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.

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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.

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