Paint Scheme Report: Atlanta Motor Speedway

paintschemereportA new season always brings new paint schemes. Many different looks made their debut at Daytona International Speedway last week, and will be back in action this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be a long, grueling race with plenty of different drivers taking their turns at the front of the field. This will allow for plenty of TV time for the cars, and some examination of the new looks. Another crop of neat schemes took to the track on Saturday for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race, and join the Sprint Cup cars on this week’s list.

The first edition of the “Paint Scheme Report” in 2015 includes some of the sport’s biggest stars. See whether or not your favorite driver made this list, and agree or disagree with the rankings.

Best of the Week

1) David Ragan’s No. 18 M&M’s Crispy Toyota

Out of all the new paint schemes this season, the M&M’s Crispy one is among the best. The neon green goes perfectly with the various colors of the M&M’s and comes together quite nicely. While we all wish Kyle Busch was behind the wheel, David Ragan will give it his all and maybe bring the design to Victory Lane during his time behind the wheel.

2) Darrell Wallace Jr.’s No. 6 Ford Ecoboost Mustang

Hands down, this scheme rocks. It has a sharp look, and definitely is out of the box compared to most looks on the track this season. Having dark blue and black blend as the primary colors works really well, and the yellow No. 6 stands out and compliments the scheme nicely. With sponsors acting as an integral part of today’s sports, its hard to give a car a real race car look. Even with the sponsor, this car definitely has that look and will be a fan favorite in 2015.

3) Kevin Harvick’s No. 88 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet

For the second straight season, the Bad Boy Buggies car makes the list as one of the best. It has a clean and simple design, and the dark and light colors work well together. The neon yellow splitter is a nice touch and what really makes the car stand out. Harvick had the JR Motorsports car up front for much of the NXS race and gave fans a great look at this awesome scheme.

Worst of the Week

1) Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford

This scheme needs a total redesign. The black and blue don’t come together at all, making it difficult to find a starting point to dissect the look. Picking one primary color is likely the No. 2 team’s best bet as sharing two colors equally doesn’t work in this scenario. For the most part, blue always looks great and would work well solely on the car. This team should probably ditch the black and get a little more creative with the design and sponsor placement before bringing it back to the track. 

2) A.J Allmendinger’s No. 47 Better than Bouillon Chevrolet

While the No. 47 team doesn’t need to scratch the design all-together, it needs some adjustments. All-black looks rarely work. Instead of just having a gold trim around the bottom, why not make it the primary color? It would definitely stand out on the track and be a scheme fans wouldn’t forget.

3) Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 Kelley Blue Book Chevrolet

While this isn’t the worst scheme on the track, it isn’t one of the best either. The gold definitely adds some uniqueness to the design, but it may look better if its limited to the number. Also, maybe painting the back half of the car white and splashing a lighter shade of blue on the front could improve overall look. The No. 88 team has gone in a different direction with schemes over the last few years, and for the most part, its working out quite well and only requires some small adjustments.

Check back next week for a Las Vegas Motor Speedway edition of the Paint Scheme Report.


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