 Love’s Support the Troops Ford FusionNo change. F

David Gilliland #38 Florida Lottery Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, Front Row template, with a blue, orange and green color scheme. C+

David Gilliland #38 FFA/CSX Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white front and back, blue FFA motif in center, yellow stripes divide the two. B+

David Gilliland #38 Cash Crash Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, Front Row template, green bottom, white top, red numbers and line separating the top and bottom. C+

David Gilliland #38 Love’s Truck Stops/Children’s Miracle Network Ford Fusion-Same as Love’s but with Children’s Miracle Network design on hood. A

David Gilliland #38 Love’s/Tire Pass Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, same as Love’s. A

David Gilliland #38 Jerry Cook Tribute Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, based on a design used by Jerry Cook in the 1970’s. A+

HILLMAN-SMITH MOTORSPORTS #40

Landon Cassill #40 Snap 24-7 Fitness Chevy SSSlight redesign from last year, with the black quarter panel replaced with red. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Cars For Sale Chevy SSNo Change C-

Landon Cassill #40 CRC 1-Tank Renew Chevy SSNo Change. B-

Landon Cassill #40 Percon Chevy SS-All red with Percon logos on the hood and sides. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Newton Business Supplies Chevy SSNew team, same scheme. B-

Landon Cassill #40 CRC Knock’er Loose Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, green with red lettering and a black design on the hood and designs. F

Landon Cassill #40 Link-Belt Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all black with Link-Belt logos on the sides and hood. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Snap Fitness Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, battered American Flag motif. A+

Landon Cassill #40 CRC Brakleen Chevy SSNo change. A

Landon Cassill #40 Interstate Moving Services Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red, white, and blue with a patriotic motif on sides. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Interstate Moving/Precon Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, black with interstate logo on hood, and Precon logo on sides. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Chevy SS-Black with white numbers. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Hillman Automotive Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with white numbers and Hillman Automotive on hood. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Proud to be an American Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, based on Sterling Marlin’s patriotic car from the Protection One 400. A+

Landon Cassill #40 Cars For Sale Pink Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same as Cars For Sale but pink takes over as primary scheme, and a pink ribbon has been added on the door. F

Landon Cassill #40 Fiberlock Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, green front, curve across side, darker green shamrock motif on rear. F

Landon Cassill #40 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, white with red designs on side. B+

Landon Cassill #40 Interstate Moving/Precon Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same as plain scheme but with Interstate Moving on hood, and Precon on quarter panel. B+

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAM #42

Kyle Larson #42 Target Chevy SSSame basic design as 2014, but with some sponsor changes on the quarter panel. B-

Kyle Larson #42 White Target Chevy SSSame basic design as 2014, but with some sponsor changes on the quarter panel. B-

Kyle Larson #42 Energizer Eco Advanced Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, different stripe color, fewer logos on the side. D

Kyle Larson #42 Axe White Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all white with silver Target logos, and silver Axe logos. A

Kyle Larson #42 Viva Vantage Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, dark blue with white lettering, and a wave pattern across the sides. A+

Kyle Larson #42 Target Camo Chevy SSNo Change. F.

Kyle Larson #42 Target Bullseye Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same basic scheme, but with Bullseye the dog on the sides and hood. A+

Kyle Larson #42 Coca Cola/Target Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, Coca Cola makes a rare car sponsor appearance, red with Target logos on bottom, and Coca Cola bottle on hood and sides. A+

Kyle Larson #42 Suave Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue with a silver stripe on the front, and Suave logos on sides. A+

Kyle Larson #42 Clorox Chevy SSNo Change. D-

Kyle Larson #42 Linksys Plaid Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with tan plaid pattern across car. B-

Kyle Larson #42 Target Plaid Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, red plaid on white background. D-

Kyle Larson #42 Target Dark Plaid Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, dark red and black plaid covers car. A+

Kyle Larson #42 Target Plaid Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, white with thin red stripes across car. C-

