The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-November 10, 2018

By David G. Firestone

First, a couple of 2019 schemes.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford Mustang-Same scheme as 2018, same A grade.

Alex Bowman #88 LLumar Window Film Chevy Camaro-It’s just a meh scheme. The color scheme isn’t great or awful. The design scheme is neither great nor awful. It’s just meh.C

Now on to the 2018 schemes.

Landon Cassill #00 Brookshire’s Food & Pharmacy Chevy Camaro-I hate the light green used with the red, and the design is over designed. It’s not awful, so I’ll give it a B+.

Jamie McMurray #1 Sherwin-Williams Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as 2017, same B+ grade.

Reed Sorenson #7 Sustainable Quarry Chevy Camaro-I like the fade from black to blue, and the shades of blue and black used is very good. No complaints here! A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Spiral Sliced Ham Ford Fusion-The packaging design translates quite well to the design of a race car. The color scheme works well, as does the design. All in all, I’m giving this an A.

Ryan Blaney #12 Carlisle Tools Ford Fusion-I like the light blue with the Penske template. Considering how difficult the Penske template to use with certain colors, this is a good scheme. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil Delvac 1 Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Rush’s Truck Stops, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Cardell Ford Fusion-Another example of how great the new Menard’s template is. A

J.J. Yeley #23 Maximum Elevation Offroad Toyota Camry-Black and white is a great color scheme, but the zig-zag design is not a great look. It if were toned down, it might be better, but this is not a good look. Still, it’s not the worst, so I’ll give it a C.

David Ragan #38 Earthwater Ford Fusion-Same scheme as #23, same A grade.

Joey Gase #51 Donate Life Texas Ford Fusion-Same scheme as #55, same A grade

Corey LaJoie #72 Gas Monkey Garage Chevy Camaro-It’s not an over designed car, unlike some of Gas Monkey Garage’s cars. The color scheme is great, and the car has a great look. A

David Starr #97 Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look and it has a great color scheme, so that will always earn an A.

Kyle Weatherman #99 International Marine/Native Chevy Camaro-It has a decent design, but talk about an ugly over designed mess! This is the worst look, I’ve seen in a long time. This is really bad. The stripes are awful, and the design would be awful without them. This is getting the F it deserves.

Kyle Weatherman #99 Rewads.com Chevy Camaro-New scheme for 2018, same as #66 throwback. B-

Kyle Weatherman #99 Star Com Racing Fan Experience Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look and it has a great color scheme, so that will always earn an A.

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The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-November 3, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Joey Gase #00 Nevada Donor Network Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #55, same A- grade.

Brad Keselowski #2 Thomas Built Buses Ford Fusion-Black and red works with the Penske template, and the shades used are really good.  Nothing wrong here! A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Tachi-S Chevy Camaro-The white stripe with Tachi-S is visually distracting, and it clashes with the rest of the scheme.   It takes an A scheme down to an A-.

Matt Kenseth #6 Wyndham Rewards Pink Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Hermie Sadler #7 Virginia Lottery Chevy Camaro-The shades of green used aren’t great, and while the car is somewhat over designed, but it’s not as bad a some of the schemes, so I’ll give it a B-.

Ross Chastain #15 Terino Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #66, same A grade.

Ryan Newman #31 E-Z-GO Chevy Camaro-The car is a little over designed, but it has a great color scheme.  All things taken in to account, I give this a B+.

Ryan Newman #31 Next Generation Mini Excavators Chevy Camaro-My only complaint is that the the honeycomb design isn’t really needed here.  Otherwise the scheme is great,and I give it an A-

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s/Luber-finer Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Love’s, same A grade.

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Chili Beans Chevy Camaro-The new design is neither an upgrade, or a downgrade from the other scheme, so I will give it the same A- I previously gave them.

Kyle Larson #42 First Data-Clover Chevy Camaro-The car is beyond over designed, and the color scheme is not only not good, but it clashes with the design scheme.  Then again, this is the kind of design scheme that clashes with itself. F

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Pioneer Records Management Chevy Camaro-Plain Petty blue…if I need to say anything more than that, then I give up. A

Cole Whitt #72 Moen Chevrolet Camaro-It’s just a meh scheme, with a color scheme that could be tweaked a little bit.  It’s worth a C-

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 27, 2018

By David G. Firestone

First, another 2019 scheme…

Clint Bowyer #14 Blue Def Ford Mustang-Changing white to black neither helps or hurts this particular scheme. C

Landon Cassill #00 Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Trick Treat Win Chevy Camaro-The drip motif works, and the color scheme works well with the design scheme.  All in all, it’s a great scheme. A

Reed Sorenson #7 Harrah’s Casino Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as #55, same A grade.

