The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-May 14, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 Coca Cola Throwback Chevy Camaro-I loved this scheme back in the day, and I love this now! A

Austin Cindric #2 Menard’s/Libman Throwback Ford Mustang-Replacing the red with green really takes this scheme down. Factor in that they replaced Kodak’s yellow with a much worse shade and you have a B- scheme.

Austin Dillon #3 Huk Performance Fishing Chevy Camaro-This is an example of a great scheme getting better! This looks great, and gets an A.

Brad Keselowski #6 King’s Hawaiian Ford Mustang-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods/Haas Automotion Throwback Ford Mustang-Great look, very faithful, no complaints here. A

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Throwback Toyota Camry-This scheme earned an A in 2016, and it earns an A today.

JJ Yeley #15 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Throwback Ford Mustang-This scheme earned an B+ in 2015, and it earns an B+ today.

Daniel Hemric #16 AG1 by Athletic Greens Chevy Camaro-Decent color scheme with a mediocre design scheme will earn a C.

AJ Allmendinger #16 Andy’s Frozen Custard Chevy Camaro-A bad color scheme with a horrible design scheme will always earn an F.

Christopher Bell #20 SiriusXM Throwback Toyota Camry-Good color scheme, but I think the design is over done. Still, it isn’t bad, so I’ll give it a B-

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford Mustang-I like the faithful look, and the great color and design scheme works well. A

Bubba Wallace #23 Money Lion Toyota Camry-The color scheme is decent, but not only is the design scheme bad, but it clashes a bit with the color scheme. All things considered, this gets a D.

William Byron #24 RAPTOR Chevy Camaro-The white is not a good look, and clashes with the rest of the car. One of the other would work. Still, this isn’t awful, so this gets a B+

Ty Dillon #42 Petty/GMS Throwback Chevy Camaro– a faithful throwback, with a great look, and that earns an A.

Ty Dillon #42 Ferris Mowers Throwback Chevy Camaro-Great color scheme, great design scheme, everything looks good. A

Erik Jones #43 FocusFactor Throwback Chevy Camaro-It’s a faithful throwback, with a great look, and that earns an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Kroger/Nature Valley Chevy Camaro-Horrible color scheme, and over designed, need I say more? F

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Throwback Chevy Camaro-I liked this back in the day, and I like this now. Great scheme, no complaints. A

B.J. McLeod #78 Throwback Ford Mustang-It’s a great look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Daniel Suarez #99 Coca Cola Throwback Chevy Camaro-I loved this scheme back in the day, and I love this now! A

The Driver Suit Blog-Rating The 2022 Throwback Paint Schemes

By David G. Firestone

There will be no Driver Suit Blog Radio this week. This is for good reason. With the 2022 Darlington Throwback race behind us, I’m going to rate the throwbacks as I do each year, so let’s get started!

1-Daniel Suarez #99 Coca Cola Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Dale Earnhardt Sr’s 1998 Coca Cola scheme from the NASCAR Thunder Special Motegi – Coca-Cola 500. A

2-Ross Chastain #1 Coca Cola Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Dale Earnhardt Jr’s 1998 Coca Cola scheme from the NASCAR Thunder Special Motegi – Coca-Cola 500. A

3-Kurt Busch #45 McDonald’s Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2022, based on Bill Elliott’s 1996 McDonald’s Ford Thunderbird. A

4-William Byron #24 AXALTA Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Jeff Gordon’s AXALTA scheme. A

5-Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Mike Stefanik’s 1998 #51 Burnham Chevy Monte Carlo. A

6-Ty Dillon #42 Petty/GMS Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Lee Petty’s 1959 Daytona 500 winning Oldsmobile. A

7Erik Jones #43 FocusFactor Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Richard Petty’s 1959 Daytona 500 Oldsmobile. A

8-Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Mark Martin’s 1993 Ford Thunderbird. A

9-Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Tim Richmond’s All-Star Racing No. 0 Pontiac. A

10-Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2022, based on Denny’s 2016 Daytona 500 winning Toyota. A

11-Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2022, based on Elliot Sadler’s 1998 M&M’s Pontiac Grand Prix. A

12-Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Logano’s first midget car. A

13-Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods/Haas Automotion Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Sam Rodriguez’s sprint car. A

14-Corey LaJoie #7 Staking Pennies Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Marty Robbins #777 Plymouth Belvedere. A

15-Chase Briscoe #14 Mahindra Tractors Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Tony Stewart’s 2001 Target Indy Car. A

