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What could’ve been: Early versions of Sam Bass’ Axalta paint scheme for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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Not all paint schemes are created equal and not all professionally designed schemes make it to the track.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has given us a glimpse at how much work went into designing the Axalta paint scheme he is driving this year.

MORE: 2017 Cup Series primary paint schemes

Earnhardt posted an Instagram video showing multiple designs that Sam Bass, the first NASCAR authorized artist, created before he came up with the final product.

Along with his NASCAR paintings, Bass is known for designing paint schemes, including Jeff Gordon‘s famous DuPont rainbow scheme.

Just a handful of ideas @sambassartist ran through while developing the design for this seasons @axaltaracing #88

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series primary paint schemes for 2017

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The racing season is here and with it comes a brand new batch of paint schemes for most teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Luckily we’ve got a guide for you keep track of who is driving what colors this year. Here are the different paint schemes Cup drivers will be sporting throughout the season. We’ll update the list as more paint schemes are announced.

Jamie McMurray – No. 1, Chip Ganassi Racing

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Brad Keselowski – No. 2, Team Penske

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Austin Dillon – No. 3, Richard Childress Racing

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Kevin Harvick – No. 4, Stewart-Haas Racing

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Kasey Kahne – No. 5, Hendrick Motorsports

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Trevor Bayne – No. 6, Roush Fenway Racing

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Danica Patrick – No. 10, Stewart-Haas Racing

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Denny Hamlin – No. 11, Joe Gibbs Racing

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Ty Dillon – No. 13, Germain Racing

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Clint Bowyer – No. 14, Stewart-Haas Racing

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. – No. 17, Roush Fenway Racing

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Kyle Busch – No. 18, Joe Gibbs Racing

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Daniel Suarez – No. 19, Joe Gibbs Racing

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Matt Kenseth – No. 20, Joe Gibbs Racing

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Ryan Blaney – No. 21, Wood Brothers Racing

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Joey Logano – No. 22, Team Penske

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Gray Gaulding – No. 23, BK Racing

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Chase Elliott – No. 24, Hendrick Motorsports

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Paul Menard – No. 27, Richard Childress Racing

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Ryan Newman – No. 31, Richard Childress Racing

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Matt DiBenedetto – No. 32,  Go Fas Racing

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Landon Cassill – No. 34, Front Row Motorsports

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Chris Buescher – No. 37, JTG Daugherty Racing

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David Ragan – No. 38, Front Row Motorsports

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Kurt Busch – No. 41, Stewart Haas Racing

Kyle Larson – No. 42, Chip Ganassi Racing

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Aric Almirola – No. 43, Richard Petty Motorsports

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A.J. Allmendinger – No. 47, JTG Daugherty Racing

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Jimmie Johnson – No. 48, Hendrick Motorsports

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Cole Whitt – No. 72, TriStar Motorsports

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Erik Jones – No. 77, Furniture Row Racing

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Martin Truex Jr. – No. 78, Furniture Row Racing

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. – No. 88, Hendrick Motorsports

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Stewart-Haas reveals Tony Stewart’s final Sprint Cup paint scheme

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 06:  Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Rev the Vote Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 6, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
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stewart-final-raceTony Stewart‘s final Sprint Cup race is five days away and Stewart-Haas Racing has revealed the paint scheme he will drive in the Ford EcoBoost 400.

The No. 14 will have a dark gray, smokey look to it. On the hood will be Stewart’s farewell season logo with the phrase  “Always a Racer, Forever a Champion.

The logo will be joined by pictures highlighting major moments from Stewart’s racing career.

Sunday’s race will be Stewart’s 618th start in the Sprint Cup Series and comes 18 years after his first start, in the 1999 Daytona 500.

MORE: Smoke Stories: Friends, Foes recall favorite Stewart moments

Matt DiBenedetto supporting police officers with Texas paint scheme

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BK Racing and Dallas-based sponsor ZAK Products have team up to honor fallen officers of the Dallas Police Department for this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

For the AAA Texas 500, Matt DiBenedetto‘s No. 83 Zak “Backs the Blue” Toyota will resemble the cruisers used by the Dallas Police Department. The rear decklid will bear the names of the five DPD and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) officers who were killed by a sniper in downtown Dallas on July 7.

“I am truly honored that Zak Products has given me the opportunity to represent the Dallas PD officers who lost their lives in the line of duty on July 7, 2016,” said DiBenedetto in a press release. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for all of the police officers around the country who protect our cities day and night. It means so much to BK Racing and to me personally to ‘Back the Blue’ with our No. 83 Toyota this weekend.”

The car was unveiled at a Toyota of Dallas on Wednesday that featured ZAK founder Vic Keller.

“Dallas is home to ZAK’s headquarters and we were deeply impacted by the July 7th tragedy. We wanted to do something to honor and show appreciation for the civil servants who serve the city without hesitation every day,” Keller said. “The November 6 race is the largest medium for a spectator event in DFW and we quickly realized this would provide the optimum platform to showcase the city of Dallas and our outstanding police department on a national scale. We hope everyone will tune in to the race and back the blue to victory.”

The AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway can be seen at 1 p.m. on Sunday on NBC.

Austin Dillon racing for Breast Cancer Awareness with Talladega scheme

DOVER, DE - OCTOBER 01:  Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 AAA Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Citizen Solider 400 at Dover International Speedway on October 1, 2016 in Dover, Delaware.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Austin Dillon and his sponsor American Ethanol will be racing to support Breast Cancer Awareness this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet will have a special pink paint scheme for the Hellmann’s 500.

Dillon’s sponsor, American Ethanol, has partnered with Growth Energy as part of the deal. Growth Energy will donate two cents for every gallon of E15 bought at select gas stations. E15 is the gas brand that will be on the hood of Dillon’s car.

Dillon, one of 12 drivers left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, is making his seventh Sprint Cup start at Talladega. He finished a career best third there in May.