NASCARNASCAR Cup SeriesSuarez Finishes Fifth in Incident-Free Road America Race

Suarez Finishes Fifth in Incident-Free Road America Race

By Seth Eggert, Staff Writer

Unlike Sonoma Raceway where Daniel Suarez dominated, at Road America, it appeared that the Trackhouse Racing driver was playing catch-up in the incident-free race.

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July 2, 2022:
at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.
(HHP/Harold Hinson). Harold Hinson / Harold Hinson Photography.

Suarez started the final Stage of the Kwik Trip 250 inside the top-10. The driver of the No. 99 Jockey Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE maneuvered his way by a trio of Ford Performance drivers, Chris Buescher, Austin Cindric, and Michael McDowell. Once he passed the Ford contingent, Suarez was still in the tire tracks of four Chevy Racing drivers, including his teammate, Ross Chastain.

At the most recent road course, Suarez led just shy of half the laps before capturing his first career win. At the 4.048-mile Road America, he never had the chance to put his No. 99 out front. Several other drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series field had more pace than Suarez and his teammate. When the checkered flag waved, the Monterrey, Mexico native was fifth.

“I thought (the afternoon) was fine,” explained Suarez. “For the car that we had, I thought that we maximized everything that we got. Proud of my team and my pit crew today, everyone did a great job. I felt like we had a top-seven car and we finished in the top-five, so I felt like we did a good job with that. With that being said, it’s not a win. We have to continue to work and continue to get better.”

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#99: Daniel Suarez, TrackHouse Racing, Jockey Chevrolet Camaro, Photo by NKP / NKP Photo.

Suarez uncharacteristically qualified 17th for the Kwik Trip 250. Though he reached the top-10 before the end of Stage 1, pit strategy ultimately kept him out of the top-10 at the end of both Stages. With no cautions for incidents, Suarez had few opportunities to take advantage on restarts.

The fifth-place finish was Suarez’s fourth top-five this season. It was also the 13th top-five finish of his NASCAR Cup Series career.

The top-five finish moved Suarez up from 19th to 17th in the championship points standings. He is 204-points behind leader Chase Elliott. Suarez is locked into the playoffs by virtue of his Sonoma win.

Featured Photo Credit: Harold Hinson / Harold Hinson Photography.


Seth Eggert
Seth Eggert
Growing up in Northern New Jersey, Seth grew up in a family of NASCAR fans. He was always determined to have a career in the industry. While in college, Seth bought a subscription to iRacing. As an avid iRacer, Seth took an opportunity to start a journalism career at iRacingNews covering the IndyCar Open Oval Series. He spent four years at iRacingNews before moving towards coverage of motorsports in the real world. In 2016, Seth joined Tribute Racing, which then became Motorsports Tribune as a Staff Writer. That same year, he graduated from Mitchell Community College with an Associate’s Degree in History. He joined the Kickin’ the Tires team as a Staff Writer and eSports Editor in late 2019. When he is not writing or covering NASCAR or iRacing, Seth works at Mitchell Community College as an Administrator in their Mooresville campus tutoring center. He is also qualified to tutor up to 38 different classes ranging from Communications to History to Math to various electives.


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