The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 21, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First, a couple of 2018 schemes…

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy Camaro-Great shade of blue, great shade of red, great flame design, gets an A.

Now on to the 2017 schemes…

Jamie McMurray #1 Nicholas Air/Cessna Chevy SS-Same scheme as Cessna, same B+ grade.

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Navy Throwback Ford Fusion-Its a great look, with a smooth design, and one of the better throwbacks I have seen. I’m giving this an A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Outdoors Ford Fusion-Adding more blue brings the scheme from a C to a B-.

Trevor Bayne #6 Liberty National Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Justin Marks #7 Golden Corral/Katerra Chevy SS-Another example of two different contrasting designs on one car that doesn’t look good. I’ll be nice and give it a D+ because I like the color scheme.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx/Walgreens Toyota Camry-This is the best FedEx has looked on a race car for some time. It’s a great color scheme, and the design scheme looks really good. A

Mark Thompson #15 Phoenix Air Chevy SS-Black and red is a good color scheme, and the design scheme is great too. It’s worth an A.

Daniel Suarez #19 Camping World Toyota Camry-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Corey LaJoie #23 My Freedom Smokes Toyota Camry-I like metallic gold, and this design works well, and has a great color scheme. It’s a great look that gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Chili Beans Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

BJ McLeod #51 Collin Bryan Construction Chevy SS-Same scheme as Donnie Newberger Foundation, same B+ grade.

DJ Kennington #55 Dirt and Rock Toyota Camry-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew Names Chevy SS-It’s a great look, and, while names on a car can be either hit or miss, this is a hit. It’s a great scheme that earns an A.

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The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 14, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First we have some 2018 schemes that were recently released.

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy Camaro-While I like the design, I think it’s a bit over done. It’s still a decent scheme with a great color scheme, and it’s worth a B+.

Paul Menard #21 Motorcraft Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro-Yes! Yes! A thousand times yes! The blue works, the flames work, everything works! This is a great scheme! A

Ryan Newman #31 Granger Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Pro Services Chevy Camaro-The black looks great, the gray adds to it, and the whole scheme looks amazing! Nothing wrong here! A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Chevy Camaro-Everything I said about the NAPA scheme applies here. I like the design, but I think it’s a bit over done. It’s still a decent scheme with a great color scheme, and it’s worth a B+.

Now on to 2017 schemes…

Kasey Kahne #5 Go90.com/Road to Raceday Chevy SS-Same basic scheme as Road to Raceway same A grade.

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Schrock Chevy SS-Purple doesn’t always work, and while I normally like the Menard’s template, this doesn’t jive as well with it. I will give it a B+.

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops/Roller Bites Ford Fusion-Same basic scheme as Love’s Truck Stops, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #37 Gain Chevy SS-Green can be great or awful, and this green works well, and with a great car design, it earns an A.

Cole Whit #72 Chevy SS-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide/Chevy Truck Month Chevy SS-Same scheme as Nationwide, same A grade.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 7, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Derrike Cope #00 Starcom Fiber Chevy SS-It’s a bit too ambitious, even for a good fade. It isn’t terrible, but they tried to do too much with this design. I typically like fades, but this one is too overdone. C

Danica Patrick #10 Warriors In Pink Ford Fusion-Well, Pinktober is upon us, which means pink for breast cancer. If you haven’t figured out that this whole thing is a scam, then I can’t help you. I’m going to continue my tradition of calling out this scam by giving an automatic F to any pink car in October, starting with this one.

Corey LaJoie #23 Freshbeards Toyota Camry-Plain black with white logos is a great look, which will always earn an A.

Ryan Newman #31 Childress Vineyards Chevy SS-It’s a decent design scheme, though it is a bit over done. The color scheme is good, so I’ll give it a B.

Ryan Newman #31 Wastemasters Recycling Chevy SS-See above. B+

David Ragan #38 The House.com Ford Fusion-Great color scheme, great design scheme, great look! A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Sharkbite Plumbing Solutions Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Lowe’s, but with Sharkbite Plumbing Solutions on sides. F

BJ McLeod #51 Donnie Neuenberger Foundation Chevy SS-I get what they are trying to do here, but the fact is that the car is just a tad over designed, The wave pattern could work if it was a bit simpler, but it’s a decent, scheme, worth a B+.

