The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 22, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Auto Trader Ford Fusion-This new design is a step up from the Penske template, but it’s still not great. The new design is a bit overdone, and has a difficult color scheme.  It’s not unbearable, so I’ll give it a C.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Frost Chevy Camaro-The color scheme is good, but I think the overall design is somewhat over done.  Less could have been a lot more with this scheme.  C

Kevin Harvick #4 Mobil 1 Chevy Camaro-I love the new color fade, and the rest of the car looks great.  This scheme gets an A.

Paul Menard #21 Menards/Aquafina Ford Fusion-Another example of the new Menard’s template working quite well.  I can’t see anything wrong with this scheme! A

Joey Gase #23 BK Racing Toyota Camry-Same basic scheme as BK Racing, same F grade.

William Byron #24 Axalta Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as 2015 #24, same A grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Zynga Poker/World Poker Tour Ford Fusion-The blue laser motif doesn’t work here, and the red poker chips look forced in as well.  This is not a scheme that can’t get higher than an F.

Kyle Larson #42 DC Solar Vegas Strong Chevy Camaro-The black front works.  The rest of the scheme doesn’t. B-

Jeffrey Earnhardt #96 iK9/Xtreme Concepts Toyota Camry-Black with red and silver works very well, and the whole scheme works well, as it’s not over designed. A

Jeffrey Earnhardt #96 American Soldier Network/Xtreme Concepts Toyota Camry-Same scheme as iK9, same A grade.


The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 15, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Joey Gase #00 Eternal Fan Chevy Camaro-Too many colors, and the car is extremely over designed. F

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/Molykote Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same C grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes Ford Fusion-I don’t like the shade of blue they used, and the designs on the white is distracting. All things considered, I give it a B+.

Clint Bowyer #14 DeKalb Ford Fusion-Great color scheme, and the wing design looks really good in black and yellow. Nothing wrong here. A

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Rush Truck Stops Ford Fusion-The design works well here, and the color scheme works well with the scheme. A

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 John Deere Ford Fusion-The color scheme is decent, but the car is somewhat over desgined.  This is another one of those schemes that would work better with a different color scheme.  It’s worth a C-.

Michael McDowell #34 Kroger Race for Riley Ford Fusion-A good color scheme with a good color scheme will always earn an A.

Michael McDowell #34 Speedco/Rotella Ford Fusion-The shades of blue and yellow are good, and the smooth look earns an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Natural Light Resume Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly over designed mess of a resume for Brian Starr.  This is supposed to get this poor kid a job, but it will probably not work out that well. F

Alex Bowman #88 Axalta/Church Brothers Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as Axalta, same F grade.

Kasey Kahne #95 Drumont Jets Chevy Camaro-Great color scheme, but the side design is a bit over designed.  I also think that the black is pointless here.  This scheme is getting a B-.

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The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 8, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Jamie McMurray #1 McDonald’s Big Mac 50th Anniversary Throwback Chevy Camaro-Metallic gold is a great look, and while this isn’t really a throwback, it still works very well. A

Austin Dillon #3 American Ethanol Throwback Chevy Camaro-Well, this is my favorite throwback of 2018!  I loved the Silver Wrench back in 1995, and I love this faithful throwback.  This is the 2018 Paint Schemie for Best Throwback Scheme winner. A.

Joey Gase #23 AgriSupply/Carolina Cooker Toyota Camry-This is a great looking throwback, it’s quite accurate, and it has a great look.  I can’t give this less than an A.

Michael McDowell #34 Love’s Truck Stops Throwback Ford Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 STP Throwback Chevy Camaro-I’m still not sure as to why the last minute change was made, but this is a great looking scheme! Anything Petty ran is a good look, and this is a great look. A

BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Chevy CamaroNew scheme for 2018, based on Russ Wheeler’s #18 Hardees Chevy Lumina from Days of Thunder. A

JJ Yeley #52 Trading View Throwback Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great design. A

Corey LaJoie #72 BCT The Blockchain Terminal Toyota Camry-Liked theFinaOil Chevy back in the day, and I like this now.  This is a great look, and I hope it makes another appearance in 2019. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 1, 2018

Matt Kenseth #6 Oscar Meyer Throwback Ford Fusion-First off, this is a fauxback, not a throwback, the second part about this is that is that this looks too modern to be a decent throwback.  If this was raced during any other race, I would give it a higher grade.  As a throwback, this gets a B+.

Ty Dillon #13 Geico Throwback Chevy Camaro-This is a throwback that is from 2008.  While I liked the Jimmie Johnson’s throwback, I didn’t really like this when it first debuted, but I’ve decided that this is worth a B+.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Keen Parts/Charlie Brown Ford Fusion-The fade works very well, the color scheme is great, and the Charlie Brown motif works well with the scheme.  This scheme gets an A.

