Daniel Suarez is hoping to re-start his 2018 season in the No.19 Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing on a positive note after experiencing an inconsistent run over the last six events.
He came off fresh from the Easter break a few days ago & now Suarez is ready to learn from his mistakes that stalled his progress & move on with confidence this Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Daniel Suarez’s Cup Series record at Texas Motor Speedway
During his rookie year in Cup level, Suarez competed both Spring and Fall races at Texas in 2017.
He finished 19th on his Texas Cup debut before he ended his journey at the 1.5-mile track in P14 five months ago.
Based on the laps he clocked, he hasn’t gone a lap down, so that means he completed all 668 laps throughout his two-race Cup Series stint at Fort Worth.
According to Racing Reference, his average start is 13 and finish is 16.5.
- Two events
- 668 of 668 laps completed, 100%
- Average Start: 13 and Finish: 16.5
Daniel Suarez’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Texas Record
Daniel Suarez made a further five starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series when he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing as a full-time driver back in 2015 and 2016.
He finished P15 on his NXS Texas debut before he completed his 2015 year with a solid P6.
Then he came back into his sophomore & championship-winning NXS year where he finished P15 (Spring 2016) and P6 (Fall 2016) respectively.
Regarding his starting position, it’s not that bad when he always started in the second and third rows at around positions between P3 and P5 of the pack.
But last year since he came back into the XFINITY Series as a part-time racer, he started as a low as P15 before he finished three places higher in P12 precisely one year ago despite leading only three laps during that race.
- Five Starts
- 997 of 1000 laps completed, 99.7%
- Three laps led
- One Top 5 finish, 20%
- Two Top 10 postings, 40%
- Average Start: 6.2 and Finish: 11.4
Daniel Suarez’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Texas Record
Although he never faced full-time in the NCWTS, but he did race at Texas on a part-time basis for only three events for both Spring and Fall races in 2015 & June 2016.
He finished as high as P2 in both races in 2015 despite leading out in front of six laps in June and none at all in the November race.
Suarez returned in June 2016 where he finished 5th which is his third and final stint in a Truck car having not gone a single lap down at Texas.
- Three Starts
- 461 of 461 laps completed, 99.7%
- Six laps led
- Three Top 5/10 finish, 100%
- Average Start: 6.7 and Finish: 3
Daniel Suarez’ 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season so far.
- Six events
- 1654 of 1811 laps completed, 91.3%
- One Top 10 finish, 16.7%
- Results: 37th (Daytona 500), 15th (Atlanta), 26th (Las Vegas), 8th (Phoenix), 23rd (Fontana) and 18th (Martinsville).
- Average Start: 17.8 and Finish: 18.2
- DNF: One, Crash (Daytona 500).
- He currently sits 22nd in the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers’ Standings with 97 points.
The only Daniel Suarez posted a Top 10 finish is in P8 at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Arizona nearly one month ago.
Since then, Suarez has not yet posted a Top 10 result after Phoenix where he finished 23rd (Fontana) and 18th (Martinsville) respectively.
There’s a lot for Suarez to answer his fans over the upcoming races if he can get back up to speed and close on his JGR team-mates such as Kyle Busch, Erik Jones, and Denny Hamlin.
He’s a learned a lot over his rookie Cup season & knows he has to step up considering that 2018 is his sophomore year at Cup level.
It’s not that easy for him to aggressively challenge the boys in the front row without a reliable race car.
That caused problems big time when Suarez stuck around mostly outside the Top 10.
If Suarez & his No.19 crew can produce a reliable race car this Sunday, then that can showcase another new side into his talents which we haven’t seen that coming since title-winning season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series two years ago.
This month has to be a make or break for Suarez and reassures that he and his team has everything it takes to prove his critics wrong since the shock departure of Carl Edwards at the start of last year.
It takes time, and if Suarez can remain patient as long as possible, then there’s not a single reason given as to why he can’t win a Cup race in 2018.
It can happen at victory lane at any time, and it’s up to Suarez himself to embrace that change in the No.19 car.
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