The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-January 13, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Jamie McMurray #1 Cessna Chevy Camaro-Love the black and dark blue, the design scheme works, and the car looks great! A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Chevy Camaro-They took a great design, and just needlessly over designed it. The wave form could work, but it just doesn’t. It’s not horrible, so I’ll give it a C-.

Daniel Suarez #19 Peak Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts/Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-It has a great color scheme, and the design scheme looks really good here. Nothing bad to say. A

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The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-January 6, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Jamie McMurray #1 GearWrench Chevy Camaro-Major improvement from last year. Much less cluttered look with a great color scheme, which earns an A.

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Brad Keselowski #2 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Brad Keselowski #2 Auto Trader Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same D- grade.

Austin Dillon #3 AAA Chevy SS-The shade of red is really good, and the track pattern works will on the sides as well. A

Kevin Harvick #4 Jimmy Johns Ford Fusion-Reversing the scheme works well, this new scheme looks really good, and I can’t complain. A

Trevor Bayne #6 Advocare Ford Fusion-Black usually works well for a paint scheme, and this is no exception. Add in some great stripes, and a great color scheme, and this scheme is worth an A.

Trevor Bayne #6 Performance Plus Motor Oil Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Chase Elliott #9 Sun Energy Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

Ryan Blaney #12 Duracel/Menard’s Ford Fusion-Please let this be the new Menard’s template! This is an amazing looking scheme! Great color scheme, and a great design scheme! A

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Chevy Camaro-The cutting edge design doesn’t work well here, it’s just design for design’s sake. Last year, Geico earned an A, this year it earns a C.

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Millitary Chevy Camaro-The slight changes do nothing to help this scheme. It keeps the F it had last year.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fastenal Ford Fusion-While I was a fan of the old Fastenal scheme, this new version looks really good, and I can’t really say anything bad about it.A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Bank Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same B- grade.

Daniel Suarez #19 Arris Toyota Camry-Taking the silver out of the scheme works well, and while the old scheme works well, this scheme works well too. A

Erik Jones #20 DeWalt Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, same as #12. A

Joey Logano #22 Auto Trader Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same D- grade.

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same D grade.

Ryan Newman #31 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Chevy Camaro-Its a decent color scheme, but it’s a bit over designed. Reversing the black and the red could improve this scheme. C-

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One Chevy Camaro-Cleaning up this scheme works well, and the new design has a smooth look, with a good color scheme. A

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Air Force Chevy Camaro-Taking a good scheme, and adding in a new black stripe could be either bad or good. In this setting, it works well. A

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, but it’s ugly and over designed in a new way. What I’m trying to say is that it’s ugly and over designed. F

Kasey Kahne #95 Procore Chevy Camaro-Last year’s scheme was a great looking scheme. This year, it’s an over designed mess, that doesn’t look good. Why Kasey thinks he is a design genius is only known to him, but his designs suck. F

The Driver Suit Blog-The Final Paint Scheme Grades Of 2017-November 25, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First a 2018 Scheme…

Daniel Suarez #19 Stanley Toyota Camry-It’s an over designed mess with too many different design elements to really look good.  The only thing keeping this scheme above water is a great color scheme. D-

Now on to 2017 schemes…

Matt Kenseth #20 DeWalt Final Race Toyota Camry-I like the idea of a driver racing their final race with the scheme they started racing in.  I especially like it when the scheme is a smooth scheme with a great look.  This is a great scheme. A

David Ragan #38 The Weather Channel Ford Fusion-The Front Row template works very well with sky blue and white. It’s a great look, and has a great color scheme, so it naturally gets an A.

Kyle Larson #42 Credit One/DC Solar Chevy SS-It’s a bit over done, though it’s not terrible.  I think this could work better if it was a fade as opposed to cutting edge designs.  It is a decent scheme, so I’ll give it a B-.

Kyle Weatherman #51 P2 Patrick Peterson Chevy SS-There is nothing bad I can say about this scheme.  It has a great look, and a great design. A

David Starr #66 Eureka Chevy SS-The design has been revamped, the car has a better look as a result.  Throw in a great color scheme, and you have a scheme worth an A.

Joey Gase #83 Premier Millwright Toyota Camry-BK Racing seems to take joy in over designing their cars.  This is one such example.  While it does have a mediocre color scheme, the side design is beyond overdone, and has a horrible look.  I hate this look, and it earns an F.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-November 18, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First some 2018 schemes…

William Byron #9 Hooters Chevy Camaro-Hooters has a good color scheme, and while this is a new look, it’s not an improvement.  I think it could be better if the whole car was orange, and the white was limited to numbers and logos.  Still, it’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B-.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Foods Ford Fusion-The black and white slash pattern is a good look, and the car has an amazing look.  I’ll give it an A.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Click N Close Ford Fusion-The shade of blue works well, and the design works well.  It’s an all around great look. A

Now on to the 2017 schemes…

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Veterans Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2017, same as regular Miller Lite scheme, but with names of deceased veterans on side. A

Austin Dillon #3 Realtree Chevy SS-White with camoflague is not a good look, and while the design would work with another color it doesn’t work with white.  I’ll give it a D-

Joey Gase #7 Eternal Fan Chevy SS-I think that the blue could be darker, but the whole car has a good look, and it works very well. A-

Clint Bowyer #14 Damnation Ford Fusion-The field motif is a bold look, but it works well.  The color and design work well.  It’s an all around great look.  A

DJ Kennington #15 Northern Provincial Pipelines LTD Chevy SS-The Canadian flag motif works very well here, the color and design scheme work well, and the scheme gets the A is deserves.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Robert Yates Tribute Ford Fusion-The 1990’s Texaco scheme works very well, and this tribute car works well, with the color and design faithful to the original.  It’s worth an A.

