The Driver Suit Blog-The Vest Project Part 22-The Rise and Fall of A Phoenix

By David G. Firestone

James Finch started his career in construction, eventually founding Phoenix Construction in 1983, which specializes in Airport construction. In 1989, he founded Phoenix Racing, which fielded cars in The Cup Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Truck Series. They won a single race in the Cup Series, The 2009 Aaron’s 499 with Brad Keselowski, and 13 races in the Xfinity Series.

The team lasted from 1989 to 2013, during which time, Phoenix Racing raced a total of 795 races, 251 in the Cup Series, 543 races in the Xfinity Series, and one in the Truck Series. Phoenix Racing also raced 64 races in ARCA, and amazingly has 10 wins. In 2013, faced with rising costs, Finch decided that he would sell his race team. The team was bought by Harry Scott Jr., who renamed the team HScott Motorsports.

In 2011, Phoenix Racing raced in a total of 4 races, with two different drivers. Landon Cassill Started 2nd, and finished 3rd in the 2011 DRIVE4COPD 300, and Jamie McMurray raced 3 races, but failed to score a top 10. During that season, one of their crew member in the Nationwide Series wore this black Phoenix Racing vest. The vest shows light use, not surprising for a vest that was only used for 4 races at most.The vest has a standard red collar, which is unadorned.The cowl doesn’t have a tag, but does have the word MILEY written in Sharpie.The right chest features a NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES logo embroidered.The left chest features a GOODYEAR logo and a Chevy bow tie logo embroidered.The front torso has a large PHOENIX RACING logo embroidered.Inside the zipper is the Impact warranty label, and identification tag, which is unadorned, but shows wear from Velcro.The hems have comfort straps at the bottom, under the arm holes. The shoulder epaulets have PHOENIX logos embroidered into the red material, and IMPACT tags underneath, and the vest has standard arm holes. The back of the vest doesn’t show much wear.The back of the neck features a Chevy bow tie logo embroidered.The back torso features a PHOENIX RACING logo embroidered.Next week, an IndyCar pit crew suit.

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The Driver Suit Blog-Throwback Thursday-1976 #5 WM P76

Guy Chasseuil and Ballot-Léna 1976 #5 WM P76

The WM P76 looks like it was based on the designs of a small child asked to draw a race car. It looks really short, with the really tall driver compartment. Add in a gaudy lightning red, white, and blue lightning bolt design which is over done, and unattractive, and you have a failing look for sure. F

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Tracker-August 15, 2018

By David G Firestone

STAR COM RACING #00

Jeffery Earnhardt #00 VRX Racing Simulators Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with silver and blue cutting edge designs. C

Landon Cassill #00 USFRA.ORG/Starcom Fiber Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue with red and silver designs, and red roof. B+

Landon Cassill #00 TW Cable/Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with TW Cable on hood, and Superior Essex on sides. A

Landon Cassill #00 Sparks Energy Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, yellow front, fades to black sides and lightning motif on rear. C+

Landon Cassill #00 Star Com Fiber Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, paint splatter motif on sides has been added. C-

Landon Cassill #00 RNH Electric Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with green roof, and green and black on sides. C

Landon Cassill #00 Dari-O Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red with green and white stripes on sides. B+

Landon Cassill #00 TW Cable Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue with white and silver stripes on sides. B+

Tomy Drissi #00 GoShare Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2018, based on a 1970’s TransAm Chapparal Camaro. A

Joey Gase #00 Sparkz Energy Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, yellow with electricity and checkered flag motif across car. A-

Landon Cassill #00 Lock Haven University Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with silver and red stripes on stripes. B+

Landon Cassill #00 Mane ‘n Tall Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, light blue, purple, green, and white with a bunch of wavy lines across whole car. F

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, based on Bobby Allison’s Miller High Life Buick. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #1

Jamie McMurray #1 GearWrench Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black with green stripes and roof. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black with blue waves on sides. A

Jamie McMurray #1 DC Solar Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, dark blue and white with diagonal stripes. B-

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s/Cessna Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red and black replaces blue. A

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red with yellow and black stripe, and yellow design on rear quarter panel bottom. A-

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/DC Solar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as McDonald’s, but with black, white, and gray. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Clover Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white front, blue fade with circuit designs across sides. C-

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as #42 McDonald’s. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Textron Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, same as Cessna, but with Textron Off Road on sides. A

Jamie McMurray #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with patriotic motif on sides. B+

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna/Arctic Cat Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as Cessna but with Arctic Cat on sides. A

TEAM PENSKE #2

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, white and red Penske template. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, white with black outline. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford FusionNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford FusionNo Change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Auto Trader Ford FusionNo Change. D-

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Bruce Halle Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, same as discount tire but with Bruce Halle tribute on hood. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Reese/Drawtite Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, Penske Template with blue and black. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Genuine Draft Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Rusty Wallace’s 1990 MGD Pontiac Grand Prix. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Patriotic Ford FusionNo change. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Snap-On Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, red with black roof, black stripes on bottom, and black stripe on rear. A

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National/Supreme Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, similar to Wurth, but with different shade of red. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #3

Austin Dillon#3 Dow Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black fade to red to black across whole car. A

Austin Dillon #3 AAA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, all red, with white stripe pattern on sides. A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, green front, black rear, white and black waves on sides. C-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Silastic Silicone Elastomers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with liquid motif on front, and yellow field motif on rear. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Killz Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as Dow but with Killz logo on sides. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Symbicort Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with blue and yellow designs across car. C-

Austin Dillon #3 Realtree Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, yellow and blue tye dye on hood, Realtree camouflage on sides, yellow and black curves separating the two. F

Austin Dillon #3 Scooper Cat Litter Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white, light blue, and light yellow with polka dot motif. F

Austin Dillon #3 Coca-Cola Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red with American Flag motif on sides. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Salutes Veterans Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, silver with patriotic motif on sides. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Intellifresh Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as Dow but with Intellifresh on sides. A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, American Flag motif on sides. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow We Are Innovators Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with black and red oval outline. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #4

