Suárez, ARRIS Team Rally Late for Top-10 Finish at Richmond
Daniel Suárez battled his way to a top-10 finish in Saturday night's Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. The 10th-place result is the ARRIS team's second consecutive finish of 11th or better as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series reaches the quarter-mark of the 2018 season.
Early on, Suárez dealt with a loose No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry during the first stage. Despite the handling condition, the second-year driver remained patient and climbed his way from 26th to 18th as the 100-lap stage ran caution free.
Suárez made slight contact with the turn four wall in the opening laps of Stage Two. That didn't slow him down as the ARRIS Camry continued its steady climb up the leaderboard and Suárez made his way up to 12th by Lap 200.
While the race followed a similar green-flag look for much of the final stage, Suárez held down his running position inside the top 15 until a pit stop at Lap 272. NASCAR deemed the No. 19 Camry to be too fast on pit road, forcing Suárez to serve a pass-through penalty under the green flag. The Monterrey, Mexico native fell to 17th, one lap behind the race leaders after serving the penalty.
Suárez remained one-lap down when the caution eventually waved at Lap 354. After a brief discussion with crew chief Scott Graves, Suárez and company opted to not pit and take the wave around to rejoin the lead lap for the ensuing restart at Lap 362.
Another caution waved several laps later at Lap 368, allowing Suárez to pit for fresh tires and line up with the lead lap cars for the race's next restart with only 22 laps remaining.
Following another pair of cautions, Suárez lined his ARRIS Camry up in 10th for a two-lap overtime restart. He found himself in an unfavorable outside position in a four-wide battle on the restart but muscled his way through the beating and banging to cross the finish line in 10th.