Daniel Suarez is now improving & fighting back critics in his sophomore Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season.
It’s a slow and inconsistent start in the early races.
But he finished closer or inside towards Top 10 over the last two weeks at Bristol and Richmond.
Daniel Suarez started in a low 26th position where he struggled to gain overall grip.
Despite the fact that his car has gone way loose, Suarez’s lap times were the difference of helping him finish P18 at the end of Stage 1.
He reported to his spotter at one point about the damage where he made little contact with the wall on Lap 112.
But his spotter replied that there’s not much damage from his car, so he continued to race on.
The car is still tight in the center & loose on exit.
But that gave a boost with the track bar where he passed Austin Dillion for 15th before Suarez finished 12th at the end of Stage 2.
He lost two places during the stage break to repair the scratches that brushed the wall a short while ago.
Despite a penalty, both caution & survival helped Suarez come home towards the end of the race
Earlier in Stage 3, Suarez’s best run came into a downturn when he speeds too fast on the entry in pit road.
He’s still loose on the exit as he struggled to recover from the penalty.
But with the caution opened up on Lap 353, that opened a significant opportunity to help Suarez get home in the Top 10.
Suarez followed on with his tactics as he kept racing towards the finish line.
And that night at Richmond worked when he came home in 10th place.
2018 Toyota Owners 400, Daniel Suarez’s loop data summary
- Start: 26th
- Middle: 12th
- Finish: 10th
- Highest Position: 9th
- Lowest Position: 28th
- Average Position: 17th
- Pass Difference: 7
- Green Flag Passes: 75
- Green Flag Times Passed: 68
- Quality Passes: 37, 49.3%
- Two Fastest Laps
- Top 15 laps: 175, 43.5%
- Laps: 400/400
- Driver Rating: 75.9
Daniel Suarez’s Richmond Raceway Cup Record
- Three Starts
- 1206 of 1206 laps completed, 100%
- Two Top 10 finishes, 66.7%
- Highest Finish: 7th during the 2017 Federated Auto Parts 400 in September 2017
- Average Start: 17.7 & Finish: 9.7
- Average Driver Rating: 72.4
What do we know about Suarez’s finish after this race?
- His 10th place finish on Saturday marked his second-best finish at Richmond throughout his time in Cup.
- Suarez has Two back to back Top 10 finishes now posted at this track apart from P12 finish precisely one year ago.
- He hasn’t gone a single lap down so far in out of the three Cup races he faced at Richmond.
- Suarez now got his second Top 10 of 2018 after his P8 finish back at ISM Raceway in Phoenix six weeks ago.
Daniel Suarez’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season.
- Nine Starts
- 2846 of 3047 laps completed, 93.4%
- Five laps led, Bristol
- Two Top 10 finishes, 22.2%
- Average Start: 17.7 & Finish: 19.7
- DNF: One, Crash (Daytona 500).
- He currently sits 21st in the Drivers’ Standings with 161 points.
Thoughts on Talladega
Daniel Suarez isn’t excellent when it comes to his Cup track record at Talladega.
He did start his highest starting position in P7 but finished the race in 19th one year ago.
Fast forward to October 2017, Suarez’s unfortunate to end his race early over a wreck in 15th despite leading 15 laps in this race.
He has an average start of 10.5 and finish of 17.
So that’s one track he needs to improve on this weekend.
Daniel Suarez is becoming a better Cup driver after all based on his performances over the last two weeks.
He found the short tracks Bristol and Richmond easy to race when it comes to picking up the maximum points.
Now what he has to do next is secure a Top 5 finish over the next few weeks.
As I mentioned above, Talladega is a hard track to race on when it comes to the carnage.
But as long as Suarez survives till the very end towards the finish line, then he will be fine on Sunday.
Daniel Suarez will always continue to work in and out of the car every day to help him challenge the front-runners for a victory lane spot.
That possibility isn’t too far away as long as he performs consistently inside the Top 10 on a regular basis.
For now, all the best of luck this weekend to Daniel Suarez.
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