Suárez Earns 17th-Place Finish at Sonoma


Daniel Suárez earned the fifth qualifying spot but was forced to start in the rear after an engine change was performed as a precautionary measure. The Ruckus driver completed Stage 1 in the 30th spot.  By lap 25, the Ford driver was in the top-10 and had moved into eighth when he made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 36 for fuel, four tires and adjustments. Suárez ended Stage 2 in 16th. Suárez did not pit before the start of Stage 2 and quickly went to work once the green flag dropped on the stage.

On lap 45, the Mexico native took over the fifth position, which he held until he made a scheduled green-flag pit stop on lap 63. During the pit stop, Suárez exceeded the pit box boundary line and was forced to back up in order for the No. 41 pit crew to perform service. Unfortunately, after the pit stop the No. 41 team was assessed an uncontrolled tire penalty, which forced Suárez to pass through pit road while under green. Throughout the remainder of the event, Suárez continued to pass cars, and ended the day 17th.

Event: Save Mart 350k (Round 16 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway (2.52-mile, 12-turn road course)
Format: 90 laps, broken into three stages (20 laps/20 laps/50 laps)
Start/Finish: 5th/17th (Running, completed 90 of 90 laps)
Point Standing: 13th (421 points, 222 out of first)

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Camping World 400 on Sunday, June 30 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


Source: SHR