NASCAR: 20 Best Fire Suits of 2010

Camille Jones@annaxcamilleContributor IIIJanuary 24, 2011

NASCAR: 20 Best Fire Suits of 2010

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    ELKHART LAKE, WI - JUNE 19: A general view of the participating starting line-up of the Nationwide Series Bucyrus 200 pose at Road America on June 19, 2010 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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    The new season will bring new sponsorship and a new look for some drivers.

    Each driver has their own personal style, while each sponsor has their own way of presenting them. Reflecting on the changes from the 2010 season, instead of looking at the headline-making paint schemes of the sport, let's take a look at the attire that set each driver apart throughout the year.

20. Dale Earnhardt Jr.- Paint the 88

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    AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 13:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 13, 2010 in Avondale,
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    After a fan designed the paint scheme of his No. 88 car through a contest known as "Paint the 88", he just had to have a shockingly green suit to go along with it.

19. Kyle Busch- Doublemint

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    DARLINGTON, SC - MAY 08:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Doublemint Toyota, stands on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series SHOWTIME Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on May 8, 2010 in Darlington, South Carolina.  (Photo by Rusty Jar
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    While the look is plain, it comes off cleanly with the light suit and green accents.

    With Kyle's long array of different suits and sponsors he drove for throughout the season, this was one of the simplest designs he wore. 

18. Matt Kenseth- Crown Royal

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    FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 Crown Royal Ford, stands on pit road qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi Max 400 on October 8, 2010 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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    While I can't buy their product, I love their color scheme. The purple stands out, but not in an obnoxious way.

    Clean and accented well, the purple Crown Royal suit has good look to it. 

17. Danica Patrick- GoDaddy.com

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    FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 05:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, climbs out of her car after qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway on November 5, 2010 in Fort Worth, Texas.
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    There's no missing the GoDaddy.com green suit in the middle of any media swarm.

    GoDaddy is known for standing out in a crowd, and even at only 5'2", there's no missing Danica in the bright green suit, nor is it hard to miss her Co-GoDaddy.com driver, Mark Martin (See next slide).

16. Mark Martin- GoDaddy.com

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    AVONDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 12:  Mark Martin, driver of the #5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 12, 2010 in Avondale, Arizona.  (Photo by
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    Holding the same sponsorship as just previously shown Danica Patrick, the two both feature the same color scheme for many races.

    With a dab of different style to Mark's fire suit, it sets each of them apart, while they both appear in the lime green spotlight. 

15. Ricky Carmichael- Monster Energy

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    LONG POND, PA - JULY 31:  Ricky Carmichael, driver of the #4 Monster Energy Chevrolet, stands on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway on July 31, 2010 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Pho
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    Racing in both the Camping World Truck Series and Nationwide Series several times this past season, Ricky brought on the exciting Monster Energy sponsor to the track. 

    The sponsor's color scheme is also used by Robby Gordon in select races on the Sprint Cup Series schedule. 

    Green must've been in this year, right?

14. AJ Allmendinger- Best Buy

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    DOVER, DE - MAY 15:  AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #43 Richard Petty Hall of Fame Ford, walks in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 15, 2010 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by
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    While not a stand-out-in-the-crowd look, the blue and yellow Best Buy suit gives off that clean and well put together idea that looks great next to the matching race car.  

13. Jamie McMurray- Bass Pro Shops

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    CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 16:  Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 16, 2010 in Concord, North
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    Though the color combination can come off a bit Halloween-ish, the camouflage gives the fire suit that little bit of taste that fishermen and hunters love. 

12. Kyle Busch- Z-Line Designs

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    JOLIET, IL - JULY 09:  Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Z-Line Designs Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after he won the NASCAR Nationwide Series Dollar General 300 Powered by Coca-Cola at the Chicagoland Speedway on July 9, 2010 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Pho
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    After so many trips to Victory Lane in the Z-line Designs sponsored car, seeing the suit became pretty much a part of the weekend's Nationwide race.

    But I've gotta know, is the suit red, red-orange, or salmon? Because every time I see it, it's already been doused in NOS...

11. Danica Patrick- Hot Wheels

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    BROOKLYN, MI - AUGUST 14:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 Hot Wheels / GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series CARFAX 250 at Michigan International Speedway on August 14, 2010 in Brooklyn, Michigan.
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    A uniform and paint scheme adored by young boys and girls (well at least I liked it), the blue Hot Wheels suit stood out as one of many "fan favorites" of the season. 

