Daniel Suarez’s No. 99 will feature a bright new look for Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The Cup Series entry will have a program highlighting Kid Rock’s Big A** Honky Tonk Rock N’ Roll Steakhouse.
Trackhouse Racing unveiled the schematic on Twitter on October 11. #99 will feature a yellow and blue scheme with logos for Kid Rock’s bar on the sides and hood. Suarez has featured an establishment-sponsored dashcam in Nashville throughout the 2022 season, but this will be the first time he’s taken over as the main partner.
Suarez’s teammate Ross Chastain will also showcase Nashville nightlife with his stock car. The #1 Chevrolet Camaro will have Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge as the lead partner for the trip to Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Suarez has featured the bar seven times during the 2022 season, including the Daytona 500. The playoff race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will mark Chastain’s first partnership with the bar.
A mechanical problem disrupted Suarez’s Playoffs
The addition of the Kid Rock program comes after a stunning end to Suarez’s time in the playoffs. He was able to head into the Round of Eight against Chase Briscoe and Daniel Suarez, but a mechanical problem disrupted the run at the Charlotte Roval.
Suarez lost power steering at the start of the final stage of the road course. He lost rhythm fighting his #99 and he made several extended pit stops as Trackhouse Racing tried to fix the problem.
Suarez, who could be heard screaming in pain during the race, finished five laps behind the leader. He missed the playoffs by just nine points after entering the weekend with a 12-point cushion. It knocked him out of the playoffs and opened an opportunity for Briscoe to move on.
“I really needed some time to recover physically and emotionally after yesterday’s race,” Suarez tweeted on October 10. “What seemed like an easy race to transfer to the next lap turned into the toughest race I’ve ever done in my life…
“My hands, wrists, arms, elbows, shoulders, upper back and lower back were extremely exhausted, not many people could have raced like this, I just couldn’t give up for myself and for my team. absolutely left it all there. Thank you to all my amigos, 99 fans and Trackhouse for your love and support! We will 2 continue to shine for the next 4 weeks.
Suarez’s teammate remains eligible for the Championship
Suarez is no longer eligible for a place in Championship Four so he will focus on collecting trophies in the remaining four races. Chastain, for comparison, will try to secure his spot in the season finale.
The #1 driver had his own problem at the Charlotte Roval. It hit the wall and had to drive to the garage for repairs. However, he had enough bonus points to stay alive. He moved into the round of eight and prepared for three pivotal races.
Chastain has his sights set on reaching championship four, and he will pursue it at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Homestead-Miami Speedway and Martinsville Speedway.
Chastain finished third overall in the spring race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway while Alex Bowman won. He finished fifth at Martinsville Speedway in the spring while William Byron won. Now he will try to top that performance while facing added pressure.
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