DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Charlotte II Race Report

Event:               Bank of America Roval 400 (Round 29 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (2.28-mile, 17-turn road course)
Format:             109 laps, broken into three stages (25 laps/25 laps/59 laps)
Start/Finish:      12th/34th  (Running, completed 108 of 109 laps)
Point Standing:  17th with 707 points

Race Winner:    Chase Elliott of Henrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Henrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-25):

  • Daniel Suárez started 13th and finished 10th, earning one bonus point.
  • Suárez powered through the start to grab the 12th position on the first lap.
  • On lap 12, he entered the top-10 for the first time.
  • Suárez fell back to 11th again on lap 14.
  • Under caution on lap 21, Suárez pitted his No. 41 Haas Automaton Ford Mustang for four tires and fuel.
  • Restarted 23rd on lap 22 and methodically picked up spots to finish the stage in 10th.
  • Suárez stayed out during the stage break to maintain track position.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 26-50):

  • Suárez started eighth and finished eighth to earn three bonus points.
  • Jumped up to sixth on lap-27 restart.
  • By lap 29, Suárez had passed two cars to secure the fourth position.
  • Suárez reported that his No. 41 Haas Automaton Ford Mustang was fine and got better during the middle of the run.
  • Under caution on lap 43, Suárez pitted for four tires and fuel. Restarted fifth.
  • The race remained green for the rest of the stage. While battling with the No. 48 of Jimmie Johnson, the No. 41 machine received right-rear damage, but Suárez persevered to finish eighth.
  • Suárez stayed out during the stage break to maintain track position.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 51-109):

  • Suárez started sixth and finished 34th.
  • On the lap-52 restart, Suárez held steady in sixth, but fell back to eighth by lap 55.
  • After staying out during the lap-63 caution, Suárez reported that his car was “coming in” at the end of the run.
  • The Haas Automation team made a scheduled, green-flag pit stop on lap 73 for four tires, fuel and repairs.
  • Pitted again during a caution on lap 95 for four tires and fuel. Restarted 33rd with 11 laps to go.
  • Suárez worked his way up to 23rd, but on final lap received contact from the No. 6 of Ryan Newman and finished 34th.

Notes:

  • Chase Elliott won the Bank of America Roval 400 to score his sixth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his first at the Roval. His margin of victory over second-place Alex Bowman was 3.024 seconds.
  • There were 10 caution periods for a total of 23 laps.
  • Thirty-three of the 40 drivers in the Bank of America Roval 400 finished on the lead lap.

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

“Our No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang was fast. We just didn’t get the finish we were hoping for. We’ve still got time to get a win this season.” 

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Dover 400 on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Charlotte II Race Report

Event:               Bank of America Roval 400 (Round 29 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (2.28-mile, 17-turn road course)
Format:             109 laps, broken into three stages (25 laps/25 laps/59 laps)
Start/Finish:      5th/4th (Running, completed 109 of 109 laps)
Point Standing:  12th with 3,000 points – advances to Round of 12 

Race Winner:    Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott with Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 25):

  • Bowyer started fifth and finished third to earn eight bonus points.
  • The No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford tucked into fifth in the opening laps and held the position in the early going.
  • Bowyer told the crew he brushed the wall midway through the stage.
  • He moved from sixth to fourth when he stayed on the track during the race’s first caution on lap 21.
  • On the lap-24 restart Bowyer moved to third, where he finished as the stage ended under caution.
  • He told the crew he needed his Ford to turn better in the corners.

Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 50):

  • Bowyer started 30th and finished third to earn eight bonus points.
  • The No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford pitted before the stage and drove from the back to the front of the field.
  • Bowyer had moved back into the top-10 by lap 36.
  • During a lap-43 caution, Bowyer stayed on the track and moved to second place.
  • Bowyer took the lead on lap 44 and held it for one lap.
  • Bowyer held on using the older tires to finish third.

