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.

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The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 21, 2017

By David G. Firestone

First, a couple of 2018 schemes…

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

William Byron #24 Liberty University Chevy Camaro-Great shade of blue, great shade of red, great flame design, gets an A.

Now on to the 2017 schemes…

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

Brad Keselowski #2 Miller Lite Navy Throwback Ford Fusion-Its a great look, with a smooth design, and one of the better throwbacks I have seen. I’m giving this an A

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light Outdoors Ford Fusion-Adding more blue brings the scheme from a C to a B-.

Trevor Bayne #6 Liberty National Ford Fusion-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

Justin Marks #7 Golden Corral/Katerra Chevy SS-Another example of two different contrasting designs on one car that doesn’t look good. I’ll be nice and give it a D+ because I like the color scheme.

Denny Hamlin #11 FedEx/Walgreens Toyota Camry-This is the best FedEx has looked on a race car for some time. It’s a great color scheme, and the design scheme looks really good. A

Mark Thompson #15 Phoenix Air Chevy SS-Black and red is a good color scheme, and the design scheme is great too. It’s worth an A.

Daniel Suarez #19 Camping World Toyota Camry-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Corey LaJoie #23 My Freedom Smokes Toyota Camry-I like metallic gold, and this design works well, and has a great color scheme. It’s a great look that gets an A.

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Chili Beans Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

BJ McLeod #51 Collin Bryan Construction Chevy SS-Same scheme as Donnie Newberger Foundation, same B+ grade.

DJ Kennington #55 Dirt and Rock Toyota Camry-A smooth look with a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Mountain Dew Names Chevy SS-It’s a great look, and, while names on a car can be either hit or miss, this is a hit. It’s a great scheme that earns an A.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 7, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Derrike Cope #00 Starcom Fiber Chevy SS-It’s a bit too ambitious, even for a good fade. It isn’t terrible, but they tried to do too much with this design. I typically like fades, but this one is too overdone. C

Danica Patrick #10 Warriors In Pink Ford Fusion-Well, Pinktober is upon us, which means pink for breast cancer. If you haven’t figured out that this whole thing is a scam, then I can’t help you. I’m going to continue my tradition of calling out this scam by giving an automatic F to any pink car in October, starting with this one.

Corey LaJoie #23 Freshbeards Toyota Camry-Plain black with white logos is a great look, which will always earn an A.

Ryan Newman #31 Childress Vineyards Chevy SS-It’s a decent design scheme, though it is a bit over done. The color scheme is good, so I’ll give it a B.

Ryan Newman #31 Wastemasters Recycling Chevy SS-See above. B+

David Ragan #38 The House.com Ford Fusion-Great color scheme, great design scheme, great look! A

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Sharkbite Plumbing Solutions Chevy SS-New sponsor for 2017, same as Lowe’s, but with Sharkbite Plumbing Solutions on sides. F

BJ McLeod #51 Donnie Neuenberger Foundation Chevy SS-I get what they are trying to do here, but the fact is that the car is just a tad over designed, The wave pattern could work if it was a bit simpler, but it’s a decent, scheme, worth a B+.

Brett Moffitt #83 Hikvision Toyota Camry-BK Racing seems to pride itself on over-designing their cars, and this design is no exception. The color scheme is good, but the car is so needlessly over designed that it can’t save the scheme from an F.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 16, 2017

By David G. Firestone

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Therm Chevy SS-The hood represents cold, the sides represent heat, and the car looks great across the board. A

Hermie Sadler #7 We’re Game Chevy SS-It’s a great color scheme that gets lost in the over designed sides. It’s not completely terrible, but it’s not great. I’ll give it a C-.

Danica Patrick #10 Warrior by Danica Patrick/HSN.com Chevy SS-It’s a rather finicky color scheme not helped by being a tad over designed. It would be better with a different color scheme.  All in all, it’s worth a C-.

Matt Kenseth #20 American Red Cross/Toyota 4 Good Toyota Camry-Same scheme as white Toyota Care, same D- grade.

Joey Logano #22 American Red Cross Ford Fusion-With the right color combination, the Penske template can work quite well. This is the right color combination. Red and white work very well, and the car looks good. A

Gray Gaulding #23 Sweet Frog Toyota Camry-Last year’s scheme was a front runner for Worst Paint Scheme Of The Year in the Paint Schemies, and the 2017 is actually worse! The color scheme is awful, but the design just makes the scheme look more repulsive than it is. I wish I could give it lower than an F, but I can’t.

Chris Buescher #37 Nature Valley Chevy SS-This is a bold yet subtle scheme, with a great color scheme, which will always earn an A.

David Ragan #38 1000 Bulbs Ford Fusion-The only reason that this scheme was awarded a D+ is that the color scheme is good, and fits the design scheme. The design scheme is horrible by itself, saved only by the color scheme.

