The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 1, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 Renu Chevy Camaro-The white version of this scheme is worse than the black version! F

Kevin Harvick #4 Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford Mustang-Red is a better look than green with this scheme, and it goes from a B+ to an A.

Corey LaJoie #7 Shelton Energy Solutions Chevy Camaro-No real change one way or the other from the #77. B+

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

Chase Briscoe #14 Rush’s Truck Stops Pink Ford Mustang-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Landon Cassill #77 WearMe Chevy Camaro-The green should be a few shades darker, otherwise this get an A.

Daniel Suárez #99 Minute Maid Auguas Frescas Chevy Camaro-I’m not sure of this is pinkwashing, but I do know it’s an ugly, over designed mess of a scheme. F

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 24, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Aric Almirola #10 Ford BlueOval City Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Todd Gilliland #38 Long John Silver’s Ford Mustang-I like the color scheme, but the design scheme is over done. Both cancel each other out, and this gets a C.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Thomas English Muffins and Bagels Chevy Camaro-The car being whole orange, and getting rid of the bagel would work better. B

Landon Cassill #77 Zeigler Auto/LoJack Chevy Camaro-It’s still not great, but it’s better. B-

BJ McLeod #78 Malco Ford Mustang-A horribly over designed mess, with a good color scheme will always earn a D.

BJ McLeod #78 Down N Dirty Ford Mustang-Camo, and an awful design scheme will always earn an F.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 17, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Austin Cindric #2 Snap On Ford Mustang-I like the look, it isn’t over done, and the logo fade is a good look. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Circle B Diecast/Neosho School District Wildcat Nation Chevy Camaro-A good color scheme, with an awful color scheme will always earn a C.

Aric Almirola #10 Farmland Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

Chase Briscoe #14 Magical Vacation Planner Ford Mustang-I like the color scheme, but that can’t save this over designed dump a scheme. D-

JJ Yeley #15 Jacob Companies/Parts Plus Ford Mustang-Good color scheme, not over designed, this gets an A.

Harrison Burton #21 Menards/Masterforce Tools Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ty Gibbs #23 Monster Energy Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #45, same A grade.

Ty Gibbs #23 McDonald’s Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #45, same D grade.

Michael McDowell #34 WISE-EV Ford Mustang-Toning this down doesn’t help that much. F

Ty Dillon #42 Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor Chevy Camaro-PASTELS HAVE NO PLACE IN NASCAR! Sometimes you have to pick a design scheme that can enhance the color scheme, but this isn’t it. F

Bubba Wallace #45 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-I like the look, really well done, not over designed, and this is a good look. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 10, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Throwback Ford Mustang-I like the old Busch Light 1990’s cans, and this is a good look. A

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Childhood Cancer Awareness Month Chevy Camaro-I like this look, you can’t go wrong with puppies, and the car has a great color scheme. A

Denny Hamlin #11 Acumatica Toyota Camry-The light blue isn’t really needed, and there is a bit too much design. It’s not bad, so this gets a B+

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint.com Lady in Black Ford Mustang-The black is a MASSIVE improvement over the blue. This looks great. A

Noah Gragson #16 Ed Morse Automotive Group Chevy Camaro-It’s a horrifically ugly over designed mess, and that will always earn an F.

Harrison Burton #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tried and True Since ‘72 Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Todd Gilliland #38 Southeastern Equipment and Supply Ford Mustang-Getting rid of the purple and light green would make this work. A meh design with a meh paint scheme gets a C.

Ty Dillon #42 EG3 Technologies Chevy Camaro-I don’t like the shade of light blue, and the stripes aren’t needed. It’s OK, but not good. C

Bubba Wallace #45 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-Toning down the stripes would earn this an A, but with the stripes, this gets a B.

B.J. McLeod #78 Boss Truck Stops Ford Mustang-The yellow stripes are a bit over done, other than that, this is good. A-

Daniel Suárez #99 Jockey Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #1, same A grade.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 3, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Austin Cindric #2 Menards/Maytag Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #12, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Route 66 Ford Mustang-I like the look, the car isn’t over designed, and this looks great. A

Daniel Hemric #16 Cirkul Chevy Camaro-Not over designed, and has a great color scheme, what else is there to say? A

Justin Haley #31 Celsius Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #78, same A grade.

Ty Dillon #42 Thorntons Chevy Camaro-The green isn’t needed, and the car is somewhat over designed. I’ll give this a C.

Erik Jones #43 Morgan Law Firm Chevy Camaro-his has too many different design elements, and none of them work with each other. This is a bona fide mess, and it gets an F.

Mike Rockenfeller #77 Nations Guard Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #7, same D grade.

B.J. McLeod #78 NASCAR Rivals Ford Mustang-I love a good fade, and this works well. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-August 27, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Corey LaJoie #7 RAZE Energy Chevy Camaro-This is a slightly better Raze Energy scheme. It’s still awful, just not as much. D-

Tyler Reddick #8 KCMG Chevy Camaro-Mediocre design scheme, check. Mediocre color scheme, check, Mediocre C grade, check.