Kyle Larson #42 Target Plaid Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, red and white picnic blanket style plaid across whole car. D-

Kyle Larson #42 Target Plaid Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, red and green diagonal plaid across whole car. D-

Kyle Larson #42 Target Plain Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, classic picnic table plaid design. D-

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Aric Almoriola #43 Eckrich Ford FusionSame basic design, but with a Nathans logo on the rear. C+

Aric Almirola #43 Smithfield Ford FusionNo change B+

Aric Almirola #43 Fresh From Florida Ford FusionNo Change. F

Aric Almirola #43 STP Ford FusionNo Change. A+

Aric Almirola #43 Smithfield/Cheney Brothers Ford FusionSlight redesign of the Smithfield scheme, with a Cheney Brothers logo B+

Aric Almirola #43 United States Air Force Ford FusionNo Change. A+

Aric Almirola #43 Nathan’s Hot Dogs Ford FusionSame basic scheme as 2014, but a blue roof replaces the yellow roof. B+

Aric Almirola #43 Armour Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, Petty blue with green and red numbers, and Armour logos on sides and hood. A-

Aric Almirola #43 STP 1972 Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2015, based on Richard Petty’s 1972 STP Dodge. A+

Aric Almirola #43 Waffle House Ford FusionNo Change. B-

TEAM XTREME RACING #44

Reed Sorenson #44 Golden Corral Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same design as 2015 #36. A

Travis Kvapil #44 Phoenix Warehouse Chevy SSNo Change F

HSCOTT MOTORSPORTS #46

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J Chevy SS-New car number and design. White is the primary color, with red and yellow accents on the sides and front. A+

Michael Annett #46 Cypress HQ Chevy SSNew team for Cypress in 2015, some slight stripe changes on the quarter panel, and a darker blue. F

Michael Annett #46 Northland Oil Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red with black design and white lettering. D-

Michael Annett #46 Philmor Chevy SS-New Sponsor for 2015, yellow, orange and red, with a series of differing designs on the front, sides and back. F

Michael Annett #46 Allstate Peterbuilt Chevy SS-Same basic scheme as last year, with some slight associate sponsor changes, and a new rear quarter panel. A

Michael Annett #46 Bene-Fit Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2015, same as Cypress HQ scheme. F

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J/Sherwin Williams Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with red logos, and a large Sherwin Williams can on the side. A+

Michael Annett #46 Pilot Camo Throwback Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, BDU style camoflage scheme that harkens back to Alan Kulwiki in 1991. A+

Michael Annett #46 Switch Hitch Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as #51 Switch Hitch but white replaces black as the primary color. A+

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, black with yellow stripes, and vintage Pilot and modern Flying J logos. C+

Michael Annett #46 TMC Transportation Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with Dale Jr. style numbers and logos. A+

Michael Annett #46 Flying J/PJ Fresh Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, white with tomato sauce and pepperoni motif across car. A+

JTG DAUGHTERY RACING #47

AJ Allmendinger #47 Better Than Bullion Chevy SS-New Sponsor for 2015, all black with a gold stripe running down the side. A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Bush’s Best Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. B+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Clorox Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 House Autry Chevy SS-New primary sponsor for 2015, Red sides, with blue roof and posts. A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Bush’s Chilli Beans Chevy SS-New sponsor, yellow to orange to yellow fade across whole car. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Hungry Jack Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kingsford Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Scott Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Bush’s Grilling Beans Chevy SSSame basic scheme, some logos have changed on the side. A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger Chevy SSNo change A

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Scotts Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, red on the front, white curve with sponsors on the back sides, the hood is blue and white, the roof is blue. A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger/Better than Bullion Chevy SS-Same scheme as Kroger/Scott’s scheme. A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Food For Less Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same scheme as Kroger. A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Dillon’s Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as Krogers, minus the Kroger logos on front. A+

