Paint Scheme Report: Richmond International Raceway


A new feature to Turn 4 Racing News, the “Paint Scheme Report” will depict which cars came to the track looking great and which ones did not. This social media driven report will use pictures found on twitter and discuss what’s great or not so great about the different schemes.

The final regular season race weekend in 2014 brings NASCAR to Richmond International Raceway. Classic short-track racing may not leave the cars looking great following the events, so we’ll talk about them while the paint schemes remain fresh. Racing under the lights always bring out new schemes and much like in Bristol and Atlanta, there is a good amount this weekend.

The Good

Kevin Harvick’s No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet

Harvick brings a special Budweiser scheme to one of this best tracks this weekend. Much like a new bottle Budweiser introduced, the car has a similar look. The red and white go great together and could very well end up in Victory Lane Saturday night.

Chris Buescher’s No. 60 Mustang’s 50th Anniversary Ford

Blue schemes typically look fantastic. The combination of the two shades on Buescher’s car work very well. The racing stripes on the hood do make it look very “racey.” This car will be fast Friday night.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet

When Nationwide Insurance and Hendrick Motorsports unveiled Earnhardt Jr.’s 2015 paint scheme, I immediately was impressed. This car looks fantastic. The use of blue, white, and grey give it a neat look. Everything flows well and it will be exciting to watch these colors on track for a majority of the 2015 season.

The Bad 

Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Hunger Action Month Chevrolet

Although the scheme is for a great cause, its hard to look at. Shades of orange – especially dark orange – don’t belong on race cars. A light orange may have worked if it filled the entire car, but using varying shades wasn’t the best choice. In Gordon’s quest to earn the top seed heading into the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the scheme won’t matter as he will be fast no matter what.

A.J Allmendinger’s No. 47 Bush’s Grillin’ Beans

Once again this week, Allmendinger finds himself on “The Bad” list. All-black schemes sometimes work and sometimes don’t work. This one doesn’t as it looks like the sponsor logos were randomly thrown on. Going in completely different direction would have looked better. Maybe the team will avoid this list next weekend in their Chase debut.

Carl Edwards’ No. 99 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Ford

Edwards finds himself on the opposite list this week. This scheme isn’t terrible, however it could be better. When Kyle Busch ran the Kellogg’s colors during his Hendrick Motorsports days, his yellow scheme looked great. Doing something like what HMS did could improve the look of the No. 99 car.

Check back next week for a look at the paint schemes that will run at Chicagoland Speedway.


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