CLINT BOWYER – 2019 All-Star Race Report

Event: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (non-points event)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 85 laps, broken into four stages (30 laps/20 laps/20 laps/15 laps)
Start/Finish: 1st/12th (Running, completed 88 of 88 laps)
Note: Race extended three laps past its scheduled 85-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish in Stage 1.

Race Winner:      Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 3 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):

Clint Bowyer started first and finished third.
Bowyer dropped to fourth on the start and told the team his No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang was loose.
Bowyer held his position through the first caution on lap 27.
● A quick pit stop by the No. 14 crew returned him to the track in third.
● On the restart he battled for the lead on the final lap before finishing third.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-50):

Bowyer started third and finished 14th.
● Bowyer and Ryan Blaney made contact on the opening lap and Bowyer dropped through the field.
● Bowyer pitted twice to make repairs and cure the handling ills that kept him in the back.
● He told the crew his car was very loose in the closing laps of the stage.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 51-70):

Bowyer started first and finished 16th.
Took only two scuffed tires before the start of the stage, saving his four new tires for the final stage.
Bowyer led two laps before the cars with newer tires shuffled him to the back of the pack.

Stage 4 Recap (Laps 71-88):

Bowyer started 16th and finished 12th.
Bowyer took four tires, but returned to pit lane before the start of the final stage to secure a lug nut.
Bowyer could only climb to 12th before the end of the race.
After the checkered flag, Ryan Newman hit Bowyer’s car, sending it nose-first into the outside wall.
Bowyer exited his car on pit lane and immediately went to Newman’s car to show his displeasure.

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Toco Warranty Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“I don’t know what the hell his beef was. I thought he was a lap down. Our day was over. We lost track position there, got sideways, crossed up and basically buying time there to see if something was gonna happen at the end. They got four-wide off of four. Hell, I thought he was a lap down. I checked up and he ran into my left-rear and that’s the last I saw of him. Then after the race he comes and runs into my back and turns me all around and I pull up next to him and he dumps me into four. Where I come from you get poked in the nose for that, and that’s what he got.”

Notes:

● Bowyer started on the pole for the All-Star Race for the first time in his career. Saturday night’s race marked his 10th All-Star Race.
● Bowyer led twice for two laps to increase his laps-led total in the All-Star Race to 13.
● Kyle Larson won the All-Star Race with a .322-of-a-second margin of victory over runner-up Kevin Harvick.
● The All-Star Race featured 10 lead changes among seven different drivers. Nineteen drivers comprised the field.

Next Up:

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, May 26 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. The longest race on the Cup Series schedule gets underway at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 All-Star Race Report

Event:  Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (non-points event)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format:  85 laps, broken into four stages (30 laps/20 laps/20 laps/15 laps)
Start/Finish:  3rd/2nd (Running, completed 88 of 88 laps)

Note:  Race extended three laps past its scheduled 85-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish in Stage 1.

Race Winner:  Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 3 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):

Kevin Harvick started third and finished second.
● Harvick drove his No. 4 Busch Beer #MillennialCar into the lead at the start and led the first 19 laps.
● Kyle Busch took the lead on lap 20, and Harvick held steady in second through the end of the stage.
● Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel at the end of the stage.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-50):

Started second and finished first.
● After a restart on lap 39, Harvick retook the lead and held the position through the end of the stage.
● Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel at the end of the stage, but the stop was slow and it dropped Harvick to seventh.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 51-70):

Started seventh and finished sixth.
● Harvick keyed the mic on lap 56 to say, “I’ve got a loose wheel!”
● Under caution on lap 58, Harvick came to pit road to have all of his wheels tightened. This dropped him to 15th for the lap-63 restart.
● Harvick drove his way to sixth by the end of the stage.
● Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel at the end of the stage while a handful of others took only two tires.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 71-88):

Started 10th and finished second.
● Harvick wheeled the Busch Beer #MillennialCar up to eighth by the lap-76 caution.
● Once the race went back to green, Harvick picked up another four spots.
● In fourth place prior to the green-white-checkered finish, Harvick rallied to second before the checkered flag waved.

