the no. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro gets a new look for select races during the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. Hooters has unveiled the new version of Chase Elliott’s stock car, which shows a noticeable color change.
The restaurant chain unveiled the new arrangement on Thursday, January 27 with a special video. Elliott gave a brief introduction before four Hooters girls pulled back the cover to reveal the new scheme, which features a white base and the retro logo. A huge version of Hootie, the restaurant’s mascot, covers the space behind the door numbers.
The Hooters schedule takes center stage in three races during the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. Elliott will showcase the partner at World Wide Technology Raceway in June, Bristol Motor Speedway in September and Las Vegas Motor Speedway in November.
This continued partnership with Hooters follows a massive expansion with the primary partner. Hooters Racing announced on December 2 that the Elliott brand and the No. 9 team would continue to support for three more seasons. The expansion includes three primary races per year.
Elliott ran multiple Hooters schemes in 2021
The 2021 season featured two different versions of the Hooters schedule. Elliott used a black version of the schedule while traveling to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway racetracks for the night race.
This black version of the Hooters scheme had the updated Hooters logo on the hood and an orange roof. The stock car also had orange stripes and orange door numbers to stand out from the black base. This is the schedule that took center stage as he battled Kevin Harvick during and after the night race in Bristol.
The first race with the Hooters schedule took place over Throwback Weekend. Elliott attended Darlington Raceway on May 9 for the Goodyear 400, and he used the festive weekend to pay tribute to the late Alan Kulwicki, who died in a plane crash in Tennessee on April 1, 1993.
The throwback Hooters scheme also had a white base like the 2022 version, but there were several nods to Kulwicki’s championship-winning stock car. An orange stripe covered the bottom of the No. 9, while brown numbers covered the doors and roof. The design wasn’t a perfect one-on-one recreation, but it served as a fitting tribute to Throwback Weekend.
Elliott has 1 task to accomplish with Hooters
While Elliott has had 13 career wins and a championship trophy during his Cup Series career, he has failed to achieve a single goal with Hooters. He remains winless in races with Hootie on the hood of the No. 9.
Elliott has had the most success with NAPA Auto Parts on his car due to the sheer number of races with the blue and yellow colors. He has won eight races with NAPA on the car, one with Kelley Blue Book, one with LLumar, one with Sun Energy 1, and two with Mountain Dew. He also won the 2020 All-Star Race and the $1 million prize with UniFirst at number 9.
The 2022 season offers Elliott three more chances to win his first Hooters race on the car. The Georgia native has not won a race to pay for points at WWTR, Bristol Motor Speedway or Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but he has six combined top five finishes. Elliott also took his All-Star win at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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