Suárez, STANLEY Team Finish 18th in Bristol Night Race
Daniel Suárez finished 18th on an eventful night for the STANLEY Toyota Camry team in the annual night race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The result has the second-year driver sitting 18th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings through 24 races this season.
After starting 21st, Suárez was collected in a multi-car accident on the second lap. The left-rear damage to the No. 19 STANLEY Toyota Camry was minimal and a pair of pit stops allowed the team to make repairs before the race restarted again at Lap 14. Suárez took the ensuing restart from 31st, but quickly worked his way back up the leaderboard and found himself scored 19th when the competition caution was displayed at Lap 60. The No. 19 team elected to pit for four fresh tires and fuel under the caution. NASCAR deemed Suárez to have been too fast on pit road, resulting in the No. 19 Camry having to restart from the tail end of the field when the race resumed at Lap 66. Suárez rallied back in the second half of the opening stage to be scored 17th at the first green-checkered flag at Lap 125.
The STANLEY Camry lined up 16th to open the second stage and Suárez remained there until the race's next caution at Lap 198. Following another pit stop and adjustments to remedy a loose handling condition, Suárez steadily crept his way towards the front. By the end of the second stage, the Monterrey, Mexico native had moved all the way up to 12th while reporting to crew chief Scott Graves that the team's adjustments were improving the handling of the STANLEY Camry.
Early in the final stage, Suárez radioed to his team that he felt like he had a loose right-front wheel. Despite staying on track for more than 10 laps after the initial report, Suárez was forced to make an unscheduled green-flag pit stop at Lap 280 to remedy the situation. He rejoined the race three laps down, but was able to charge through the field and make up one of the laps before the race's next caution waved at Lap 352.
Over the final 150 laps, Suárez made up another lap before ultimately ending the night one lap down in 18th.