Stage 3 Recap (Ended at Lap 109):

  • Bowyer started 21st and finished fourth.
  • The No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford endured some scary moments on the restart but had climbed to 13th by a lap-60 caution.
  • At this point in the race Bowyer had moved to 10th in the standings, securing a spot in the Round of 12.
  • Bowyer raced in 12th with 42 laps to go and in sixth with 36 laps remaining.
  • Bowyer climbed as high as second in the closing laps, but he avoided any risky moves in the final laps to finish fourth and preserve his points lead.
  • Bowyer’s fourth-place finish and 16 bonus points enabled him to finish 17 points above the playoff cutoff and advance to the Round of 12.

Notes:

  • Bowyer earned his seventh top-five and 14th top-10 of the season, and his second top-five in two career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the Roval.
  • Bowyer’s fourth-place result was just shy of equaling his previous best finish at the Roval – third, earned last September.
  • This is Bowyer’s second straight top-10. He finished eighth in the series’ last race at Richmond.
  • Bowyer led once for two laps – his first laps led at the Roval.
  • Chase Elliott won the Bank of America Roval 400 to score his sixth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his first at the Roval. His margin of victory over second-place Alex Bowman was 3.024 seconds.
  • There were 10 caution periods for a total of 23 laps.
  • Thirty-three of the 40 drivers in the Bank of America Roval 400 finished on the lead lap.

Playoff Standings (at the conclusion of the Round of 16):

  1. Kyle Busch (3,046 points)
  2. Martin Truex Jr. (3,041 points, -5)
  3. Denny Hamlin (3,030 points, -16)
  4. Joey Logano (3,029 points, -17)
  5. Kevin Harvick (3,028 points, -18)
  6. Brad Keselowski (3,024 points, -22)
  7. Chase Elliott (3,024 points, -22)
  8. Kyle Larson (3,006 points, -40)
  9. Alex Bowman (3,005 points, -41)
  10. Ryan Blaney (3,004 points, -42)
  11. William Byron (3,001 points, -45)
  12. Clint Bowyer (3,000 points, -46) 

Failed to Advance to Round of 12:

  1. Aric Almirola (2,081 points)
  2. Ryan Newman (2,070 points)
  3. Kurt Busch (2,056 points)
  4. Erik Jones (2,009 points)

Clint Bowyer, driver of the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Cummins Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“We did what we had to do. We knew what we had to do all weekend long. We knew we had to dig ourselves out of a hole we put ourselves in at Vegas. We had a good weekend last weekend in Richmond and had a great weekend this weekend. Coulda, woulda, shoulda – maybe a little bit more aggressive on those restarts, but, again, you could have got yourself wrecked too. When it got down there to the end and we got our stage points and got ourselves in contention and was where we needed to be, it was time to re-evaluate your situation and where you were running and just protect. We were in protection mode.”   

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Dover 400 on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It is the fourth race of the 10-race playoffs and the first race in the Round of 12. It starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Charlotte II Race Report

Event:               Bank of America Roval 400 (Round 29 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway (17-turn, 2.28-mile road course)
Format:             109 laps, broken into three stages (25 laps/25 laps/59 laps)
Start/Finish:      6th/3rd (Running, completed 109 of 109 laps)
Point standing:  5th with 3,028 points, 18 out of first – advances to Round of 12

Race Winner:    Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 25):

  • Kevin Harvick started sixth and finished eighth to earn three bonus points.
  • The No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang pitted on lap 21 for four tires and fuel. He was in second, but 10 cars did not pit so he restarted 11th.
  • On the restart there was a multicar crash just behind Harvick, and as the stage ended under caution, he was eighth.

Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 50):

  • Harvick started sixth and finished fifth to earn six bonus points.
  • The No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang advanced to second place on lap 40, 4.1 seconds behind leader Chase Elliott.
  • On lap 42, Harvick pitted for four tires and fuel. He restarted eighth.
  • Harvick worked his way up to fifth at the end of the stage and said his car “isn’t bad.”

Stage 3 Recap (Ended at Lap 109):

  • Harvick started fourth and finished third.
  • The No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang was running second on a lap-64 restart when leader Elliott missed turn one and brought out a yellow. Harvick was now the leader.
  • While leading, Harvick pitted on lap 75 for four tires and fuel.
  • There were four cautions – on laps 90, 94, 97 and 100 – while Harvick was leading. For the first three, Harvick was able to pull away from the pack.
  • Unfortunately, during the final restart on lap 103, Harvick was passed by eventual winner Elliott and runner-up Alex Bowman to finish third and advance to the Round of 12.