AJ Allmendinger #47 Fry’s Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as Kroger. A+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Chevy SSNew design, bears a resemblance to the old Kobalt tools scheme from 2009. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Kobalt Chevy SSNew design, redesigned version of the current Lowe’s scheme. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes Pro Services Chevy SS-New design for 2015, same as current Lowe’s scheme, but with PRO SERVICES written on hood and quarter panels. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, black with a dark blue stripe across the hood and roof. A+

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, blue and creme with throwback logos. B-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Red Vest Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same basic design, but red replaces blue for most of the car. C-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes Patriotic Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, white with red and blue designs on sides. B+

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Tribute Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same as Lowe’s but with Jeff Gordon Yellow Numbers. B-

HSCOTT MOTORSPORTS #51

Justin Allgaier #51 Brandt Chevy SSSame primary design, but the door number has reversed colors. A+

Justin Allgaier #51 Switch Hitch/Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy SS-New sponsor set for 2015, all black with yellow and orange stripes that go around the side of the car. D-

Justin Allgaier #51 Flipping Ships Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, dark blue, with a fade from top to bottom, and a sublimated wave design. B+

Justin Allgaier #51 Auto-Owners Insurance Chevy SSNew scheme for 2015, redesign of the old scheme. White has been mostly replaced with dark blue and black. B+

Justin Allgaier #51 AccuDoc Solutions/FOE Chevy SS-Same as FOE, but with AccuDoc on hood. D+

Justin Allagaier #51 SEM Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with white and red SEM logos on sides and hood. A+

Justin Allgaier #51 Switch Hitch Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black with an orange stripe up the side. A+

Justin Allgaier #51 Trademark Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, red, white and blue, with a patriotic motif. A+

Justin Allgaier #51 Brandt Throwback Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, vintage numbers replace current design, EST 1953 has been added as well. A+

Justin Allgaier #51 Texas Lottery Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, blue with white NFL stripe across hood and roof with Texas Lottery logos. Similar, but smaller design on quarter panel. A+

MICHAEL WALTRIP RACING #55

Brian Vickers #55 Aaron’s Toyota CamrySame basic design as last year, the nose has been changed, the main blue is slightly darker, and the gold has been replaced with light blue A+

Brett Moffitt #55 Aaron’s 60th Anniversary Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, colors are reversed, new logo on the hood. A+

Brian Vickers #55 Janssen Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, blue, yellow, and orange with a wave pattern across the side. A+

Brett Moffitt #55 Aaron’s/Steve Byrnes Tribute Toyota Camry-Same as Aaron’s but with A fitting tribute to a tragic death. A+

David Ragan #55 Aaron’s/Spongebob Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, blue to purple fade, yellow on the quarter panel, with Spongebob on the hood. D-

David Ragan #55 Aaron’s.com Toyota Camry-New scheme, slight redesign of the Aaron’s scheme. A+

David Ragan #55 Aaron’s Ken Ragan Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2015, throwback to David’s father Ken’s 1990’s car. A+

David Ragan #55 Aaron’s Partners Of The Year Toyota Camry-Same as Aaron’s, but with more sponsors on hood. A+

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #62

Brian Scott #62 Shore Lodge Chevy SS-New sponsor for the Daytona 500, Black with white lettering and silver designs. B-

Brendan Gaughn #62 Diathrive Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, black, with a blue and white arch up the side. C+

Brendan Gaughn #62 Chevy SS-Black with red and yellow numbers, A+

Brendan Gaughn #62 Vydox Plus Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with a blue fade on the hood and roof, with a red oval on the bottom of the quarter panel. A

Brendan Gaughn #62 Low T Central Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all black with Low T Central logos on the hood and quarter panels. A+

Brendan Gaughn #62 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, all black with red, black, and yellow letters. A+

Timmy Hill #62 Ford Fusion-New manufacturer and scheme, black with gold and white numbers. A+

Reed Sorenson #62 Chevy SS-New scheme and manufacturer for 2015, white with blue stripes and blue numbers. A+

Reed Sorenson #62 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, all white with blue and black numbers. A+