BJ McLeod #51 Bubba Burger Texas Strong Chevy SS-It’s a classic look, and a great color scheme. Nothing wrong here! A

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto Owner’s Insurance Toyota Camry-Same scheme as white Auto Owner’s Insurance, same A grade.

Corey LaJoie #83 Safeway Toyota Camry-Too many designs, not a good look. Not even a great color scheme can save this from an F.

Corey LaJoie#83 Champion Machinery Toyota Camry-The color scheme is great, but the car is somewhat over designed, but it’s not as bad as it could be. It’s not terrible, not great, worth a C.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-August 26, 2017

By David G. Firestone.

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Outdoor Chevy SS-The slight changes did nothing to help the overall scheme. C

Trevor Bayne #6 Ford Eco-Boost Ford Fusion-The stars have been removed, and the car has a cleaner look as a result. It’s a great improvement. A-

JJ Yeley #7 Zombie Auto Chevy SS-A great scheme, it has a smooth look, and a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Danica Patrick #10 Ford Throwback Ford Fusion-In honor of Robert Yates being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Danica is racing one of Ford’s best paint schemes of all time, and it should make a permanent return as a scheme. A

Denny Hamlin #11 Sport Clips Throwback Toyota Camry– Ray Hendrick had a great look, and this great scheme looks great, and I can’t give it less than an A.

Reed Sorenson #15 Low T Center Chevy SS-Sometimes changing the primary color can help a scheme, but here, it doesn’t help at all. It’s not a good change, and it’s not a good lock at all. F

Daniel Suarez #19 Irwin Tools/Lennox Toyota Camry-The fade looks good, and the color scheme works well too. It’s a great look, and great looks earn an A.

Kyle Larson #42 Huggies Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same D+ grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Throwback Chevy SS-Basing a paint scheme on an old truck seems odd, but this scheme makes it work. The colors are great, and the design works well. I like this, and it earns an A.

BJ McLeod #51 Nex Transport/Spoonful Music Chevy SS-Nice look, and it has a great color scheme. A

Derrike Cope #55 La Colombe Draft Latte Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Bass Pro Shops/Ducks Unlimited Toyota Camry-I didn’t think that the Truex Bass Pro Shops scheme could get any worse…and then I saw this scheme. While the orange is logical with a hunting shop, replacing it with a lime green to purple fade is horrific. I wish I could give this something worse than an F, but sadly, I can’t.

Corey LaJoie #83 HMS Motorsports Toyota Camry-If the curves were toned down a lot, it could work. More stripes don’t always mean a better look. There are too many stripes, and the car just looks over designed. It’s design for the sake of design, and it gets an F.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Axalta/Ducks Unlimited Chevy SS-Camoflauge doesn’t work on the sides of race cars. The black and the design based on Front Row, which is already an iffy template do nothing to help this scheme. F

Michael McDowell #95 Race Wipes Chevy SS-If the blue was darker, only one shade was used, and the green was removed, it could be a better look. Still, it’s not bad, and I’ll give it a C-.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-August 19, 2017

By David G. Firestone.

Austin Dillon #3 Dow Automotive Magma Chevy SS-The look is good, it’s bold and subtle, and it earns an A.

Trevor Bayne #6 Roush Performance/Hines Park Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Roush Performance, Same A grade.

Danica Patrick #10 Colorado State University One Cure Chevy SS-Colorado State doesn’t have a good color scheme, but this scheme salvages it. I don’t like the paw motif though, so, all things considered, I’ll give it a B+.

Ryan Blaney #21 Motorcraft/SKF Ford Fusion-Same scheme as Motorcraft, Same A grade.

Joey Logano #22 Shell/Pennzoil Throwback Ford Fusion-While this scheme omits the red stripes, it’s still pretty faithful, and it’s a good look. A

Corey LaJoie #23 JAS Trucking Toyota Camry-The scheme looks just as good with black removed as it did with the white removed. A

Corey LaJoie #23 Dr. Pepper Throwback Toyota Camry-Another faithful throwback that looks really good. It’s solidly done, and it looks good. Side note, Miller throwbacks seem to be popular this year. A

Chris Buescher #37 Bush’s Grilling Beans Chevy SS-Same scheme as last year, Same A grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s/Jimmie Johnson Foundation Chevy SS-It’s a better look for this year’s JJF car. The color scheme works, and the design is really good. I’ll give it the A it deserves.

BJ McLeod #51 Corrigan Oil Chevy SS-Same scheme as #15, Same A grade.

Derrike Cope #55 Mane N Tall/Straight Arrow Chevy SS-While not fully faithful to the original, it’s still a good look, with a nice fade. A

Cole Whitt #72 Bad Boy Mowers Chevy SS-A smooth simple look with a good color scheme will always earn an A.

Brent Moffitt #83 Northwestern Technological Institute Toyota Camry-A smooth simple look with a good color scheme will always earn an A.