The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-August 6, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Austin Cindric #2 Menard’s/Duracel Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Austin Dillon #3 BetMGM Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #8, same C grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #7 Built Bar Patriotic Chevy Camaro-The new color scheme doesn’t work well with the design scheme, and it takes an A scheme down to a B+

Corey LaJoie #7 Peacock/WWE SummerSlam Chevy Camaro-I think it’s a bit too over designed, but it does have a good color scheme. A

Corey LaJoie #7 RAZE Energy Chevy Camaro-The purple is actually worse than the pink. F

Tyler Reddick #8 3Chi Chevy Camaro-I like the green and black look, and the gold numbers and letters work too. It isn’t over designed, so this gets an A.

Tyler Reddick #8 Alsco Uniforms Chevy Camaro-The color scheme works, the design scheme works, and the two work well together. A

Aric Almirola #10 Haas Automation Ford Mustang-This is a horrible, over designed mess. Not even a good color scheme could save this, and this has too many colors to work well. F

Aric Almirola #10 Ford Pro Ford Mustang-The addition of white and some designs takes the Ford scheme down to a C from a B.

Aric Almirola #10 Mobil1/Gearwrench Ford Mustang-The two styles are so contrasting, that they look horrid as a combination. This looks so bad, they get an F.

Denny Hamlin #11 Coca-Cola Toyota Camry-The white stripe is a bit over done, but the rest of the scheme looks great! A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Duracel Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Moen Ford MustangSame scheme as last year, same A grade.

JJ Yeley #15 Ford Mustang-Get rid of the side stripes, and black, and this would be an A scheme. This however gets a B.

Garrett Smithley #15 True Brands Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Joey Hand #15 Ford Pro Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #10, same C grade

JJ Yeley #15 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Ford Mustang-This scheme works much better than the blank version. A

JJ Yeley #15 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Patriotic Ford Mustang-This is a downgrade, due to the needless designs added. B

Chris Buescher #17 Fastenal Ford Mustang-I like the smooth look, it isn’t over designed, and that earns an A.

Kyle Busch #18 Pedigree Toyota Camry-You really can’t go wrong with more dogs. A

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Patriotic Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Kyle Busch #18 M&Ms Peanut Butter Toyota Camry-Red works just as well as green. A

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #18, same F grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 DeWalt Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #20, same A grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #19 Auto-Owners Insurance/Sherry Strong Toyota Camry-The addition of more colors does give the car a more cluttered look, so it goes from A- down to B.

Christopher Bell #20 CRAFTSMAN Racing for a Miracle Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, the motif works, and it isn’t over designed. A

Joey Logano #22 Verizon Frontline Ford Mustang-Great look, great design, great color scheme, and that always earn an A.

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-Much better look than before, great design, and this works well. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Columbia Sportswear Patriotic Toyota Camry-This would be an A scheme, were it not for the fish…why fish? It’s still decent, so this gets a B

Bubba Wallace #23 Draft Kings Toyota Camry-This is not a great design, and the color scheme looks awful, especially with the black background. F

Bubba Wallace #23 Embrace Home Loans Toyota Camry-Great look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

William Byron #24 Acronis Chevy Camaro-I like the color schemes, the two blues work well, and this gets an A.

Daniil Kyvat #26 Hezeberg Systems Toyota Camry-To call this a horrible, ugly, over designed disaster would be a masterpiece of understatement. This is awful, and it gets an F.

Michael McDowell #34 FloRacing Ford Mustang-I like the look, and I like the color scheme. This works. A

Todd Gilliland #38 A&W Restaurants Ford Mustang-Keeping the old Front Row template would have worked better, but this isn’t bad. I do hate the design on the rear. B+

Todd Gilliland #38 YANMAR Ford Mustang-It looks good, and has a great color scheme. A

Ty Dillon #42 Big Dog Energy Chevy Camaro-The front works, the rear doesn’t, this gets a C.

Kurt Busch #45 McDonald’s Toyota Camry-I like the two McDonald’s look, but the black Monster Energy design is out of place, and makes the scheme look odd. All things considered, this gets a D.

Kurt Busch #45 SiriusXM Toyota Camry-Toning down the blue would have really worked, it looks a little cluttered, but it’s not bad, so I’ll give it a B

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Entenmann’s Donuts Chevy Camaro-There isn’t anything wrong here, but nothing really right either. C

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Pick’n Save/ Velveeta Chevy Camaro-I like this look, it works well, and this gets an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/BallPark Chevy Camaro-It’s amazing how cleaning up the sides makes the car look so much better! A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Minute Rice Chevy Camaro-It’s a very similar look to Ball Park, which is a great thing, since Ball Park is an A scheme. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 SweetLeaf Chevy Camaro-Again, it’s amazing how cleaning up the sides makes the car look so much better! A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr #47 Kroger/GO-GURT Chevy Camaro-I hate the spiral, I hate the shade of green, I hate the pink splots, this is awful! F

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Music City Chevy Camaro-Not only are the stripes over designed, but the color scheme is so awful, it makes my eyes bleed. F

Alex Bowman #48 DC Comics/Ally Chevy Camaro-It’s almost as bad as Interstate Batteries, but I like the shade of blue, so this gets a D-

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Military Salutes Ford Mustang-It’s a solid scheme, with a great look, so this gets an A.

Kyle Tilley #78 Patriot Military Family Foundation Ford Mustang-The color scheme is good, but the scheme is over designed. They cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

B.J. McLeod #78 NASCAR Ignition Ford Mustang-NThis scheme isn’t helped with the addition of green, so the same F is graded.

B.J. McLeod #78 My Mochi Ice Cream Ford Mustang-t’s smooth, and has a great design, but it also has one of the worst shades of purple I have ever seen on the side of a race car. This takes it from an A down to a B.

Josh Williams #78 Alloy Employer Services Ford Mustang-It’s a good look, not over done, and it works. A

Daniel Suarez #99 SLAM! Chevy Camaro-This car is beyond over designed, and this scheme does NOT look good. F


Author: dgf2099

I'm just a normal guy who collects race-worn driver suits, helmets, sheet metal, and other race-worn items. I will use this blog to help collectors, and race fans alike understand the various aspects of driver suits and helmets, and commentate on paint schemes.

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