David Ragan #38 DiGard Throwback Ford Fusion-The Citgo throwback works well, though I do think the door numbers should be a tad thinner.  It’s stll a great scheme that earns an A.

Kyle Larson #42 DC Solar Throwback Chevy Camaro-Don’t get me wrong, I love Davey’s white to black Havoline scheme.  The color changes are jarring, and really don’t work with the design scheme.  Still, it’s a decent scheme, so I’ll give it an A-.

A.J. Allmendinger #47 Kroger Throwback Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the back logos are too cluttered, but it’s not terrible, so I’ll give it an A-

B.J. McLeod #52 Jacob Companies Ford Fusion-New scheme for 2018, same as #51. A-

Timmy Hill #66 Throwback Toyota Camry-Full disclosure, I never liked this scheme.  I didn’t like it in 2000, and I don’t really like it now.  It’s not terrible, I’ve certainly seen worse.  All things considered, this gets a B-.

Jeffery Earnhardt #96 Nine Line Apparel Throwback Toyota Camry-This is one of the best throwback schemes this year!  It looks amazing, and is faithful to the original.  I can’t say anything bad about this, so I won’t. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-August 25, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Anytime Ford Fusion-Another instance of two different design and color schemes being used on the same car. Either the yellow to blue motif would work, or the black would work by themselves.  Together, it’s and ugly mess, that will get a C-.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx Throwback Toyota Camry-This is a very well executed throwback, and the scheme looks great.  I also like the fact that Denny went with a scheme he raced as a kid, which hasn’t really been done yet.  All in all, this gets an A.

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s White Chocolate Toyota Camry-The white looks really good here, the overall design is great as well, so this gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Best Beans Throwback Chevy Camaro-While I don’t always like white as a base color for race cars, but this is well-executed, and I like the door numbers and the lettering here.  this looks great, and I give it an A.

Reed Sorenson #51 Trading View Chevy Camaro-Good color scheme, and I do like the curve design.  However, the side design is over done, and it’s visually distracting.  It’s just a meh scheme, that earns a C-.

Timmy Hill #66 Beef Jerkey Outlet Toyota Camry-New sponsor for 2018, same scheme as Crash Claims, same A- grade.

Corey LaJoie #72 ARK Custom Blockchain Solutions Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess of a scheme.  I do like the red and black color scheme, but that’s as far as I’ll go.  All things considered, this gets a D-.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Toyota Camry-This isn’t good.  The template that Furniture Row uses isn’t good to begin with, and the color scheme just makes this worse. It’s certainly not the worst I’ve seen, so I’ll give it a C-.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-August 18, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Mane ‘n Tall Chevy Camaro-The color scheme isn’t great to begin with, and when you add in a design scheme that clashes with the color scheme, it’s not good.  It’s a car that clashes with itself. F

Landon Cassill #00 StarCom Fiber Throwback Chevy Camaro-The metallic gold Miller High Life scheme is a great scheme, and this very faithful representation is a great look! I can’t say anything bad about this scheme. A

Austin Dillon #3 Dow We Are Innovators Chevy Camaro-Overall, it’s a great scheme with a great color scheme, and a great look.  A

Matt Kenseth #6 Roush Performance Ford Fusion-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Garrett Smithley #7 Victory Lane Oil Change Chevy Camaro-Black replacing white really works here!  The scheme still looks great, and the black fits the scheme more than white does. A

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

Clint Bowyer #14 Cummins/Rush Truck Stops Ford Fusion-The scheme is a smooth classic look with a great color scheme.  It looks really great.  Black and white is a great look for a car. All things considered, I give it an A.

Ross Chastain #15 Solomon Plumbing Chevy Camaro-A good smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #17 John Deere Ford Fusion-Yellow and green can be a very difficult scheme to work with on a race car.  This scheme worked well in 1997, and this throwback knocks it out of the park.  It looks great, and I give it an A.

Erik Jones #20 Doosan Machine Tools Toyota Camry-It’s a great design scheme, but the light blue does not work with the rest of the scheme. If the blue were somewhat darker, it might work.  Still, it’s not a bad scheme, so, all things considered, I give it a B-.

Erik Jones #20 SportClips Throwback Toyota Camry-The RE/MAX look from 1997 is a great scheme.  It has a great color scheme and design scheme.  I also love the 1990’s Upper Deck based logo on the hood. All things considered, this gets an A

Paul Menard #21 Earn While You Learn/ Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Motorcraft, same A grade.

Matt DiBenedetto #32 Harvest Investments Ford Fusion-It’s a great design scheme with a solid color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Slim Jim Chevy Camaro-The sublimated designs, and Slim Jims on sides is a little over done.  It could have been a solid A scheme, but these minor touches take it down to an A-.