10. Juan Pablo Montoya- Target

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    MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 22:  Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, walks on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 22, 2010 in Martinsville, Virginia.  (Pho
    John Harrelson/Getty Images

    Between the bright red suit, the flashy sunglasses, and the huge target across his chest, there's no missing Juan Pablo Montoya.

    The red and white fire suit is a pretty classic look, but he sure does spice it up with the unforgettable shades.

9. Carl Edwards- Aflac

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    FONTANA, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, walks in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pepsi Max 400 on October 8, 2010 in Fontana, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    This one here is simple: ducks are cute and make even the plainest of suits likeable. 

8. Mark Martin- Ebay Motors

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    MARTINSVILLE, VA - OCTOBER 22:  Mark Martin, driver of the #5 ebay Motors/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, stands next to his car on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway on October 22, 2010 in Mar
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    White, black, and blue with the traditional multi-colored ebay motors font across the front, this suit was a dramatic difference from his usual "GoDaddy green" fire suit. 

    The change was refreshing, and the suit and car colors came off nicely. 

7. Jamie McMurray- Axe Twist

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    LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 01:  Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 AXE Twist Chevrolet, kneels by his car prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway on August 1, 2010 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by John Har
    John Harrelson/Getty Images

    One of the coolest paint schemes NASCAR had all season, with its color changing paint, the Axe Twist car had to have a stand-out suit to go along with it. 

    This idea was definitely a cool switch from his usual McDonald's or Bass Pro Shop suits. 

6. Dale Earnhardt Jr- Amp Energy

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    CONCORD, NC - OCTOBER 14:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., drivere of the #88 AMP Energy/Natgional Guard Chevrolet, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 14, 2010 in Concord, N
    John Harrelson/Getty Images

    There's no leaving out Dale Earnhardt Jr., and his usual Amp Energy suit.

    Without the obnoxiously blinding colors and ridiculous amount of detail, the green Amp Energy fire suit never seems to get old. 

5. Jeff Gordon- DuPont

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    HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19:  Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, stands by his car after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2010 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/G
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    NASCAR just wouldn't seem like NASCAR without the colorful flames of Jeff Gordon flashing around the track.

    The suit has changed a bit over the years, but seems to never drift away from the flames up the arms and legs. Its going to be odd not seeing the colorful flames each weekend now that he's collected his new "Drive to End Hunger" sponsorship.

4. Danica Patrick- Tissot

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    JOLIET, IL - JUNE 04:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #7 Tissot/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, prepares for qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide STP 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on June 4, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. Qualifying was canceled due to rain.  (Photo by Jo
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    A Swiss watch manufacturer and stock-car racing never seemed to be a great pair, but the all-black suit with the brand logo is very simple and gets the sponsor's name across without any unnecessary sparkle.

3. Jimmie Johnson- Lowe's

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    HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, celebrates after finishing in second place in the Ford 400 to clinch his fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2010 in
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    The luckiest fire suit in NASCAR... 

    Simple as that.

2. Dale Earnhardt Jr- Wrangler No. 3

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    DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 02:  Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #3 Wrangler Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Subway Jalapeno 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
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    An unforgettable tribute to his father, the Wrangler No. 3 car made its way back to Victory Lane for what Dale Earnhardt Jr. has declared as the final time.

    The blue and yellow paint scheme brought fans young and old to their feet, where even those who can't stand him the most may have even felt themselves cheering him on even the slightest bit. 

1. Kyle Busch- Sponsafier Aka "Kimmy"

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    RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Kyle Busch (C), driver of the #18 Toyota Kimmy/Z-Line Designs Toyota, his girlfriend Samantha Sarcinella (R) crew chief Jason Ratcliff (L) and contest winner Lennon Wynn (Bottom) stand on the grid prior to the NASCAR Nationwi
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    Sorry, I had to do it.

    In 2010, there was no beating Kyle Busch's pink suit and car, voted for by fans through Toyota's "Sponsafier" paint scheme contest.

    "Who doesn't love kittens, bunnies, and little baby seals?"

    Very cute Kyle, very cute...

The Best Of 2010

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    HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 21:  A view of the NASCAR Sprint Cup trophy after Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, clinched his fifth consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21, 2010 in Homestead, Flo
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    Do you agree? Disagree?

    The suits I included either had that traditional feel, or something totally unique and different to them.

    I know this isn't all of the fire suits that NASCAR had in store for us this past season, so take a second below to give me your input on what your favorite "driver attire" was in 2010.