The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-July 2, 2016

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Utility Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Austin Dillon #3 NRA Museum Chevy SS-Like everything else in life, patriotic schemes work when they aren’t overdone. This one is much too overdone. It’s not good, and the black background doesn’t do this scheme any favors. F

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Chevy SS-For the first time in a while, Great Clips has a good looking scheme! The red and blue work well, the car is well designed, and the scheme earns an A

Regan Smith #7 Advance Auto Parts/Quaker State Chevy SS-It’s a bold look. The stripe fade motif works well, and the color scheme is really good. I like this, and am going to give it an A.

Tony Stewart #14 Bass Pro Shops Ducks Unlimited Chevy SS-I rarely do this, but I’m going to waive the “camo is an automatic one grade deduction” rule, because this scheme is actually not bad. In fact, the removal of orange works much better. My only issue with this scheme is that there is a little too much camo. But still, it earns a B-.

David Ragan #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry-Same scheme as black Dr. Pepper, but with Frontline on decklid, same A grade.

Ryan Newman #31 Florida Lottery Chevy SS-The teal looks good, the orange looks decent, and that’s the only good thing I could say about this scheme. The design scheme is AWFUL! It’s overdone, and ugly! If the black was replaced by something lighter, then I could give it something higher than the D I’m giving it.

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Keen Parts Dale Earnhardt Throwback Ford Fusion-This is a great throwback, and if I have to explain why, then I give up! A

Chris Buescher #34 Love’s Truck Support The Troops Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Landon Cassill #38 Taco Bell Ford Fusion-I would have kept this scheme higher, if not for the door numbers. I like the scheme as a whole, but in this picture, the door numbers are very hard to see. It just looks bad, and it takes an A scheme down to a B+.

Michael Annett #46 Pilot/Flying J Chevy SS-It’s a good scheme to begin with, and the patriotic motif is bold, but not overdone, and the end result is an A grade.

Reed Sorenson #55 Royal Teak Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cole Whitt #98 RTIC Coolers Chevy SS-Same scheme as black RTIC, same A grade.

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