16-B.J. McLeod #78 Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on McLeod’s 2004 Super Late Model Series car. A

17-Harrison Burton #21 DEX Imaging Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Jeff Burton’s #99 Exide Batteries Ford Taurus from 2000. A-

18-Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Jason Leffler’s NetZero scheme. A-

19-JJ Yeley #15 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Clint Bowyer #15 5 Hour Energy Toyota Camry. B+

20-Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Throwback Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2022, based on Jimmy Means’ #52 NAPA Ford Thunderbird. B

21-Brad Keselowski #6 Socios.com Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Mark Martin’s 2004 Viagra reverse Ford Taurus. B

22-Chris Buescher #17 Socios.com Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Matt Kenseth’s 2004 DeWalt Ford Taurus. B

23-Austin Cindric #2 Menard’s/Libman Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on Rusty Wallace’s 2005 Kodak Dodge. B-

24-Christopher Bell #20 SiriusXM Throwback Toyota CamryNew scheme for 2022, based on Bell’s 2017 Truck Series championship season. B-

25-Kevin Harvick #4 Rheem “Chasing a Cure” Throwback Ford MustangNew scheme for 2022, based on the 2011-2012 Rheem Chasing a Cure scheme that ran during October. F

Next Week, Driver Suit Blog Radio returns!!!

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-May 7, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 Worldwide Express Chevy Camaro-It’s much too over designed, and the shades of blue don’t work. F

Ross Chastain #1 Pitbull Tour Chevy Camaro-I love the color scheme, but I hate the design scheme, so this gets a C.

Kyle Larson #5 Hendrickcars.com Throwback Chevy Camaro-Another great throwback that could win Throwback of the Year. This is a great and classic look. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield/Weis Ford Mustang-The new designs take the A- scheme down to a B+ because they are a bit overdone.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Small Business Toyota Camry-I think the blue is a tad over done, but otherwise, this is a great scheme. A-

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

Ryan Preece #15 United Rentals Ford Mustang-The black isn’t needed here, and the stripe is a bit over done. It’s not terrible, so I give it a B.

Daniel Hemric #16 Majestic Steel Chevy Camaro-Get rid of the red on the front, and this is a solid A scheme. With the silver, this gets an A-.

Todd Gilliland #38 The Pete Store Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Cole Custer #41 Autodesk/HaasTooling.com Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Kurt Busch #45 McDonald’s Throwback Toyota Camry-Yes! Yes! A Thousand Times Yes! You have no idea how long I’ve been wanting to see this throwback! Unless something better comes along, this will probably win Throwback of the Year! A

BJ McLeod #78 Superior Logistics Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-April 30, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 Moose Fraternity Chevy Camaro-I like this, it’s a great look, and the color scheme works, so this gets an A.

Ross Chastain #1 Jockey Chevy Camaro-This is a great look, and I can’t complain. A

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

Kevin Harvick #4 Rheem “Chasing a Cure” Throwback Ford Mustang-Not only is this not a faithful scheme, its also a Pinkwashing scheme. F

Corey LaJoie #7 RAZE Energy Chevy Camaro-This is the worst color combo I have seen in a long time. Add in a horrible design, and you have an F scheme.

Corey LaJoie #7 Staking Pennies Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a very faithful replica of a unique car. It looks good, and gets an A.

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Throwback Chevy Camaro-I like throwbacks, but this isn’t as accurate, and the original one isn’t great. Still, it’s not terrible, so I give it a B.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield/iHop Ford Mustang-The changes don’t add or subtract from the overall scheme, so it stays at a C scheme.

Chase Briscoe #14 Mahindra Tractors Throwback Ford Mustang-This is a scheme that should have been on a stock car, but it wasn’t. It’s also a faithful replica, so it gets an A.

David Ragan #15 Envision Ford Mustang-Too many colors, too many designs, looks awful, gets an F.

Harrison Burton #21 DEX Imaging Throwback Ford Mustang-I think the original was a little overdone, but this is a faithful replica, so this gets an A-.

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Autotrader Ford Mustang-Same scheme as Shell/Pennzoil, same A grade.

William Byron #24 AXALTA Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a great scheme, it has a great look, and it gets an A.

