Suárez Finishes 30th in Rain-Shortened Race at Michigan
Daniel Suárez was credited with a 30th-place finish after Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway ended after just 133 laps because of persistent rainfall. The result moves the No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry team down to 21st in the standings as the series enters its second off weekend of the season.
After starting 22nd, the second-year driver quickly jumped into the top 15 in the opening laps while reporting that his Camry was too loose for his liking. Suárez was scored 18th when a competition caution slowed the race for the first time at Lap 26. He continued to race inside the top 20 for the balance of the opening 60-lap stage as he and the team worked to dial in the handling of his No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry. By the end of the stage, Suárez found himself 19th.
Suárez started Stage Two from 20th and found trouble on the restart at Lap 66. As the field raced through turns three and four, a car in front of Suárez's No. 19 slowed just a bit, causing a jam up that resulted in the ARRIS Camry spinning to the inside in turn four. The spin brought out the caution, but with several flat tires, Suárez was forced to slowly limp his Camry to pit road to avoid further damage. The slow pace resulted in Suárez losing a lap to the race leaders.
Through the end of the stage, Suárez battled to position himself for the free pass, but he was unable to secure the spot and ended Stage Two in 32nd.
The No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry lined up 33rd for the final stage as Suárez continued to pursue the free pass. Shortly after the green flag at Lap 126, the caution waved again for an accident in turn two. While the field crept around behind the pace car, a heavy mist came over the two-mile facility and prevented NASCAR from resuming the race. As a result, Suárez ended the day in 30th.