Aric Almirola #10 Go Bowling Ford Mustang-This is a downgrade from last season. With this, less is more, so this new design, takes the scheme from an A to a B+

Bubba Wallace #23 SiriusXM Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #45, same B grade.

Todd Gilliland #38 MDS Ford Mustang-The reversing of the center colors takes the scheme from a B+ down to a B because it looks awful.

Todd Gilliland #38 Homestead Scheme Entrepreneurs’ Organization of South Florida Ford Mustang-A good design scheme with a bad design scheme will always earn a C.

Ty Gibbs #45 Toyota SmartPath Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, it isn’t over designed, so this gets an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Sugarlands Distilling Company/BallPark Chevy Camaro-This is two different schemes, that just don’t work with each other. The clash is too great, and this gets an A.

Kyle Tilley #78 Brush Creek Valley Farms Family Foundation Ford Mustang-I like the look, and the color scheme, it’s well designed, this gets an A.

Kimi Räikkönen’s #91 Recogni/iLOQ Chevy Camaro-We are 2 for 2 in ex-F1 drivers making their Cup debuts in horribly awful paint schemes. It’s gaudy, and over designed. This gets an F.

Daniel Suárez #99 Princess Cruises Chevy Camaro-A good look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-August 20, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Huk Performance Fishing Chevy Camaro-I don’t understand what they are trying to do here. This doesn’t make sense. Is it water? Is it clouds? I don’t know. It’s ugly and confusing, so it gets an F.

Brad Keselowski #6 Roush Parts Ford Mustang-It’s a solid scheme, the color is great, this gets an A.

Harrison Burton #21 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford Mustang-PASTELS HAVE NO PLACE IN NASCAR! Furthermore the diamonds look awful. F

Michael McDowell #34 Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cole Custer #41 Jacob Construction Ford Mustang-Amazingly, having the whole car as a Jacob Construction design doesn’t work, it’s the same B- as the dual design.

Ty Gibbs #45 Air Jordan 11 “Concord” Toyota Camry-Not over designed, great look, this gets an A.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #47 Kleenex Chevy Camaro-Another example of needless over design. The great look last year has been replaced with this disaster. F

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-August 13, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Mobility Science Chevy Camaro-This new look, is a tad cluttered, but it’s still good, so it gets an A-

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Apple Ford Mustang-It’s still a good look, but the blue takes it from an A to an A-.

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Cardell Cabinetry Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Noah Gragson #16 Chevrolet Accessories Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is mediocre, the design scheme is mediocre, this is mediocre, so it gets a C.

Harrison Burton #21 Motorcraft/Ford Senior Master Technicians Ford Mustang-I like the look here. The use of the wrench with the number placement works, and the white numbers look better than the gold numbers. A

Loris Hezemans #27 Sherfick Companies Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Austin Hill #33 Bennett Transportation & Logistics Chevy Camaro-The one shade of blue is fine, but two is a bit too much. The design is should be toned down too. It’s not terrible, so this gets a B+

Michael McDowell #34 Martin Transportation Systems Ford Mustang-I like the look, and it has a great color scheme. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 SweetLeaf Chevy Camaro-Nothing really changed here, this is still a great scheme. A

Josh Bilicki #77 Zeigler Auto Group/Michigan State Spartans Chevy Camaro-A great color scheme with an awful color scheme equals out to be a C

Daniel Suarez #99 Worldwide Express Chevy Camaro-They took one of the worst schemes in 2022, added more blue, and somehow made it worse! F

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

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-June 18, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Looks good, nothing to complain about, great scheme. A

Brad Keselowski #6 Kohler Generators Power Reserve Ford Mustang-Getting rid of the blue fade makes this scheme work well, and it’s a great look. A

Corey LaJoie #7 Gnarly Premium Jerky Chevy Camaro-The only goof thing I can say is that this has a good color scheme. It’s over done, and the logo looks bad. D

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

Joey Hand #15 Built Ford Proud Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #10, same B grade.

Todd Gilliland #38 Chicago Pneumatic Compressors Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cole Custer #41 Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang-Can’t really complain about this look, I like the added black. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Cottonelle Chevy Camaro-Over designed seems to be the name of the game with the #47 team, and this is yet another example, and a downgraded scheme from last year. F

Alex Bowman #48 Ally/Pride Month Chevy Camaro-Nothing really wrong with this one.

Daniel Suarez #99 Onx Homes/Renu Chevy Camaro-Where to start here? The yellow clashes with the rest of the scheme. The camo elements SUCK and the red and black just doesn’t work. Normally, I would at lease give some points to the color scheme, as I do like it, but since it makes the scheme worse, I can’t. F