Suárez Finishes 18th in Rain-Delayed Race at Bristol
Daniel Suárez and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) returned to the track this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway for the first of two stops during of the 2017 season at the half-mile speedway. After qualifying was rained out on Friday afternoon, the field was set by the rulebook with Suárez earning the 23rd starting position for the 500-lap race.
Suárez and his ARRIS team took the green flag at 1:07 PM ET on Monday at the half-mile speedway after a consistent and heavy rain postponed the event a day. After 266.5-miles were complete at the “Last Great Colosseum”, Suárez crossed the finish line in the 18th position in the ARRIS Camry.
Following the drop of the green flag on Monday afternoon, Suárez dropped two spots by lap three, but gained one spot back and was scored in 24th when the first caution of the afternoon waved on lap 54. Under the caution, Suárez radioed to his ARRIS team that his Camry “fired off ok, but then got loose as the run went on”. Once pit road was open under caution, crew chief Scott Graves called Suárez down pit road for four tires, fuel and a round of adjustments to his ARRIS Camry. Following the stop, Suárez restarted in 23rd on lap 72. Continuing to battle, Suárez worked his way up to the 20th position by lap 90 and was scored in 21st when the second caution of the afternoon waved on lap 125, signaling the end of stage one. Under the scheduled caution period, Suárez and the ARRIS team once again came down pit road for four fresh Goodyear Eagles, fuel and another round of adjustments. Following the stop, Suárez restarted in 20th on lap 138, the start of stage two.
Continuing to go to work during the second stage, Suárez battled his way up to 18th by lap 242 and was scored in the 17th position when the caution flag once again waved on lap 250, signaling the end of stage two. Telling his ARRIS team under caution that his Camry “started off loose, but went tight as the run progressed”, Graves once again called the young rookie down pit road for four tires, fuel and another round of adjustments. Following the stop, Suárez restarted in 18th on 260.
With the changes on his ARRIS Camry working, Suárez worked his way up to 15th by lap 273, and maintained his position until having to make an unscheduled pit stop on lap 310 due to high-temperature readings from his engine after suffering damage to the nose of his Camry during the run. Following the stop to repair the damage on pit road, Suárez returned to the track in the 28th position, four laps down to the leaders.
Continuing to battle for the remaining portion of the race, Suárez gained two laps back and picked up multiple positions, ultimately crossing the finish line in the 18th position in his Joe Gibbs Racing Camry.