Notes:

● Harvick has made an appearance in every single Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race in his 19-year career, the most of any driver eligible for this year’s All-Star Race.
● Harvick led twice for a race-high 33 laps to increase his laps-led total in the All-Star Race to 157.
● Kyle Larson won the All-Star Race with a .322-of-a-second margin of victory over Harvick.
● The All-Star Race featured 10 lead changes among seven different drivers. Nineteen drivers comprised the field.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer #MillennialCar Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“Once they get single-file, as soon as they drive in your lane they pushed up the groove, so you’ve got to go where they aren’t and he (Kyle Larson) was fast enough to run the bottom, and that’s where I needed to run to really make time. Everybody was wide-open, so once the restart thinned out, everybody just kind of goes where they go.”

Next Up:

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, May 26 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. The longest race on the Cup Series schedule gets underway at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 All-Star Race Report

Event:  Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race (non-points event)
Series:  Monster EnergyNASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format:  85 laps, broken into four stages (30 laps/20 laps/20 laps/15 laps)
Start/Finish:  13th/6th (Running, completed 88 of 88 laps)

Note I: Race extended three laps past its scheduled 85-lap distance due to a green-white-checkered finish in Stage 1.

Note II: The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race was comprised of drivers who won a points-paying race in 2018 or 2019, full-time drivers who have previously won the All-Star Race, full-time drivers who have won a NASCAR Cup Series championship and drivers who advanced from the Monster Energy Open.

Race Winner:  Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 3 Winner:  Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-30):

Started 13th, finished 19th.
● Almirola reported on lap one that the Smithfield Mustang was too loose all around.
● On lap 10 and running in the 17th position, Almirola said he was “still loose but was on the splitter some” as he began to work his way back through the field.
● Almirola reached the top-15 just before the first caution of the race on lap 28.
● He pitted on lap 29 for four tires, fuel and adjustments and exited the pits in the 11th position for the lap-31 restart.
● As the field was approaching the end of Stage 1, Almirola said he had a loose wheel that felt as though it was about to fall off. He was able to stay on track.
● At the stage break, Almirola pitted for fuel and to tighten the loose left rear wheel.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 31-50):

Started 19th, finished 12th.
● After an early caution in Stage 2 on lap 37, Almirola began to work his way back toward the front and claimed the 11th position on lap 44.
● With four laps remaining in Stage 2, Almirola radioed that the Smithfield Ford wouldn’t turn and he had lost rear lateral.
● At the end of Stage 2, Almirola pitted on lap 53 for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to help the Smithfield Mustang turn in the corner.

Stage 3 Recap (Laps 51-70):

Started 12th, finished 17th.
● The Smithfield team maintained position after the pit stop to restart 12th.
● During the fourth caution on 58, Almirola stayed on track but told the team he was having a hard time gaining momentum on restart.
● After going back green on lap 62, the No. 10 was caught in a three-wide battle for the 10th position and sustained left-side damage, causing Almirola to lose the handling in the Smithfield machine.
● Almirola fell back to 17th but was again able to continue until the end of Stage 3 to pit under caution.
● On lap 73, Almirola brought the Smithfield Ford to pit road under caution for four tires and repairs. He returned to the track in the 17th position, but the team received a penalty for too many crew members over the wall, which pushed them back to 19th for the restart.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 71-85):

● Started 19th, finished sixth.
● There were three cautions to start the final stage of the 2019 All-Star Race, preventing Almirola from gaining much ground from the 19th position.
● When the race returned to green for the final 12 laps, Almirola quickly advanced into the top-10 and gained at least one position each lap.
● On lap 82, Almirola took over the sixth position and tracked down Joey Logano for fifth. He briefly moved into the top-five but settled back into sixth after a charge from the No. 22.
● Almirola held the sixth position until the completion of the race to earn his best career finish in the All-Star Race.

Notes:

● Almirola’s sixth-place result bettered his previous best finish in the All-Star Race – 14th in 2015.
● Kyle Larson won the All-Star Race with a .322-of-a-second margin of victory over runner-up Kevin Harvick.
● The All-Star Race featured 10 lead changes among seven different drivers. Nineteen drivers comprised the field.

