Suárez Rallies Late to Finish 15th at Kentucky
Daniel Suárez turned in a 15th-place effort in Saturday night's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Kentucky Speedway. The result cuts the No. 19 ARRIS team's deficit to the current playoff cutoff position from 108 points down to 83 points with seven races remaining before the MENCS Playoffs.
After starting 11th, the Monterrey, Mexico native settled into the top 12 early in the race while reporting that his ARRIS Camry was too loose. The race ran green for the entire opening 80-lap stage and Suárez leveraged a strong pit stop to climb into the top 10. When the first green-checkered flag waved, Suárez was scored seventh.
Suárez started the second stage from the eighth position and immediately reported a vibration. He was able to remain inside the top 15 before the caution waved at Lap 110 to allow him to bring his ARRIS Camry to pit road. The second-year driver lined up 13th for the ensuing restart at Lap 115. Suárez slipped a few spots to 18th after the green flag waved again, but quickly rallied back to 14th by the end of the second stage.
The ARRIS Camry started the final stage 16th with 101 laps remaining. After experiencing the same lack of grip on the initial restart and losing a few positions, Suárez climbed back to 14th before another caution at Lap 207. A great four-tire pit stop by the ARRIS team propelled the No. 19 Camry back into the top 10 and allowed Suárez to restart ninth with 53 laps to go.
The loose condition struck Suárez again on the restart as he slipped outside the top 15 once again. In the closing laps, Suárez worked to make up lost ground and ultimately ended the night with a 15th-place finish.