Suárez, STANLEY Team Finish 16th at Talladega
Daniel Suárez raced his No. 19 STANLEY Toyota Camry to a 16th-place finish Sunday afternoon at Talladega Superspeedway. The result has Suárez 20th in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings with five races remaining on the season.
After starting 13th, Suárez maintained a top-15 running position throughout the opening 55-lap stage. Working with crew chief Dave Rogers for the first time this season, Suárez reported that his STANLEY Camry wasn’t handling as well as he’d like. Rogers and the No. 19 team worked to help their driver with a pair of adjustments during the first stage. Suárez took the first green-checkered flag in 14th to end Stage 1.
The Monterrey, Mexico native climbed into the top 10 early in the second stage. Suárez found himself running in the lead pack as the race eclipsed the 100-lap mark. Late in the stage, he reported that the handling issues he faced in the first stage had resurfaced as he slipped back to 17th when the second stage came to a close.
Suárez continued to fight his way back up the leaderboard and found himself back in the top 10 once again for a restart with at Lap 142. With enough fuel to race to the scheduled 188-lap distance, Rogers kept Suárez on track to maintain his track position when a caution waved at Lap 160.
When the race’s final caution waved at Lap 187, Suárez was scored 19th. Rogers and Suárez agreed that the best strategy for the STANLEY Camry approaching an overtime restart.
Suárez lined up 24th for the restart with only two laps remaining. He was able to pick off a few positions in the two-lap sprint to the checkered flag and gained several more spots dodging a last-lap accident to finish the race 16th.