Cup Series Recap

Suárez Ties Career-Best Finish in New Hampshire

Daniel Suárez and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) headed to Loudon, New Hampshire for the Overton's 301 this weekend. Sporting his ARRIS paint scheme once again, Suárez earned the 14th starting position on Friday evening, running a time of 28.953 seconds around the one-mile race track.

Suárez and his ARRIS team took the green flag just after 3:00 PM ET under sunny skies. The Monterey, Mexico native was running 11th when the final caution flag flew on lap 262. The rookie driver took the final restart 11th and powered his way to the front, crossing the finish line in the sixth position, matching his career-best finish of his young rookie season.

Following the drop of the green flag, Suárez dropped to 16th by lap 10 and maintained his position until the competition caution flag flew on lap 35. Under the caution, crew chief Scott Graves called Suárez down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment to the ARRIS Camry. Following the stop, Suárez restarted in 17th on lap 40. Fighting a tight ARRIS Camry through the center of the turns, Suárez worked his way up to 16th by lap 55 and was scored in the 21st position when the caution flag waved once again on lap 75, signaling the end of stage one. Electing not to pit under the caution, Suárez and the ARRIS team restarted in 13th on lap 83, the start of stage two.Following the restart on lap 83, Suárez cracked the top 10 on lap 88 and maintained his position in eighth until lap 133 when he relayed to his ARRIS team that his "tries had gone away and he was loose off of the corners." Despite the loose condition, Suárez ran his fastest lap times of the afternoon during the second stage and was scored in 13th when the caution flag waved once again on lap 150, signaling the end of stage two. Under the caution, Graves once again called Suárez down pit road for four tires,

Following the restart on lap 83, Suárez cracked the top 10 on lap 88 and maintained his position in eighth until lap 133 when he relayed to his ARRIS team that his "tries had gone away and he was loose off of the corners." Despite the loose condition, Suárez ran his fastest lap times of the afternoon during the second stage and was scored in 13th when the caution flag waved once again on lap 150, signaling the end of stage two. Under the caution, Graves once again called Suárez down pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment to the ARRIS Camry. Following the stop, Suárez restarted in 21st on lap 127, the start of the final stage.Following the restart, Suárez battled his way to 18th when Graves called the ARRIS Camry down pit road on lap 217 for a green-flag pit stop. After changing four tires and adding fuel during the stop, Suárez rejoined the field in the 21st position. With four fresh Goodyear Tires working to his advantage, Suárez worked his way up to 15th once pit stops cycled through on lap 240, and up to 11th when the final caution flag of the afternoon waved on lap 262. During the caution, Graves once again called Suárez down for one final four-tire stop and adjustments. Following the stop, Suárez restarted in 11th on lap 266. With the latest round of changes working on the ARRIS Camry, Suárez worked his way up to seventh by lap 271 and ultimately crossed the finish line in the sixth positon on lap 301, matching his career-best MENCS finish.

Following the restart, Suárez battled his way to 18th when Graves called the ARRIS Camry down pit road on lap 217 for a green-flag pit stop. After changing four tires and adding fuel during the stop, Suárez rejoined the field in the 21st position. With four fresh Goodyear Tires working to his advantage, Suárez worked his way up to 15th once pit stops cycled through on lap 240, and up to 11th when the final caution flag of the afternoon waved on lap 262. During the caution, Graves once again called Suárez down for one final four-tire stop and adjustments. Following the stop, Suárez restarted in 11th on lap 266. With the latest round of changes working on the ARRIS Camry, Suárez worked his way up to seventh by lap 271 and ultimately crossed the finish line in the sixth positon on lap 301, matching his career-best MENCS finish.

Schedule
  • 11-Jun Pocono
  • 18-Jun Michigan
  • 25-Jun Sonoma
  • 1-Jul Daytona
  • 8-Jul Kentucky
  • 16-Jul New Hampshire
  • 23-Jul Indy
  • 30-Jul Pocono
  • 6-Aug Watkins Glen
  • 13-Aug Michigan
  • 19-Aug Bristol
  • 3-Sep Darlington
  • 9-Sep Richmond
  • 17-Sep Chicago
  • 24-Sep New Hampshire
  • 1-Oct Dover
  • 7-Oct Charlotte
  • 15-Oct Talladega
  • 22-Oct Kansas
  • 29-Oct Martinsville
  • 5-Nov Texas
  • 12-Nov Phoenix
  • 19-Nov Homestead

 

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