Notes:

  • Harvick earned his 11th top-five and 20th top-10 of the season, and his first top-five and second top-10 in two career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the Charlotte Roval.
  • Harvick’s third-place result bettered his previous best finish at the Roval – ninth, earned last September.
  • This is Harvick’s fifth consecutive top-10. He finished seventh in the series’ last race at Richmond (Va.) Raceway.
  • Harvick led twice for 34 laps – his first laps led at the Roval.
  • Elliott won the Bank of America Roval 400 to score his sixth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his first at the Roval. His margin of victory over second-place Bowman was 3.024 seconds.
  • There were 10 caution periods for a total of 23 laps.
  • Thirty-three of the 40 drivers in the Bank of America Roval 400 finished on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

“Honestly, it was a great day for us. Without all of those cautions at the end, or one or two less, I think our Jimmy John’s Ford Mustang probably still wins the race, but I could see that 9 (Elliott) creeping in my mirror and I knew how good his car was from practice yesterday. Once he got to us, he just rolled right around the outside of us. I thought if I could just get through turn one and beat the 19 (Martin Truex Jr.), I’d be in decent shape, but the 9 was just so good, even after he crashed.”

Playoff Standings (at the conclusion of the Round of 16):

  1. Kyle Busch (3,046 points)
  2. Martin Truex Jr. (3,041 points, -5)
  3. Denny Hamlin (3,030 points, -16)
  4. Joey Logano (3,029 points, -17)
  5. Kevin Harvick (3,028 points, -18)
  6. Brad Keselowski (3,024 points, -22)
  7. Chase Elliott (3,024 points, -22)
  8. Kyle Larson (3,006 points, -40)
  9. Alex Bowman (3,005 points, -41)
  10. Ryan Blaney (3,004 points, -42)
  11. William Byron (3,001 points, -45)
  12. Clint Bowyer (3,000 points, -46) 

Failed to Advance to Round of 12:

  1. Aric Almirola (2,081 points)
  2. Ryan Newman (2,070 points)
  3. Kurt Busch (2,056 points)
  4. Erik Jones (2,009 points)

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Dover 400 on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It is the fourth race of the 10-race playoffs and the first race in the Round of 12. It starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Charlotte II Race Report

Event:               Bank of America Roval 400 (Round 29 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval (2.28-mile, 17-turn road course)
Format:             109 laps, broken into three stages (25 laps/25 laps/69 laps)
Start/Finish:      16th/14th (Running, completed 109 of 109 laps)
Point Standing:  13th with 2,081 points

Race Winner:    Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)
Stage 1 Winner: Kyle Larson of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
Stage 2 Winner: Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-25): 

  • Aric Almirola started 16th and finished seventh to earn four bonus points.
  • The Smithfield Ford driver made his way to 13th by lap three.
  • Almirola noted his handling was tight in the turns and needed help with drive off of the turns on lap 19.
  • He decided to stay out of the pits under caution on lap 20.
  • Almirola restarted seventh and remained there through the end of the stage, which finished under caution.
  • At the end of the stage, he pitted for four tires, fuel and chassis adjustments. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 26-50): 

  • Almirola started 25th and finished 11th.
  • He raced the No. 10 Ford Mustang to 14th place by lap 39.
  • Under caution on lap 41, Almirola said the balance improved. He pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments and returned to the track in 12th.
  • He rejoined the top-10 on lap 45 but fell a spot before the stage ended. He stayed out of the pits at the conclusion of ths stage.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 51-109): 

  • Almirola started ninth and finished 14th.
  • The No. 10 Smithfield Ford was scored seventh by lap 65.
  • Crew chief Johnny Klausmeier called Almirola to the pits on lap 76 for four tires and fuel.
  • After pit stops cycled through he was scored in seventh place, seven points ahead of the cutoff line for the Round of 12.
  • During a lap-89 caution, the team stayed on track, projecting that the No. 10’s lap times were good enough to keep it up front.
  • After the restart, Almirola got loose and lost multiple positions.
  • Almirola pitted under caution on lap 95 for fuel and four fresh tires to improve grip.
  • On lap 99, he was 11 points behind the cutoff and needed to gain 12 positions.
  • He battled the No. 6 car for position on the final laps and was able to made the pass. Unfortunately, the No. 88 car advanced to second place and left Almirola five points behind the cutoff for advancing to the Round of 12.

