The Driver Suit Blog-Ladies and Gentlemen…The 2016 Paint Schemies!

By David G. Firestone

For the end of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season, the Paint Schemies have returned! The Schemies will reveal the best,and worst paint schemes of 2016. I’ve eliminated the exhibition and improved categories for 2016, 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.

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

The nominees are:

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Chevy SS

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Mosiac Ford Fusion

David Ragan #23 Sweet Frog Toyota Camry

Ryan Newman #31 Wix Filters Chevy SS

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Can-Am/Kappa Ford Fusion

Matt DiBenedetto #83 Mass Markets Toyota Camry

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

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Mosiac 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:

#5 Hendrick Motorsports

#22 Team Penske

#32 Go Fas Racing Team

#48 Hendrick Motorsports

#78 Furniture Row Racing

#83 BK Racing

The The winner of the Award For Worst Scheme Set of 2016 goes to…

#22 Team Penske

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 2016, the nominees for Worst Throwback Paint Schemeof 2016 goes to…

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Mac Tonight Throwback Chevy SS

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.

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion

Austin Dillon #3 Cheerios Chevy SS

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Chevy SS

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry

Carl Edwards #19 Stanley Toyota Camry

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion

Kurt Busch #41 Monster Energy Chevy SS

Brian Scott #44 Jewel-Osco/Ritz/Triscut Ford Fusion

Marin Truex Jr. #78 Furniture Row Toyota Camry

The winner of the Schemie for Best Regular Season Single Paint Scheme of 2016 goes to…

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion

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

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Chevy SS

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Mark Martin Throwback Ford Fusion

Clint Bowyer #15 Five Hour Energy Benny Parsons Throwback Chevy SS

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Throwback Ford Fusion

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Dale Jarrett Throwback Toyota Camry

Carl Edwards #19 Arris Tony Stewart Throwback Toyota Camry

Matt Kenseth #20 Tide Pods Toyota Camry

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft Throwback Ford Fusion

Jeffery Earnhardt #32 Keen Parts Dale Earnhardt Throwback Ford Fusion

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowes Earnhardt Throwback Chevy SS

The winner of the Schemie for Best Throwback Scheme of 2016 goes to…

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Mark Martin Throwback Ford Fusion

The final award of 2016 is the Paint Schemie for Best Paint Scheme Set of 2016. The nominees are:

#20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

#21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford

#30 TMG Chevy

#35 Front Row Motorsports Ford

#38 Front Row Motorsports Ford

#41 Stewart Haas Racing Chevy

#47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevy

#55 Premium Motorsports Chevy/Toyota

#98 Premium Motorsports Chevy/Toyota

The winner of the Schemie for Best Paint Scheme Set of 2016 goes to…

#98 Premium Motorsports

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

 

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