David Ragan #38 Louis Kemp Crab Delights Ford Fusion-The orange crab scheme works well, and the blue works well with the rest of the scheme.  It just works well. A

BJ McLeod #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-Stripes on a race car are like Tabasco sauce in a Bloody Mary…too much is a bad thing.  In this case, less really would have been more.  It’s still not terrible, so I’ll give it an A-.

Timmy Hill #66 Chevy Camaro-The shades of green and blue aren’t great, and the Rewards logos don’t help.  It’s a good design scheme, but B-

Kasey Kahne #95 Drumont Jets Throwback Chevy Camaro-The Dodge scheme was a great scheme, and this is a faithful replica of that scheme.  This scheme looks great. A

Derrike Cope #99 StarCom/Superior Essex Chevy Camaro-Black is a great scheme for a race car, and the stripe with the fade works well too. This is a great scheme with a smooth look. A

Derrike Cope #99 Bojangles Chevy Camaro-Another great throwback, and this one is very well executed.  The color scheme and design scheme work well, and this car has a great look. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-August 11, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Brad Keselowski #2 Wabash National/Supreme Ford Fusion-Red and white Penske template works well, and this is a great shade of red.  Not a bad look at all. A

Matt Kenseth #6 NESN Ford Fusion-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, but in a different way than last year.  Give credit to NESN, they have horrible cars, but they are creatively horrible. F

Chase Elliott #9 Sun Energy Chevy Camaro-This toned down look is amazing!  The flames on the front work well, and the car has a great look overall. A

Kyle Busch #18 Skittles Throwback Toyota Camry-The best Skittles NASCAR scheme EVER gets a second chance at Darlington.  Ernie Irvan’s Skittles scheme was leaps and bounds above the rest of the Skittles schemes.  I’m glad to see this scheme get a second chance.  A

Kyle Busch #18 M&M’s Crunchy Mint Toyota Camry-Admittedly, I’m not a fan of green on race cars.  This is a great shade of green, and the simplistic scheme works well.  A

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Libman Ford Fusion-Is there any sponsor that the new Menard’s template can’t give an amazing look?  I don’t think so!  This is another great look for the Menard’s template. A

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Throwback Ford Fusion-Steve Park had a great Pennzoil scheme.  This amazing scheme faithfully replicates that scheme, and it looks amazing! A

Spencer Gallagher #23 Allegiant Toyota Camry-Too much going on with this scheme.  Add in a decent color scheme that doesn’t quite fit the design scheme, and you have a D+.

William Byron #24 Axalta/Imron Chevy Camaro-One shade of gray would have been enough, but let’s add more.  Also, let’s add a hideous shade of yellow that completely clashes with the rest of the scheme, and a bad design, and you have a ready-made F scheme.

William Byron #24 Hertz Chevy Camaro-Great smooth look, with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Ryan Newman #31 CAT Throwback Chevy Camaro-Another underrated scheme that got a great throwback.  This is an amazing look, and it gets the A it deserves.

Ryan Newman #31 Lucas Oil Chevy Camaro-The only good thing I can say is that I think the color scheme is decent. D+

Chris Buescher #37 Kleenex Wet Wipes Chevy Camaro-I like the color scheme and overall design.  The stripes give it a cluttered look, and are pointless.  It takes an A scheme down to a B+.

Chris Buescher #37 Velveeta Chevy Camaro-Simple look with a great color scheme will always get an A.

David Ragan #38 A&W Ford Fusion-Good look, Front Row template works very well with this color scheme, and the car looks great. A

Kyle Larson #42 Credit Chevy Camaro-The geometric designs are not a good look, and there are too many shades of blue. It’s not terrible, but not great, so all things considered, I give it a C-.

Darrell Wallace Jr. #43 Mile 22 Ford Fusion-The only bad thing I can say about this scheme is that the pixelized Mark Wahlberg isn’t needed.  A-

Jimmie Johnson #48 Kobalt Throwback Chevy Camaro-A great scheme is a great scheme.  This scheme from 2012 was great then, and is great now. A

Josh Bilicki #51 Jacob Companies Chevy Camaro-The blue is good, and the scheme is smooth, simple, and amazing. A

Alex Bowman #88 Nationwide Childrens Chevy Camaro-I think the stripes are a little over done, but otherwise the scheme as a whole is great. A-

Jeffery Earnhardt #96 Nine Line Apparel Chevy Camaro-The black American flag motif doesn’t work, and the stripe on the side doesn’t work.  It’s a mess on the sides, but the hood and roof designs work well.  So, I’m going to give this scheme a C-.