Notes:

  • Almirola earned his 19th top-15 of the season and his first top-15 in two career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the Roval.
  • Almirola’s 14th-place result bettered his previous best finish at the Roval, which was 19th, earned last September.
  • This is Almirola’s fifth straight top-20. He finished 16th in the series’ last race at Richmond.
  • Chase Elliott won the Bank of America Roval 400 to score his sixth career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his third of the season and his first at the Roval. His margin of victory over second-place Alex Bowman was 3.024 seconds.
  • There were 10 caution periods for a total of 23 laps.
  • Thirty-three of the 40 drivers in the Bank of America Roval 400 finished on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“I’m disappointed. It didn’t work out the way that I wanted it to, but I’m still really blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity.  So many people put a lot behind me. Everybody at Stewart-Haas Racing, Smithfield, Ford Motor Company, Go Bowling, Valley Tech, Mobil 1, Roush Yates and 3D Systems. It stings, but the sun is going to come up tomorrow. I’ll still be Aric Almirola and I’ll still be a husband and a father. They’re not gonna take my birthday away so, as disappointing as it is, it’s not the end of the world. We’ll move on to Dover next week and continue to fight and battle. It’s still really achievable to go and finish fifth in the points. We did that last year and we can go have some good runs, but most importantly we just need to continue to build for next year. Off the top of my head I can’t help but think about 2017. The 22 car missed the playoffs and then comes back the very next year and wins the championship. We can’t let this define us. Last year, it seemed like everything kind of came relatively easy for a new race team and me being new to the organization to go on the run that we had last year and finish fifth in the points. We’ll continue to build and sometimes you go through adversity and it makes you better and stronger.”

Next Up: 

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Dover 400 on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway. It is the fourth race of the 10-race playoffs and the first race in the Round of 12. It starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

CHASE BRISCOE – 2019 NXS Charlotte Roval Race Report

Race Name: Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (Race 28 of 33)
Venue: The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Stages: 20 laps / 20 laps / 27 laps (67 Total Laps)
Race Winner:  AJ Allmendinger of Kaulig Racing (Chevrolet)
Results: Cole Custer: 8th | Chase Briscoe: 9th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 2nd with 2,133 points; Clinched a position to the Round of 8
– Chase Briscoe: 6th with 2,097 points; with a 35 point advantage over the final transfer position to the Round of 8

Chase Briscoe / Ford Performance Ford Mustang Recap:

– Briscoe earned his first career Xfinity Series pole and led all 20 laps to win the first stage. The stage win earned him 10 stage points and a playoff point.
– The No. 98 Ford Performance team started eighth in Stage 2 and finished second to earn nine more stage points.
– Briscoe brought the No. 98 Ford to pit road for four tires and fuel to prepare for the final stage.
– The No. 98 Ford started the final stage in seventh position. A caution on the restart bumped Briscoe up to the fourth position.
– Briscoe quickly moved into third position and was battling for second with nine to go when he got spun out. 

– Caution flag waved once again on lap 61 with the No. 98 back up to 10th. He would gain one additional position over the last three laps to finish ninth.

Next Up: Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway on October 5th at 3:00 p.m. ET broadcast by NBCSN.

Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 98 Ford Performance Ford Mustang:

“I felt like we had the car to beat all day long. We were able to consistently come back through the field. We had to go for points obviously because of our situation, but we were always able to battle back. There at the end I felt like I could have ran down AJ and I was doing everything I could to win the race and knew the pass on Bell was crucial. I don’t really know what happened there, but I feel like I gave him plenty of room. It’s disappointing to end the day in ninth with a first-place worthy car, but I appreciate my guys giving me a great car all weekend long.”