Cole Custer #41 Feeding America/Wow Wow Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cole Custer #41 HaasTooling.com Throwback Ford Mustang-While it’s a faithful replica, I did think the original was over designed, so I’ll give this an A-

Greg Biffle #44 Morehouse College Chevy Camaro-This is a good look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Noah Gragson #62 Wendy’s Chevy Camaro-I think that the blue and white section is a tad over done, so this gets an A-

BJ McLeod #78 Motorsport Games Ford Mustang-The changes don’t add or subtract from the overall scheme, so it stays at a F scheme.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-April 23, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Corey LaJoie #7 Drydene Performance Products/DuraMAX Chevy Camaro-I like this design, but it’s a slight downgrade from last year. B+

Tyler Reddick #8 3Chi Chevy Camaro-Reversing the colors makes the car look better. A

Chase Elliott #9 Kelly Blue Book Chevy Camaro-What an upgrade! The white with minimal stripes look is amazing! This gets an A!

Ryan Blaney #12 Menards/Dutch Boy Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

JJ Yeley #15 Georgia Strong/JAG Metals LLC Ford Mustang-I like the look, it has a great color scheme, and it has a great design. A

Noah Gragson #16 Chevy Truck Month Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is decent, minus the gray. The car is way too over designed, so I’ll give it a C-

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Throwback Toyota Camry-I loved the scheme back then, and I love the scheme now! This gets an A!

Bubba Wallace #23 Columbia Sportswear Chevy Camaro-I hate the color scheme here, and the design scheme doesn’t do it any favors. This is just awful. F

Cole Custer #41 Jacob Construction/Haas Tooling Ford Mustang-That stripe that extends into really takes away from a solid look, and takes the scheme down to a B-

Alex Bowman #48 Ally Financial Throwback Chevy Camaro-This might be one of the best throwback schemes this year! It’s accurate, and based on a great car. A

Justin Allgaier #77 Brandt Chevy Camaro-A great color scheme with a terrible color scheme will always earn a C.

Josh Williams #78 Alloy Employment Services Ford Mustang-Get rid of the non blue section on the bottom, this gets a solid A. With it, this scheme gets a scheme. A-

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-April 16, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 GoPro Chevy Camaro-I like the look, I like the color scheme, and this gets an A.

Austin Cindric #2 Menards/Moen Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Brad Keselowski #6 Solomon Plumbing Ford Mustang-I’m not sold on this new template, but this color scheme works well enough. B

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Spirals Ford Mustang-Red and black is a great color scheme, and the design scheme works well. A

Denny Hamlin #11 Sport Clips Haircuts Toyota Camry-I like the toned down sides, and the car has a smoother look. A

JJ Yeley #15 Nabor Force Ford Mustang-Good color scheme, not over designed, great look, gets an A.

JJ Yeley #15 Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Christopher Bell #20 Yahoo! Toyota Camry-The dark blue is pointless, and I think the car is a bit over designed. B+

Michael McDowell #34 WISE-EV Ford Mustang-I HATE THIS COLOR SCHEME! This is a terrible color scheme. The light colors clash with the black, and the car is over designed. F

Todd Gilliland #38 Cross Country Adjusting Ford Mustang-I think the car is over designed, and the color scheme is mediocre. This is just bland, and it gets a C.

Kurt Busch #45 McDonald’s/Money Lion Toyota Camry-Too many contrasting designs, both color and design give this a cluttered look. I can’t defend this, so I won’t.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Louisiana Hot Sauce Chevy Camaro-This isn’t really that bad, but when compared to the 2021 scheme, it’s a huge downgrade. This gets a C.

B.J. McLeod #78 Epilepsy Foundation Ford Mustang-I loves me a good fade, and this is a good fade. This works well, and it gets an A.

Daniel Suarez #99 GoPro Chevy Camaro-I like the look, I like the color scheme, and this gets an A.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-April 9, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Triple Action Formula Ford Mustang-Smooth design, great color scheme, no complaints here! A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Crunchy Cookie Toyota Camry-I like the shade of blue here, and the design works well, so this gets an A.

Bubba Wallace #23 Dr. Pepper Toyota Camry-I like the cleaned up look, no real complaints. A

Michael McDowell #34 Naväge Nasal Care Ford Mustang-Without the blue next to the number, this would be a solid A scheme. I think it isn’t needed, so this gets an A-

Greg Biffle #44 Norfolk State University Chevy Camaro-I like the design, I like the color scheme, this gets an A.

Kurt Busch #45 Embrace Home Loans Toyota Camry-Get rid of the needless black on the rear, and you have a solid A scheme. A-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 The Frozen Farmer Chevy Camaro-I like the motif and color scheme, so this gets an A.

BJ McLeod #78 Surface Sunscreen Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-April 2, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 ONX Homes/iFly Chevy Camaro-The only redeeming factor here is a good color scheme. The rest is awful. D

Austin Dillon #3 Bennett Transportations & Logistics Chevy Camaro-The designs are over done, and the light blue isn’t needed. This is still a good scheme, and it earns an A.

