Suárez, ARRIS Team Turn In Solid 11th-Place Run at Bristol
Daniel Suárez turned in a strong performance in Monday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway. The No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry driver raced inside the top 10 for much of the race on his way to an 11th-place finish.
With rain looming, Suárez rolled off 12th when the race began Sunday afternoon. Early on, the second-year driver utilized the outside lane on a pair of restarts to catapult himself up to sixth after just 18 laps. The race ran green for another 24 laps before the first red flag of the afternoon because of rain.
Once the race resumed, the handling of Suárez's No. 19 ARRIS Toyota Camry began to fade as he slipped back to 22nd as the first stage drew to a close. A fortuitous caution waved in the closing laps of Stage One, allowing Suárez to remain on the lead lap and provide an opportunity for crew chief Scott Graves and the ARRIS team to make adjustments to their Camry. The No. 19 was scored 20th at the end of the stage, but moved all the way up to 13th to start Stage Two after several other cars hit pit road.
Suárez kept his ARRIS Camry inside the top 15 during the second stage, racing all the way up to seventh at Lap 202 when the third rain delay of the afternoon halted the race. The showers proved to be too formidable to continue the race, so NASCAR postponed the conclusion of the event until Monday afternoon.
When the race resumed, Suárez restarted 13th with 33 laps remaining in the second stage. By Lap 250, the ARRIS Camry crossed the line 15th to end Stage Two.
Quick work by the ARRIS pit crew gained Suárez five positions to take the ensuing restart 10th to begin the final stage. He wasted little time whipping his Camry around the outside lane on the restart to move into the top five. As the race continued on, Suárez maintained his position inside the top 10 and ran as high as fourth when the caution waved at Lap 354. The No. 19 team opted to stay on track while many others pitted under the yellow. The move did not pay off as Suárez was shuffled back to 15th by the time the caution waved again at Lap 390.
Suárez restarted 16th with 101 laps remaining and was able to rally his way up to 11th despite losing a lap to race leader Kyle Larson. Fortunately for the Monterrey, Mexico native, he was in the free pass position when the final caution waved at Lap 468, allowing him to rejoin the lead lap for a 22-lap sprint to the checkered flag. At race's end, Suárez took the checkered flag in 11th position.