COLE CUSTER – 2019 NXS Charlotte Roval Race Report

Race Name: Drive for the Cure 250 presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (Race 28 of 33)
Venue: The Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Series: NASCAR Xfinity Series
Stages: 20 laps / 20 laps / 27 laps (67 Total Laps)
Race Winner:  AJ Allmendinger of Kaulig Racing (Chevrolet)
Results: Cole Custer: 8th | Chase Briscoe: 9th
Point Standings:
– Cole Custer: 2nd with 2,133 points; Clinched a position to the Round of 8
– Chase Briscoe: 6th with 2,097 points; with a 35 point advantage over the final transfer position to the Round of 8

Cole Custer / Autodesk Ford Mustang Recap:

– Custer started fourth and ran third most of Stage 1. Custer would pit with three laps remaining in Stage 1 and would finish the stage in 10th.
– The No. 00 Autodesk Fusion 360 team started first in Stage 2 and finished first to add 10 points and on eplayoff point..
– Custer brought the No. 00 Ford to pit road for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment, but would get blocked in and would end up losing eight spots on pit road, forcing him to restart 13th in the final stage.
– The No. 00 Autodesk Ford was spun on lap 44 causing damage to the left rear quarter. The team would pit twice to fix the damage. He would restart in 30th.
– Custer would battle his way to the top-20 before another yellow would fly on lap 48. The team would pit again and would restart 28th.

– The caution would wave on lap 61 with Custer running 8th. He would restart 8th and ultimately end the race there.
– Custer has clinched a spot in the Round of 8 on points.

Next Up: Use Your Melon Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway on October 5th at 3:00 p.m. ET broadcast by NBCSN.

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Autodesk Ford Mustang:             

“We really had nothing go our way it felt like this entire race. We started off and the car was too tight to be able to really do much, but we had great long run speed. We got boxed in on one of our stops and that forced us to restart in the middle of the field. We took the green and got spun out and received some damage from that and just had to battle hard to get the Autodesk Fusion 360 Mustang back into the top-10, so I can’t thank my guys enough for sticking with it and putting me back up there.”

CLINT BOWYER – 2019 Richmond II Race Report

Event: Federated Auto Parts 400 (Round 28 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Richmond (Va.) Raceway (.75-mile oval)
Format: 400 laps, broken into three stages (100 laps/100 laps/200 laps)
Start/Finish: 5th/9th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing: 15th with 2,047 points (five points below top-12 cutoff)

Race Winner:     Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 100):

Bowyer started fifth and finished sixth to earn five bonus points.
The No. 14 One Cure Ford started the race loose as Bowyer raced in seventh.
● As the laps clicked off he reported the car was difficult to turn in the middle of the corner. “I need to turn better when I’m underneath the other cars,” Bowyer said on the team radio.
● Bowyer climbed to sixth and was moving in on fifth when the stage ended.
● The stage ran without a caution.
● Bowyer pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments at the end of the stage.

Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 200):

● Bowyer started ninth and finished ninth to earn two bonus points.
The No. 14 One Cure Ford moved to sixth in the opening laps of the stage after a good restart.
He began reporting the car would not turn in the center and was “snapping” loose.
Bowyer drifted back to ninth about 15 seconds behind the leader.
“I just can’t roll the center for nothing,” Bowyer said.
Bowyer pitted at the end of the stage and the crew made more changes to improve the handling.

Stage 3 Recap (Ended at Lap 400):

Bowyer started 11th and finished ninth.
The No. 14 One Cure Ford dropped to 12th by lap 212.
A caution at lap 242 allowed the No. 14 to return to pit lane for more adjustments. He restarted the race in 11th with 151 to go.
● Bowyer climbed as high as eighth midway through the stage before teammate Kevin Harvick passed him.
● Bowyer also held off a late charge from teammate Daniel Suarez in the closing laps to hold ninth.

Notes:

●  Bowyer earned his 13th top-10 of the season and his 16th top-10 in 28 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond.
●  This is Bowyer’s fourth straight top-10 at Richmond. He finished third in the series’ last visit to the track in April.
●  Bowyer finished sixth in Stage 1 to earn five bonus points and ninth in Stage 2 to earn an additional two bonus points.
●  Martin Truex Jr. won the Federated Auto Parts 400to score his 25th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading sixth of the season, his second in a row and his second at Richmond. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was 2.630 seconds.
●  There were five caution periods for a total of 32 laps.
●  Only 13 of the 38 drivers in the Federated Auto Parts 400 finished on the lead lap.