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford FusionNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford FusionNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black and white reversed. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Plaid Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, dark blue plaid all over car, gold rear. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1/Busch Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, Mobil 1 front, Busch rear quarter panel. B+

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on mid 1990’s can design. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Ford FusionNo change. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Kickin Ranch Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, similar to Jimmy Johns but with Kickin Ranch on sides. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #6

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black with grey, silver and blue stripes. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford FusionNo change. B-

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare 25th Anniversary Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, same as regular, but with 25th Anniversary logo on hood. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Ford EcoBoost Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black replaces red, more toned down, with white rear. B+

Matt Kenseth #6 Wyndham Rewards Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, light blue with white sides and cloud motif. A

Matt Kenseth #6 Wyndham Rewards Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, blue front, patriotic stripe motif in center, white rear. C-

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Rehydrate Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, Orange, white, and black with a series of designs on the sides. C

Matt Kenseth #6 Constantine Sealing Service Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, blue with white curve across sides. B-

Matt Kenseth #6 NESN Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black with blue and silver designs across car. F

Matt Kenseth #6 Roush Performance Ford FusionNo change. A

Matt Kenseth #6 Roush Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Mark Martin’s 1998 Eagle One Ford Taurus. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #7

Danica Patrick #7 GoDaddy/Warriors By Danica Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2018, green with white stripes and black rear. A-

DJ Kennington #7 APC Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with red and blue cutting edge design on sides and hood. B-

Garrett Smithley #7 Victory Lane Oil Change Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, same as #99 but black replaces white. A

NY RACING TEAM #7

JJ Yeley #7 Steakhouse Elite Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black camo front, gold stripes, white rear. B-

Jeffrey Earnhardt #7 Nine Line Foundation/Xtreme Concepts Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018 black with patriotic motif across car. D+

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #8

Daniel Hemric #8 Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, green with black stripes and black hood. C+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #9

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2017, blue with white designs on sides. B+

Chase Elliott #9 Hooters Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, orange back and white front, with Y design across sides. B-

Chase Elliott #9 Sun Energy Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue with white diagonal side and cutting edge design. C

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Chevy SSNew scheme for 2018, green with small black stripes on bottom. A

Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew Baja Bast Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, same as Mountain Dew, but silver replaces gold. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Patriotic Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, NAPA blue with red and white shooting star motif. C

Chase Elliott #9 Little Caesars Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, white with orange stripes on hood, roof, and bottom. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, based on Casey Elliott’ Bosch scheme. A

Chase Elliott #9 Sun Energy Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, blue with orange flames on hood. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #10

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2018, black and white with slash patterns on sides. A

Aric Almirola #10 Mobil 1 Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, silver replaces green. A

Aric Almirola #10 Go Bowling Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, similar to 2017 Stenhouse scheme, wood has replaced red on sides, and design has been toned down. A-

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Prime Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, vertical fade from blue to black. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield/Waffle House Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, black front, yellow stripe, white, black and patriotic geometric designs on sides. F

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, black front, patriotic motif on sides. D-

JOE GIBBS RACING #11

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamryNo change. B-

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Cares Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, white with camo motif across car. D+

TEAM PENSKE #12

Ryan Blaney #12 Duracel/Menard’s Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, yellow with narrow stripes. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Dex Imaging Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, Penske template, white front, red rear. A

Ryan Blaney #12 PPG Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, blue front, white rear, horizontal paint drip motif across car. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Peak/Menard’s Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template with Peak on hood. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Pennzoil Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, yellow with silver and white wave design on sides. B-

Ryan Blaney #12 Carlisle Tools Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, Penske template with gold and white. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018. white roof and hood, red sides with sublimated triangles with a black stripe near front wheel. B+

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Libman Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template with Libman on hood. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Richmond Water Heaters Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template, with Richmond Water Heaters on hood. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Fleetwood RV Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as Red Cross, but with Fleetwood RV on sides. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Dave Blaney’s 2003 Jasper Engines Ford. A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Hawk Performance/Carlisle Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as Fleetwood RV, but with Hawk Performance on sides, and Carlisle on sides. A

GERMAIN RACING #13

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, similar scheme to 2017, but some cutting edge designs replace stripe on sides. C

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Millitary Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, similar scheme t0 2017, but with some changes to the front. F

STEWART-HAAS RACING #14

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, yellow front, red stripe, black rear. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas CNC Ford FusionNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1 Ford FusionNo change. A

Clint Bowyer #14 CSU One Cure Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, side stripes are cleaner. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas Demo Days Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, same as Hass, but with Haas Demo Days on hood. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Wix Filters Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2018, black with sublimated Wix filters logos, with a series of bright yellow stripes on sides. F

Clint Bowyer #14 Ford NASCAR Hall of Fans Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, black, with  white hood and roof, and a series of blue, silver, and white designs on sides. C-

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Stewart-Haas Racing Fan Club Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, black with white, and blue designs on sides. C

Clint Bowyer #14 Busch Light Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as #4. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Haas 30 Years of the VF1 Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, similar to Haas but with white and black stripe on bottom removed. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Carolina Dodge Dealers Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Ned Jarrett’s #11 Ford Galaxy. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Stops/Cummins Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as Rush’s but with Cummins on the side. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Cummins/Rush Truck Stops Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, white hood, roof, and front, black sides, Rush’s on rear. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #15

Ross Chastain #15 Low T Center Chevy CamaroNo change. F

Ross Chastain #15 Championship Machinery Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue, white, and yellow brush stroke motif across car. C-

Ross Chastain #15 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, black, with white and blue letters. A

Ross Chastain #15 Eat Florida Watermelon Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red with watermelon motif on sides. A

Justin Marks #15 Sufferfest Beer Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white, green, and black, with diagonal stripes. A

Ross Chastain #15 Caddy’s Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, beach motif across whole car. A

Ross Chastain #15 Internetwork Engineering Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with white lettering. A

Ross Chastain #15 Flight Path International Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, black with white numbers and logos. A

Ross Chastain #15 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, black with white and blue stripe across car. A

