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NASCAR At Atlanta: Paint Schemes For Sunday's Sprint Cup Advocare 500

In modern Sprint Cup racing, it is rare for a major team's race car to look the same three weeks in a row. The price of sponsorship in NASCAR's top division has skyrocketed to the point that rather than having one sponsor covering nearly the entire schedule - as was the norm as recently as 2007 - nearly all teams use patchwork sponsorships.

Different sponsorships mean different paint schemes from week to week, and it can be hard for even diehard fans to keep track of what car their favorite driver will be running in an upcoming race. With that in mind, as well as to showcase the beautiful vehicles that will be racing under the lights Sunday, here is a numerically-indexed list - with links to photos included - of most of the cars scheduled to compete in the Advocare 500. Descriptions of each scheme are in parenthesis so you know exactly which car you're looking for when you visit Jayski's paint scheme page for that particular team.

Jamie McMurray - No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet (the hunter vest orange and black Chevy with the distinctive Bass Pro logo on the hood)

Brad Keselowski - No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge (Blue with gold border around the bottom with the design of a bottle pouring beer from the fender into a glass on the door)

Kasey Kahne - No. 5 Chevrolet (Black, red, and white scheme with logo clearly visible on hood and fenders. You can't miss it.)

Marcos Ambrose - No. 9 DeWalt Power Tools Ford (Black and golden yellow with Dewalt on the hood. Not to be confused with the similar Stanley car which uses a lighter yellow coloring and - obviously - says Stanley on the hood)

Danica Patrick - No. 10 Chevrolet (Insanely bright neon-green with orange numerals. Again, you can't miss it)

Denny Hamlin is scheduled to drive the SportClips paint scheme in Sunday's race, but his only previous run with the car was a special Cale Yarborough tribute at Darlington. Therefore, we won't know what his car looks like until it hits the track Friday for opening practice.

Casey Mears - No. 13 Geico Ford (White, blue, and green with a big Gecko on the hood. Unmistakable.)

Tony Stewart - No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet (Red up front, black in the back. In my completely biased opinion, the car headed to victory lane Sunday night)

Clint Bowyer - No. 15 5-Hour Energy Toyota (Black with red and yellow)

No pictures are yet available of Greg Biffle's No. 16 3M/Manheim Auctions Ford Fusion.

Matt Kenseth - No. 17 Ford Eco-Boost Ford (Black with blue and white racing stripes and "Ford Eco-Boost" running vertically down the hood)

Kyle Busch - No. 18 Doublemint Toyota (Silver with neon-green flames. A win Sunday would be "Double the fun" for Busch, as he has one prior Cup win at AMS in 2008)

Joey Logano - No. 20 Home Depot Toyota (You should be slapped upside the head if you can't spot this car)

Trevor Bayne - No. 21 Camping World/Good Sam Ford (Blue and red with yellow trim. Note the retro-styled No. 21, which hearkens back to the early days of the Wood Brothers)

Sam Hornish Jr. - No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge (Yellow with red)

Scott Riggs - No. 23 North Texas Pipe Chevrolet (Hint, it's about the only car on the page)

Jeff Gordon - No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet (Gordon celebrates the 20th-anniversary of his first Sprint Cup start with the bold black and bright red DuPont scheme seen in a handful of races thus far in 2012. One car I can't wait to see in person)

Josh Wise - No. 26 MDS Transport Ford (With the exception of Indy, the car has carried the same white, dark blue, and orange scheme for all of 2012)

Paul Menard - No. 27 Quaker State/Menards Chevrolet (One of the more interesting paint schemes, features a mix of metallic green and fluorescent yellow)

Kevin Harvick - No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet (Headquartered in Atlanta, Rheem's easily-identified logo is showcased on a black and red Chevy)

David Stremme - No. 30 Inception Motorsports Toyota (Almost certainly a start-and-park entry, this red and black car has one of the more interesting of the unsponsored paint schemes)

Jeff Burton - No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet (The distinctive yellow and black paint scheme is impossible to miss with the giant "CAT" logo on the hood.)

T.J. Bell - No. 32 Green Smoke Ford (Black with different shades of green creating flames on the sides)

Stephen Leicht - No. 33 Special Ops OPSEC Education Fund Chevrolet (black and blank pretty much every race since Richard Childress turned the team over to Joe Falk, the car has rare hood and fender decoration this week)

David Ragan - No. 34 Glory Foods Ford (This conglomeration of orange, yellow, and purple simultaneously looks nice and like a means of torture. You won't be able to miss this car in a million years. No sir)

David Gilliland - No. 38 House-Autry Ford (Orange nose, blue sides and rear, seperated by a yellow stripe)

Ryan Newman - No. 39 US Army Chevrolet (As the Army sponsorship nears its conclusion, its flat-black and yellow paint scheme remains one of the most distinctive in motorsports)

Juan Pablo Montoya - No. 42 Target Chevrolet (Hide your jet dryers! If you miss this bright red Chevy with the famous bulls-eye logo on the hood, the chorus of boos raining down should help you find it)

Aric Almirola's No. 43 Ford will share sponsorship with Sunday's race, but the Advocare paint scheme has yet to be revealed.

Bobby Labonte - No. 47 Kingsford Toyota (The car has largely used the same scheme - blue nose and hood, white body seperated by a red streak - all year. This weekend the red oval Kingsford logo will be on the hood)

Jimmie Johnson - No. 48 Lowe's/Kobalt Tools Chevrolet (Black with white racing stripes. Simple, yet sexy)

Kurt Busch - No. 51 Phoenix Construction Chevrolet (James Finch's team has run two schemes during the year, generally with little rhyme or reason as to which car you'll see. It'll either be the solid red car, or the red and white machine)

Mark Martin - No. 55 Aaron's Toyota (As with all of Martin's races, the Aaron's-sponsored car has a white roof and hood with blue sides)

Martin Truex Jr's No. 56 NAPA Shocks and Struts Toyota is not yet pictured. Truex and team owner Michael Waltrip are to announce a contract extension Friday at Atlanta with a paint scheme unveiling to be included. Whether that is this car or Truex's 2013 ride remains to be seen.

Regan Smith - No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet (Solid, often flat black, with day-glo red numerals and white writing on the hood and fenders)

Landon Cassill - No. 83 Burger King/Dr. Pepper Toyota (BK Racing recently swapped Cassill's scheme to the solid red machine in recognition of its co-sponsorship from Dr. Pepper)

Joe Nemechek - No. 87 AM/FM Energy Toyota (one of NASCAR's best-known start-and-parkers, "Front Row Joe's" self-owned Camry nearly always carries a metallic blue scheme)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. - No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet (blue up top, white along the sides. NASCAR's most popular driver's ride is simple but easy to pick out)

Reed Sorenson - No. 91 Plinker Tactical Toyota (though the car pictured is an unsponsored Ford, the Peachtree City native's Camry will likely sport this basic paint scheme)

Travis Kvapil - No. 93 Burger King Toyota (BK's distinct logo makes this otherwise dull gunmetal grey Camry easy to spot)

Scott Speed - No. 95 Jordan's Truck Sales Ford (The Leavine Family Racing car has had the same scheme pretty much since its inception.)

Michael McDowell - No. 98 Ford (Whether unsponsored like this weekend or with minimal sponsorship, the car almost always has the same black-with-red-numerals paint scheme)

Carl Edwards - No. 99 Subway Ford (Bright yellow with some sort of green design running along the nose and sides. Easily one of the ugliest cars entered for Atlanta, but likely to be fast)

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.