The 30 Most Badass NASCAR Paint Schemes From 2000-2009 (Part 3 Of 4-Part Series)
At the turn of the century, NASCAR began with a bang. The 2000 Daytona 500 was one of the more exciting ones as Jimmy Spencer, with only two laps remaining, was setting himself up for a huge upset victory before hitting the wall causing the remaining laps to be run under caution where the legend, Dale Jarrett, won his third.
The first race also brought a ton of new paint schemes which truly opened up the running of multiple paint schemes over the course of a season. For the next 10 seasons, NASCAR would see a huge influx of drivers that honored the race tracks with special anniversary paint schemes as well as sponsorship paint schemes that would change weekly.
The fans that loved and admired the paint schemes of yesterday were beginning to move on with the new age of fans that came to appreciate an original design or special paint scheme for each race.
Here are the top 30 paint schemes of the first ten seasons of the beginning of the century.
30. 2001 No.84 Shawna Robinson, Tropicana
Although Danica Patrick has become the most successful female NASCAR in history, Shawna Robinson was one of the most underrated. She fought hard and nearly won the Busch Series Rookie of the Year but feel to Ricky Craven. She rocked the hell out of the No.84 Tropicana towards the end of her career.
29. 2000 No.5 Terry Labonte, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The partnership between Terry Labonte and Kellogg’s helped to form some of the greatest paint schemes in NASCAR history. The Christmas special was just another example when they added the Grinch to the hood.
28. 2008 No.14 Tony Stewart, Home Depot Back to School
Heading back to school sucks if you are a child. It means the summer is over and it is time to get back to waking up early, staying up late to study, and not being able to party as much. So Tony Stewart went with the Home Depot tribute to students in a one-of-a-kind Back to School paint scheme.
27. 2004 No.97 Kurt Busch, Sharpie
Using a marker for a sponsor is scary because it is, well, a marker. But it worked in 2004 when Kurt Busch went with Sharpie’s black and gold paint scheme.
26. 2006 No.07 Clint Bowyer, DirecTV
Clint Bowyer has driven several cars worthy of being named on these lists but unfortunately, only one of them made the cut, the No.07 DirecTV.