Suárez Wraps Up 2019 With Third-Straight Top-15

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Daniel Suárez entered the weekend at Homestead with hope to finish the 2019 Monster Energy Cup Series strong.  Practice was canceled Friday due to inclement weather conditions—race activities resumed Saturday with practice only.  With qualifying canceled, the championship race on Sunday was staged per the NASCAR point standings. Suárez started the FordEco Boost 400 on Sunday in the 17th position.  The Ford driver began making his first scheduled green-flag pit stop from 20th on lap 36 for fuel, four tires and fuel.  He ended the stage in 15th and pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help with a loose condition during the Stage 1 break.

The 27-year-old worked his way forward in Stage 2 and was up to the 14th position when he pitted for fuel and four tires on lap 118.  On lap 136, the caution was displayed while Suárez remained in the 14th spot.  He did not pit and took the wave-around to get back on the lead lap when the race went back to green on lap 141.  The Ford driver completed the second stage 16th and pitted during the break for fuel, four tires and adjustments.

Suárez started Stage 3 after going three-wide just after the restart, and shuffled back to the 17th spot.  He remained in the top-20 and pitted from 16th on lap 215 for fuel, four tires and adjustments.  The Haas Automation driver was 14th on lap 235.  The remainder of the stage ran under green, and Suárez ultimately finished 14th.

“The Haas Automation guys worked really hard today. The track conditions change so much from the day to the night, and making adjustments to keep up with the track was key. I was hoping we could get a few more positions there at the end, but my car just wasn’t handling well in the last 15 laps or so. Overall, we had a good season and I really enjoyed working with the crew guys and everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing.”

Date: Nov. 17, 2019
Event: Ford EcoBoost 400 (Round 36 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 267 laps, broken into three stages (80 laps/80 laps/107 laps)
Start/Finish: 17th/14th (Running, completed 266 of 267 laps)
Point Standing: 17th with 846 points