Trackhouse Racing Eyed Victory At Atlanta Superspeedway

HAMPTON, GEORGIA - MARCH 20: Chris Buescher, driver of the #17 ITsavvy Ford, Daniel Suarez, driver of the #99 CommScope Chevrolet, Justin Haley, driver of the #31 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet, Kurt Busch, driver of the #45 Monster Energy Toyota, and Michael McDowell, driver of the #34 Ford, race during the NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20, 2022 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Trackhouse Racing put both cars in the top five in the first race at the newly reconfigured Atlanta Superspeedway on Sunday. It’s the latest positive result in a hot streak for Pitbull’s team. Drivers Suarez and Chastain put a single car in the top five for the last three races to start the 2022 NASCAR season, and both drivers followed it up on Sunday. 

Ross Chastain took a run on the last lap to second before the #20 of Christopher Bell passed him below the white line, handing the Gibbs driver a penalty to the back of the lead lap and handing Chastain a second-place finish, in a massive recovery after getting caught up in a mid-race crash.

Chastain, climbing out of his car with a smile, said: “What a day. That’s a fight in Trackhouse. This Gen 7 car to take a lick like that, blow a tire out of nowhere and leading, just cruising, blow a right rear, slam the wall. Thought our day was over. Our guys went underneath the car, got the toe closer, and we got the balance back where I could drive it.”

He said he just “can’t thank everyone at Trackhouse, [sponsor] the Moose, everybody that’s been on this car, and Justin Marks and his family for what they do for me, and Daniel Suárez, what a teammate to push me there at the end.”

HAMPTON, GEORGIA – MARCH 20: Ross Chastain, driver of the #1 Advent Health Chevrolet, starts fourth on the bottom line to begin the NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20, 2022 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Daniel Suarez drafted well with his teammate in the final laps and ultimately crossed the line in fifth, scoring fourth with Christopher Bell’s penalty. 

He said his day was “up and down.” He added: “Our No. 99 CommScope Chevrolet was fast. We did a good job on pit road. We had fast pit stops. When we have a fast Chevrolet Camaro, it makes things easier. Everyone at Trackhouse Racing has been working very, very hard to build cars like this. We just have to keep it up.”

Chevrolet teams are working more closely between each other, giving Trackhouse the resources enjoyed by Hendrick and Childress, and the team is capitalizing. Chastain agreed. “Just, the Chevy was fast,” he said. “It was so fast. I mean, we were fighting with [winner] Will [Byron] there at the beginning.”

Suarez echoed that, and said: “We have a few trophies coming in the near future.”

NASCAR heads to a road course in Texas at Circuit of the Americas, and Trackhouse said they were “looking forward to keeping the momentum going next weekend at COTA.” Look for the team to continue their strong run. 

Owen Johnson