Playoff Standings (with one race to go before Round of 12):

1.      Martin Truex Jr. (2,141 points) 2 wins… clinched spot in Round of 12
2.      Kevin Harvick (2,118 points) +68 points… clinched spot in Round of 12
3.      Kyle Busch (2,117 points) +67 points… clinched spot in Round of 12
4.      Denny Hamlin (2,105 points) +55 points
5.      Brad Keselowski (2,104 points) +54 points
6.      Joey Logano (2,100 points) +50 points
7.      Chase Elliott (2,086 points) +36 points
8.      Kyle Larson (2,074 points) +24 points
9.      Ryan Newman (2,063 points) +13 points
10.    Ryan Blaney (2,058 points) +8 points
11.    Aric Almirola (2,053 points) +3 points
12.    William Byron (2,052 points) +2 points
13.    Alex Bowman (2,050 points) -2 points
14.    Erik Jones (2,049 points) -3 points
15.    Clint Bowyer (2,047 points) -5 points
16.    Kurt Busch (2,037 points) -15 points

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

“I was expecting a little bit more to be honest with you, but we did what we had to do. We gave ourselves a fighting chance going into Charlotte. I knew Richmond was going to be an opportunity. We semi-capitalized on that opportunity, but looking forward to Charlotte. It’s going to be fun for everybody involved. It’s do-or-die time. It’s the Playoffs. You watch these football teams go through these playoffs and how exciting it is and it’s our turn to have that nerve-racking moments and do-or-die moments for your race team and your season, but I’m looking forward to it.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bank of America Roval 400 on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

ARIC ALMIROLA – 2019 Richmond II Race Report

Event:               Federated Auto Parts 400 (Round 28 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Richmond (Va.) Raceway (.75-mile oval)
Format:             400 laps, broken into three stages (100 laps/100 laps/200 laps)
Start/Finish:      7th/17th (Running, completed 159 of 160 laps)
Point Standing:  11th with 2,053 points, 3 points above top-12 cutoff

Race Winner:    Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-100): 

  • Aric Almirola started seventh and finished 12th.
  • The Smithfield Ford driver ran inside the top-10 for the majority of Stage 1, but he said his No. 10 Ford wouldn’t roll in the middle.
  • By lap 81, handling conditions forced Almirola outside the top-10.
  • He said the car would not turn and needed air pressure adjustments to correct it.
  • He pitted for four tires, fuel and chassis and air pressure adjustments at the end of the stage. 

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 101-200): 

  • Almirola started 12th and finished 16th.
  • The No. 10 Smithfield Ford pitted for chassis adjustments under a lap-113 caution and restarted 17th.
  • Shortly after the changes were made Almirola said the No. 10 Ford still struggled to turn and was loose.
  • Almirola fought handling conditions for the remainder of the stage but was able to hold the Smithfield Ford on the lead lap.
  • He pitted at the conclusion of the stage for four fresh tires and fuel, and the team reversed adjustments previously made.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 201-400): 

  • Almirola started 16th and finished 17th.
  • Almirola raced inside the top-15 before the caution was called on lap 243.
  • He noted that the handling of the car was the best it had been all night.
  • Under caution, Almirola pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments. He was handed a speeding penalty and forced to the rear to restart 20th.
  • Almirola pitted on lap 313 for four fresh tires and fuel. While he was on pit road the caution was called, putting him a lap down.
  • He earned the Lucky Dog and pitted again for a large swing on adjustments before returning to the track in 16th.
  • Almirola continued to battle for position until the end despite the difficult handling of his No. 10 Smithfield Ford.

Notes:

  • Almirola earned his 23rd top-20 of the season and his 12th top-20 in 16 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond.
  • This is Almirola’s fourth straight top-20. He finished 13th in the series’ last race at Las Vegas.
  • Martin Truex Jr. won the Federated Auto Parts 400 to score his 25th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading sixth of the season, his second in a row and his second at Richmond. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was 2.63 seconds.
  • There were five caution periods for a total of 32 laps.
  • Only 13 of the 38 drivers in the Federated Auto Parts 400 finished on the lead lap.

