NASCAR: 10 Best Paint Schemes of 2013

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Can Anyone Touch Kurt Busch's 2012 Talladega Nights Paint Scheme?

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While the alternate jersey craze has been sweeping America the past couple years – thanks University of OregonNASCAR has continued to do it’s own version: alternate paint schemes.

NASCAR drivers are in their cars 95 percent of race day, so it would be pointless for teams to create fire suits with custom colors and designs. Instead they use the car as their canvas.

Unlike other sports where alternate jerseys are used in recruiting or getting fans excited, NASCAR uses their one-off paint schemes to go along with a one-off sponsor. Typically a team uses two or three primary paint schemes during the year to coincide with their primary sponsor or sponsors, but there are certain times during the year when a team will sport a custom design for a one-race sponsor.

A lot of the custom designs revolve around holidays, movie releases, video game releases, monthly awareness causes – like Breast Cancer in October – or a specific branch of the team’s primary sponsor.

Some of the designs come out dull, especially if the sponsor doesn’t have much money to give the team, but then you have those sponsors who can pay a king’s ransom. Those sponsors are the ones you see on the cars of the big name drivers like Dale Earnhardt Junior, Carl Edwards or Tony Stewart.

The green flag dropped and it's time to check out the 10-best alternate paint schemes of the 2013 NASCAR season.

Mathew Muncy is an Indiana Pacers writer for Follow him on Twitter @MMuncy, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Austin Dillon - Honey Nut Cheerios

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Austin Dillion rolled this breakfast cereal beaut out at the Daytona 500.

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Brad Keselowski - Redd's Apple Ale

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Brad Keselowski's Redd's Apple Ale car was the apple of everyone's eye in Richmond.

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Scott Riggs - No Label Watches

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Scott Riggs doesn't have much going for him this year, but this No Label Watch paint scheme got him some attention at Dover.

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Denny Hamlin - Jason Leffler Tribute

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Denny Hamlin ran this FedEx paint scheme to pay tribute to Jason Leffler at Michigan. Leffler drove the No. 11 car in 2005 and this was the first FedEx paint scheme used when they became the primary sponsor.

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Jamie McMurray - McDonalds Monopoly

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Jamie McMurray passed Go, but did not collect $200 in this McDonald's Monopoly car at Watkins Glen.

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Jimmie Johnson - Monsters University

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Jimmie Johnson, Mike Wazowski and James Sullivan scared the rest of the field at Dover until Pablo Montoya "flopped" on the restart, costing Johnson the win.

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Denny Hamlin - Autism Speaks

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Denny Hamlin couldn't put all the pieces of the puzzle together to get a win at Dover.

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Scott Speed - Pirate

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Scott Speed had trouble finding sponsors, so he added the Jolly Roger to his car to "Surrender the Sponsors" at Phoenix.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr - Man of Steel

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Dale Jr. drove the National Guard/Man of Steel design at Michigan. Great combination for the film and military heroes.

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Kasey Kahne - Pepsi Max

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Kasey Kahne ran this Pepsi Max paint scheme at Michigan, and he did it without a disguise.