Timmy Hill #62 Champion Machinery Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as plain #62, but with Champion Machinery logo on hood. A+

Timmy Hill #62 Becker Autos Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white with blue roof, and Becker Autos logos on quarter panel and hood. A+

Timmy Hill #62 Royal Teak Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white with blue lettering and numbers. A+

Brendan Gaughn #62 Prairie Auto Credit Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, all black with red, black, and yellow letters, Prairie Auto Credit logo on hood and quarter panels. A+

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #66

Mike Wallace #66 Crazy Vapors/X8 Energy Gum Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, Hood has Crazy Vapors green stripe design, side has X8 abstract design. F

Tanner Berryhill #66 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, all black with silver, white and blue letters. A+

FURNITURE ROW RACING #78

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row Chevy SSNo Change A+

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row Racing/Colorado Freedom Memorial Chevy SS-Same as Furniture Row but with Colorado Freedom Memorial and World Vision on quarter panel. A+

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same basic scheme, but teal replaces orange. A+

BK RACING #83

Johnny Sauter #83 Dustless Blasting Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, green stripes up the hood and roof, white design with Dr Pepper style door numbers. B-

Matt Dibenedetto #83 Burger King Toyota CamrySlight redesign for 2015, black takes over as primary color, Dr. Pepper design around door numbers. B-

Matt Dibenedetto #83 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry-Same as Burger King. B-

BK Racing #83 Cosmo Motors Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, black with red and gray wave patterns on the sides. C-

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Dan Bilzerian Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2015, white with Dan Bilzerian on hood, and logos on side. A+

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Anest Iwata Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, black on top, aqua on bottom, white stripe down the sides. A+

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Voodoo Grills Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2015, slight redesign for the side stripes, and the new door logo is present. F

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Cosmo Motors Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, black, red, white and gray with a series of oval designs on sides, hoods, and roof. C-

Matt DiBenedetto #83 James Madison University Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, gold bottom, blue top, JMU logos on sides and hood, gold back. B+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevy SSNo Change B+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevy SSNo major changes,except a Nationwide logo replaces the National Guard logo. D-

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Kelly Blue Book Chevy SSSame basic design but blue has replaced white as the primary color. B

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew Dewshine Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, green background with gold lettering and white front bumper. A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew Baja Blast Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, silver front, with black wave pattern on the quarter panel. D-

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Amp Energy Passionfruit Chevy SS– New scheme for 2015, all black with a series of blue and yellow designs on the sides and roof. D+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy SS-Black on top, silver stripe down center, American flag motif on bottom. A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Windows 10 Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, white on front, three stripes transferring to blue after the windshield. A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Valvoline Buddy Baker Throwback Chevy SSNew sponsor for 2015, classic Valvoline scheme from 1984. A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr.#88 Nationwide/Plenti Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, Plenti joins Nationwide on the hood, colored arrows mark the hood and sides of the car. C+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 HALO 5 Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, various shades of green and yellow, with HALO inspired designs across car. F

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Tribute Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, same as Nationwide but with Jeff Gordon Yellow Numbers. C+

LEVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Ford FusionRedesign of last year’s scheme, another example of logo as a stripe pattern. A

Michael McDowell #95 K-Love Ford FusionTemplate has been redesigned, and the city outline on the rear quarterpanel has been removed. A

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Silver Ford Fusion-Redesign of Thrivent Financial scheme, with the logo on the sides removed, and silver replaces the red on the sides. A

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors/Thrivent Financial/Larry the Lobster Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white with blue and purple stripes on the hood and sides, yellow quarter panel with Larry the Lobster. D-

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial Ford Fusion– A

Michael McDowell #95 WRL Contractors Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, same as Larry The Lobster, minus Larry The Lobster. A+

Michael McDowell #95 Thrivent Financial/Habitat For Humanity Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, red, white, and grey stripe up the side with Habitat For Humanity logos on quarter panel. A+

Michael McDowell #95 TWD Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, blue with silver parallelogram up the side. B+