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang:

“You have to be super aggressive in this race if you want to be up front competing for the money at the end of it. You can’t really pass after it gets strung out so, you’ve got two or three laps to be as aggressive as you possibly can be. If you check out of the throttle for the slightest little bit, they go by you three- and four-wide. It’s all about momentum and being in the right lane on the restarts. Everything is situational if a guy in front of you wiggles and checks up, and you check up to keep from running over him. You lose four, five, six spots in one straightaway. It’s aggravating, but that’s the way it is when you don’t have a lot of horsepower, it becomes all about momentum.”

Next Up:

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, May 26 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. The longest race on the Cup Series schedule gets underway at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

 

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 All-Star Open Race Report

Event: Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Open (non-points event)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway (1.5-mile oval)
Format: 50 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/10 laps)
Start/Finish: 4th/12th (Running, completed 62 of 62 laps)

Note: Race extended 12 laps past its scheduled 50-lap distance due to green-white-checkered finishes in Stages 1 and 2.
Race Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Bubba Wallace of Richard Petty Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-27):

● Daniel Suárez started Stage 1 from the fourth position and ended it fourth.
● Suárez was sixth during the lap-16 caution and pitted for four tires and adjustments to help his loose-handling ARRIS Mustang.
● He restarted 11th after varying pit strategies and worked his up to fourth for the stage finish, which went seven laps past its scheduled distance.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 28-52):
● The No. 41 driver started Stage 2 in the first position and completed it third.
● Suárez began Stage 2 from the lead position after not visiting pit road during the stage break.
● The 27-year-old was in the second position when the caution came for an accident that set up an overtime finish. After a lengthy cleanup Suárez had two laps to fight for a victory in Stage 2 and earn his spot in the All-Star Race.
● After leading the second-to-last lap, Suárez battled with a competitor coming to the start-finish line on the final lap but went spinning through the runoff area after contact.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 53-62):
● Suárez began the final stage in 16th and concluded it in 12th.
● The Mexico native came down pit road for repairs in an effort to earn a win in the final 10-lap stage. Unfortunately, the No. 41 machine’s damage proved too much, and the ARRIS driver finished 12th.

Notes:
●  Suárez led one lap in Stage 2.
● The Monster Energy Open was the undercard event to the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, where non-qualified drivers attempted to race their way into the All-Star Race by winning any one of the race’s three stages or by winning the fan vote.
Next Up:

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series returns to points-paying racing on Sunday, May 26 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. The longest race on the Cup Series schedule gets underway at 6 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

For the First Time Ever, Toco Warranty is Ready to Give One Lucky Fan the Opportunity of a Lifetime to Hang Out With Three Legends

 Winner of Toco All-Star Sweepstakes Will Be Guest of Tony Stewart Racing Nov. 8-9 at World of Outlaws World Finals in Charlotte Before Joining Stewart-Haas Racing for NASCAR Season Finale Nov. 16-17 in South Florida

Toco Warranty Corp., a new generation of vehicle service contracts (VSC) with pay-as-you-go monthly plans, today launched the Toco All-Star Sweepstakes where one lucky winner and their guest will attend the season finales of both the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

The winner will be hosted by Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) for the World of Outlaws World Finals Nov. 8-9 at The Dirt Track near Charlotte, North Carolina, before jetting off to South Florida to see the NASCAR season finale Nov. 16-17 in Homestead with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR). Toco Warranty will provide VIP access that includes round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, a rental car and event tickets. Tony Stewart, the owner of TSR and the co-owner of SHR, will be at both events, where the winner will see the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion in action as an owner, facilitating meet-and-greets with 10-time and reigning World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz at Charlotte and 10-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner Clint Bowyer in Homestead.

To register, fans simply need to go to www.TocoWarranty.com. A winner will be drawn by 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 16.

“Toco Warranty has made it possible for one lucky fan to see the best of the best on dirt and asphalt in each series’ season finale,” Stewart said. “A champion will be crowned at the end of each race weekend, and at Charlotte it could very well be Donny Schatz collecting his 11thseries title. A week later in Homestead, we’ll have a new NASCAR champion and, hopefully, SHR will have a third NASCAR Cup Series championship.

“Being able to experience both of these events is pretty awesome. I’ll personally make sure the winner gets the VIP treatment. They’ll be in the pits, inside our hauler and with our drivers. You can’t get any closer to a race team than this.”