Brett Moffitt #83 Hikvision Toyota Camry-BK Racing seems to pride itself on over-designing their cars, and this design is no exception. The color scheme is good, but the car is so needlessly over designed that it can’t save the scheme from an F.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 30, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Chevy Accessories Chevy SS-Same scheme as #31, same A grade.

Reed Sorenson #15 Ol’ Hick Hickory Pellets Chevy SS-It’s a smooth look with a good color scheme, no complaints here! A

Daniel Suarez #19 Comcast Business Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same D- grade.

Matt Kenseth #20 Sirius/XM Toyota Camry-While it still needs work, it’s much better than the #77! the color scheme is better, as is the design scheme. I’ll give it a B+.

Corey LaJoe #23 Schroth Racing Toyota Camry-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, with a bad color scheme, specifically, the shades of yellow used. It’s hurting my eyes, so I’m going to give it the F it deserves.

Chase Elliott #24 NAPA Brakes Chevy SS-New scheme for 2017, same as NAPA but with BRAKES on sides. A

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Ford Eco-Boost Ford Fusion-Its got a good color scheme, but in terms of design, it is over designed. I don’t like amount of stripes, and the lack of red doesn’t help. It’s still a decent scheme, and it earns a C-.

Gray Gaulding #55 Wind River Toyota Camry-This scheme would work with if the green on the front were used as the scheme OR the fade were used, but the combination of the two looks awkward and forced. It just doesn’t look good, and it earns an F.

Brett Moffitt #83 Super Donut Toyota Camry-Everything I said about the #23 applies here, but the addition of red just makes this worse. F

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 23, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Univar Chevy SS-Same scheme as Dow, same A- grade.

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips Strong Against Cancer Chevy SS-It’s a great scheme, the crayon motif works, and the car has a great color scheme. Nothing bad here! A

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Sweet Heat Toyota Camry-Purple can be a very iffy color, but this dark purple works very well, and the flame motif works well too! It’s a great look. A

Corey LaJoie #23 Jewel-Osco Toyota Camry-Too many different shades of red, too many cutting edge designs, and the less said about that…thing on the quarter panel, the better. F

Ryan Newman CAT D100 Chevy SS-The D100 motif actually works much better than the regular scheme. There is some room for improvement, but it’s a great look. I’ll give it a B+

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Incredible Bank/TMNT Ford Fusion-It’s an ugly, over designed mess that just looks awful! There is nothing good I can say about this! F

Jeffery Earnardt #33 HULU/TMNT Chevy SS-See above. F

Ray Black Jr. #51 Chevy SS-The water motif works very well, though it should be on both sides. It is a bold look, and it’s done well. A

Gray Gaulding #55 US First Responders Association Chevy SS-Using the Bodine throwback works well and the car has a nice look. It’s worth an A.

Timmy Hill #66 U.S. Chrome Chevy SS-Same scheme as Poker Palace, same D+ grade.

Michael McDowell #95 Devour Frozen Meals Chevy SS-Its a little overdone, and the green looks really out of place. It’s not bad, but not great. I’ll give it a C.

Michael McDowell #95 Procore Chevy SS-Black and orange is an under rated color scheme, and the hexagon motif works well. It’s a well-done scheme. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 16, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Therm Chevy SS-The hood represents cold, the sides represent heat, and the car looks great across the board. A

Hermie Sadler #7 We’re Game Chevy SS-It’s a great color scheme that gets lost in the over designed sides. It’s not completely terrible, but it’s not great. I’ll give it a C-.

Danica Patrick #10 Warrior by Danica Patrick/HSN.com Chevy SS-It’s a rather finicky color scheme not helped by being a tad over designed. It would be better with a different color scheme.  All in all, it’s worth a C-.

Matt Kenseth #20 American Red Cross/Toyota 4 Good Toyota Camry-Same scheme as white Toyota Care, same D- grade.

Joey Logano #22 American Red Cross Ford Fusion-With the right color combination, the Penske template can work quite well. This is the right color combination. Red and white work very well, and the car looks good. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Sweet Frog Toyota Camry-Last year’s scheme was a front runner for Worst Paint Scheme Of The Year in the Paint Schemies, and the 2017 is actually worse! The color scheme is awful, but the design just makes the scheme look more repulsive than it is. I wish I could give it lower than an F, but I can’t.