PHIL PARSONS RACING/PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #98

Josh Wise #98 Phoenix Construction Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, all white with red lettering, and red and black numbers A+

Josh Wise #98 Mike Curb 200th Start Ford Fusion-Same as Phoenix Warehouse, but with a different quarter panel and hood design. A+

Josh Wise #98 Ford Fusion-White with black and red lettering, A+

Josh Wise #98 Steve Byrnes Tribute Ford Fusion-Simple dedication to the memory of Steve Byrnes, who passed away from cancer this season. A+

Josh Wise #98 Royal Teak Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, all white with black and blue letters. A+

Josh Wise #98 Ford Fusion-Plain white with Royal Teak color lettering. A+

Josh Wise #98 Dogecoin Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, all white with Doge on hood, and back. A+

Josh Wise #98 Big Red/Xyience Ford Fusion-Big Red logos on sides and hood, Xyience on sides as well, spilled soda motif across whole car. F

Timmy Hill #98 Curb Record/Tim Duggar White Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white with black lettering and Tim Duggar on hood. A+

Timmy Hill #98 Curb Record/Tim Duggar Black Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, black with white Tim Duggar hood and white lettering and numbers. A+

Reed Sorenson #98 Chevy SS-New scheme and manufacturer for 2015, white with blue stripes and blue numbers. A+

Timmy Hill #98 Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, white with a blue roof, and blue and black numbers. A+

Timmy Hill #98 Big Daddy RV’s Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, all white with Big Daddy’s RV’s logo on hood. A+

Ryan Preece #98 Chevy SS-New scheme for 2015, designed to look like a modified car, red with white and yellow numbers. A+

Reed Sorenson #98 VIP Racing Experience Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, all white with blue logos on quarter panels. A+

Reed Sorenson #98 Becker Autos Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, white with blue roof, and Becker Autos logos on quarter panel and hood. A+

Michael Waltrip #98 Maxwell House Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2015, same as Clint Bowyer Maxwell House. A+

Ryan Preece #98 Xyience Energy Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2015, silver, with orange and yellow designs on sides and hood. F

Ryan Preece #98 Vydrox Plus Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2015, same as #62. A

Ryan Preece #98 Mowhawk/East West Marine Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2015, same as modified design, but with sponsors on doors and quarter panels. B+

The Driver Suit Blog-My Thoughts On Toyota’s 2015 Racing Season

By David G. Firestone

Last year, I wrote a My Thoughts On where I ripped Toyota for their lackluster performance in NASCAR. Well, what a difference a year makes. While 2014 was a year Toyota would rather forget in NASCAR, 2015 is a year they will treasure. Kyle Busch and Erik Jones won championships in The Sprint Cup and Camping World Trucks respectively. Add their NHRA accomplishments to the mix, and Toyota has become a true competitor in the big leagues of American auto racing.

Let’s look at Toyota’s 2014 stats, starting with the Sprint Cup. I’m going to add the Sprint Unlimited, Budweiser Duels and All-Star Races into the mix as part of my point. Speedweeks started quite well for Toyota, with Denny Hamlin winning the Sprint Unlimited, and his Duel race, with Matt Kenseth winning his Duel race. Toyota had a good showing in the Daytona 500, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race itself. After that, it seemed with the driver lineup they had, Toyota would have a strong season, after winning three of the four events at Speedweeks. With Kyle Busch winning the Auto Club 500 in March, and Denny Hamlin winning the Aaron’s 499 in May, it would seem that Toyota would have a decent season.

Sadly, Toyota didn’t win another points race for the rest of the season. Clint Bowyer would with the Sprint Showdown, but Toyota would not find victory lane for the rest of the season. In total, Toyota won 6 of 40 events in 2014, their Chase grid had only 3 drivers, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth, who raced in through points. Somehow Denny Hamlin was still alive at Homestead, but was a non-factor, finishing 7th.