Toco Warranty partnered with SHR and TSR earlier this year. The provider of pay-as-you-govehicle repair coverage is a primary partner of Bowyer and the No. 14 team of SHR and the co-primary partner of Schatz and his No. 15 winged sprint car at TSR. Toco Warranty is also an associate sponsor of Stewart, who is slated to compete in more than 90 winged sprint car races this year.

“Tony Stewart, Clint Bowyer and Donny Schatz are three of the biggest and best personalities in racing, and now one incredibly lucky fan will get the opportunity to meet and interact with each one of them,” said Nota Berger, CEO, Toco Warranty. “They won’t just feel like an all-star, they’ll be an all-star, immersed in the team and shoulder to shoulder with the crews at two of the biggest racing events of the year.”

“The World Finals is one of our best races of the year and it’s become one of my favorites, namely because we’ve typically ended that weekend with a big trophy in our hands,” Schatz said. “We’d love to be able to enjoy that experience again and share it with our Toco All-Star.”

“You really get the best of both worlds with the Toco All-Star Sweepstakes,” Bowyer added. “I came from dirt racing and it’s some of the greatest racing on the planet. You spend most of your lap sideways and you’re still going fast. And our NASCAR season finale down in Homestead is one of our best races. There’s so much on the line. It’s the last race and everybody has something to prove. You really feel the excitement and tension when you’re there in person. And thanks to Toco, someone gets to experience it. If you’re a race fan, there’s no better way to spend two weekends in November.”

Consumers demand affordable monthly payments and Toco Warranty offers an easy online experience via its website, www.TocoWarranty.com. It is where customers can purchase and review their vehicle service contract, manage online payments and access dedicated customer concierge services.

 

About Toco Warranty Corp.:

Founded in 2013 and based in Southern California, Toco Warranty’s mission is to offer drivers simple-to-use and financially smart vehicle repair coverage that can be purchased using a monthly payment plan. Backed by an A-rated insurance carrier, the company offers vehicle service contracts nationwide as well as mechanical breakdown insurance for California residents. Toco gets it done for drivers with cars five years and older through plans that cover parts for a car’s engine, transmission, drive axle, electrical, cooling system, AC, fuel system and more. Toco’s promise to put customers first is supported by convenient tools and benefits, from the MyToco customer portal and 24/7 roadside assistance to a dedicated concierge and the Ethos Council, which was designed to encourage transparency and ethical practices across the company. For more information about Toco Warranty, visit www.TocoWarranty.comand follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TocoWarranty, on Twitter @TocoWarrantyand on Instagram @TocoWarranty.

 

About Stewart-Haas Racing:

Stewart-Haas Racing is the title-winning NASCAR team co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart and Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation – the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America. The organization fields four entries in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – the No. 4 Ford Mustang for Kevin Harvick, the No. 10 Ford Mustang for Aric Almirola, the No. 14 Ford Mustang for Clint Bowyer and the No. 41 Ford Mustang for Daniel Suárez. The team also competes in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with two fulltime entries – the No. 00 Ford Mustang for Cole Custer and the No. 98 Ford Mustang for Chase Briscoe. Based in Kannapolis, North Carolina, Stewart-Haas Racing operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility with nearly 400 employees. For more information, please visit us online at www.StewartHaasRacing.com, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/StewartHaasRacing, on Twitter @StewartHaasRcngand on Instagram @StewartHaasRacing.

 

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Kansas I Race Advance

Aric Almirola and the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) make their way to the Midwest for this Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.

Almirola heads to Kansas looking for redemption after he was involved in an accident in the May 2017 race there that caused him to sit out the next seven Cup Series races with an injury. The 34-year-old is more focused than ever as the injury spurred Almirola to work harder on his physical fitness, which he’s maintained through this season. He is often seen cycling on the race weekends and working out every week at SHR’s gym.

“After I broke my back, I started to take exercise – specifically range of motion and mobility – more seriously,” he said. “It taught me a lot about myself and brought me to a new level of physical fitness. I used to just go in the gym and lift whatever I felt like, but now I understand the importance of preventing injuries and recovering to be in peak condition.”

