Suárez Earns Eighth-Place Finish at Bristol


Daniel Suárez began the Bristol, Tennessee race from the 18th position after having a strong performance from the Haas Automation Mustang throughout practice and qualifying. Suárez reported the Haas Automation Mustang was tight center, loose on entry and exit when the first caution was displayed on lap 83 and he prepared to pit. After a stop for fuel and four tires, he restarted 14th on lap 87. The Mexico native maintained the position until the end of the stage.

The No. 41 driver then started 14th for the second stage to earn nine stage points. The 27-year-old Ford driver reached the top-10 on lap 185. The Ford driver narrowly missed the No. 14 of his teammate, Clint Bowyer, that spun in front of him and brought out the caution on lap 244. Again, Suárez did not visit pit road.  In a two-lap shoot out, Suárez restarted second, and he ended the stage in the same position.

The Haas Automation driver then started the third and final stage in the 16th position.  The stage remained green until lap 361, with Suárez in the 10th position. He reported the No. 41 Ford was a little tight in the center.  The next caution was displayed on lap 374 with Suárez in ninth. He did not pit and restarted eighth on lap 384. The remainder of the race ran under green, and Suárez ultimately finished eighth to earn his second career top-10 at Tennessee.

“All in all it was a pretty solid day for the No. 41 Ford Mustang Haas Automation. I feel like we had a top-10 car the entire weekend and that’s pretty much where we ran. It was a positive weekend. I wish we could have finished a little bit better, probably in the top-five or so, but for whatever reason we were strong but we were not super strong.” – Daniel Suarez

Date: Aug. 17, 2019
Event: Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race (Round 24 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway (.533-mile oval)
Format: 500 laps, broken into three stages (125 laps/125 laps/250 laps)
Start/Finish: 18th/8th  (Running, completed 499 of 500 laps)
Point Standing: 16th with 591 points, 341 out of first (has a two-point margin over the top-16 playoff cutoff)

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bojangles’ Southern 500 on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Darlington (S.C.) Raceway. The race starts at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Source: Stewart-Haas Racing