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Daniel Suarez & the No.19 Joe Gibbs Racing Team comes home in 16th at Talladega

Daniel Suarez had a rough start in the No.19 car has slipped from 13th to 15th in the first 5-10 laps.

When Jeffrey Earnhardt spun out on Lap 10, Suarez made his first stop for adjustments, fuel & tires.

He hoped for a better next run in the second restart.

But Suarez’s feedback remained unchanged or worse through poor handling in & out of the Top 20.

Though, he moved up a few spots late in Stage 1 to stump up 14th.

Stage 2

During the stage break, he returned to pit road for more treatment before restarting in 14th.

This time, Suarez did break inside the Top 10 & remained there through the majority of this segment on his next run.

Though, he began to lose some spots as the stiff handling contributed to his downfall towards the end of Stage 2 in 17th.

Stage 3

Suarez came back again during the 2nd stage break for more treatment before restarting in 9th.

He remained battling inside the Top 10 for some time likewise from the first half of the final installment.

Even though he survived the Debris caution & overtime, the feedback didn’t help much towards the end of the race.

Through poor restarts ruined by handling & struggling race cars, Daniel Suarez came home in 16th.

Daniel Suarez’s 2018 Season So Far.

  • 31 Starts
  • 8229 of 8567 Laps Completed, 96.1%
  • 35 Laps Led
  • Highest Starting Spot: 1st in July 2018 at Pocono.
  • Best Championship Points Finish: 2nd in July 2018 at Pocono
  • Top Non-Championship Run: 2nd in May 2018 during the All-Star Race (Non-Championship Points) at Charlotte.
  • Three Top 5, 9.7%
  • Eight Top 10 finishes, 25.8%
  • Average Start: 17.6 & Finish: 17.4
  • DNF: Two, Crash (Daytona 500 & 2)
  • He currently sits 20th in the Drivers’ Standings with 614 points.

Results

  • 37th, Daytona 500
  • 15th, Atlanta
  • 26th, Las Vegas
  • 8th, Phoenix
  • 23rd, Fontana
  • 18th, Martinsville
  • 29th, Texas
  • 11th, Bristol
  • 10th, Richmond & Talladega
  • 3rd, Dover
  • 28th, Kansas
  • 15th, Charlotte
  • 24th, Pocono
  • 30th, Michigan 1
  • 15th, Sonoma
  • 11th, Chicago
  • 35th, Daytona 2
  • 15th, Kentucky
  • 22nd, Loudon
  • 2nd, Pocono 2
  • 4th, Watkins Glen
  • 11th, Michigan 2
  • 18th, Bristol 2
  • 29th, Darlington
  • 18th, Indianapolis
  • 8th, Las Vegas 2
  • 17th, Richmond
  • 21st, Charlotte Roval
  • 10th, Dover 2
  • 16th, Talladega 2

Conclusion Part 1

Yes, Suarez has scored some points as well as running inside the Top 10 for a few occasions.

That’s one of the positives he ran throughout the day.

However, the poor handling that Suarez tried to control in a struggling race car hurt his progress.

It just didn’t give Suarez some support to help execute on all areas which would’ve provided some better momentum.

No Top 10 & whipped out to finish towards the back end of the Top 20.

Even strategy-wise didn’t live to his expectations dearly.

It’s tough to stick by when Scott Graves left earlier in the week for new opportunities.

But it’s Dave Rogers’s second time back as his Crew Chief as there’s still unfinished business over the final five races:

  • Kansas
  • Martinsville
  • Texas
  • Phoenix
  • Homestead

In the first time of asking, it’s hopeful that Rogers will help Suarez match the magic that he once did with Carl Edwards back in 2016.

Winning a few races and then fight for the Championship at Homestead.

But after the shock retirement form Edwards at seasons’ end, it took such a halt over personal reasons through Round 5 last year.

Conclusion Part 2

Now he’s back for a short time; it’s hopeful that Rogers-Suarez combination will hope to work this time around.

It will take time as it’s too early to judge after Talladega.

Compare how Rogers will go with Suarez against his predecessor of Graves by the time the season finishes at Homestead.

And it’s not too late for Suarez to strike his first Cup Series win.

Like many drivers who been to victory lane before, a fast race car will help anyone get over the line first.

Suarez’s believes in the talent and motivation when JGR first gave him the top job.

The speculation regarding his exit at this organization will continue.

Suarez who won’t talk about it right now.

Instead, he’ll talk about helping himself in any way possible as Suarez has plenty to offer at Cup level.

Apart from that,¬†Bummer and not many words to say about Suarez’s performance today at Talladega.

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