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With all the crashes and unpredictability of the Daytona 500, it’s fair to say that the race is like navigating the jungle. It’s all the more fitting that Guns N’ Roses will be welcomed into NASCAR’s jungle this weekend.

The legendary rock band will join forces with a legendary NASCAR team as Guns N’ Roses will sponsor Erik Jones and the #43 in the Daytona 500.

This won’t be the first time a rock band has adorned the sheet metal of a NASCAR race car. Throughout the years, bands such as Kiss, Three Doors Down, Green Day, Nickelback, and Dave Matthews Band had their bands on race cars. Last year, Trackhouse Racing showcased co-owner Pitbull and Zac Brown on a car, while carrying sponsorship from Kid Rock’s steakhouse in a different race.

The #43 has an incredible history at the Daytona 500, with Richard Petty winning “The Great American Race” a record seven times. Jones enters the weekend with a pretty good chance to win. He’s won at Daytona when he was with Joe Gibbs Racing, and already won one “crown jewel” in the #43, winning the Southern 500 at Darlington last year.

The best finish the #43 has had in the Daytona 500 since Petty retired was Bubba Wallace scoring a runner-up finish in 2018. If Jones wins, it’ll be “Paradise City” in victory lane.

[Legacy Motor Club]

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