Paint Scheme Report: New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway

PaintSchemeReportA 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.

Two action-packed tracks are up next on the schedule in New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway. Typically, the Paint Scheme Report focuses solely on NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schemes. However, this week, one from the NASCAR Nationwide Series makes the list. The New England market often puts new sponsors on cars during race weekend in New Hampshire and this weekend is no different.

The Good

Jame McMurray’s No. 1 Belkin/WEMO Chevrolet

An all-green car typically doesn’t work well. However, the No. 1 team nailed it with this scheme. The use of different green shades looks really nice. You’ll need to keep an eye out for McMurray’s “Green Machine” on Sunday.

Austin Theriault No. 5 Maine Open for Business Chevrolet

I  really like this scheme. Its unique and different as it doesn’t fall under the typical paint scheme category. Seeing the state of Maine sponsor a car is very cool for the sport. I enjoy their use of the state’s most famous attractions such as beach-themed pictures and a moose. The colors also work well, making this one of the best looking cars to come out of JR Motorsports this season.

Ryan Newman’s No. 31 Quicken Loans Chevrolet

Newman’s move to Richard Childress Racing enhanced the Quicken Loans paint scheme. When he was at Stewart-Haas Racing, I wasn’t a fan of the scheme. Now, I enjoy it very much. Some cars can pull off having white as the primary color and this is one of them. The yellow Chase signifying elements don’t necessarily match, but I think it makes the car look even nicer. 

The Bad  

Kasey Kahne’s No. 5 Time Warner Cable Chevrolet 

Although I enjoy the blue included, this scheme doesn’t have the best look to it. Its a little too basic and I think Hendrick Motorsports could try something new in the near future.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet

Lately, the No. 88 team has changed their paint scheme lineup a bit by introducing new National Guard and Nationwide Insurance machines. However, they haven’t touched the Diet Mountain Dew one. There are a bunch of different ways they could go with it. This includes making it look like the car Earnhardt Jr. ran last October in Talladega. Hopefully for 2015, a new Diet Dew scheme takes to the track.

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

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