@nascarcasm: Best beer paint schemes of all time
By @nascarcasm | Wednesday, April 7, 2021
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Happy National Beer Day to all beer enthusiasts! We're gonna take this illustrious, slightly hoppy and very refreshing occasion to look back on the best beer paint schemes in NASCAR history. So crack open a can or bottle, take a look, and feel free to tweet and tell me how wrong I am.
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The vibrant blue colors and mountainscapes on Kevin Harvick's present-day Busch Beer schemes make us want to crack open a cold one. There are several other Busch Beer one-off schemes that are also quality -- almost as many as Harvick has nicknames. But whether it's Busch or Busch Light on the car, the schemes are pristine. They make you want to put on your finest flannel shirt, crack open a can, and start a campfire.
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Here's Brad Keselowski's circa 2019 scheme. Clean and simple -- invokes the look of the classic Miller Lite can. As someone who just cracked one open, it works subliminally also.
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Mark Martin won his first Cup race ever back in 1989, piloting this Strohs Light beauty at Rockingham. This was back when you could maybe picture Mark having the occasional brew, instead of now when his diet consists of PowerBars, protein shakes and Gucci Mane albums.
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Sterling Silver! If you don't love Sterling Marlin's early 2000s Coors Light "Silver Bullet" scheme that's OK -- nobody's perfect. But if this scheme wasn't so stunning, then why would the driver himself get out of the car during a red flag to appreciate it?
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a paint-scheme aficionado, so that's why I'm picking his 1999 Budweiser scheme with the black greenhouse, his Cup debut car. Why? Because he used this exact scheme in his final race as a full-time Cup driver in 2017. It's an incredibly iconic scheme that I'd include anyway were I not blatantly seeking his approval.
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Well hello, Blue Deuce! This 1997 Miller Lite Rusty Wallace piece is as synonymous with Rusty Wallace as are wins, championships, and eight-hour Hall of Fame induction speeches. The white hood and deep blue -- (chef's kiss) ...
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Bill Elliott's mid-1980s Coors paint scheme is so, so choice. It just looks fast. Maybe it's the angled Coors logo under the C-post. Or maybe it's that this thing did a qualifying lap of 600 mph* at Talladega in 1987. (*Margin of error of +/- 387 mph)
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The deep blue. The gold car number. The usage of negative space on the hood to create the Busch Beer mountain. Cale Yarborough drove a literal Louvre-worthy piece of art in the late 1970s. Also, if gold car numbers and wheels were brought back in vogue I don't think anyone would complain.
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Miller makes another appearance, and this time it's Bobby Allison's late 1980s scheme. He won the 1988 Daytona 500 with this beauty. The gold, the white -- it's like the champagne of cars.
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The black and gold standard. Black race cars are lovely and fierce at the same time. They're simultaneously mesmerizing and a little unnerving. That's why Rusty Wallace's early 1990s Miller Genuine Draft car makes our list. If I saw this car fast approaching I’d want to take a closer look, but I'd also want to get the hell out of its way. Kudos, Rusty.
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We'd be remiss not to bring up Kevin Harvick's (in)famous 2019 Busch Beer All-Star Race scheme. You see, it was millennial themed, hence the "Busch AF" on the hood, and "skrrt skrrt," "YEET" and avocado toast on the side. This wasn't so much a funny paint scheme as it was a piece of performance art -- our gaze was fixed on the car as much as it was on Harvick himself. We wanted to observe how he reacted to getting into this car.