Multiple NASCAR teams have taken an interest in driver contracts in recent weeks, so it’s only natural that you’re wondering when the next announcement will be. Trackhouse Racing could be next based on some feedback from Daniel Suarez.
“We are very close [to an extension]. I’ll be honest, I didn’t pay much attention to that because I’m so focused on qualifying and making my team stronger,” Suarez told the media before the race in Richmond. “But I know my managers and people from Trackhouse are very, very close. We never have doubts about where we are from things like that. We are working on some details. It’s not final yet, but we’re very close.”
This update is Suarez’s second during the 2022 season. He also addressed the status of his contract following the trip to the Sonoma racetrack in June. Suarez made it clear that he was ending a multi-year contract he signed when he originally joined Trackhouse Racing and that the team was working on an extension.
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Suarez enjoyed a career year with Trackhouse Racing
Suarez made the update amid a strong season in his 99th Chevrolet Camaro. He’s already hit some career marks with 13 races remaining on the Cup Series schedule.
The driver of the #99 car earned five places in the top five in the first 23 weeks. This surpassed his best of four during the 2019 season while driving Stewart-Haas Racing. Additionally, his nine finals in the top ten are still only twice shy of his career best marks from the 2019 season.
Along with the top five, Suarez also scored a key goal. He won the first cup race of his career. He drove 47 of 110 laps at the Sonoma racetrack and stopped Chris Bucher in the final round to the checkered flag. Suarez’s punch reminded him to the playoffs and celebrated at Victory Lane.
Suarez is still focused on another important goal
Contract negotiations are important, but they are not Suarez’s main focus. For now, he remains dedicated to his goal of making powerful moves during qualifying and securing a place in the fourth championship.
Suarez is expected to be the 13th seed to enter the playoffs. He will have seven points to his name once the Round of 16 starts, which will automatically put him under the elimination line. Although he can climb up the leaderboard by winning more stages or another race. Doing so would put him ahead of both Kurt Busch and Kevin Harvick.
Richmond is a track where Suarez can make some moves. He has 10 career starts on the short track with three places in the top ten. He’ll have a chance to add more points, but will have to navigate his way across the field after starting in the 12th row next to Chase Elliott.
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