Top Paint Schemes That Have Been Released From Every NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team in 2013
The Art of NASCAR Paint Schemes in 2013
Every time a NASCAR team finalizes their paint scheme, the result of it is usually a gorgeous race car that looks and drives good on the track. It takes long hours and plenty of hard work to determine what the final scheme will be.
Sponsors must approve the final paint scheme before the official release, which is why it could take until after NASCAR media day for teams to release secondary schemes. However, even though it may take seemingly months of dedication just to release a paint scheme, in the end, it generates teams plenty of money which can sometimes be the lone profit they make over the season. An example of this is whenever a colorful car is released. People will always buy the diecast cars of that scheme because it's simply attractive to the average race fan's point of view.
Looking at a great paint scheme can be glamorous, but looking at a terrible one--well, let's not get into that. Some teams, the low funded ones, have to be less creative because they don't have the money to decorate their car with a bunch of colors and designs. That's another part of the sponsor's duty. Besides helping pay the bills for parts and all that jazz, the sponsor helps generate some publicity for the team and gets them noticed. It's the part of NASCAR that makes the sport different from any other.
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Jamie McMurray's McDonald's paint scheme looks a lot better on the new car over the old one. It could be because the Big Mac got a little bigger, maybe. Hopefully, he'll do better this year with the new scheme and car.
Brad Keselowski-Miller Lite
This car is just great to see on the track. Brad Keselowski will probably make some crazy remark about it when he drives it into Victory Lane, which should be soon.
Kasey Kahne-Quaker State
This lean, green paint scheme looks great on the new car. Kasey Kahne is on pace to have a career best year and hopefully green will be the lucky color this year.
Dave Blaney-Florida Lottery
Dave Blaney's career is slowly winding down. However, the look of his cars aren't. As Blaney continues to attract sponsors, he gets the job done week in and week out. This Florida Lottery scheme definitely brings out the brightness in him.
This Dewalt scheme isn't too different from Marcos Ambrose's scheme last year, but it fits the team and driver rather well.
The bright green scheme is pretty easy to spot on the track. With Danica Patrick behind the wheel, it just makes the scheme look even better. Needless to say, it's a cool looking car.
Denny Hamlin-FedEx Freight
Denny Hamlin's schemes are usually similar to each other. They don't have any significant difference besides the colors and the type of FedEx that's on the car. The FedEx Freight car looks the best simply because it does.
The little Gecko on the hood is beyond adorable. Needless to say, the colors on the car look great for the Generation Six body style and Casey Mears has the ability to get the car noticed if he gets the car inside of the top-20 on a weekly basis.
Tony Stewart-Bass Pro Shops
It's about time they sponsored Tony Stewart. Smoke will be piloting this car for plenty of races this season and it looks great on the race track. It's definitely different from any of the other Bass Pro Shops cars.
Clint Bowyer-Five Hour Energy
This scheme has some competition this year with Peak Performance sponsoring a few races this year, but it still isn't any contest. Clint Bowyer is making this car well-known and makes some good commercials with it too.
Last year, Greg Biffle had plenty of different paint schemes. This year may not be that way, at least for now. Yet this 3M scheme fits the Roush-Fenway Racing team and Biffle quite well.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.-Fifth Third Bank
This scheme isn't the best in the series and definitely isn't the best for the sponsor, but the way that Ricky Stenhouse Jr.'s paint schemes have been designed this year, the Fifth-Third Bank scheme is probably the best.
Needless to say, it's the M&M's car! Not too many schemes can beat this.
It would've been a lot nicer if Mike Bliss made the Daytona 500, but it was definitely a good sign to see a real sponsor on the No. 19 car for once.
Matt Kenseth-Dollar General
Matt Kenseth is going to bring Dollar General a win in the Sprint Cup Series this year. Kenseth's Dollar General scheme has a perfect gradient to The Home Depot on the deck lid, which looks pretty good.
It's the replica scheme of the 1963 Wood Brothers Racing car. Is there anything else to say to that?
The Shell/Pennzoil car looks a lot faster than it did when it was a Dodge. Joey Logano has the responsibility of driving it, so hopefully he'll run as good as it looks.
Jeff Gordon-Pepsi Max
Michael Waltrip-Sandy Hook School Fund
This scheme shows how great NASCAR is in numerous ways. It represents the Sandy Hook shooting and encourages people to donate money by texting to 80888, which should hopefully help those affected by the tragedy.
Paul Menard's schemes are always the same. They got more creative when he went to Richard Childress Racing, but they only changed around the hood of the car, so it isn't too clever.
They finally did something creative with the Budweiser car. Kevin Harvick is piloting this cool scheme throughout the year. It's a lot different than the plain black scheme from the previous year and the red schemes that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kasey Kahne had when they drove the Budweiser car. This is arguably the best full-time Budweiser car in NASCAR's recent memory.