Chase Elliott #9 Adrenaline Shoc Performance Energy Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is the tiger stripes on the rear. Other than that, this is a solid scheme. A-

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Wabash Ford Mustang-Get rid of the yellow, and this would be a solid A scheme. With the yellow, this is an A-

Joey Hand #15 Ford Pass Rewards Visa Ford Mustang-Nothing really wrong with this one, a solid scheme all around! A

Chris Buescher #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford Mustang-Pastels don’t work in NASCAR, and a horrible design doesn’t work. F

Harrison Burton #21 Freightliner/eCascadia Ford Mustang-Same scheme as #2, same D grade.

William Byron #24 RAPTOR Chevy Camaro-This is a really good look, I love the eye motif, and it gets an A.

Todd Gilliland #38 Boot Barn Ford Mustang-The only good thing I can say is that this scheme has a great shade of red. D-

Cole Custer #41 One Cure Ford Mustang-Nothing really new to say, so this new scheme gets an A.

Ty Dillon #42 Gain Chevy Camaro-I like this look! It’s smooth, it isn’t over designed, and it has a great color scheme. A

Ty Dillon #42 ChevyLiners.com Chevy Camaro-A good color scheme with a bad design scheme earns a C.

Erik Jones #43 Tide Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B grade.

Andy Lally #78 MaintenanceSupplies.com Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

The DriverSuit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-March 26, 2022

By David G. Firestone

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

Corey LaJoie #7 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevy Camaro-Bit of a downgrade, but still a good scheme. A-

Ryan Blaney #12 Body Armor Ford Mustang-I didn’t think this scheme could get better, but here we are! A

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Toyota Camry-This really works well, and I like the smooth design. A

Cole Custer #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang-This is a downgrade from last year. I think the scheme could work better if it was toned down. Still, it isn’t awful. so it gets a B

Ty Dillon #42 Alsco Uniforms Chevy Camaro-The old design was perfect, this design can be described as a great color scheme paired with an awful design scheme, and that gets a C.

Greg Biffle #44 Stillman College Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

B.J. McLeod #78 Celsius Ford Mustang-I like this look, splatter works well when done right, and the car has a very smooth look. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-March 19, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 K1 Speed Chevy Camaro-Toning down the designs would work better, but this is still good. B+

Austin Dillon #3 Get Bioethanol Chevy Camaro-The scheme is pretty much the same, so it gets the same B.

Kyle Larson #5 Valvoline Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Brad Keselowski #6 Socios.com Throwback Ford Mustang-The reverse scheme wasn’t my favorite at that time, but it has grown on me a bit, so I’ll give this a B.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota Camry-Same scheme as FedEx Express, same A grade.

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

Chase Briscoe #14 HighPoint Ford Mustang-I like this scheme, and I like circuity designs on cars, so this gets an A.

Garrett Smithley #15 Trophy Tractor Chevy Camaro-It’s an improvement, but it still isn’t great. I’ll give this a C.

AJ Allmendinger #16 Action Industries Chevy Camaro-It’s a great design, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Chris Buescher #17 ITsavvy Ford Mustang-The subtle RFK Racing template works well, and the rest of the car looks great. A

Chris Buescher #17 Socios.com Throwback Ford Mustang-Another example of a scheme that wasn’t my favorite at that time, but it has grown on me a bit, so I’ll give this a B.

Kyle Busch #18 DeWalt Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #20, same A grade.

Bubba Wallace #23 Root Insurance Toyota Camry-This is a decent scheme, but it’s a downgrade from the amazing scheme last year. I’ll give this a B.

Greg Biffle #44 Florida A&M University Chevy Camaro-I like me some snakeskin, and this is a great look. A

Kurt Busch #45 MoneyLion Toyota Camry-It’s not great. I like the shades of green, but the random designs don’t work. I’ll give this a C-

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 Fry’s/NOS Chevy Camaro-This is a great look, with a great color scheme, and this will earn an A.

Alex Bowman 48 Ally/Best Friends Chevy Camaro-I think this is a decent look. It’s a bit over done, but it isn’t horrible. B+

BJ McLeod #78 Premier Business Investments Ford Mustang-No complaints here, the color scheme works, and the design scheme is great. A

Tarso Marques #79 Dignity Gold Ford Mustang-Toning down the stripes would work better, but this isn’t bad so this gets a B.