You might say last week was not a good week for Daniel Suarez when it comes to the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway. Things didn’t go so well for Suarez after he was forced to a backup car in Friday’s opening practice session.
Read on and find out why Daniel Suarez was having such a bad race…
Basically, Daniel Suarez backed into the wall in between Turns 3 and 4 after his No. 19 Toyota wheel hopped. That was just the beginning of his problems.
Not only did have to drive a backup car for the race, he ended up finishing a season-worst 32nd in his first Cup run at Martinsville. The winner was, Brad Keselowsk, who piloted his No. 2 Fusion to the win in Sunday’s STP 500, at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race.
Why all the stress? Apparently a lot of changes occured and it obviously threw Suarez off a bit. Crew chief Dave Rogers had to take an indefinite leave for personal reasons. So, Scott Graves, the 2016 Xfinity title winner along with Suarez, ended up serving as his crew chief.
Here is what Suarez said about the changes and the incident:
“I don’t know what was going on with my brakes. It was something weird. On the first run I felt something similar. Something was weird with my brakes and I just wheel hopped and here we are.”
Daniel Suarez next race at Texas Motor Speedway Details:
Moving forward, Daniel Suarez is happy that Martinsville is now behind him. He is now getting ready for his next race, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Suarez is looking forward to this week’s challenge, he had this to say Friday at Texas Motor Speedway:
“Just happy to get that week over. There was a lot going on that weekend, and it was a lot of work and a lot of rush and a lot going on. I’m just glad to get that behind.’’
His new race, the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, will be on a reconfigured track that he hadn’t driven on until today? Though, Suarez admits changes to the track at Texas is a “more normal” week for him.
“Last week … I wasn’t very excited to get to the racetrack and talk to (the media) to be honest. It was just a lot going on. I just wanted to get to the racetrack and drive the car. There were a lot of adjustments. When you change a key part of the team, it definitely changes something.
Suarez will be competing in both the Xfinity and Cup events, and he is feeling more confided this time.
“Now for Texas, I feel we have more time to adapt and talk about things and talk about the racetrack and talk about the car. More and more confident coming into Texas.’’
Currently, he is average running position in the middle of a race this season is 27.3, and his average finish is 19.3.