Daniel Suarez
Stewart-Haas Racing
2019 Fantasy Outlook
At the time of this writing it's not official, but it looks like Suarez is poised to take over the No. 41 Ford at Stewart Haas Racing. This is the same car that Kurt Busch raced to one win and 22 Top 10s last season. Before we go off extrapolating all kinds of weird stats for this young driver, let's take a quick look at his Joe Gibbs Racing experience the last two seasons. Suarez took over the No. 19 Toyota in January 2017 when Carl Edwards unexpectedly retired. He was decent enough in his rookie season, collecting 12 Top 10 finishes and finishing 20th in the standings. However, the sophomore campaign showed no growth at all. Suarez labored to just nine Top 10s and finished a similar 21st in the final driver standings. While his flirtation with victory lane and runner-up finish at Pocono in the mid-summer opened some eyes, it proved to be just a blip on the radar screen. Suarez was forced out at the No. 19 Toyota by incoming star, Martin Truex Jr., so you could say there's some ill feelings and bad blood between the young Mexican and his former boss. However, Suarez has a lot to prove and some big shoes to fill once again in a new race team. Can he measure up to the pressure? Read Past Outlooks
Eighth-Place at Bristol
August 19, 2019
Suarez waged a methodical battle to the front to earn an eighth-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday night, stewarthaasracing.com reports.
Suarez would start in the middle-teens Saturday night and begin a long, hard haul towards the front. He would finally break inside the Top 10 on lap 185. From there, the Stewart Haas Racing driver would slide in-and-out of the Top 10 in a battle of pit strategy and track position. Suarez would use the long stage 3 to race his way inside the Top 10 for the final time of the night and finish eighth at lap 500. It was his ninth Top-10 finish of the season, and second-career Top 10 at Bristol Motor Speedway.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
With the sudden retirement of Carl Edwards last January, Suarez was thrust into the spotlight. He took over the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 Toyota and he performed extremely well given his brief period of racing in the Xfinity Series. Suarez notched 12 Top-10 finishes and waged a spirited battle with Erik Jones for last season's rookie of the year. The young Mexican hit a bit of a rough patch to close out last season, but he learned a tremendous amount in his first full season of racing at NASCAR's top level. The entire No. 19 team returns intact for the new season, so Suarez will have the same cast and support as last year. We expect to see him grow and continue to improve in 2018. Suarez missed the Chase for the Cup in season one, but he should have no trouble making the playoff field in season two.
With the shocking and late-breaking news in mid-January that Carl Edwards would not be returning to the No. 19 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing, Suarez was suddenly thrust into the Rookie of the Year discussion. The 24-year-old Mexican is fresh off the Xfinity Series championship in 2016, and was looking to defend that title in the upcoming season before the unexpected promotion. Suarez will be paired with Edwards' crew chief, Dave Rogers, and he'll look to make the Chase for the Cup in year one and win ROTY honors. The talented youngster has made his mark in the Xfinity Series in a very short time. Suarez piled up one championship, three victories and 45 Top-10 finishes in just 68 starts. He has loads of ability and is very coachable, but has zero experience in the Monster Energy Cup Series car.
The 2015 Rookie of the Year in this racing series returns to up the ante. Suarez didn’t break into victory lane in his rookie year, but he steadily progressed as the season wore on and put up some very good numbers. The first-full season of racing in the Xfinity Series yielded three pole positions and 18 Top-10 finishes for the driver of the No. 19 Toyota. Suarez ended last year with a flurry of six-straight Top-10 finishes to serve notice he would be a power in the upcoming season. The young driver gets a change in crew chiefs this season with Scott Graves taking over, but that should be of little concern. Suarez was really figuring these Xfinity cars out over the stretch run of last season and that learning curve should continue upward into 2016.
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Fifth-Place at Michigan
August 12, 2019
Suarez finished fifth in the Consumers Energy 400 at Michigan International Speedway Sunday afternoon.
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Fast Pocono Practice
July 27, 2019
Suarez was fastest in opening practice for the Gander RV 400 at Pocono Raceway Saturday. He turned a fast lap of 172.516 mph.
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Wins Quaker State 400 Pole
July 12, 2019
Suarez won the pole for the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway Friday afternoon. He turned a fast lap of 184.590 mph.
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Top-5 Finish in FireKeepers Casino 400
June 10, 2019
Suarez finished fourth in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway Monday afternoon.
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Fast Michigan Practice
June 7, 2019
Suarez topped the leaderboard in Friday's first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Michigan International Speedway. Suarez circled the two-mile track at 188.882 mph in his No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, NASCAR.com reports.
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