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.