By David G. Firestone
Ryan Newman #6 Oscar Mayer Subkit Ford Mustang-Its the same basic scheme as Oscar Meyer, so it gets an A.
Tyler Reddick #8 Realtree Chevy Camaro-I HATE camo on race cars, and the white stripes just don’t work. This is horrible, and gets an F.
Chase Elliott #9 Mountain Dew/Little Ceaser’s Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Sylvania Ford Mustang–Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
Clint Bowyer #14 Barstool Sports Ford Mustang–This is an over done scheme, I think that there way too much. Scaling it back could lead to a passing grad, but this gets an F.
Matt DiBenedetto #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Mustang–Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
JJ Yeley #27 Ford Mustang–A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.
Corey LaJoie #32 Jason Bond’s WallStBookie.com Ford Mustang–This is another example of a scheme where the good and the bad are in equal. I like the blue, but I hate the designs. As such, this gets a C.
Joey Gase #51 EFX Corp Ford Mustang–A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.
Joey Gase #51 The Gifted Life Podcast/Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency Ford Mustang–I like the color scheme, but the design scheme is over designed. I’ll give this a C.
Josh Bilicki #53 Sky King Fireworks Chevy Camaro–A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.
Quin Houff #77 Oil Fire Rye Whiskey Chevy Camaro–It isn’t a bad look per se, but it is a downgrade from last year so I’ll give it a B+.
Alex Bowman #88 Valvoline Chevy Camaro–This is a great redesign! I love the look, and the throwback logos. This gets an A.
Rusty Wallace is a household name when it comes to NASCAR. With 55 wins and the 1989 Winston Cup Series Championship. Wallace is a well known and respected driver, who also had thrown his hat into team ownership. He owned a team in 1985, but closed it by 1992. He reopened it in 2004, raced in the Xfinity Series until 2013.
Rusty comes from a racing family. His brother Kenny and son Steven have both had racing careers. Kenny has nine wins in the Xfinity Series in 26 years. Steven had some wins in ARCA, but nothing of note in Xfinity. In 2008, while racing for Rusty Wallace Racing, he was sponsored by Atreus Homes & Communities for 14 races. During those races, he scored two top 5’s and three top 10’s. One member of his pit crew wore this Impact vest. The vest has some stains, but is in good condition.The collar doesn’t have a Velcro closure, and has ATREUS HOMES & COMMUNITIES logos embroidered. There is no tag in the cowl.The right chest features NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES, CHEVY, and GOODYEAR logos embroidered.The left chest features ATREUS HOMES & COMMUNITIES, JIMMY JOHN’S and JOINAPS.COM logos embroidered.The front torso has a large red ATREUS HOMES & COMMUNITIES logo embroidered.Inside the zipper is the Impact warranty label, with the name LOMBARDI written in Sharpie.The hems have comfort straps at the bottom, under the arm holes. The shoulders have epaulets with ATREUS HOMES & COMMUNITIES logo embroidered. There are holes for the sleeves. The back of the vest has some light stains.The back of the neck has a small Rusty Wallace Racing logo embroidered.The back torso features WWW.RUSTYWALLACE.COM and ATREUS HOMES & COMMUNITIES logos embroidered.So that’s all for this week, I’m going to take my annual July vacation. I will still post stuff, just not as often, and I’ll see you in August!
By David G. Firestone
Austin Dillon #3 Behr Ultra Chevy Camaro-I like the change here, the new scheme looks good, and this is a great look. A
Reed Sorenson #7 Chevy Camaro-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.
Tyler Reddick #8 Chevy Cares Chevy Camaro-Another example of a scheme that isn’t wrong, and isn’t right. It’s just blah, so I’ll give it a C.
Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
Ty Dillon #13 GEICO For Your Boat Chevy Camaro-I like this scheme, but I think that the blue and white should be reversed…but it’s still a great scheme so it gets an A.
Erik Jones #20 Toyota Accessories Toyota Camry-I think that the red designs are a tad over done, but everything else works well, so it gets an A-.
Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same D+ grade.
JJ Yeley #27 Ford Mustang–Same scheme as Insurance King, same D+ grade.
Corey LaJoie #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts “Mask” Ford Mustang-I hated this last year, I hate this in 2020. I don’t get it, and I give it an F.
Corey LaJoie #32 Storm Tight Windows Ford Mustang–Aqua and a tornado is kind of an odd pairing. This is another example of a scheme that would look better with a new color scheme. B-
Michael McDowell #34 The Pete Store Ford Mustang–Same scheme as last year, same C grade.
Ryan Preece #37 Purina Chevy Camaro–I think the side designs are over done by a tad, I also think the pet pictures are oddly placed. It’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B+
Ryan Preece #37 Slim Jim Chevy Camaro–Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
John Hunter Nemechek #38 Death Wish Coffee Ford Mustang–It’s a smooth look, it has a great color scheme and that will ALWAYS earn an A.
Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com/Jacob Co Ford Mustang–Two sponsors with two different designs is not a good look. This is such a mess, that I can’t give it anything but an F.
Cole Custer #41 Jacob Co/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang–Two sponsors with two different designs is not a good look. This is such a mess, that I can’t give it anything but an F.
Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Black Lives Matter Chevy Camaro–It’s simple, it gets the point across, and it works. A
Joey Gase #51 Donate Life Ford Mustang–It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.
Joey Gase #51 Chevy Camaro–It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.
Joey Gase #51 Carolina SIM Works Chevy Camaro–I like the look, it’s smooth, and it really looks good. A
Garrett Smithley #53 Hero Box Chevy Camaro–I like the green here, and the car has a smooth yet bold look, so I give it an A.
David Starr #53 Helluva Ranch/Richardson Service Chevy Camaro–The stripes are beyond over designed, and the car as a whole looks like a mess. F
Garrett Smithley #77 Chevy Camaro–It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.
JJ Yeley #77 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Chevy Camaro–It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.
Garrett Smithley #77 Formula One Imports Chevy Camaro–Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
BJ McLeod #78 Circle Track Warehouse Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2020, red. A It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that earns an A.
Some race car drivers are born, other as made. Racing school is a place for driver to hone their skills. John “Skip” Barber III is a former F1 and SCCA driver. While we won 3 SCCA National Championships in a row, his F1 and IndyCar careers were not stellar. After his racing career ended, he taught four students to race in 1975. 45 years later, Skip Barber Racing Schools owns 130 cars and operates at over 30 tracks over North America. They are one of the best-known racing schools of all time.
Fire is an ever present threat in auto racing, including auto racing school. Skip Barber issued suits to their students. These were lightweight, and were inexpensive. This 1980’s-1990’s Pyrotect suit is one example. The suit does show decent use, not surprising for a lightweight suit.The collar has a Velcro closure, and a PYROTECT logo is sewn on the closure. There is nothing inside the cowl. The right chest features a BOSCH SPARK PLUG patch sewn into the tan material, and a SKIP BARBER RACING SCHOOL patch sewn into the white stripe.The left chest features a T/A RADIALS BF GOODRICH sewn into the upper tan area, a PYROTECT logo sewn on the black stripe, a BMW patch and a KONI patch sewn into the white stripe, and an EASTERN logo sewn into the lower tan area of the torso.The warranty label and the wash instructions are located inside the front of the suit.The belt on the suit is unadorned on the outside, but there are a couple of red patches sewn inside the belt, indicating this suit is number 48. The tan legs have standard cuffs, and a red stripe.The shoulders have straps to help pull the driver out of the car in case of a crash. The right sleeve has PYROTECT and PBI patches sewn into the white stripe. The end of the sleeve is unadorned. The left sleeve has PYROTECT and PBI patches sewn into the white stripe. The end of the sleeve is unadorned. The back of the suit shows some wear in the form of stains and scuffs.The back of the neck is unadorned.The back torso features a large SKIP BARBER RACING SCHOOL patch sewn into the upper part, and a BF GOODRICH T/A RADIALS patch on the lower part of the torso.Next week, The Vest Project continues!
By David G. Firestone
Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light For The Farmers Ford Mustang-I really like the farm design, and the car is well-designed. This is a good scheme, and it gets an A.
Ryan Newman #6 Progressive Insurance Ford Mustang-The car has a good color scheme, and the design scheme is smooth, and good. I can’t give this anything less than an A.
JJ Yeley #7 VCP/4URX Chevy Camaro-The car has a good color scheme, and the design scheme is smooth, and good. I can’t give this anything less than an A.
Clint Bowyer #14 Built Ford Proud Ford Mustang-My only complaint is that the white doesn’t really help, but it’s a very minor complaint. A-
Clint Bowyer #14 Peak Throwback Mustang-The throwback is faithful, the car looks good, I give this an A.
Clint Bowyer #14 Busch Light For The Farmers-I really like the farm design, and the car is well-designed. This is a good scheme, and it gets an A.
Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
Matt DiBenedetto #21 Menard’s/Knauf Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.
Josh Bilicki #27 Insurance King Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.
Corey LaJoie #32 Built Bar Ford Mustang-I don’t really like this scheme, but I don’t hate it either. It’s just mediocre, and it earns a C
Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 McDonald’s Chevy Camaro-It’s amazing how much better the car looks without the white. This is a good look, and I give it an A.
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #47 NOS Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme, and the smooth design scheme looks great. A
Joey Gase #51 Chevy Camaro-A smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.
Bayley Currey #53 Belmont Classic Cars Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.
Daniel Suarez #96 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry-This is a good look. The red works, and the design is smooth, and simple, and the scheme gets an A.
Daniel Suarez #96 Cherry Vanilla Coke Toyota Camry-The only thing I like about this scheme is the good color scheme. This scheme gets a D+.