Suárez Battles For Win Before Late Accident in Daytona 500


Suárez Wins Stage Points, Leads Laps Before 18-Car Accident in Rain-Delayed 66th Daytona 500

Date: Feb. 19th, 2024

Event: Daytona 500

Series: NASCAR Cup Series

Location: Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile oval)

Format: 200 laps, broken into three stages (65 laps/65 laps/70 laps)

Start/Finish: 13th / 34th (Accident, completed 191 of 200 laps)

Point Standing: 24th with 17 points


  • Trackhouse Racing driver Daniel Suárez finished 34th in Monday afternoon’s rain-delayed 66th running of the Daytona 500.
  • Suárez ran second in the closing laps even swapping the lead with his teammate. However, Suárez saw his night end in an 18-car accident with eight laps remaining in the Daytona 500.
  • Suárez ran well all evening finishing 10th and third in the first two stages, pacing himself early in the runs before charging to the front in the final laps of each stage.
  • Suárez competed in the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series races on Monday. He finished 35th in Monday night’s Xfinity race after an accident on lap 23.
  • Rain on Saturday and Sunday moved both the Cup and Xfinity races to Monday afternoon and evening.
  • The next Cup Series race is Sunday, February 25 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.


Daniel Suárez, driver of the No. 99 Freeway Insurance Chevrolet Camaro for Trackhouse Racing:

“I didn’t see much, and haven’t seen the replay yet. It’s very heartbreaking right now because the Freeway Insurance Chevrolet was very strong, and the team did an amazing job calling the race strategy-wise. We got points in both stages, and this was my strongest Daytona 500. The car was capable of winning the race, we just needed things to fall our way, and unfortunately, they didn’t. I haven’t seen the replay, but I was told that we almost missed the wreck. Just part of it.”