ROUSH-FENWAY RACING #17

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, blue with white and black diagonal stripes across sides. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford FusionNo change. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Ford Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black front, with red and black stripes across sides. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Sunny D Ford FusionNo change. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Little Hug Fruit Barrels Ford FusionNo change. F

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, blue with stars and stripes motif on sides. B-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, blue with red and white stars on front. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 John Deere Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2018, based on Chad Little’s 1997 John Deere Pontiac. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #18

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Almond Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, red, white and blue with large stripes on sides. F

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Caramel Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota CamryNo change. F

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Flavor Vote Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, same as M&M’s, but with the choices that can be voted for on quarter panel. A

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, same as 2017, but with an adoptive golden retriever on side. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Red Nose Day Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Patriotic Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Patriotic Toyota CamryNo change. A

Kyle Busch #18 Snickers Intense Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, based on current Snickers motif. F

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, based on Ernie Irvan’s Pontiac Grand Prix. A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Crunchy Mint Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, green with red designs. A

JOE GIBBS RACING #19

Daniel Suarez #19 Stanley Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2017, yellow with a series of gray and black cutting edge designs on sides. D-

Daniel Suarez #19 Arris Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, orange replaces silver on quarter panel. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Peak Toyota CamryNo change. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Arris Ruckus Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, solid orange with white and black numbers and letters. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Coca Cola Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2018, red with white Coca Cola stripe across sides. A

Daniel Suarez #19 Stanley Tools Racing For Miracles Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, black and yellow cow motif with tape measure on sides. B-

JOE GIBBS RACING #20

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota CamryNo change. A

Erik Jones #20 Reser’s Fine Foods Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, black with red bottom. A

Erik Jones #20 Circle K Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, slightly different design, with shorter stripes, and logo adjustments. A

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2018, same as 2017 #11. C-

Erik Jones #20 Sirius/XM Toyota CamryNo change. B+

Erik Jones #20 XYO Network Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, dark blue with geometric designs on sides, and light blue stripe on bottom. A

Erik Jones #20 Circle K Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, black replaces white, stripe given steeper angle. B+

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Patriotic Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, same camo motif, but black on sides and hood has been removed. A

Erik Jones #20 Toyota Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018 gray replaces white, cutting edge designs trimmed down. F

Eric Jones #20 Freightliner Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, white with black stripe on bottom. A

Erik Jones #20 Doosan Machine Tools Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, dark blue front through top rear, yellow stripe on side, and light blue bottom rear. B-

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, based on crew member Rick Carrelli’s 1997 ReMax Chevy Silverado. A

WOOD BROTHER RACING #21

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Ford FusionNo change. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as #12. A

Paul Menard #21 OmniCraft Auto Parts Ford FusionNo change. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template with Dutch Boy on the hood. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/FVP Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template with FVP. A

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft Quick Lane Ford FusionNo change. A

Paul Menard #21 Quaker State Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, greed with gold and white curve design on sides. B-

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Atlas Designer Shingles Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as Menard’s, but with Atlas Designer Shingles on hood. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Knauf Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Penske template with Knauf colors. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Jack Links Beef Jerky Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template with Jack Links Beef Jerky on hood. A

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Cale Yarborough’s Wood Brother’s scheme. A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Libman Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, new Menard’s template with Libman on hood. A

Paul Menard #21 Earn While You Learn/NewFordTech.com Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as Motorcraft but with Earn While You Learn on hood, and NewFordTech.com on sides. A

TEAM PENSKE #22

Joey Logano #22 AAA Ford FusionNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford FusionNo Change. D-

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford FusionNo change. A

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil/Autotrader Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, same as Shell/Pennzoil, but with Autotrader on sides. D

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Steve Park’s #1. A

BK RACING #23

Gray Gaulding #23 EarthWater Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018, white replaces black, complex gray, orange, and blue designs on sides. F

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, white with red and black numbers. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, black sides, white hood and roof. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Pepe’s Mexican Restaurant Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, white with red and green designs on sides. C-

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, white with a number of red and white designs on sides. F

Gray Gaulding #23 Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, black with patriotic element son sides. F

Gray Gaulding #23 Redwing Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, black with red and white designs on front. D-

Gray Gaulding #23 EarthWater Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, white replaces black, orange, and blue designs on sides. D-

Gray Gaulding #23 Steakhouse Elite Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, black with white rear and bottom. B-

Gray Gaulding #23 XXX Moonshine/KBM Properties Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, black with blue and black stripe on front, gray rear. F

Spencer Gallagher #23 Allegiant Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, white top, blue center, orange bottom. D+

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #24

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2017, blue with flame motif across whole car. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2017, blue with red flames on front. A

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, white letters replace red ones. A

William Byron #24 Axalta Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as Jeff Gordon’s Rainbow scheme. A

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, yellow front top, and rear bottom, black front bottom, and rear top, curve between them. B+

William Byron #24 UniFirst Chevy Camaro– New scheme for 2018, lighter green used, more designs on sides. B-

William Byron #24 Liberty University Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, patriotic lettering replaces white lettering. A

William Byron #24 Axalta/Imron Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, light gray top, dark gray center, black bottom, bright yellow stripes separating them. F

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018 yellow with black numbers. A

RICHARD CHILDRESS RACING #31

Ryan Newman #31 Granger Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Ryan Newman #31 Caterpillar Chevy CamaroNo change. B-

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, green front, rear and roof, blue sides. F

Ryan Newman #31 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red top, yellow stripes, black bottom. C-

Ryan Newman #31 Chevy Accessories Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, white with metal designs on sides. A

Ryan Newman #31 eBay Motors Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white front, fade to blue, wave designs on sides. A

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, American flag motif with green numbers. A-

Ryan Newman #31 Childress Vineyard Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black, with curve on sides, and sublimated building design on sides. A

Ryan Newman #31 CAT/Granger Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018 green front, black rear, diagonal stripe in between. A

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, patriotic elements on front and rear, white middle. A

Ryan Newman #31 Kalahari Resorts Chevy SSNo change. C-

Ryan Newman #31 Okuma Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, some slight redesgins on sides. D+