They fared a little better, in the Xfinity Series, with 8 wins in 33 races. Toyota was even more of a non-factor in the championship. The Truck Series is their shining star, with 18 wins in 22 races, and Matt Crafton winning the championship. The Truck Series success is impressive, but their lackluster performances in the top two NASCAR National Series is nothing to celebrate.

Looking at their NHRA stats for 2014, it’s actually impressive. Toyota teams were very impressive in Top Fuel, winning 16 of 24 events. But because JR Todd couldn’t step up, Tony Schumacher would win the championship. Funny Car was even worse, with Toyota winning 5 races, and the three Countdown drivers, Alexis DeJoria, Del Worsham, and Cruz Pedregon didn’t even crack the top 5 in points.

That was not a memorable year for Toyota, but one year later…

In the Sprint Cup Series, Toyota won 17 of 40 events, counting the Unlimited, Duels, All-Star Showdown, and All-Star Race. They also won The Coca Cola 600, The Brickyard 400, and the Ford Eco-Boost 400, which was won by Kyle Busch, which won him the championship. The Xfinity Series was a mixed bag. While Toyota won 11 of the 33 races, they were a non-factor in the championship. The Truck Series was theirs to shine, winning 14 of 23 races, and Erik Jones winning the championship.

2015 was a great year in the NHRA. Toyota continued their winning ways in the NHRA, winning 17 of 24 events. Antron Brown, devoted Toyota driver, stepped up in the Countdown, and won the Top Fuel championship. Funny Car was a great year as well. Toyota only won 4 races in 2015 in Funny Car, BUT all four of those races were won by Del Worsham, and all four were in the Countdown. His race against Jack Beckman was the best in this respect because that race eliminated Beckman from championship contention and secured Toyota’s fourth championship in 5 series in 2015.

Long story short, a year really does make a difference. I slammed Toyota last year, because their performance was lackluster at best. This year, I can’t say anything bad about Toyota’s racing program, and I look forward to 2016.

On another note, I’m proud to say that The Driver Suit Blog is up to 60,000 views! I love doing this blog, and I’m thrilled to reach 60,000! Thank you all!

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-November 21, 2015

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Tribute Chevy SS-It’s amazing how changing the door number makes this scheme look much better. The yellow door number works with this scheme and it looks better, and earns a C+

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Go Bowling/Gigablast Ford Fusion-Same as Medallion Bank, same B+ grade.

Sam Hornish Jr. #9 Cheney Brothers Ford Fusion-The curve around the door number is unnessicary, and it looks awful. Adding part of the paint scheme around it makes it look even worse. I can’t give this scheme a passing grade if my life depended on it. F

Greg Biffle #16 Bleacher Report Ford Fusion-It’s a solid design, though the color scheme could use some work. Still, it’s work a B+.

JJ Yeley #26 Overture Toyota Camry-Same as #23 Overture, same F grade.

Brett Moffitt #34 Fr8 Auctions Ford Fusion-The color scheme is great, can’t find fault with it, and the design is great as well, I like the flames. All in all, I give it an A+.

Cole Whitt #35 Speed Stick Ford Fusion-The color scheme works well with the design, which is simple and smooth. I like this scheme. A+

Cole Whitt #35 Ferguson Enterprises Ford Fusion-Simple design with a great color scheme will always earn an A+.

Landon Cassill #40 Interstate Moving/Precon Chevy SS-Get rid of those spikes at the bottom, and this would be a solid A scheme, but those ugly spikes take it down to a B+.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Tribute Chevy SS-It’s amazing how changing the door number makes this scheme look much better. The yellow door number works with this scheme and it looks better, and earns a B-

Brendan Gaughn #62 Prairie Auto Credit Chevy SS-Nothing wrong with this scheme! A+

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Tribute Chevy SS-If this was Diet Mountain Dew, the yellow numbers would work quite well, but with Nationwide, it clashes, and takes it down to a C+.

