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Daniel Suarez

Team: Joe Gibbs Racing-19
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/7/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'9 / 166

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Daniel Suarez finished sixth in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which matches his career-best finish.
Suarez also finished sixth in the AAA 400 at Dover. He has three seventh-place finishes and 14 top-20s, which has made him one a remarkably consistent rookie value. Jul 16 - 8:08 PM

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In addition to his usual duties behind the wheel of the No. 19 Toyota Camry in the Cup Series, Daniel Suarez will drive the No. 12 ARRIS Toyota for MDM Motorsports in Saturday's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Carneros 200 at Sonoma Raceway.

Suarez made a name for himself in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2013, scoring nine top-10 finishes and six top-five finishes, propelling him to a third-place finish in the overall points standings. In 2014, he made both his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) debuts. In his first full-time NXS season, he scored 18 top-10 finishes, eight top-five finishes, and scored three-poles, finishing fifth in series points. In 2016, he scored three victories. Those three wins combined with 27 top-10 finishes, 19 top-five finishes, and three poles, propelled him to the 2016 NXS Championship.
Jun 20 - 10:16 PM

None of the 2017 Rookie of the Year contenders cracked the top 12 in Friday’s qualification, but they were all consistent. Daniel Suarez lines up 14th, Erik Jones 15th, and making his Cup debut, Darrell Wallace Jr. will start 16th.

Pocono is occasionally kind to rookies. Denny Hamlin famously won his first two races there with Jimmie Johnson and Chase Elliott also scoring top-fives in their debuts. Look for at least one of these three freshmen to score a top-10.
Jun 10 - 10:29 AM

Daniel Suarez finished sixth in the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway, which is his career-best finish to date in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

This is Suarez’s fourth top-10 finish of the year; his previous three efforts were all seventh-place results. Suarez has been the leading rookie through the first third of the 2017 season and it appears that he is only getting better.
Jun 4 - 6:29 PM

Daniel Suarez was the fastest Rookie of the Year candidate in practice one for the AAA 400 Drive for Autism at Dover International Speedway with a speed of 158.493 mph.

Suarez has been a pleasant surprise on several occasions this year. His three top-10s leads the rookie class. Bristol Motor Speedway is not as comparable as it once was to Dover, but there are still some similarities and Suarez scored a solid top-15 on that bullring.
Jun 2 - 12:11 PM

Daniel Suarez survived contact with Chase Elliott three laps from the end of the Monster Open and held on to win the final stage. He will advance into the big show.

Suarez was determined. He will join Ryan Blaney and Chris Buescher as first time starters in this event. Suarez’s lack of experience will likely cost him a shot at a top-10, but if he stays out of trouble anything can happen.
May 20 - 7:20 PM

For the third time this season, Daniel Suarez finished seventh in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, which are his career-best results. He started the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway in 15th.

Those are all of his top-10 finishes for the year. His other seventh-place results came at Phoenix International Raceway and Auto Club Speedway in back-to-back races and he has one other 12th two weeks ago at Richmond International Raceway.
May 14 - 12:58 AM

Daniel Suarez is the highest qualified Rookie of the Year candidate for the GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway in 15th.

Suarez might not have qualified quite as well if 12 drivers who failed inspection had turned laps, but this could be a blessing for the freshman as it puts him in contact with the leaders at the start of the race.
May 13 - 1:57 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Daniel Suarez, driving the No. 18 Juniper Toyota, had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the XFINITY Series My Bariatric Solutions 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

His average of 183.938 mph was best of the three cars that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Tyler Reddick (No. 42 Broken Bow Records Chevrolet Camaro, 182.228 mph) and Brennan Poole (No. 48 DC Solar Chevrolet Camaro, 179.558 mph) are the others on this list.
Apr 7 - 4:28 PM

Daniel Suarez wheel-hopped in turn one during the first practice session for the STP 500. He spun into the retaining wall and destroyed his primary car.

It takes a while for Young Guns to get comfortable in the heavy Cup cars on this tight bullring. Suarez made that abundantly clear with this incident. He was 22nd on the speed chart at the time.
Mar 31 - 12:51 PM

Daniel Suarez is finally coming into his own. He has finished on the lead lap in his last three starts with a pair of top-10s in his most recent two.

Suarez has not spent nearly enough time among the top 10 throughout the middle portions of races to make the No. 19 a must-have, but ultimately most points are earned at the end of a night. Suarez is cheap enough in most games to make him worth the risk.
Mar 31 - 12:52 AM

Joe Gibbs Racing announced late Wednesday that crew chief Dave Rogers will step aside from his duties as crew chief leading rookie Daniel Suarez's No. 19 Toyota team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, effective immediately.

The team issued a very brief statement -- only two paragraphs long -- saying that Scott Graves will assume the role of crew chief on Suarez's team while Rogers will be gone for "an indefinite period of time." A new crew chief will be named at a later date for the No. 18 XFINITY Series team, where Graves had been. Graves served as Suarez's crew chief last year, and the duo won the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship.-NASCAR.com
Mar 30 - 11:04 AM

For the second straight week, Daniel Suarez spent most of the Auto Club 400 outside the top 10, but he surged at the right time and finished seventh.

Unofficially, Suarez logged only about 14 laps in the top 10 of the 202 available. It is too soon to make a sweeping generalization, but the rookie should be watch closely to see if this tendency to move up during restarts is one that he will keep all year.
Mar 26 - 9:12 PM

Daniel Suarez showed gradual improvement in his first three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races and then surged into the top 10 at Phoenix International Raceway. It will be important for him to run well at Auto Club Speedway.

Fantasy players need to trust their drivers. Great runs like the one he had a Phoenix are good for PR releases, but a solid top-20 in the Auto Club 400 will show a predictable pattern. Given the strength of Roush-Fenway Racing on this track in the past, it is a fair bet that the No. 19 will finish in the front half of the pack.
Mar 23 - 1:17 AM

Daniel Suarez scored his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series top-10 in the Camping World 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He finished seventh after starting 27th.

Suarez was a beneficiary of a late caution, but that made only a slight difference. He was en route to a top-15 finish before the final restart and was in the best lane to capitalize on the late-race chaos, but he did what was needed. Now that he knows how to find the lead pack, he should be able to log more consistent top-20s.
Mar 19 - 8:04 PM