Kansas City is an important market for Smithfield, whose Fresh division is based approximately 20 miles from the racetrack. Fittingly, Almirola’s diet consists of Smithfield’s premium line of all-natural fresh pork, which is packed with protein to keep him in the best physical condition possible for race weekends, including Saturday night’s Ally Digital 400 at Kansas.

The Tampa native has 14 career starts at Kansas and has earned six top-10 finishes there, including the last two in a row. Additionally, he’s led 69 laps at the 1.5-mile oval – the second-most laps he’s led at a single venue. Almirola finished ninth in his last start at Kansas. He also has three starts there in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a best finish of 12thin October 2011, and two starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series, with a best finish of seventh in May 2010. SHR has three wins at Kansas – Tony Stewart in October 2009 and Kevin Harvick in October 2016 and May 2018 – to go with 11 top-fives and 21 top-10s in 58 starts.

In Almirola’s three starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season, he has earned one pole and three top-10s with 39 laps led.

“I feel really good about heading to Kansas this weekend and getting back to the 1.5-mile tracks,” he said. “We have had some bad luck and have made a few mistakes at the short tracks, so I’m ready to get to a track that we know we have to be good at because those are the tracks that make up the majority of the season.”

Kansas marks the 10thweekend the Smithfield livery has adorned Almirola’s No. 10 Ford Fusion. Smithfield, a brand of Smithfield Foods, which is based approximately five hours northeast of SHR headquarters in Smithfield, Virginia, is in its seventh season with Almirola and its second with SHR. Founded in 1936, Smithfield is a leading provider of high-quality pork products, with a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, ribs, and a wide variety of fresh pork cuts.

Ford has earned seven Cup Series wins at Kansas. SHR’s Harvick is the defending event winner at the 1.5-mile oval.

Almirola heads to Kansas 11th in the driver standings with 309 points – 151 behind the leader and 10 behind teammate Clint Bowyer for 10thplace.

 

ARIC ALMIROLA, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Prime Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

It’s been two years since your accident at Kansas. How does it feel to go back again? 

“I’m looking forward to going back to Kansas. I’ve had two recent top-10s there, so that was kind of sweet revenge of going back to that track and having a good run and kind of putting the accident behind me. That was just an unfortunate event that took place. The circumstances just happened perfectly and I was in a crash and broke my back, but I can’t think about that and worry about that. I’m looking forward to going to Kansas and putting ourselves in position to go win.”

What do you like about Kansas?  

“I love going to Kansas. I’ve got friends who live there and it’s just a really nice area all around the racetrack. There are lots of things to do. As the new pavement has aged and worn out, we’ve really been moving all around the racetrack and it’s really put on some great races.”

 

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Kansas I Race Advance

This weekend, Daniel Suárez and the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford team journey to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City for Saturday night’s 400-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Suárez will pilot the red-and-black Haas Automation Demo Day livery for his fifth career Cup Series start at the 1.5-mile intermediate oval.

Kansas is the fourth mile-and-a-half track of the season and the second night race in 12 events thus far. In Suárez’s three mile-and-a-half starts this season, the 27-year-old has earned one top-five finish and two top-10s, as well as two top-five qualifying efforts.

The Mexico native has made four Cup Series starts at Kansas with his best finish of seventh coming in his first start in May 2017. Overall, he has an average Kansas starting position of 10.5 and an average finishing position of 23.8.

In addition to his Cup Series starts, the Ford driver has two starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with top-10 finishes in both. He’s also made one NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series start in May 2015 and earned a sixth-place finish along with leading one lap. Finally, he made an ARCA Racing Series start from the pole position in October 2015 and led 15 laps before an accident ended his day prematurely.

At mile-and-a-half tracks this season, the four-car SHR contingent has an average starting position of 12.6 and an average finishing position of 7.4. At Kansas, SHR has three wins with Kevin Harvick earning two – May 2018 and October 2016 –  and team co-owner Tony Stewart winning in October 2009. SHR is still looking for their first win this year.

In the rain-delayed event last weekend Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Suárez finished 11th, narrowly missing his fifth consecutive top-10 finish in five career Cup Series starts at the concrete mile oval.

