Dale Earnhardt Jr. beats Jeff Gordon in paint scheme contest for Alex Bowman’s Nashville ride

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon faced off with dueling paint schemes as their designs competed for Alex Bowman’s ride at Nashville Superspeedway on June 20, and Earnhardt came out on top.

The two retired Hendrick Motorsports drivers each designed a paint scheme for Bowman’s No. 48 Chevrolet, and since May, fans have been voting on social media for the best look.

However, it was a blind vote rather than a popularity contest, so fans had no idea if they were voting for Earnhardt’s or Gordon’s paint scheme.

With the Neon Lights scheme versus Music Row scheme, Dale Jr.’s Neon Lights design came out on top. And that’s what Bowman’s car for the Ally 400 at Nashville will look like.

Neon Lights (top) and Music Row (Courtesy of Ally Racing)

Both designs are clearly fabulous, but without knowing who designed it, fans liked Earnhardt’s more.

About the Neon Lights scheme, Dale Jr. previously said the “tough part” of coming up with a design was building on the designs Jimmie Johnson raced with in the No. 48 car before retiring from NASCAR at the end of the 2020 season and jumping to the IndyCar Series.

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But Gordon’s Music Row paint scheme isn’t going to waste. Per Ally, Bowman will compete in an upcoming iRacing event with Gordon’s design on his car.

Here’s a closer look at Earnhardt’s winning design for Bowman’s car at Nashville:

(Courtesy of Ally Racing)

(Courtesy of Ally Racing)

(Courtesy of Ally Racing)

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