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Remembering Some of the Most HATED NASCAR Paint Schemes

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From the candy-colored M&M’s colors that graced Kyle Busch’s Toyota Camry at Joe Gibbs Racing, to the famous Rainbow Warriors paint scheme that Jeff Gordon made famous throughout the early 1990s, fans have always loved their favorite drivers’ paint schemes.

However, there are paint schemes that fans can all agree are an eye-sore of sorts, and ones that shouldn’t be on the side of a NASCAR stock car. What are some of the most hated NASCAR paint schemes?

William Byron Raptor Car Martinsville 2022

Ever since his Cup series debut in 2018, William Byron has been synonymous with running flashy paint schemes like the Axalta rainbow colors similar to those of Jeff Gordon from the early 1990s.

By the time the spring Martinsville race rolled around in 2022, Byron sported a new look with the #24. Raptor, an industry used for bed liners and coatings, with the all-grey coat, made its debut with Byron at COTA in March of that year.

The Raptor colors got a taste of victory at Martinsville, as Byron dominated fending off advances from both Austin Dillon and Joey Logano to score the victory.

Travis Pastrana’s 2013 Primary Paint Scheme

Travis Pastrana’s foray into NASCAR shifted into high gear starting in what was then the NASCAR Nationwide Series (now Xfinity) back in 2013.

Transitioning to NASCAR from off-road and X games competition proved to be quite the hurdle for Pastrana and his team.

In 34 races piloting the #60 Ford in the Xfinity Series, Pastrana netted an average finish of about 21st. Unfortunately, as a rookie in NASCAR, Travis often found himself crashed out, some not of his own doing.

This paint scheme with the blank hood wrapped in yellow wasn’t buzzing after incidents like this one at Iowa Speedway.

Kevin Harvick 2019 All-Star Race Millenial Paint Scheme

The NASCAR All-Star Race, a chance at ultimate glory and a million reasons to go all-in can mean a lot to the drivers and teams that become eligible through winning a race during the regular season.

In 2019, Kevin Harvick and his Stewart-Haas racing club rolled out quite an unusual paint scheme for that evening’s race.

Harvick sported a pink Busch Beer entry that a lot of people were taken aback from, as it marked a different entry than the normal blue Busch Beer paint schemes we’ve become accustomed to.

Nonetheless, Harvick led 33 laps in that year’s All-Star Race and wound up finishing second behind eventual winner Kyle Larson.

Eric Estepp gave his thoughts on some of the cars racing in that season’s race including Harvick’s Millennial car.

Elliott Sadler Grey M&M’s Paint Scheme 2004 Daytona 500

M&M’s, one of the most popular candies in the United States has rode on the hoods of NASCAR drivers for decades, most recently with Kyle Busch.

However, there was an instance where M&M’s lost their colors altogether.

Elliott Sadler, driving the #38 car for Hall of Fame Owner Robert Yates, sported a grey M&M’s Ford for NASCAR’s biggest race of the season: The Daytona 500.

However, during SpeedWeeks that season, Sadler’s Ford showed a lot of muscle winning his qualifying race Thursday prior to the 500. Driving a car with no colors, visiting victory lane at Daytona gives any driver a refreshing taste of victory in M&M form.

Over the years, NASCAR drivers have run paint schemes that are just downright unsettling to the eyes of fans across the world. This list covers just a few familiar paint schemes that fans would rather forget. What are some of your most hated NASCAR paint schemes?

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