The No. 41 machine will sport a different look this weekend with Haas Automation’s Demo Day displayed on the hood of Suárez’s Ford Mustang. The hood design is a reminder that Haas Automation’s Demo Day is quickly approaching, and Haas Automation wants everyone to get automated. It’s in the company’s name. It’s in the company’s DNA. Haas Automation has been helping machine shops around the world automate their processes and boost their productivity since 1983, when it introduced the machine tool industry’s first fully programmable 5C collet indexer – the innovative Haas HA5C.

The tradition of innovation continues today and, on June 12, Haas Automation will present its latest automation solutions worldwide, during a “Get Automated” demo day event at local Haas Factory Outlets (HFOs).

At Demo Day 2019, HFOs around the world will be demonstrating Haas Automation’s newest innovations for automating part production and machining, including the new Automatic Parts Loader for lathes; Pallet Pool systems for the EC-400 HMC and UMC-1000 Universal Machining Center; and robotic integrations on a wide variety of Haas machines. There also will be free food and refreshment, limited-edition Haas T-shirts, and a chance to register to win a race weekend getaway. The machine too industry is welcome to visit Haas Demo Day 2019 at any local Haas Factory Outlet and Get Automated – taking production to the next level. Demonstrations will vary by location. Contact a local HFO for details.

Meanwhile, Ford has seven all-time Cup Series victories at Kansas. The manufacturer has captured three victories so far this year and the solid start to the season has earned Ford drivers five spots in the top-10 in points.

 

DANIEL SUÁREZ, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Demo Day Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

With Sunday being Mother’s Day, how would describe your mom (Rosalinda) growing up?

“She’s the cool mom. When you’re in elementary or middle school, you always have a couple of friends that you know as a group you can go to their house and hang out. She was that mom. Everybody was welcome and she liked having a bunch of us at the house for parties and things like that.”

How supportive has your mom been during your career?

“She’s very supportive of my career. She doesn’t come from racing, so when I first started racing go-karts and things like that, she wasn’t that into it, but now she likes it because she knows that I love it. She’s been there for me during the good and bad days. Even though she can’t really speak English, when she comes to races here in the United States, people can still always tell that she’s a very sweet person and that she’s supportive of me.”

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Kansas I Race Advance

In the 1955 film “Oklahoma!,” there’s a song that starts out, “I went to Kansas City on a Friday, by Saturday I learned a thing or two.” The film got rave reviews from the New York Times and won two Academy Awards.

For Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Busch Beer Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), that line pretty much sums up his trips to Kansas Speedway in Kansas City for the annual spring Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series night race. He practices and qualifies on Friday, learns a thing or two, then runs really well on Saturday.

Last year, Harvick started on the pole, led 79 laps and went on to win the 400-mile race. Let’s face it – he loves racing at Kansas.

Harvick has a series-high four poles, three wins, three second-place finishes, eight top-threes, 14 top-10s and has led a total of 751 laps in his 26 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at Kansas.

His lap of 27.304 seconds at 197.773 mph on Oct. 3, 2014 during qualifying for the Hollywood Casino 400 set the Kansas track record that has yet to be broken. In fact, it was his own track record he broke at the 1.5-mile oval that day, bettering his previous mark of 27.799 seconds at 194.658 mph set on May 9, 2014.

One of the reasons Harvick likes Kansas is because he is one of only three drivers who have participated in every NASCAR Cup Series race there. The other drivers who have started all 26 Cup Series events at Kansas are Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman.

One thing Harvick does not have in 2019 is a win. He is third in points and has five top-five finishes and eight top-10s in 11 races. But the whole point of racing at the top level in motorsports is to win races.

And, for Harvick, there is no place better to win than Kansas. For, as the band Kansas sings – “Carry On My Wayward Son.”

And lead us to victory lane.

 

KEVIN HARVICK, Driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

Was Texas a preview of what Kansas will be?

“Our cars ran fine at Texas. Obviously, we had some isolated problems. Our cars from the Stewart-Haas standpoint haven’t won a race, but they ran fine at Texas. We’ve been in contention. We were plenty good at Bristol and Richmond, so it’s really just a detail thing at this point to get one of them to victory lane.”

It’s been almost seven years since Kansas underwent a repave. How has the track evolved, and is it close to getting back to where it was before the repave? 

