Ranking the 10 Worst Paint Schemes in NASCAR Today
When scanning the starting grid of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, one can not help but notice the beauty and splendor of the 43 cars lined up. They all look to be in pristine condition with radiant colors and oftentimes eye-appealing paint schemes.
Every once in a while, however, there is that one car that sticks out like a sore thumb. Amidst a sea of beauty, one car is the proverbial eye sore.
Though not a Sprint Cup car, one can not help but think back to the 2010 Nationwide Series race in Richmond when picking out the best example of a truly bad paint scheme. Remember the pink "Kimmy" car that Kyle Busch drove? As funny as it was to see, it was equally as hideous.
Much like determining what makes a great paint scheme, choosing the worst schemes take into account a handful of factors.
The primary color of the car, secondary colors used and the overall design are all taken into consideration when choosing the worst of the worst.
For the sake of these rankings, only cars that feature sponsorship will be taken into account. Any car that features no primary sponsorship and is just a plain race car (i.e. the No. 87 or No. 19 cars) will not be considered.
With that in mind, we proudly present the 10 worst paints schemes featured so far in the 2013 season.
10. Joey Logano: AAA Insurance
2013 has been a banner year for Joey Logano. In his first season driving for Roger Penske, the 23-year-old driver qualified for the Chase for the first time in his career.
Though the season has been the most successful of his young career, Logano could not avoid the misfortune of driving an unattractive race car.
When the series made a stop in Kansas earlier in the season, AAA Insurance was the primary sponsor for Logano. The car featured a patriotic red, white and blue paint scheme, but even that was not enough to make it eye-appealing.
While the car was unattractive, Logano's result behind the wheel was just plain ugly. In his lone start in this automobile, an accident involving him and former teammate Kyle Busch ended his day early.
The damage sent Logano to the garage, and he ultimately finished in 39th place, his third-worst finish of the year.
9. Kasey Kahne: Farmer's Insurance
A handful of primary sponsors have graced the hood of Kasey Kahne's No. 5 Chevrolet over the course of the 2013 season. While some of them are nice looking automobiles, the Farmer's Insurance paint scheme is not one of them.
There is just something about that bright light-blue color that does not look right. It is different when that shade is on the No. 43 car driven by Aric Almirola because that is a car that we grew accustomed to seeing with that look.
On Kahne's car, it just does not work.
Farmer's Insurance has been on the hood of Kahne's car for 15 races thus far in 2013. Seven of his 11 top-10 finishes this season have come with them as the primary sponsor, including his second win of the year at Pocono Raceway.
8. Jimmie Johnson: Planes
A great way to promote an upcoming blockbuster movie is by featuring it on a race car. It has worked in the past with Dale Earnhardt Jr. carrying Batman. Bobby Labonte famously drove a car with Spiderman on the hood back in his Richard Petty Racing days.
Earlier in the year, Jimmie Johnson continued with this growing trend when he piloted a car co-sponsored by Disney's newest movie, Planes.
For anyone who is a fan of the movie, or Disney in general, then this car is right up their alley. The problem is it's just a little too campy for the everyday NASCAR fan.
Batman and Spiderman are tough superheroes, so they look great driving around the track. This time it's just some cute little airplanes. They do not have the same awe effect and intimidation when the car goes racing by.
One thing that Disney had going for them was that they paired themselves with one of the sport's best drivers. The five-time series champion put this car on the pole for its only race.
He drove the car to a 13th-place finish in the race.
7. Sam Hornish: SKF
Sam Hornish has made just one start in the Sprint Cup Series in 2013, and he made it in a car whose paint scheme was average at best.
The problem with this car is much the same as the issue with Kasey Kahne's Farmer's Insurance car. This color blue has no place anywhere near a race track.
Couple this car's color with its bland white lettering and numbering and you have a rolling eye sore.
Hornish was one of five cars involved in an accident on Lap 183 of the 267-lap event. The wreck sent him to the garage where he would spend the rest of the race.
He finished the day in 37th place.
6. Carl Edwards: Fastenal
Carl Edwards is another driver who has found primary sponsorship from a variety of companies in 2013. One of those businesses is Fastenal.
Eleven times in 2013, the supply company has been the hood decoration for Edwards. Four of those 11 races saw Edwards end the day inside the top 10.
The problem with this car is that it is just boring. Many times simple is better, but in the case of the Fastenal Ford, maybe it is a little too simple.
The standard white car accented with blue paint just doesn't pop when side-by-side with other cars.
Fortunately for Edwards' fans, he also has the Kellogg's and Subway paint schemes, which are both fantastic-looking cars.
5. AJ Allmendinger: Phoenix Racing
With one look at the Phoenix Racing entry that AJ Allmendinger drove in the 2013 Brickyard 400, one might think that it was a cool-looking car.
A second look would lead a person to realize that the car is a neon nightmare.
Allmendinger drove this car to a 22nd-place finish at the famous two-and-a-half mile track.
Kurt Busch drove a car with the same paint scheme in the Nationwide Series race at Talladega earlier in the year. He finished fourth in the neon pink and yellow machine.
4. Travis Kvapil: Burger King Fire Grilled Rib Sandwich
It has been a rough season for Travis Kvapil and his No. 93 BK Racing team. They have only managed to score four finishes inside the top 20 through the first 29 races of the year. Eight times they have failed to be running at the finish.
When the series made its annual visit to Indianapolis this past July, Kvapil's car ditched its usual dark blue colors with the Burger King logo. Instead, his car was painted red and plastered with a large picture of a rib sandwich.
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. In this instance, the picture depicted on Kvapil's hood can only conjure up three words: terrible paint scheme.
In its only appearance on a racetrack, the rib sandwich car finished in 31st place.
3. Elliott Sadler: Alert Energy
Elliott Sadler is driving a full-time schedule in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013. As part of his deal with the team, he also had a handful of Sprint Cup Series starts that he was set to make.
His debut for the team in the sport's top series was at Kansas in a car sponsored by Alert Energy Caffeine Gum.
To say that the car was noticeable is an understatement.
The sponsor of the car seems to be appropriate as this particular paint scheme looks as if it is full of energy.
While the car is an eye-catcher, Sadler's results inside of it were not. His day ended early thanks to a Lap-88 crash. He finished in 40th place.
2. Ryan Newman: Aspen Dental
Aspen Dental was the primary sponsor for Ryan Newman's car in both the 2013 All-Star Race as well as the points-counting event in Atlanta in early September.
While the company is probably a fine business, their race car paint scheme is another story.
Maybe, as previously mentioned, this shade of blue, or any like it, has no business being on a race car. Possibly, it is the cheesy stars that adorn this car on both the hood and the quarter panels. Whatever it is, there is just something about this car that is not likable.
The car color notwithstanding, Newman found success behind the wheel of this automobile. He finished fifth with dental company on his hood in Atlanta.
1. Dave Blaney: Florida Lottery
The Florida Lottery was the primary sponsor on Dave Blaney's No. 7 Chevrolet for both Daytona races in 2013. While it is always great to see new sponsors entering the sport, it would be nicer to see them come in with a better paint scheme.
Where do you start with what makes this car unattractive? Is it the terrible orange color that makes up the back-half of the car, or is it the flamingo mascot on the hood?
Either way, this car clearly takes the cake when it comes to bad paint schemes.
Fortunately for Blaney, the results with this machine were not all bad. In the season-opening Daytona 500, he scored a 16th-place finish behind the wheel of this beauty.
That has turned out to be his second-best finish of the year thus far.
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