Ryan Newman #31 Granger/Red Cross Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same design as Granger, white replaces red, red replaces black. A

Ryan Newman #31 CAT Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, based on Neil Bonnett’s Mom and Pop’s Chevy Lumina. A

Ryan Newman #31 Lucas Oil Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red, white, and blue with cutting edge designs. D+

GO FAS RACING #32

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford FusionNew scheme for 2017, red, with slight wave formation across sides. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 The Hurricane Heist Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, dark blue thunderstorm motif. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Can Am/Wholey Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, slight design change, with Wholey logo on quarter panel. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Crowdfunded Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, white with a series on logos on the sides. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Plan B Sales Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, white with pink outlines and fan names across car. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Superior Logistics Ford FusionNew sponsor for 2018, white with red and blue diagonal stripes on sides. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Jeff Burton’s 2000 Exide scheme. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Zynga Poker Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, red front, poker chip motif on wheel well, black rear. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Cosmo Motors Ford FusionNo change. B-

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Anest Iwata Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, blue fades to white across car. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 The Hartford Group Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, dark blue fade to light blue fade to dark blue across whole car. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Shawn Moody for Governor Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as CanAm. F

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Dude Wipes Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, black with blue, white, and silver stripes on the sides. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Harvest Investments Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, black with green bottom, Harvest Investments on sides and hood. A

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #34

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops/Speedco Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDowell #34 K-Love Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDoewll #34 K-Love Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDowell #34 A&W Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops/Roller Bites Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Ford FusionNo change. A

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, patriotic lettering on hood. A

Michael McDowell #34 Dockside Logistics Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, same as previous scheme, but with new Dockside Logistics logo on sides and hood. A

Michael McDowell #34 Starkey Cares Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, blue, silver, and white modified Front Row template. A

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #37

Chris Buescher #37 Kleenex Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue with silver and white cutting edge designs. C

Chris Buescher #37 Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with red and yellow fire design on sides. A

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red cutting edge designs have been added. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Scott Towels Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red sides with stripes, white front and rear. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Healthy Choice Power Bowls Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with sublimated leaf designs across car. A

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Best Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red with white designs on sides. A

Chris Buescher #37 Degree Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red, white, and blue with a series of shapes of the sides. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Checklist Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as #47. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Breyers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red designed bottom, black roof. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Clorox Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red, white, and blue with cutting edge designs on sides. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Cottonelle Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, cotton motif on top, green stripe across side, blue bottom. C-

Chris Buescher #37 Scott Comfort Plus Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, white with multi-colored designs on sides. C-

Chris Buescher #37 Kleenex Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue with subtle designs across car. A

Chris Buescher #37 Gain Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, similar to 2017, black stripe on bottom replaces yellow stripe, rear design has changed. A

Chris Buescher #37 Kroger Clicklist Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, reversed version of #47. B-

Chris Buescher #37 Kleenex Wet Wipes Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, yellow top, blue bottom with wave pattern and stripes. B+

Chris Buescher #37 Velveeta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, yellow, with red designs and Velveeta boxes on sides. A

Chris Buescher #37 Slim Jim Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red top and bottom, yellow with sublimated designs, and Slim Jims on sides. A-

FRONT ROW MOTORSPORTS #38

David Ragan #38 Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, blue with black and white stripe, and red bottom. A

David Ragan #38 FR8 Auctions Ford FusionNo change. F

David Ragan #38 MDS Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018 all white with MDS logos on sides and hood. A

David Ragan #38 1000 Bulbs Ford FusionNo change. D+

David Ragan #38 MDS Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, white roof, blue and orange stripe across bottom. A

David Ragan #38 The Pete Store Ford FusionNo change. A

David Ragan #38 Bad Boy Mowers Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, black replaces white. F

David Ragan #38 MDS Patriotic Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, same as MDS, but with patriotic logo on hood. A

David Ragan #38 Connor Co Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, blue and white with black and silver stripes. C-

David Ragan #38 Performance Plus Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as #6. B-

David Ragan #38 A&W Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, red replaces blue, Root Beer Float Day on sides. A

David Ragan #38 Louis Kemp Crab Delights Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, white sides, purple hood, orange crab designs on hood and sides. A

STEWART-HAAS RACING #41

Kurt Busch #41 State Water Heaters Ford Fusion-No change. B+

Kurt Busch #41 Monster Ford FusionNo Change. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas/Monster Ford FusionNo Change. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Automation Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, red fade to black. A

Kurt Busch #41 Mobil 1/Haas CNC Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, same as Mobil 1, with silver, and Haas CNC on sides. A

Kurt Busch #41 Haas Throwback Ford FusionNew scheme for 2018, based on Kurt’s sharpie scheme from 2003. A

CHIP GANASSI RACING #42

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue with white and lighter blue stripes. A

Kyle Larson #42 DC Solar Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, same design as #1, but with colors reversed. B-

Kyle Larson #42 DC Solar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, blue and white with sunburst motif on sides. D-

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, similar to #1 but black replaces yellow on quarter panel. B+

Kyle Larson #42 First Data Clover Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, blue with green on sides. C

Kyle Larson #42 DC Solar Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, similar to their Clash scheme, but with more red elements. D+

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, blue with red, white, and silver star motif on sides. B-

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Patriotic Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, blue, red, and white with firework motif on sides. B+

Kyle Larson #42 DC Solar Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, blue with geometric designs on sides. C-

RICHARD PETTY MOTORSPORTS #43

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Click N Close Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2017, dark blue with Click N Close. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as 2017, but with black stripe across bottom. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 STP Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, red sides, blue hood and roof, with some silver designs on borders. A-

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 NASCAR Racing Experience Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, blue sides, white hood and roof. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white front, blue rear. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Farmer John Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018 red front and hood, dark blue rear. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Food Lion Feeds Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue sides, white hood and roof, yellow stripes on sides. A-

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Petty’s Garage Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2018, based on Petty’s STP schemes. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 World Wide Technology Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, dark blue front, light blue front wheel to rear, red stripe and accents. C