“Kansas is one of our better repaves. Whatever the reason, it’s been a lot racier than a lot of the mile-and-a-half racetracks we’ve repaved. I don’t know if that’s because of the progressive banking or the preparation and time they take to prepare the track with the tire dragging, but it always widens out really well, and really has since the very beginning of the repave’s life.”

 

Take us on a lap around Kansas.

 

“It’s definitely a little bit different just for the fact the (corner) entries are a little different than at most places. Turns three and four remind me of turns three and four at Chicagoland Speedway, but there’s a lot more grip and fresher asphalt than what Chicagoland has nowadays. It’s a very high-speed racetrack. You run the middle to the bottom of the racetrack. But I’m sure, as time goes on, that the groove will move back up. But, for right now, it’s very fast and very sensitive to your line and, with all the speed and how tricky the entrance is into turn one, you can miss your line easily. So, you have to be very specific about where you put your car and pay attention to what you’re doing.”

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Kansas I Race Advance

No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) driver Clint Bowyer used his driving skill, daring, marketability, hard work and a lot of natural talent to become a 10-time winner in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, as well as the 2008 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion.

To hear Bowyer tell it, he also had a huge advantage growing up with parents Chris (Pops) and Jana Bowyer, who were as important to their son’s success as anything else in his career.

“We grew up in Emporia, Kansas, but sometimes we raced motorcycles in Oklahoma and Texas and all over the place,” Bowyer said. “My parents owned a tow-truck business together and raised three boys. We always raced. We always traveled up and down the road in a motorhome. That’s what we do for fun – that’s what we’ve always done for fun. We raced together as a family and that’s our vacation.”

One of his favorite childhood memories was in Oklahoma, when his mother took charge of making the racers look presentable.

“The dirt is red in Oklahoma and all three of us brothers were racing motorcycles and racing two or three classes, and we would be down there for a week,” he said. “It would rain and it was muddy and I remember my mom – she was like the coolest girl in the pits because my dad found her like this miniature washing machine and she was washing all the red dirt out of those clothes and trying to keep everything clean. I had white boots and she was trying to keep those clean.”

Bowyer said living with him, Pops, and brothers Casey and Andy wasn’t always easy for Jana.

“When you live with four guys, you’ve got to be tough,” Bowyer said. “She’s a tough ol’ farm gal and she’d lay you out in a heartbeat if you needed it. She was every bit that girl. You didn’t cross Mom (laughs). She’d bust you in the mouth.”

Bowyer has a new appreciation for Jana and Pop’s dedication since he and wife Lorra started a family that includes Cash, 4, and Presley, 2. Clint and Lorra are active in their kids’ lives. Cash is already wheeling a mini-go-kart around the family farm, and some afternoons the Bowyers are in the motorhome lot at NASCAR tracks pitching a tennis ball to Cash, who’s a first-year baseball player.

Being a parent gave him a new appreciation for his parents.

“I remember how hard my parents worked to get us to the races and, once you are there, ‘oh my gosh, it is a lot of work,’ Bowyer said. “Now that I am older and have kids, it is hell for a parent. I couldn’t imagine having three kids racing all these different classes and having to keep track of that and when to be up there. We slept in an old, 40-foot motorhome.”

The Bowyer family returns to Kansas this week for Saturday night’s 400-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, then celebrate Mother’s Day with Jana and Lorra on Sunday.

Other than winning the Daytona 500, a Kansas victory might be the highlight of Bowyer’s career. He owns two top-five finishes and six top-10s in 21 starts at Kansas.

“I love Kansas, it’s home,” said Bowyer, who finished ninth Monday at Dover (Del.) Speedway and moved to 10th in the standings.  “But, there’s been something about that track I’m still trying to figure out. Maybe Saturday night we’ll put it all together.”

Sunday’s Mother’s Day plans could be in jeopardy if he does put it all together Saturday night.

“I’ve said before that if we ever win at Kansas, I probably wouldn’t be in very good shape for Mother’s Day,” he said with a laugh. “We would probably have to postpone that to Monday. It would be huge to win at home and finally seal the deal after all this time. It would be ultra-special. This is where all my family and friends and people who helped me get to where I am today all live, in the area, and it would be cool to celebrate that with them. I think probably everybody would have an open invite.”