The Driver Suit Blog-NASCAR Napkin RIngs Part 2

interstatering-1 - CopyBy David G. Firestone

I’ve talked about NASCAR banquet rings before. They just fascinate me. I’ve understood the significance of championship rings, who doesn’t. But I’ve never seen these kinds of rings before, where they were enlarged, and used at the banquet as napkin rings until I came across these NASCAR example. With the exception of a Jeff Burton example, they are all Joe Gibbs #18. I’ve come to learn recently, that Interstate Batteries was the group behind these. We’ll get to that in a minute.

At the end of every season, there are banquets, one for all the drivers and teams, as well as ones for individual teams hosted by sponsors or teams. At Joe Gibbs Racing, these napkin rings were given out to crew members and their families as a thank you. Every ring represents a race win. I’ve covered the Daytona 500, jarretring2-1 jarretring2-5 jarretring2-4 jarretring2-3 jarretring2-2Mello Yello 400, jarretring4-1 jarretring4-5 jarretring4-4 jarretring4-3 jarretring4-2and Coca Cola 600 labontering2-1 labontering2-2 labontering2-3 labontering2-4 labontering2-5 rings before, but I have a couple of copies of these rings, so I will move on.

I also have an example from the 1995 Miller Genuine Draft 500, which took place at Michigan International Speedway, which Labonte won. That took place on June 18, 1995. On August 20, 1995, Labonte returned to Michigan and won the GM Goodwrench Dealer 400 that same year. This ring, same design as the other two rings that season, but with green around the front 18 instead of red.labontering5-1 labontering5-2 labontering5-3 labontering5-4 labontering5-5

In 1997, Texas Motor Speedway hosted their first race, the Interstate Batteries 500. The event saw Dale Jarrett on the pole and Jeff Burton winning the race. This proves my theory that Interstate Batteries was behind the rings. This pewter ring was prepared for the race. I haven’t been able to figure out if this is was used at a banquet, or was sold in the gift shop. But it’s nearly identical design and style is hard to ignore. Since Interstate Batteries was doing this for Joe Gibbs racing before this race, and then this ring was made for that race, there is no doubt in my mind that Interstate Batteries was the driving force behind that.interstatering-1 interstatering-2 interstatering-4 interstatering-5

Above and beyond that, it makes sense that Jeff Burton’s team would do that, since at that time, they were sponsored by Exide Batteries, a competitor to Interstate. Exide had to have found out what Interstate was doing, and once Jeff Burton began winning races, Exide decided to join in the fun. It would also explain why there don’t seem to be any examples of any other teams making these rings besides Joe Gibbs Racing, and Roush Racing.

Ok, now with that out of the way, let’s stay in 1997, and look at a new design that Bobby Labonte’s team was given. The 1997 Napa 500 at Atlanta was the season finale. Jeff Gordon won the championship over Dale Jarrett by 14 points. Bobby Labonte won the race. It’s the same design as the other rings, except it is made of pewter. The material change is very evident in that it shows scratches and more chips than their brass counterparts.labontering4-1 labontering4-2 labontering4-3 labontering4-4 labontering4-5

Pewter didn’t last too long, and they switched back to brass by 1999. By 1999, the rings were redesigned as well. The driver profile hasn’t changed, but on the other side, a new logo design takes over the car logo. The crest of the ring has a bigger #18 and a glaze around it, instead of a cheap enamel.labontering6-1 labontering6-2 labontering6-3 labontering6-4 labontering6-5

The silver color returned in 2000, which culminated in Bobby Labonte winning the NASCAR Winston Cup Championship over Dale Earnhardt. One of the four races he won was the 2000 Dura Lube / Kmart 400 at Rockingham. This brand new design was prepared. A new #18 panel was designed, with the sponsor panel unchanged. The crest has been redesigned with car color on the stone area, and bigger lettering on the front.labontering7-1 labontering7-2 labontering7-3 labontering7-4 labontering7-5

Next week, It’s that time of ye delve into the Paint Schemies…See you then.