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Eckrich Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, green with yellow stripe. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Kroger Red, White & Barbecue Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red and blue front, blue middle, red and white rear. F

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Weis Markets Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, red with white stripes on sides, and hood. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Meijer Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, blue sides, white hood. red stripes on front. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Jewel Osco Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2018, red sides, white front. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 STP Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018 based on Richard Petty’s first STP scheme back in 1972. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Mile 22 Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, red front with blue rear. A-

JTG DAUGHERTY RACING #47

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, white with blue and red stripes on sides. B-

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #48

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black with gray outlines. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Patriotic Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, white front, red, white and blue shooting star motif on sides. A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, dark blue top, white center, light blue bottom, designs on sides. D+

Jimmie Johnson #48 Kobalt Throwback Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, based on 2012 Darlington scheme. A

RICK WARE RACING #51

Justin Marks #51 Keens Buildings Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with orange, gray, and white designs on sides. D+

Justin Marks #51 Harry’s Razors Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue, orange, and white sunbeam design. C+

Cole Custer #51 Haas CNC Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as #14, but white replaces black. A

Harrison Rhodes #51 Davis Roofing Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with red and black vertical stripes. A

Timmy Hill #51 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, red with stripes on hood and roof. A

Timmy Hill #51 Bubba Burger Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black with fire motif on sides. A

Harrison Rhodes #51 Custom Aircraft Cabinets Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, orange with white designs on sides. D+

Harrison Rhodes #51 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, plain black with white and red numbers. A

Harrison Rhodes #51 Industrial Construction Experts Inc. Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with white stripes across hood and roof, yellow and blue lettering, and designs on sides. B-

Timmy Hill #51 Keen Buildings/Race to Erase Opioids Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as Keen Buildings, but with Race to Erase Opioids on sides. D+

Cody Ware #51 Keen Buildings Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, all black with Keen Building logos on sides. A

BJ McLeod #51 Prefund Capital Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with white hood and white logos. A

Chris Cook #51 Shockwave Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red front, black rear, checkered flag motif across whole car. A

Ray Black Jr. #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black top, white bottom, blue stripe in vertical curve. B+

BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, American flag motif across car. A

Josh Bilicki #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, blue across whole car. A

BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, blue with white and silver lines on sides. A-

RICK WARE RACING #52

Cody Ware #52 ASC Construction/Bubba Burger Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, patriotic motif across whole car. A

PREMIUM MOTORSPORTS #55

Joey Gase #55 Nevada Donor Network Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with orange and blue designs on sides. A-

Reed Sorenson #55 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as Nevada Donor Network, but without logos. A-

JJ Yeley #55 Adirondack Tree Surgeons/Overdose Awareness Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, green with forest motif on sides, black hood. D-

Reed Sorenson #55 VIP Racing Experience Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Reed Sorenson #55 TCL Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, all black with TCL logos on sides, and hood. A

Reed Sorenson #55 Harrah’s Casino Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with white logos on sides. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #55 Black Rifle Coffee Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with memorial on hood, and patriotic scheme on sides. A-

BEARD MOTORSPORTS #62

Brendan Gaughan #62 Beard Oil/South Point Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white front, yellow curve, black rear. A

MBM MOTORSPORTS #66

Mark Thompson #66 Phoenix Air Ford FusionNo change. A

Chad Finchum #66 Smithbilt Homes Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue bottom, black top, white diagonal stripe in between. B

Timmy Hill #66 Crash Claims R Us Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, black with white logo on sides. A

Timmy Hill #66 Sentinel One Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with blue and gray designs on sides. A-

Timmy Hill #66 Crash Claims R Us Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, black with blue designs on front. A-

Timmy Hill #66 My Lilly Strong Toyota Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, same as Crash Claims. A-

Timmy Hill #66 Lehigh Valley Phantoms Toyota CamryNew sponsor for 2018, orange with Phantoms logos on hood, sides, and front wheel well. A

Timmy Hill #66 Rewards.com Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue front, black hood and roof, green rear, Rewards logos on sides. B-

TRI STAR MOTORSPORTS #72

Corey LaJoie #72 Schluter Systems Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black replaces all white designs. C-

Mark Smith #72 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, black with red and white stripe across bottom. A

Cole Whitt #72 So Cal Chevy Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, same as last year, but with gold stripe across bottom. A

Mark Smith #72 Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, black with white stripe across bottom. A

Cole Whitt #72 Rinnai Chevy SSNo change. B+

Cole Whitt #72 1950 Clothing Company Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black, with 1950 Clothing Company logo on hood. A

Corey LaJoie #72 Schluter Systems Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, much more red has been added. F

Corey LaJoie #72 MyFreedomSmokes.com Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, olive green with white military designs on sides. A

Cole Whitt #72 Zomongo Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, black front, green rear, Zomongo logos on sides and hood. F

Cole Whitt #72 Dragonchain Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue with vertical fade to bottom, stripes on sides. B-

Cole Whitt #72 Monarch Crypto Wallet Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black hood, spotted front, black and blue stripes on sides. F

FURNITURE ROW RACING #78

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/5-Hour Energy Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018 black with orange designs on sides. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 5-Hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2018 black with red designs on sides. C-

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, large A logo replaces smaller logo on hood. A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 5-Hour Energy Toyota Patriotic Camry-New scheme for 2018, patriotic motif replaces green designs. A

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS #88

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2017, blue with white designs on sides. B+

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black with blue,red,white,and yellow cutting edge designs across sides. F

Alex Bowman #88 Llumar Window Film Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with red and green designs on sides. B+

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Patriotic Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, white sides with stars, blue hood and roof. A

Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2018, white front, panel fade to dark blue background. A

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta/Philadephpia Eagles Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2018, slight change to the side designs. B+

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Childrens Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, butterfly motif remains, blue replaces orange, stripes are more pronounced. A-

RICKY BENTON RACING #92

David Gilliland #92 Carquest/Black’s Tire Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, white with black and blue wave on sides, black roof. C-

Timothy Peters #92 Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, red with black roof, and Ricky Benton Racing design on sides. B+