 

CLINT BOWYER, Driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

 

What has Kansas Speedway meant to the surrounding area? 

“I’m partial because it’s my home track, but I think that area has become so much fun for the drivers, crews and families because of that racetrack. You have a casino, shopping, soccer complex, baseball and an unbelievable world-class racetrack. There is just so much to offer there in Kansas City.” 

Why should fans go to Kansas Speedway?

“I remember watching Kansas Speedway getting built. You went to Wyandotte County, it was a bad part of town. It wasn’t something that you see today. That speedway was solely responsible for the destination it’s become of Kansas Speedway. You have the legends. You have soccer complexes. You have baseball. You have a casino, now, in the back straightaway as the latest thing. All set up on two major highways so it’s easy in and out. It was the latest and greatest of what we have in racetracks today and it still is that way and it’s always fun. Then, you’ve got barbecue. You’ve got Kansas City barbecue – it’s the best in the world. You’ve got to go to Kansas Speedway.”

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Dover I Race Report

Event: Gander RV 400 (Round 11 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Dover (Del.) International Speedway (1-mile, concrete oval)
Format: 400 laps, broken into three stages (120 laps/120 laps/160 laps)
Start/Finish: 14th/11th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing: 12th (292 points, 168 out of first)

Race Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Joey Logano of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-120):

● Daniel Suárez started Stage 1 from the 14th position and ended the stage 15th.
● Suárez was in the 14th spot when the competition caution came out on lap 40.
● After reporting the No. 41 Haas Automation Mustang was tight early in the run, Suárez came down pit road for fuel, four tires and adjustments. He restarted 17th on lap 45.
● The first caution came out on lap 105, and Suárez pitted for fuel, four tires and an air pressure adjustment to help his free-entry and tight-exit condition. He restarted from 15th on lap 110.
● The next caution came out on lap 116, and crew chief Billy Scott made the call for Suárez to stay out for the one-lap shootout to end the stage in 15th.
● Suárez began Stage 2 in 13th after not pitting during the stage break.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 121-240):

● The No. 41 driver started Stage 2 in 13th and completed it in 13th.
● Suárez came down pit road on lap 183 for a scheduled green-flag stop for four tires, fuel and adjustments. After pit stops cycled through he was in the 15th position.
● Suárez worked his way back up to 13th, where he ended the stage.
● Before the start of the final stage, the 27-year-old pitted for fuel, four tires and adjustments to help with his tight-handling Mustang.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 241-400):

● Suárez began the final stage in 16th and concluded it in 11th.
● The first caution of the final stage came out on lap 264, and the Mexico native pitted from 15th for fuel, four tires and adjustments. He restarted 14th on lap 268.
● Suárez took over the 11th spot on lap 316 and eventually took over the lead on lap 326 after staying out while almost all other competitors pitted.
● On lap 346 Suárez made a scheduled green-flag stop for fuel and four tires and returned to the track in the 12th position.
● The remainder of the stage ran under green and Suárez ultimately finished 11th.

Notes:

● Suárez earned his seventh top-15 of the season and his fifth top-15 in five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Dover.
● Suárez has finished in the top-11 in each of his five career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Dover.
● Martin Truex Jr. won the Gander RV 400 to score his 21st career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his second of the season and his third at Dover. His margin of victory over second-place Alex Bowman was 9.501 seconds.
● There were six caution periods for a total of 31 laps.
● Only 11 of the 37 drivers in the Gander RV 400 finished on the lead lap.
● Kyle Busch remains the championship leader after Dover with a five-point advantage over second-place Joey Logano.

Daniel Suárez, Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“It was a tough day for us here at Dover. The cars were really fast at this track today. Last year they weren’t, but obviously it was a different rules package. I had very high expectations coming into this race because I’ve run so well here in the past, and Stewart-Haas Racing has, too. I just couldn’t get the Haas Automation Mustang to turn like I wanted it to. We probably had an eighth- to 12th-place car today and we finished 11th.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Digital Ally 400 on Saturday, May 11 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. The race starts at 7:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FS1 and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.