Ross Chastain #15 Durkin Tactical Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Pink Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

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

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Can-Am/Wholey/Plan B Sales Pink Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Michael McDowell #34 Coburn Supply Company Ford Fusion-The shade of blue is great, the white works well with the blue, and the whole car looks great. A

Kyle Larson #42 McDonald’s Trick Treat Win Chevy Camaro-While I liked the #1, replacing yellow with blue doesn’t help that much.  It’s not terrible, but the color change takes an A grade down to a B+.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Transportation Impact Chevy Camaro-Petty blue and white is a great color scheme, and the design scheme works well.  All in all, it’s worth an A.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 20, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Joey Gase #00 PFK Foundation Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

DJ Kennington #7 Wilride Transport Chevy Camaro-The light blue doesn’t really work with the black, and the design doesn’t exactly help either. Still, it isn’t needlessly over designed, so I’ll give it a D+

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Bacon for Life Ford Fusion-The color scheme is great, and I love the bacon motif. The stripes are good, and the whole car looks great. A

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Riggs Workwear Ford Fusion-The new Menard’s template looks even better in red than it does in yellow, and the car has a great look all around! A

Clint Bowyer #14 Peak Ford Mustang-We have our first 2019 scheme.  The color scheme is good, but the car as a whole is over designed. Peak has had some good schemes in the last few years, but this isn’t great. Still, I’ve seen worse, so I’ll give it a C.

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Pink Chevy Camaro-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Chili Beans Chevy Camaro-The design on the side under the numbers is pointless, but otherwise the car as a whole looks great. All things considered, I’ll give it an A-.

Cody Ware #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-White should not be the primary color here. If it was red, it might get an A, but this isn’t that bad, so I’ll give it a B+.

Corey LaJoie #72 Winn-Dixie Chevy Camaro-The design is simple and the color scheme works quite well here. Nothing bad about this scheme! A

Jeffery Earnhardt #96 iK9 Toyota Camry-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

David Starr #97 Vroom Brands Toyota Camry-A smooth, simple look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 13, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Outdoors Ford Fusion-Another example of a paint scheme rearranging deck chairs on the Titianic.  The scheme is neither better nor worse than last year.  I’ll give it the same C it got last year.

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Nightvision Chevy Camaro-It’s a very toned down scheme, and the metallic gold works quite well.  Nothing wrong here. A

Clint Bowyer #14 HaasV F1/Rush Truck Centers Ford Fusion-The two sponsors work well together, the scheme as a whole looks good, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Ross Chastain #15 Protect Your Mellon Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Tarkett Ford Fusion-The new Menard’s template works well, and the scheme as whole looks great! A

William Byron #24 Hendrick Autoguard Chevy Camaro-My one complaint is that the white/silver stripes are pointless, and need to be eliminated.  Other than that, it’s a great scheme.  A-

Ryan Newman #31 Waste Masters Recycling Chevy Camaro-I still think that the side stripes are pointless, but the color scheme works, and the scheme is much more subdued than last year, so I’ll give it an A-.

Harrison Rhodes #52 The Medicine Shoppe Chevy Camaro-Orange and blue can be iffy, but the shades used here work very well, and the design is bold but not over done. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 6, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #7 Sokal Chevy Camaro-This is another one of those designs that would look better with a different color scheme.  Neither the color scheme or the design are bad by themselves, but together they just don’t work. It’s not a bad scheme, but it could be worked upon. B-

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy Camaro-There are slight changes to the scheme, but they neither add or subtract from the B+ grade I gave it.

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion-My only complaint here is that the blue on the Mobil 1 aspect could be replaced with blue.  Other than that, it’s a great scheme. A-

Daniel Suarez #19 Lenox Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

JJ Yeley #23 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Toyota Camry-It’s an ugly over designed mess with a bad color scheme, and that will always earn an F.

Chris Buescher #37 Maple Cheerios Chevy Camaro-It’s a good look, I like the color scheme, and I don’t think it’s over designed. A

Timmy Hill #66 Terino Toyota Camry-A light to dark blue fade works very well, and the lack of other designs earns this scheme an A.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto-Owners Insurance/Sherry Strong Toyota Camry-It’s a great color, and the design works very well. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #96 Susan B Komen Toyota Camry-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 29, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Dairi-o Chevy Camaro-The toned down elements look better, but I just don’t like the yellow used.  In the end, it’s worth an A-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/VORASURF Chevy Camaro-Not a bad look at all.  I love the science designs on the side, and the color scheme is great. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Get Grilling America Ford Fusion-This scheme works well.  The wood motif works, the meat looks good, and the car looks great. A

Clint Bowyer #14 IT Savvy Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, orange top, green bottom, white stripe, circuit motif across whole car. A

Justin Marks #15 GoPro Motorsports Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, but it has a good color scheme, so I’ll give it a D.

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

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that always earns an A.

Alon Day #23 Best Bully Snacks Toyota Camry-It’s a great shade of blue, and I like the subtle blue stripes on the sides.  It’s a great look. A

Chris Buescher #37 Cheerios Zero Hunger Zero Waste Chevy Camaro-This car needs more black.  White and yellow isn’t the greatest color combination in existence, and the addition of black would work better. B+

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Throwback Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last 2002, same A grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Throwback Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last 2001, same A grade.

Gray Gaulding #52 Live Hotel and Casino Ford Fusion-The red doesn’t work as well with the Jacob Companies elements as the blue does.  Still, it’s not a bad scheme, and I’ll give it a B+.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevy Camaro-Get rid of the black and this would earn an A, but with the black, this earns a B+.