David Stremme-Swan Racing
It may be hard to see in the picture. However, Stremme's car is right next to Patrick's car and it looks pretty nice, considering it isn't plain red anymore. It would look better with a sponsor, but that's just how things are in NASCAR.
Man, those are a lot of Cheerios. Don't y'all get hungry just looking at that thing?
Terry Labonte-C&J Energy/U.S. Chrome
A shiny silver car for Terry Labonte, matching his hair color, seems good and looks good on both sides.
Austin Dillon-Honey Nut Cheerios
Cheerios again? Man, they must like going fast. Well, Austin Dillon is a great guy to be behind the wheel of the Cheerios car and could be a sign of future things to come.
David Ragan-Detail Doctor
Originally, this scheme looked terrible, but they changed it up before race day and it came out looking pretty darn good.
Josh Wise finally received a sponsor. Blockbuster.com even extended the deal for a second race and may sponsor them again. The car looked great and gave Wise a well deserved opportunity.
J.J. Yeley-Golden Corral
Dave Blaney had previously driven this car for the past few seasons. However, it's J.J. Yeley's ride now as Blaney moves to the other Tommy Baldwin Racing car. The driver may have changed, but the car still looks good.
David Gilliland-Love's Travel Center
This bright yellow Ford drove around Daytona real nice throughout speedweeks. Unfortunately, David Gilliland was caught up in a crash and so were his dreams of winning the Daytona 500.
Ryan Newman-Outback Steakhouse
Mmmm, steak. Yummmm. Ryan Newman better be watching his weight. Outback Steakhouse may be giving him some free meat and he probably wants some after looking at that car.
Juan Pablo Montoya-Target
The Target scheme has a little more of an accent to it this season. No, it's not like Juan Pablo Montoya's accent, but it looks pretty sweet. Maybe they can put the Target dog on it and compete with Geico for the cutest animal on a NASCAR.
Aric Almirola-Farmland (Petty Blue)
Richard Petty's famous baby blue colors are back this year. We saw a glance of it at Phoenix and it looked great on the racetrack.
Scott Riggs-No Label Watches
It's pretty nice to see a small team get a sponsor right away. Scott Riggs was doing a decent job for the team as well. Hopefully we'll see them back at the track soon with that awesome paint job.
The American flag looks great on Bobby Labonte's car. It's become a tradition for Labonte to use this car each year at Daytona and it's arguably his best scheme of the year for each year.
Jimmie Johnson-Jimmie Johnson Foundation
Jimmie Johnson doesn't have too many different paint schemes. However, this one is pretty different and has a great look to it.
Regan Smith/A.J. Allmendinger-Guy Roofing
Who has ever heard of Guy Roofing until they sponsored Phoenix Racing at Daytona and Phoenix? Their business has probable expanded by who knows how much. The car looked great on track and A.J. Allmendinger combined with Regan Smith make this car even better.
Brian Keselowski-Wreaths Across America/Truckerfan.com
The team's attempt to make the Daytona 500 was an epic fail because of electrical issues, but the car was patriotic. That's the main thing, isn't it?
Mark Martin-Aaron's Dream Machine
Mark Martin's Aaron's scheme is just great. It's a fan favorite, just like the guy who drives the car.
Martin Truex Jr.-NAPA Auto Parts
The NAPA car looked better last year. The guys that designed the car became less creative, but it's still a nice looking car.
Kurt Busch-Furniture Row
It's the plainest scheme in the world. However, for some reason, it always looks good on the racetrack. Hopefully Kurt Busch won't mess up again. He seems more controlled and the team is signing associate sponsors, which is great for the Colorado-based team.
David Reutimann-Burger King (Red)
The racing stripe looks pretty good in the middle of the race car. Fans wanted them to be more creative with the paint schemes for the team's two cars, but still aren't satisfied. Now McDonald's has some competition.
Joe Nemechek-Maddie's Place Rocks
Front Row Joe is back. Joe Nemechek raced a full-race for the first time in who knows how long and ran pretty decently. It may have been a simple paint job, but he could have some great cars if he gets more sponsors.
Travis Kvapil-Burger King (Blue)
The second of the Burger King cars is piloted by Travis Kvapil. It's the same as Reutimann's car, except it's blue and not red.
Scott Speed-Pirate Scheme
How cool is that? A pirate on a race car? Some would think that's bad luck. However, it created a motion from Leavine-Family Racing and they signed some associate sponsors because of it. It's pretty intimidating too.
Michael McDowell-Ambient Edge Air Conditioning
A new sponsor for Michael McDowell after his first career top-10 finish. The car is different from the K-LOVE scheme, but it's still nice to look at.
Tony the Tiger is back on board with Cousin Carl this year. The car looks great and so does Carl Edwards.
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