Suárez, ARRIS Team Battle To An Eighth-Place Finish at Las Vegas
Daniel Suárez wrestled his No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry throughout Sunday's 400-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Las Vegas Motor Speedway on his way to an eighth-place finish. The result marks the second-year driver's seventh top-10 finish of the season.
Suárez started Sunday's race from the 19th position and immediately began his ascent up the leaderboard, picking up several positions in the opening laps. As the initial green-flag stint ran longer, the Monterrey, Mexico native faded a bit while reporting that his Camry lacked overall grip on a scorching-hot afternoon in the Nevada desert. By the end of the opening 80-lap stage, Suárez was scored 20th.
Crew chief Scott Graves called for one of many adjustments on the day during the pit stop between stages. Suárez lined his ARRIS Camry up 18th to begin the second stage. His feedback continued urge the team to help him with grip as drivers searched all over the high-banked tri-oval to find the lane that worked best for them. Through a trio of cautions during the stage, Suárez and his ARRIS team continued to adjust the car's handling and ultimately ended the stage 18th at Lap 160.
The team's persistence began to pay off in the final stage as Suárez reported that the adjustments were starting to help his Camry. By Lap 212, he had climbed into the top 15. A quick pit stop by the ARRIS crew vaulted him another four spots to 11th for a restart with 45 laps remaining.
Following the final pit stop of the day at Lap 234, Suárez lined up 13th for the ensuing restart with only 30 laps to go. With four cautions in the late laps, the ARRIS Camry continued to steadily move up the leaderboard at each caution. When the caution waved at Lap 266 to send the race into overtime, Suárez was scored sixth.
The ARRIS Camry took the overtime restart in sixth and had a chance to crack the top five, but ultimately ended the afternoon eighth after being narrowly edged to the line by several competitors.