Corey LaJoie #23 Beardfresh/Earthwater Toyota Camry-The solid black matte look is the best that Earthwater has looked all year. A

Ryan Newman #31 Cat Minstar Chevy SS-While I’m not big on the cutting edge designs that CAT has used, the Minestar color scheme works well with the look.  It’s a great look. A

Kyle Larson #42 Refresh Chevy SS-There are two different designs in play here, either one would work well by itself, but together, the wave form and the fade creates a cluttered look. The color scheme is decent, so I’ll give it a C.

David Starr #66 Eureka Chevy SS-While this scheme would normally get an A, the vaccum design looks a lot like race damage, and it takes an A scheme down to a B-.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-November 11, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First some 2018 schemes…

Brad Keselowski #2 Discount Tire Ford Fusion-Discount Tire always has great looking cars, and this is no exception. It’s a smooth look, it has a great color scheme, and it earns an A.

Ryan Newman #31 Liberty National Chevy Camaro-It’s a horrible shade of green, with a decent shade of blue. The look is awful, it’s a bad design, and I can’t give it anything but an F.

AJ Allmendinger #47 Kroger Chevy Camaro-L like the color scheme, but the design scheme, while decent, is a bit over-designed. It’s worth a B-.

Now on to the 2017 schemes.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Olympics Chevy SS-The winter motif and new color scheme work very well here, it’s a good look. A

Kasey Kahne #5 Great Clips/Justice League Chevy SS-The red and gold look is really good. The design scheme works very well too. It’s an all around great look. A

Joey Gase #7 Donate Life Chevy SS-The hood design works very well, but the side design is another story. It’s an ugly, over designed mess, with a decent color scheme. All things considered, it earns a C-.

Danica Patrick #10 Aspen Dental Patriotic Ford Fusion-Adding patriotic elements doesn’t do that much to help the scheme. It is the same F grade as the regular Aspen Dental scheme.

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

Matt Kenseth #20 Xfinity Toyota Camry-It’s a bold look, not over designed, and has a great color scheme. It works very well. A

Ray Black Jr.#51 Scubalife Chevy SS-The whole motif works very well, and the color scheme is good. For some reason, water motifs on cars work well. Anyway, it’s worth an A.

David Starr #66 Moore Freight Service Chevy SS-A simple look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Gray Gaulding #83 The Country Network/Earthwater Toyota Camry-Same scheme as Earthwater, same F grade.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.#88 Nationwide/Justice League Chevy SS-The black Justice League motif works very well, and the scheme as a whole is a great look. I can’t give this anything less than an A.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-November 4, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First another 2018 scheme has been released.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota CamryNo change. A

Now on to the 2017 schemes.

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

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch NA Chevy SS-While I normally like the Busch forest motif, the red on the rear is visually distracting, and clashes with the rest of the design. It takes the design from an A scheme down to a B+.

Trevor Bayne #6 Ford Eco-Boost Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 Fifth-Third Back Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Corvette Parts Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Kurt Busch #41 State Water Heaters Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

BJ McLeod #51 Chevy SS-Same scheme as Donnie Neuenberger Foundation, same B+ grade.

Gray Gaulding #83 Autism Speaks Toyota Camry-It’s a good looking car, with a great color scheme. It works well, and earns an A.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Grey Ghost Chevy SS– Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 28, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First, we have some 2018 schemes…

Brad Keselowski #2 Wurth Ford Fusion-Red and white works well with the Penske template, and this car has a great look as a result. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Chevy Camaro-It’s a much simpler, yet bolder design from the 2017 version, and it looks great! There is nothing wrong with that car at all! A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Ford Fusion-Same scheme as 2017, same A grade.

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Ford Fusion-Same scheme as 2017, same A grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Express Toyota Camry-Same scheme as 2017, same B- grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Freight Toyota Camry-Same scheme as 2017, same B- grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry-Same scheme as 2017, same B- grade.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Office Toyota CamrySame scheme as 2017, same B- grade.

Ty Dillon #13 Twisted Tea Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as 2017, same A grade.

Joey Logano #22 AAA Ford Fusion-Same scheme as 2017, same D grade.

Ryan Newman #31 Caterpillar Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as 2017, same B- grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry-I get what they were trying to do here, but is just isn’t working. The orange is a bit too light, and the design is mediocre. It’s not awful, but not great. All things considered, I give it a C-.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 5-Hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota Camry-See above. C-

Now we focus on 2017…

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Halloween Toyota Camry-It’s a really good scheme, that is more subtle than last year. This scheme works well, and looks good. A

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

Chris Buescher #37 Scott Towels Chevy SS-Too many stripes. It has a great color scheme, but it has too many stripes. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great. It’s worth a C-

AJ Allmendinger #47 Dillon’s Chevy SS-Same scheme as Kroger, same A grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Marshaltown Chevy SS-Same scheme as Lowe’s, same F grade.

Cole Whitt #72 Chevy SS-Good smooth look, and the door numbers work with this color scheme. It’s worth an A.

Brett Moffitt #83 Earthwater Toyota Camry-Same scheme as #23, same D- grade.

Michael McDowell #95 Jolt Eye Drops Chevy SS-The blue mountain motif works well, the color scheme works very well, and it’s just a great look all around. A