First off, I've been a NASCAR fan for practically my entire life—I started watching, "cars go around in circles" before I tuned in to football, basketball baseball and everything else. NASCAR has always been interesting and it is much more than cars just taking left turns. But anyway, that's another debate for a different day.
One of the things that made NASCAR so appealing to me when I was younger was the different paint schemes. There were so many different schemes that were just downright spectacular and of course, there were others that left you thinking, "What is that?"
Some people choose their favorite driver(s) by their favorite paint scheme. And some just pick their No. 1 driver by seeing who has been the most dominant as of late. Or of course, some just pick a driver that the person that introduced them to NASCAR, likes. I did that very same thing when my late grandmother told me her favorite driver was Bill Elliott, and he's been my favorite driver ever since.
Regardless, all of the different paint schemes is what gives NASCAR that fun aspect. It shows a soft side, rather than the rugged side that we're used to seeing on television. It's nice to tune in every week and see a cool paint scheme that has never been used before.
In this slideshow, I will show what I think the best 130 paint schemes of the last thirty years are. Some of these cars were just raced one time, while some were used throughout an entire season.
NOTE: I am including a few Nationwide Series (formerly Busch Series) cars in this list as well, but none from the Truck Series.