The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 13, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Kevin Harvick #4 Busch Outdoors Ford Fusion-Another example of a paint scheme rearranging deck chairs on the Titianic.  The scheme is neither better nor worse than last year.  I’ll give it the same C it got last year.

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Nightvision Chevy Camaro-It’s a very toned down scheme, and the metallic gold works quite well.  Nothing wrong here. A

Clint Bowyer #14 HaasV F1/Rush Truck Centers Ford Fusion-The two sponsors work well together, the scheme as a whole looks good, and I can’t say anything bad about it. A

Ross Chastain #15 Protect Your Mellon Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last year, same A grade.

Paul Menard #21 Menard’s/Tarkett Ford Fusion-The new Menard’s template works well, and the scheme as whole looks great! A

William Byron #24 Hendrick Autoguard Chevy Camaro-My one complaint is that the white/silver stripes are pointless, and need to be eliminated.  Other than that, it’s a great scheme.  A-

Ryan Newman #31 Waste Masters Recycling Chevy Camaro-I still think that the side stripes are pointless, but the color scheme works, and the scheme is much more subdued than last year, so I’ll give it an A-.

Harrison Rhodes #52 The Medicine Shoppe Chevy Camaro-Orange and blue can be iffy, but the shades used here work very well, and the design is bold but not over done. A

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The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-October 6, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Ross Chastain #7 Sokal Chevy Camaro-This is another one of those designs that would look better with a different color scheme.  Neither the color scheme or the design are bad by themselves, but together they just don’t work. It’s not a bad scheme, but it could be worked upon. B-

Chase Elliott #9 NAPA Chevy Camaro-There are slight changes to the scheme, but they neither add or subtract from the B+ grade I gave it.

Clint Bowyer #14 Mobil 1/Advance Auto Parts Ford Fusion-My only complaint here is that the blue on the Mobil 1 aspect could be replaced with blue.  Other than that, it’s a great scheme. A-

Daniel Suarez #19 Lenox Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look with a great color scheme, and that will always earn an A.

JJ Yeley #23 Adirondack Tree Surgeons Toyota Camry-It’s an ugly over designed mess with a bad color scheme, and that will always earn an F.

Chris Buescher #37 Maple Cheerios Chevy Camaro-It’s a good look, I like the color scheme, and I don’t think it’s over designed. A

Timmy Hill #66 Terino Toyota Camry-A light to dark blue fade works very well, and the lack of other designs earns this scheme an A.

Martin Truex Jr. #78 Auto-Owners Insurance/Sherry Strong Toyota Camry-It’s a great color, and the design works very well. A

Jeffery Earnhardt #96 Susan B Komen Toyota Camry-Pinkwashing is an automatic F.

The Driver Suit Blog-Paint Scheme Grades-September 29, 2018

By David G. Firestone

Landon Cassill #00 Dairi-o Chevy Camaro-The toned down elements look better, but I just don’t like the yellow used.  In the end, it’s worth an A-

Austin Dillon #3 Dow/VORASURF Chevy Camaro-Not a bad look at all.  I love the science designs on the side, and the color scheme is great. A

Aric Almirola #10 Smithfield Get Grilling America Ford Fusion-This scheme works well.  The wood motif works, the meat looks good, and the car looks great. A

Clint Bowyer #14 IT Savvy Ford Fusion-New sponsor for 2018, orange top, green bottom, white stripe, circuit motif across whole car. A

Justin Marks #15 GoPro Motorsports Chevy Camaro-It’s an ugly, over designed mess, but it has a good color scheme, so I’ll give it a D.

Daniel Suarez #19 Comcast Business Toyota Camry-Same scheme as last year, same D- grade.

Erik Jones #20 Craftsman Toyota Camry-It’s a smooth look, with a great color scheme, and that always earns an A.

Alon Day #23 Best Bully Snacks Toyota Camry-It’s a great shade of blue, and I like the subtle blue stripes on the sides.  It’s a great look. A

Chris Buescher #37 Cheerios Zero Hunger Zero Waste Chevy Camaro-This car needs more black.  White and yellow isn’t the greatest color combination in existence, and the addition of black would work better. B+

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Throwback Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last 2002, same A grade.

Jimmie Johnson #48 Lowe’s Throwback Patriotic Chevy Camaro-Same scheme as last 2001, same A grade.

Gray Gaulding #52 Live Hotel and Casino Ford Fusion-The red doesn’t work as well with the Jacob Companies elements as the blue does.  Still, it’s not a bad scheme, and I’ll give it a B+.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. #88 Nationwide Chevy Camaro-Get rid of the black and this would earn an A, but with the black, this earns a B+.

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 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 Rewards.com 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 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-.