LEAVINE FAMILY RACING #95

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, black, white, and orange with cutting edge designs across whole car. F

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as earlier scheme, white and black reversed. F

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore/Habitat for Humanity Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, same as Procore, but with Habitat for Humanity on sides and hood. F

Kasey Kahne #95 WRL Contractors Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, blue is the primary color, with lighter blue patches on sides. B+

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore Safety Qualified Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with darker black designs. A

Kasey Kahne #95 Ollies Bargain Outlet Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, yellow with red and black accents. A

Kasey Kahne #95 TWD Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, dark blue with white and grey geometric designs on sides. F

Kasey Kahne #95 Drumont Jets Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2018, based on Kasey’s 2008 Budweiser scheme. A

Kasey Kahne #95 Throne Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, green with design on rear. A

Kasey Kahne #95 FDNY Foundation Chevy CamaroNo change. A

Kasey Kahne #95 Chevy Accessories Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, gray with white and gold designs on sides. F

Kasey Kahne #95 Dark Matter Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, white with space motif on sides. A

Kasey Kahne #95 Throne Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, white with paint splatter motif on sides. A

Kasey Kahne #95 Drumont Jets Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, based on Kasey Kahne’s Dodge scheme. A

GAUNT BROS RACING #96

DJ Kennington #96 Lordco Toyota CamryNo change. C-

DJ Kennington #96 Northern Provincial Pipelines LTD Toyota CamryNo change. A

DJ Kennington #96 Gordon Brothers Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, blue wave pattern on sides, and blue roof, white on sides. B-

DJ Kennington #96 Humbolt Broncos Tribute Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, red roof and stripe on sides. white stripe across side, Humboldt Broncos logo on hood, Gaunt Brothers Racing on sides. A

DJ Kennington #96 Gaunt Brothers Racing Toyota Camry-New scheme for 2018, same as Humboldt Broncos, but with Gaunt Brothers Racing on hood. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #96 Nine Line Apparel Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black with subtle American flag motif, and red, white, and blue stripe across rear of car. C-

STAR COM RACING #99

Derrike Cope #99 Star Com Fiber Chevy Camaro-New team for 2018, black with spray paint motif, yellow to white fade on rear. C-

Garrett Smithley #99 Victory Lane Oil Change Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, red and white with checkered flag motif on sides. A

Landon Cassill #99 StarCom Fiber Patriotic Chevy Camaro-White, gray and black with patriotic elements. B-

Landon Cassill #99 St Charles Glass and Glazing Chevy Camaro-New sponsor for 2018, black sides, white hood and roof. A

Derrike Cope #99 StarCom/Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, all black with white fade to yellow stripe on sides. A

Derrike Cope #99 Bojangles Chevy CamaroNew sponsor for 2018, based on Cope’s 1993 Bojangles Ford Thunderbird. A

 

The Driver Suit Blog-My Thoughts On A Few Things

By David G. Firestone

Got a couple things this week. Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first. Last Sunday, Brian France was arrested for DUI while driving under the influence of alcohol and painkillers. He has since taken a leave of absence from NASCAR due to this issue. This has apparently been an issue with France for some time, and now there are rumors that he might leave the sport, either willingly or otherwise.

What amazes me is that people are defending France. I’m not going to say a specific name, but one individual said “we all have skeletons in our closet.” You’re right, I do have skeletons in my closet. But I’m not driving under the influence. I’m also not addicted to alcohol or painkillers. I’m also not the top individual at the biggest racing sanctioning body in North America. My skeletons aren’t on the same level as Brian France.

There is another part to this. Brian France has made a lot of bad moves and decisions over the years, and the sport has suffered as a result. It’s been time for him to go for a while. Television ratings and race attendance have fallen steadily over the last few years. The sport hasn’t advanced that much. While marketing has been improved somewhat, it’s not where it needs to be. The bottom line is that the man who’s inaction is responsible for this decline has temporarily left the sport. I hope he doesn’t return, and the sport can recover. Call me a jerk, but most NASCAR fans agree with me.

Toyota and Ford have both debuted new cars for 2019. The Mustang will replace the Fusion in 2019 in the Cup Series, and in the Xfinity Series, the Supra will replace the Camry. This is no real shock. The Camry has been seen as the bland cousin of the Mustang and Camaro in the Xfinity Series. This new car will bring more eyes on Toyota. The Mustang in the Cup Series is a good move, since it works with the theme. Hopefully we’ll see the Supra in the Cup series soon.

The last issue I want to discuss is based on an opinion column I read on CNN entitled “A woman’s lament: Please don’t grow an effing beard.” It’s a woman talking about why she doesn’t like men with beards. She comes across as a vain, self-centered narcissist, who thinks she will convince men to shave their beards, or not grow one at all after reading this. What guys should do after reading this is laugh at her.

I will not address her by her real name, but I’ll call her Lorelei Lee. If you have seen the musical or movie Gentlemen Prefer Blondes you will get the reference instantly. Miss Lee doesn’t like beards. I won’t get to the reason why just yet. If you want to pour yourself a drink, now would be a good time.

Ok, so the article starts off by Lorelei stating that Gillette is facing a financial crisis because men aren’t shaving as much. She then sympathies with Gillette, and then proceeds to write the following: “By and large, and there are exceptions, I am not keen on beards. I am well aware that after this admission, many people may become substantially less keen on me, and I totally understand. I am happy to own my hypocrisy. If a dude (or anyone) criticized my hairstyle, I’d say it was none of their damn business. I fully appreciate that my opinions on this, like an optimistic teen’s cack-handed five o’clock shadow, are flimsy and borne of limited experience. Disclaimer done, let the alienation begin in earnest.”

That should prove who Lorelei Lee really is. She has no problem lecturing guys on growing beards, but don’t you dare criticize her looks. She also admits she has no problem being a hypocrite. With admissions like that, why should you read any further? Well things get crazier from there.