Chris Buescher #37 Nature Valley Chevy SS-This is a bold yet subtle scheme, with a great color scheme, which will always earn an A.

David Ragan #38 1000 Bulbs Ford Fusion-The only reason that this scheme was awarded a D+ is that the color scheme is good, and fits the design scheme. The design scheme is horrible by itself, saved only by the color scheme.

BJ McLeod #51 Bubba Burger Texas Strong Chevy SS-It’s a classic look, and a great color scheme. Nothing wrong here! A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-Same scheme as white Auto Owner’s Insurance, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #83 Safeway Toyota Camry-Too many designs, not a good look. Not even a great color scheme can save this from an F.

Corey LaJoie#83 Champion Machinery Toyota Camry-The color scheme is great, but the car is somewhat over designed, but it’s not as bad as it could be. It’s not terrible, not great, worth a C.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 9, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Throwback Chevy SS-It’s a pretty faithful replica of the Hawaiian Tropic scheme, but with McDonald’s logos. It’s a good look, and it earns an A.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Throwback Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Throwback Ford Fusion-Advocare always does a great Mark Martin throwback, and this Stroh’s throwback is no exception. It’s faithful, and it looks good. A

Reed Sorenson #15 Xchange Of America Throwback Toyota Camry-Motorcraft schemes have ranged from good to great, and while this one falls into the “good” category, it’s a great look…even if it’s on a Toyota. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Throwback Ford Fusion-I was wondering when this scheme would be run as a throwback, and I’m glad it’s here. The block fade was a unique and amazing look, and it was redone very well. A

Matt Kenseth #20 Circle K Toyota Camry-I don’t like the changes here. It thought the scheme was great, but the orange numbers take it down from an A to an A-.

Paul Menard #27 Menard’s/Dutch Boy Throwback Chevy SS-Same scheme as Dutch Boy, same A grade.

Jeffery Earnhardt #33 Hulu Throwback Chevy SS-The Lowe’s Foods scheme is criminally overlooked when talking about Dale Earnhardt’s paint schemes, and it’s a shame. It’s a great look, and the new version looks good, so it earns an A.

Landon Cassill #34 Love’s Truck Stops Throwback Ford Fusion-Same basicscheme as last year, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #37 Cheerios Throwback Chevy SS– I’m going to quote my Throwback Thursday article on this scheme: “No the Buick isn’t butter flavored. Red, Yellow and white with a curved stripe up the side is a good look. I also like the logo curved over the wheel well. The gold reflective numbers look good, and the black outline works very well. The white looks really good on the Buick. The Butter Flavored letting could be in a different color, as it sort of blends in to the stripe. I also like the lettering on PATTY MOISE above the door.”A

David Ragan #38 Good Sam Throwback Ford Fusion-It’s more of a fauxback, but it’s a good look, with a good color scheme, and I’ll give it an A.

Kyle Larson #42 First Data Chevy SS-The fade works very well, and the circuit design works very well with this scheme. It’s a good look across the board. A

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Bank Throwback Chevy SS-Not going to lie, I didn’t like this scheme when it first debuted, but as the years have gone on, it has grown on me. A

Cody Ware #51 Bubba Burger/Pray For Texas Chevy SS-It is Cole Trickle’s number, with Kyle Petty’s scheme, and it’s raising money for Hurricane Harvey victims, so it earns an A.

Cole Whitt #72 Ted Whitt Throwback Chevy SS-Ted Whitt had a really good race car, with a really good look, which is faithfully replicated here. It’s a good look, with a great history, and it’s an A scheme.

Erik Jones #77 5-Hour Energy Mosaic Toyota Camry-I get what the premise is here, but mosaic schemes never look good, and this is no exception. It’s a cluttered, jumbled mess of a scheme that earns an F.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Throwback Toyota Camry-This scheme, while decent, could have been a lot better. No throwback logos, no vintage design, nothing that could make this scheme a throwback. Again, it’s not horrible, I don’t like the shade of green used, but It’s worth a B-, all things considered.