Aric Almirola, Driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“I feel like we brought a spoon to a sword fight tonight. We did everything we could with what we had. The silver lining is that we are three points ahead of the cutoff. Tomorrow is a new day, and our Smithfield Ford team will get focused on the Roval as soon as the sun comes up tomorrow.”

Playoff Standings (with one race to go before Round of 12): 

  1.   Martin Truex Jr. (2,141 points) 2 wins; clinched spot in Round of 12
  2. Kevin Harvick (2,118 points) +68 points; clinched spot in Round of 12
  3.   Kyle Busch (2,117 points) +67 points; clinched spot in Round of 12
  4.   Denny Hamlin (2,105 points) +55 points
  5.   Brad Keselowski (2,104 points) +54 points
  6.   Joey Logano (2,100 points) +50 points
  7.   Chase Elliott (2,086 points) +36 points
  8.   Kyle Larson (2,074 points) +24 points
  9.   Ryan Newman (2,063 points) +13 points
  10. Ryan Blaney (2,058 points) +8 points
  11. Aric Almirola (2,053 points) +3 points
  12. William Byron (2,052 points) +2 points
  13. Alex Bowman (2,050 points) -2 points
  14. Erik Jones (2,049 points) -3 points
  15. Clint Bowyer (2,047 points) -5 points
  16. Kurt Busch (2,037 points) -15 points

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bank of America Roval 400 on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It is the third race of the 10-race playoffs and the last race in the Round of 16. It starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

DANIEL SUÁREZ – 2019 Richmond II Race Report

Event:  Federated Auto Parts 400 (Round 28 of 36)
Series:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Richmond (Va.) Raceway (.75-mile oval)
Format:  400 laps, broken into three stages (100 laps/100 laps/200 laps)
Start/Finish:  14th/10th  (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing:  17th with 699 points

Race Winner:  Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner:  Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Laps 1-100):

● Daniel Suárez started 14th and finished 14th.
● Suárez dropped back to 15th by lap six.
● On lap 17, Suárez gained his spot back and continued to run 14th.
● The Haas Automation driver battled for the 13th position with the No. 12 car of Ryan Blaney. Passed him on lap 28.
● After a battle with the No. 20 car of Erik Jones, Suárez fell back to 14th, reporting his car was tight in the center of the corners but loose off.
● Upon the conclusion of the stage, Suárez pitted for four tires, fuel and a slight tire pressure adjustment.

Stage 2 Recap (Laps 101-200):

● Suárez started 15th and finished 17th.
● During a caution on lap 113, Suárez was given the option to pit, but he chose to stay out and maintain track position.
● After a battle with his Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) teammate Aric Almirola, Suárez fell back to 17th on lap 183.
● The remainder of the stage ran under green and the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang stayed on the lead lap, but Suárez reported that his car was tight as the stage came to an end.
● At the end of the stage, Suárez pitted for fuel, four tires and wedge and tire pressure adjustments.

Final Stage Recap (Laps 201-400):

● Suárez started 14th and finished 10th.
● On the restart, Suárez battled with his SHR teammate Clint Bowyer for 12th.
● After a caution on lap 244, the team pitted for four tires, fuel and a slight tire pressure adjustment. Restarted 14th.
● On the lap-250 restart, Suárez drove his No. 41 Haas Automation Ford up to 12th.
● Suárez entered the top-10 by passing the No. 9 of Chase Elliott on lap 301.
● After driving up to ninth, the caution came out on lap 316. Suárez pitted for four tires and fuel. Restarted 10th.
● Suárez held onto his 10th position for the remainder of the race.

Notes:

● Suárez earned his 10th top-10 of the season and his third top-10 in six career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond.
● The Federated Auto Parts 400 marked Suárez’s 100th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start.
● Suárez has never finished outside the top-20 at Richmond.
● Martin Truex Jr. won the Federated Auto Parts 400 to score his 25th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading sixth of the season, his second in a row and his second at Richmond. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was 2.630 seconds.
● There were five caution periods for a total of 32 laps.
● Only 13 of the 38 drivers in the Federated Auto Parts 400 finished on the lead lap.

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

“I feel like it was a clean day. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the speed that we wish we had, but we worked very hard. We made good adjustments. The pit crew did a good job. They got better as the night went and we just had a top-10 car and finished in the top-10. We’re still working extremely hard to get that first win and, hopefully, we can make it happen soon.”