She then discusses the stages of beard growth. It starts with one of her “friends,” who I think aren’t real, or males who associate with her, because they have no other choice but to. When these “friends” say they are going to grow a beard, supposedly, “In every instance, I respond with sensitivity (mine): “Please don’t grow an effing beard.” Which is such a great line that she thought it should be the title.

Then Lorelei offers up this little gem: “The second is the Ignoring Me — sorry, the Growth phase.” Let me explain something here, not to just Lorelei Lee, but to most women in general: Unless we are sleeping with you, we don’t care what you think about our appearance. Every stage in the beard growth stages is the Ignoring You stage.

She then adds “The third stage is the It’s For A Movie phase. Because that is how anyone with taste would explain away the mess gradually obscuring any indication of bone structure beneath.” What that means is left to interpretation, as she doesn’t add any more than that before moving on.

The fourth stage is when the guys are happy and she admits defeat. This battle was one sided, She had no business starting said battle. She wasn’t going to win regardless, but she is humble enough to admit defeat. Let’s give her a hand!

Lorelei then proceeds to try to explain why beards have come back in style. Apparently she Googled “Why are beards popular?” and just started writing the results as factual information. She then tries and fails to make it seem as though men a growing beards as a way of showing dominance over each other. If you are going to try to make that connection, at least make it work.

Her next line is “In lieu of any more academic research of my own, I asked an incredibly biased, nonrepresentative group of men (my friends) why they like their beards.” First off, Googling a topic, and then linking an article that helps prove your point is not what I would call “ academic research.” Second, are these are the same group of “friends” who you referenced earlier? The same group of “friends” who justifiably ignored you when you asked them not to grow beards? If so…why do they hang out with you? You aren’t a major part of their lives to begin with, and I can’t imagine them enjoying your constant beard-bashing.

The two reasons she got by those who responded to her questioning, were “I look really young without a beard.” and “because I can.” When it comes to the first response, she tries to make it seem as though men want to look “established” when in reality, a lot of men don’t really like how being clean shaven makes them look, especially me. For “because I can” she offers up this:

“As a deeply self-indulgent person, I find this difficult to argue. I get the gratification that must arise from seeing your body comfortably execute something it was (says through gritted teeth) built to do. The path of least resistance is tempting on rushed mornings before work, and if a lot of guys would rather steal a few minutes more in bed in the morning than shave, I’d struggle to find a compelling counterpoint.”

You don’t need to remind us that you are deeply self-indulgent, that’s been the premise of this whole column. Second, nothing you have said has a “compelling counterpoint.” This column is just word after word of a selfish narcissist wondering why the men of the world won’t comply with her standards of attractiveness. At the tail end, she finally reveals why she doesn’t like beards, and her reasoning is pretty much what you would expect: “But realistically, the answer is more superficial: I don’t like your beard because I really like your face, and I want an uninterrupted view of it.”

Wait…what? “I really like your face, and I want an uninterrupted view of it.” What the fuck does that even mean? It’s a beard, not a balaclava! After a column of hypocrisy, self-centered whining, dubious research, and a premise that was questionable to begin with, “I really like your face, and I want an uninterrupted view of it” is the best reason she could come up with for why the men of the world shouldn’t grow beards.

I could understand her hatred of beards if she had a bad experience with a man with a beard. I could even understand if she pointed out that beards can be unhygienic. Her “reason” for hating beards is just as flimsy as her arguments against beards. What scares me is that she genuinely thinks that men are going to be swayed by this. Like there is a guy who is on the fence about growing a beard, and this is what pushes him off the edge. Every man who read this is either laughing, or is mocking her, or both. I really hope I never hear from Lorelei Lee on the subject of beards again.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-August 11, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National/Supreme Ford Fusion-Red and white Penske template works well, and this is a great shade of red.  Not a bad look at all. A

Matt Kenseth #6 NESN Ford Fusion-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, but in a different way than last year.  Give credit to NESN, they have horrible cars, but they are creatively horrible. F

Chase Elliott #9 Sun Energy Chevy Camaro-This toned down look is amazing!  The flames on the front work well, and the car has a great look overall. A

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Throwback Toyota Camry-The best Skittles NASCAR scheme EVER gets a second chance at Darlington.  Ernie Irvan’s Skittles scheme was leaps and bounds above the rest of the Skittles schemes.  I’m glad to see this scheme get a second chance.  A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Crunchy Mint Toyota Camry-Admittedly, I’m not a fan of green on race cars.  This is a great shade of green, and the simplistic scheme works well.  A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Libman Ford Fusion-Is there any sponsor that the new Menard’s template can’t give an amazing look?  I don’t think so!  This is another great look for the Menard’s template. A

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Throwback Ford Fusion-Steve Park had a great Pennzoil scheme.  This amazing scheme faithfully replicates that scheme, and it looks amazing! A

Spencer Gallagher #23 Allegiant Toyota Camry-Too much going on with this scheme.  Add in a decent color scheme that doesn’t quite fit the design scheme, and you have a D+.

William Byron #24 Axalta/Imron Chevy Camaro-One shade of gray would have been enough, but let’s add more.  Also, let’s add a hideous shade of yellow that completely clashes with the rest of the scheme, and a bad design, and you have a ready-made F scheme.

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy Camaro-Great smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Ryan Newman #31 CAT Throwback Chevy Camaro-Another underrated scheme that got a great throwback.  This is an amazing look, and it gets the A it deserves.

Ryan Newman #31 Lucas Oil Chevy Camaro-The only good thing I can say is that I think the color scheme is decent. D+

Chris Buescher #37 Kleenex Wet Wipes Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme and overall design.  The stripes give it a cluttered look, and are pointless.  It takes an A scheme down to a B+.

Chris Buescher #37 Velveeta Chevy Camaro-Simple look with a great color scheme will always get an A.

