The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-May 28,2016

By David G. Firestone

Jamie McMurray #1 Bass Pro Shops/National Wild Turkey Federation Chevy SS-Camo is an automatic one letter grade deduction, but the scheme is so bad, it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. I don’t like the use of the turkey, I think it looks awful, and the color scheme is not great. F

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/McDonald’s Patriotic Chevy SS-The switching from white to red is an improvement, and actually takes this scheme from a B+ to an A-.

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford Fusion-The pointless addition of “patriotic” element take one of the best schemes, and an A+ scheme down to a C-.

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite 1972 Throwback Ford Fusion-Great throwback, love the ambitiousness of the design, and the color scheme is great. A+

Austin Dillon #3 Cheerios/Lee’s East Rowan Cafe Chevy SS-Same as Cheerios, but with Lee’s East Rowan Cafe on quarter panels, same A+ grade.

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Patriotic Ford Fusion-When your regular colors are red, white, and blue, YOU DON’T NEED A SPECIAL PATRIOTIC SCHEME THAT ADDS EXTRA COLORS! As if that wasn’t bad enough, the design scheme looks terrible. F

Danica Patrick #10 Nature’s Bakery Patriotic Chevy SS-Camo is not a good look on race cars, and normally, I would deduct one letter grade from the grade, but this scheme is so bad, I’m just going to give it an F.

Greg Biffle #16 Cheez-Its Patriotic Ford Fusion-The patriotic elements at the bottom of the car just look forced, and the car as a whole is taken from an A+ down to a B+

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Patriotic Toyota Camry-A good scheme that works well as a patriotic scheme. The design works well with red, white, and blue, and works well. A+

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford Fusion-The trimming of the stripes on the sides look good, and the addition of the red around the star look really good. Fastenal took a B+ scheme up to an A-.

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Mosiac Ford Fusion-The Shell/Pennzoil scheme is bad to begin with, but the mosaic motif just makes it look worse. F

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Patriotic Chevy SS-If you do a patriotic scheme, could you commit to it, and not just take your normal scheme, and add some patriotic elements to it? It just looks lazy. It’s like writing a term paper the night before it’s due. D+

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Throwback Chevy SS-While I like the idea of the vintage NAPA logo, could you commit to it, and add them to the quarter panel? It’s not a bad scheme, but not adding it to the quarter panel is not a great move. I’ll give it a B- since the color and design schemes do work here.

Ryan Newman #31 Whelen Chevy SS-Not a bad looking scheme at all, the red works well, the white sides work well, and the car as a whole is a good looking car. A+

Chris Buescher #34 CSX Play It Safe Hire Our Veterans Ford Fusion-Two words: Purple Camo. F

Landon Cassill #38 MDS Patriotic Ford Fusion-It’s a patriotic scheme that works well with the sponsor, and the design scheme for Front Row. A+

Landon Cassill #38 MDS Patriotic Ford Fusion-It’s a patriotic scheme that works well with the sponsor, and the design scheme for Front Row. A+

Kyle Larson #42 Target Scott Dixon Chevy SS-Scott Dixon’s throwback scheme is really good on his IndyCar, and that good look transfers to the Target Chevy of Kyle Larson. I can’t say anything bad about this scheme. A+

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy SS-New scheme for 2016, same as Bass Pro Shops, but more the camo is more prominent. F

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy SS-When I said I wanted a total commitment to a patriotic scheme, this is EXACTLY what I meant! This is a great looking scheme, and the waving flag motif works very well. I can’t say anything bad about this scheme. A+

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Hope For Warriors Toyota Camry-Let’s just put as many patriotic designs we can on the side of a car and see how it looks…well it looks awful!  F

Michael McDowel #95 Thrivent Financial Patriotic Chevy SS-See Dale Earnhardt Jr. above. A+

 

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