Suarez Secures Fifth Top Ten Finish of the Year


Daniel Suárez started Stage 1 from the ninth position and ended the stage seventh to earn four stage points. Suárez was in the ninth spot when the competition caution came out on lap 20. The second caution came out on lap 29 while Suárez was in the third position. He stayed out on the track and completed the stage in seventh.

The No. 41 driver started Stage 2 in 24th and completed it in 10th to earn one stage point. Throughout the next three cautions, the No. 41 machine stayed out on the track and saved fuel in an effort to go the remaining distance of the stage. With 16 laps to go, the Haas driver took over the eighth spot and remained in the position until the next caution was displayed on lap 147. Suárez stayed out under the caution and restarted eighth with nine laps remaining, ultimately finishing in the same position.

“We had a little bit more speed than an eighth-place car, but we struggled in the race at one point in traffic. We got the balance back by the end but it wasn’t easy. I feel like a top-10 is what we deserved today in the Haas Automation Mustang, but we will have to keep working on it.”

Event: Pocono 400 (Round 14 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Pocono (Pa.) Raceway (2.5-mile triangle)
Format: 160 laps, broken into three stages (50 laps/50 laps/60 laps)
Start/Finish: 9th/8th (Running, completed 160 of 160 laps)
Point Standing: 13th (368 points, 200 out of first)

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the FireKeepers Casino 400 on Sunday, June 9 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. The race starts at 2 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Source: Stewart Haas Racing