David Ragan #38 A&W Ford Fusion-Good look, Front Row template works very well with this color scheme, and the car looks great. A

Kyle Larson #42 Credit Chevy Camaro-The geometric designs are not a good look, and there are too many shades of blue. It’s not terrible, but not great, so all things considered, I give it a C-.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Mile 22 Ford Fusion-The only bad thing I can say about this scheme is that the pixelized Mark Wahlberg isn’t needed.  A-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Kobalt Throwback Chevy Camaro-A great scheme is a great scheme.  This scheme from 2012 was great then, and is great now. A

Josh Bilicki #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-The blue is good, and the scheme is smooth, simple, and amazing. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Childrens Chevy Camaro-I think the stripes are a little over done, but otherwise the scheme as a whole is great. A-

Jeffery Earnhardt #96 Nine Line Apparel Chevy Camaro-The black American flag motif doesn’t work, and the stripe on the side doesn’t work.  It’s a mess on the sides, but the hood and roof designs work well.  So, I’m going to give this scheme a C-.

The Vest Project-The Vest Project Part 21-The Florida Connection

By David G. Firestone

I don’t know where my fixation on lottery memorabilia came from I don’t know why I find this stuff interesting. I guess it had to do with the way I grew up. Up until my grandfather came to live with us at age 10, we only had free television. In the Chicago suburbs, that meant we had WBBM Channel 2, WMAQ Channel 5, WLS Channel 7, WGN Channel 9, WTTW Channel 11, and WFLD Fox 32. There were others, if you were lucky with your rabbit ears, but those were the ones we got. As such, we would watch the news on WGN, which was what my family liked.

A part of those newscasts were the Lottery drawings, which fascinated me, but I can never remember our family playing the lottery. Again, it goes back to what I said during my first Lottery column, when I said that “Human beings all have hope, but human beings need something to hope for, and something to inspire hope. For many, religion is that outlet. For others, it is their sports teams. For many, the hope that they could win millions in the lottery is that beacon of hope.”

The history of the lottery in the United States dates back to the 1600’s, while Europe was colonizing North America. Many colonies saw gambling as harmless fun, but as English investors waned to profit from the New World, this changed quickly. As time went on, each of the 13 original colonies had a lottery system in place to help fund the colonies. It became a civic duty to play the lottery. Recessions, scandals, and corruption had almost eliminated the lottery in the United States by 1868.

In 1934, Puerto Rico, then a US colony, started a legal lottery. It would take 30 years, but in 1964, New Hampshire started a lottery. Since then, 44 of 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, Washington DC, and the US Virgin Islands have lotteries. Alabama, Mississippi, and Utah don’t have lotteries due to religious objections. Nevada has the gambling industry, and they don’t want competition, and Alaska and Hawaii, not being mainland states, aren’t worried about losing tickets out of state.

The lottery takes several forms. Scratch off tickets, first introduced in the 1970’s, are a very popular method of playing the lottery. There are many different kinds of games, with different rules. Pick 3, pick 4, main drawing, and Powerball have their origin in “numbers games.” Numbers games were popular in poorer areas of the country, especially urban areas. The game works by drawing balls that had numbers to pick the winner. A similar game was popular in South Florida and Cuba called “Bolita” or “little ball” was where betters would bet on which number would be pulled out of a bag containing 100 numbered balls.

All the pre 1934 lotteries had one major drawback that kept them from being as accepted as it is today. They were easily rigged, and people lost money on the racketeering that took place around them. Today, the equipment, the drawing, the tickets, and every other aspect is heavily supervised and regulated so that this kind of cheating is not possible. The level of security for a drawing is high, due to the amount of money involved.

One thing that I learned about lottery security is that most of the people directly involved don’t know what equipment is going to be used. 90 minutes before the drawing, the equipment is determined, tested, the host rehearsed, and by the time that is all done, the broadcast is almost ready to start. Though security is high, and equipment is tested, there is always the case that something can go wrong. Do a quick search for “lottery blooper” on YouTube, and you get several examples, including this one:

Security is also high because the amount of money can entice people to cheat, even those inside the system. The chance for cheating can’t be avoided either, as the Pennsylvania Lottery discovered on April 24, 1980, when the winning number for the Daily Number was 666, which tipped off the lottery officials that something was off. It turned out that Nick Perry, the announcer for the lottery drawing, and a group of people replaced the standard lottery balls with latex paint. Of the 10 lottery balls, 8 were replaced with these new balls, so there would reduce the number of possible combinations to eight: 444, 446, 464, 466, 644, 646, 664, and 666. The 666 combination seemed odd, so an investigation was conducted, the guilty parties were caught, and to this day, the number 666 in the Pennsylvania Lottery is referred to as a “Nick Perry.”

To say that Florida has a major connection to NASCAR is a masterpiece of understatement. NASCAR itself was founded at The Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach, and the Cup Series’ second race was held at The Daytona Beach and Road Course. NASCAR’s most important race, the Daytona 500, takes place every February.

The Florida Lottery was started on January 12, 1988 by order of a constitutional amendment approved by Florida voters by a 2-to-1 margin in the general election of November 4, 1986. It was meant to generate income for schools. As the popularity of the lottery increased, the Florida Lottery began sponsoring southern-based races for individual race teams, including James Buescher in The Xfinity Series in July, 2013. One of the crew members wore this Impact vest. The vest shows light use.The orange collar is a standard collar, and is unadorned.There is no tag present in the cowl.The right chest features a NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES logo, and a GOODYEAR logo embroidered into it.The left chest features a Chevy bow tie logo, and a SUNOCO logo embroidered.The front torso features a FLORIDA LOTTERY logo embroidered into the white material.Inside the front zipper is the Impact warranty label and identification tag, which has 7-3-2013 written in Sharpie on the tag. The hems have Velcro comfort straps on the sides, under the arm holes. The orange shoulder epaulets are unadorned, and the vest has standard arm holes. The back of the vest doesn’t have much wear to speak of.The back of the neck has an Impact Racing logo.The back torso features a FLORIDA LOTTERY logo, with JUST IMAGINE underneath. Next Week the last vest project…for a while.