As a new NASCAR season comes into view, it brings that sense of a fresh new car smell with it.
No, not the kind that you can purchase at the auto dealership. Rather, it entails a list of new paint schemes for the 2024 season.
Teams have begun revealing their primaries along with a few special one-offs. And while several teams will likely wait to reveal their looks last minute (the Busch Light Clash at the Coliseum is Sunday, Feb. 4), many have already released new drip for the year.
Let’s take a look across NASCAR at the five best and five worst schemes for the new campaign.
Top Five Best Schemes
5. RFK Racing’s BuildSubmarines.com Fords
With the new Ford Mustang Dark Horse set to debut on the Next Gen car, it opens the door for some schemes to make mouths water. The BuildSubmarines.com rides that both Brad Keselowski and Chris Buescher will pilot do exactly that.
There are only slight variations in the designs compared to last year, but there is little doubt that they will shine on track. The areas where the teal colors have been implemented, especially the chrome number, make them stand out and look ready for the competition. It flows well from the start, and the design doesn’t appear to be too busy. Nicely done, RFK.
4. Cole Custer‘s No. 00 Andy’s Frozen Custard Ford
Perhaps one of the most marketable partnerships has finally been realized. Cole Custer, or “Cold Custard,” will finally have a product to match his nickname with Andy’s Frozen Custard moving over to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2024. Andy’s will be a primary on the No. 00 in three events during the season.
Andy’s never fails to deliver on some schemes to make one desire a sweet treat, and this one is no different. The recognizable blue base features some prominent red addition that will make the scheme pop out in the heat.
3. Daniel Hemric‘s No. 31 Cirkul Chevrolet
Hemric returns to the NASCAR Cup Series with Cirkul, his primary NASCAR Xfinity Series partner from 2023. The flavored-water company makes a splash on Hemric’s No. 31 for Kaulig Racing with a refreshing scheme that also has minor variations from past designs.
What makes this scheme stand out is not only the easy flow of the fruit-and-water design from front to back, but Cirkul also filled out the extra space nicely that comes with the Next Gen car. It’s a busy scheme, but not in an overwhelming way, giving it the potential to be a fan-favorite in…