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bank of America Roval 400 on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It is the third race of the 10-race playoffs and the last race in the Round of 16. It starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

KEVIN HARVICK – 2019 Richmond II Race Report

Event:               Federated Auto Parts 400 (Round 28 of 36)
Series:              Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:          Richmond (Va.) Raceway (.75-mile oval)
Format:             400 laps, broken into three stages (100 laps/100 laps/200 laps)
Start/Finish:      2nd/8th (Running, completed 400 of 400 laps)
Point Standing:  2nd with 2,118 points (68 points above top-12 cutoffclinched spot in Round of 12) 

Race Winner:    Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 1 Winner: Martin Truex Jr. of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)
Stage 2 Winner: Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 1 Recap (Ended at Lap 100):

  • Kevin Harvick started second and finished fifth, earning six bonus points.
  • The No. 4 driver reported his Mobil 1 Ford was a little loose.
  • Harvick did not pit during the first stage, which ran caution-free. 

Stage 2 Recap (Ended at Lap 200):

  • Harvick started fifth and finished seventh, earning four bonus points.
  • The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford pitted on lap 104 for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment.
  • On lap 142, Harvick was fourth, 3.7 seconds behind leader Kyle Busch.

Stage 3 Recap (Ended at Lap 400):

  • Harvick started seventh and finished eighth.
  • The No. 4 Mobil 1 Ford pitted on lap 204 for four tires, fuel and a chassis and tire pressure adjustment. Harvick said car needed to turn better.
  • On lap 244 Harvick pitted for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment. He was running in seventh.
  • Harvick pitted on lap 317 for four tires, fuel and a tire pressure adjustment. He finished the race eighth.

Notes:

  • Harvick earned his 19th top-10 of the season and his 25th top-10 in 38 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Richmond.
  • This is Harvick’s third straight top-10 at Richmond. He finished fourth in the series’ last visit to Richmond in April.
  • This is Harvick’s fourth consecutive top-10. He finished second in the series’ last race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Harvick’s 25 top-10s at Richmond are the most among active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers. Next best is Kyle Busch with 22 top-10s.
  • Since joining SHR in 2014, Harvick has never finished outside the top-15 at Richmond.
  • Martin Truex Jr. won the Federated Auto Parts 400 to score his 25th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory, his series-leading sixth of the season, his second in a row and his second at Richmond. His margin of victory over second-place Kyle Busch was 2.63 seconds.
  • There were five caution periods for a total of 32 laps.
  • Only 13 of the 38 drivers in the Federated Auto Parts 400 finished on the lead lap.

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No 4 Mobil 1 Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

“It’ll be a nice week at home (at Charlotte Motor Speedway). I think it allows everybody to really go and the biggest thing is you want to go try and learn what you need to do to run fast there, so this week we’ll go to the simulator and try to transfer that to the race track and see how practice goes and then we’ll see how the weekend goes. You definitely still want to go there and get a race win or something that will go forward with you and also learn something for the future.”

Playoff Standings (with one race to go before Round of 12): 

  1.   Martin Truex Jr. (2,141 points) 2 wins; clinched spot in Round of 12
  2. Kevin Harvick (2,118 points) +68 points; clinched spot in Round of 12
  3.   Kyle Busch (2,117 points) +67 points; clinched spot in Round of 12
  4.   Denny Hamlin (2,105 points) +55 points
  5.   Brad Keselowski (2,104 points) +54 points
  6.   Joey Logano (2,100 points) +50 points
  7.   Chase Elliott (2,086 points) +36 points
  8.   Kyle Larson (2,074 points) +24 points
  9.   Ryan Newman (2,063 points) +13 points
  10. Ryan Blaney (2,058 points) +8 points
  11. Aric Almirola (2,053 points) +3 points
  12. William Byron (2,052 points) +2 points
  13. Alex Bowman (2,050 points) -2 points
  14. Erik Jones (2,049 points) -3 points
  15. Clint Bowyer (2,047 points) -5 points
  16. Kurt Busch (2,037 points) -15 points

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Bank of America Roval 400 on Sunday, Sept. 29 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. It starts at 2:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBC and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.