The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-May 21, 2022

By David G. Firestone

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

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Light #ForTheFarmers Ford Mustang-The shade of green is awful, and the car is way too over designed. F

Corey LaJoie #7 Garner Trucking Inc. Chevy Camaro-Great color scheme with an awful design scheme will always earn a C.

Aric Almirola #10 Renegade Insurance Ford Mustang-There are a few too many shades of white here. I’d like this more with only one shade. I fell this is too cluttered. B+

Noah Gragson #16 Chevrolet Chevy Camaro-The design is a little too cluttered, and the gray is pointless. It’s not horrific, so I’ll give it a B-

Chris Buescher #17 Castrol Ford Mustang-I like metallic silver, the stripes work, it isn’t over designed, and the car looks great! A

Joey Logano #22 Verizon Ford Mustang-I love this look! A great fade with a great color scheme is awesome! This is a great scheme! A

Kurt Busch #45 Jordan Brand Toyota Camry-To say that this car is needlessly over designed is an understatement. Too much going on, and it doesn’t look good. F

Josh Bilicki #77 Ukrainian American Coordinating Council Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

B.J. McLeod #78 General Formulations Ford Mustang-Too over designed for my taste. Add in a bad shades of green and blue, and you have an F scheme.

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 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 12, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #1 ACM Awards Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the blue isn’t needed. A-

Austin Dillon #3 BREZTRI Chevy Camaro-This toned down scheme works very well, and I don’t have any complaints. A

Tyler Reddick #8 BetMGM Chevy Camaro-Another example of rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. This new scheme isn’t better or worse, so it gets the same C grade.

Aric Almirola #10 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang-It’s another example of a great scheme made better! This was a great scheme last year, and it’s a great scheme this year. A

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

Ryan Blaney #12 Menard’s/Pennzoil Ford Mustang-I like this newer, much cleaner design. It’s got a good color scheme, and not over done. A

Chase Briscoe #14 Ford Performance Racing School Ford Mustang-Can’t really complain here, it’s a great look. A

Daniel Hemric #16 South Point Hotel Casino & Spa Chevy Camaro-I like the black/yellow/red color scheme, and the design works well. A

Kyle Busch #18 Ethel M Chocolates Toyota Camry-I can’t really say that the new look is a downgrade, so I won’t. A

Joey Logano #22 Pennzoil Ford Mustang-Adding the white doesn’t really add or subtract, so I’ll give it an A.

Bubba Wallace #23 Dr Pepper Cream Soda Toyota Camry-The cream and red don’t really work together that well, but it’s still not terrible. B+

Todd Gilliland #38 Georgia Peanut Commission Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Ty Dillon #42 Goettl Air Conditioning Chevy Camaro-The whole slew of new designs on the sides looks awful and is a jumbled mess. With a good color scheme, this gets a C.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. #47 SunnyD Ford Mustang-Same scheme as last year, same F grade.

B.J. McLeod #78 Pala Casino Resort and Spa Ford Mustang-It’s a smooth, simple look, with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

B.J. McLeod #78 FilterTime.com and Spa Ford Mustang-Another example, of a good look, with a great color scheme. A

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-February 26, 2022

By David G. Firestone

Corey LaJoie #7 Built Bar Chevy Camaro-This is a great scheme for 2022, it’s smooth, and it has a great color scheme. A

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

Daniel Hemric #16 Hermitage Pool Supply Chevy Camaro-My only complaint here is that the light blue isn’t really needed here. Other than that, this works very well, it isn’t over designed, and it looks great. A-

Bubba Wallace #23 McDonald’s Toyota Camry-I think with McDonald’s schemes, less is more. Just a plain red would work. This isn’t really awful though. Its over designed, but not horribly. I’ll give this a B.

Justin Haley #31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same B+ grade.

Todd Gilliland #38 Ruedbusch Development and Construction Ford Mustang-Switching the blue and silver would help a lot, and the side designs aren’t needed. It’s not terrible, so I’ll give it a B+

Greg Biffle #44 Grambling State University Chevy Camaro-Normally, I would hate the sublimated stripes, but these are so subtle, they can’t really be seen. Add in a great look, with a great color scheme, and you have an A grade.

Landon Cassill #77 Fox Nation Chevy Camaro-Toning down the stripes gives the car a smoother look. A

The Driver Suit Blog-The Final Paint Scheme Grades of 2021-November 13, 2021

By David G. Firestone

Quin Houff #00 Creek Enterprises Inc. Chevy Camaro-Nothing really improved here, nothing made worse, it gets a B.

Austin Dillon #3 Behr Dynasty Chevy Camaro-I love the new motif, the splatter works, this looks awesome, and this gets an A.

Ryan Newman #6 Castrol GTX Full Synthetic Ford Mustang-I think the design is over done. I think the gray is pointless. It’s got a decent color scheme. I’ll give this a D.

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

David Starr #13 Bob Menery Ripper Magoo/Club Scottsdale Toyota Camry-A smooth look, and a great color scheme will always earn an A.

Garrett Smithley #15 Carpets of Arizona Chevy Camaro-The black isn’t needed, the yellow stripes are a bit over done, but it’s a decent scheme so it gets a B.

Anthony Alfredo #38 Boot Barn Ford MustangIt’s a very well done patriotic motif, the scheme looks great, this gets an A.

Erik Jones #43 Rellevate Chevy Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. #47 Honey Nut Cheerios Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Cody Ware #51 Nurtec ODT/80th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor Camaro-It’s a smooth look, with great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

Justin Haley #77 Peacock Chevy Camaro-There is nothing really wrong with this scheme, but nothing really right either, so I’ll give this a C.