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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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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

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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

Daniel Suarez posted the 18th-fastest single lap in Saturday morning’s practice session with a speed of 134.113 mph.

Last week, Suarez earned his first career top-20. This could point to another minor improvement, but as long as he gets a little better with each passing week, he will eventually be one of Fantasy NASCAR’s better values.
Mar 18 - 1:02 PM

Daniel Suarez has only made three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, but he has been steadily improving and last week was his career-best finish.

Suarez finished on the lead lap for the first time at Vegas and earned his first top-20. This week, he will have superior notes from his teammates at Phoenix International Raceway and that will allow him to start the weekend closer to a setup that will work for the entire weekend.
Mar 16 - 1:40 PM

Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones stepped up their freshman effort Friday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by advancing to the final round of qualification for the Kobalt 400.

Jones posted a lap of 192.369 mph and qualified eighth; Suarez went 191.966 and starts 11th. The rookie battle is going to be an interesting one this week, and both of these freshmen should make their way onto many rosters.
Mar 11 - 12:28 PM

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Daniel Suarez, driving the No. 20 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry, tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He ran a fast lap of 182.389 mph. No. 19 Matt Tifft, No.18 Kyle Busch, No. 12 Joey Logano and No. 33 Brandon Jones round out the top-five of the 41 cars out on the track. The No. 77 Chevy, driven by Stephen Leicht, was the slowest in the final practice session.
Mar 11 - 12:32 AM

Last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Daniel Suarez qualified 21st and finished in that same position after losing two laps to the leaders.

Suarez should show progressive improvement as he gets more comfortable in the car. Las Vegas Motor Speedway is uniquely configured compared to the other 1.5-milers and that should also level the playing field. Look for him to earn a top-20 in the Kobalt 400.
Mar 9 - 10:32 PM

Daniel Suarez posted the fastest single lap among Rookie of the Year contenders in the first practice session for the QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

His lap of 186.159 mph narrowly edged Ty Dillon’s 186.078. Notably, those two drivers finished within one position of each other at Daytona International Speedway last week. Erik Jones was considerably further down the grid in 29th with a lap of 182.844. Gray Gaulding was 34th.
Mar 3 - 1:35 PM

Daniel Suarez failed to finish the Daytona 500 in his first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start and hopes to rebound at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Suarez’s 29th-place finish was disappointing even though he was the highest finishing rookie. The driver is much better on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks and his Joe Gibbs Racing team will be more predictable on this track type. Still, he currently languishes in the points alongside several other veteran drivers who are much more likely to move up the standings. It is only one race, but Suarez has some serious obstacles to overcome early.
Feb 28 - 5:41 PM

Daniel Suarez was the top-finishing rookie in the Daytona 500, but not by much. He finished 29th, one spot ahead of Ty Dillon.

All three Rookie of the Year candidates crashed in one of several superspeedway melees and fantasy players will have to wait for the upcoming unrestricted, intermediate speedways to tell who is going to have an early advantage.
Feb 26 - 10:36 PM

Daniel Suarez survived his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start to finish eighth in the Advance Auto Parts Clash.

A lot of attention was focused on the rookie in his first attempt at the plate track with the veterans. He made some solid moves and did not trigger an incident—but there is a huge difference between 75 laps and the 200 he will face next Sunday.
Feb 19 - 3:05 PM

Daniel Suarez was fastest among the four 2017 Rookie of the Year contenders in Saturday’s practice with a speed of 192.922 mph.

That put him just outside the top five in sixth. It is also immediately behind last year’s rookie contender Ryan Blaney. Fantasy players should pay close attention to Young Guns throughout 2017.
Feb 18 - 3:37 PM

Daniel Suarez has earned two top-15 finishes in the Xfinity series at Daytona International Speedway, but they have been bookended by crash-induced 30-something results.

Suarez climbs into the No. 19 car for the Daytona 500. For players who are disposed to seeing omens, they should know that the previous pilot of that ride was also crash prone.
Feb 16 - 12:08 PM

Daniel Suarez will compete full time in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 19 in 2017, filling Carl Edwards’ seat, and competing for Rookie of the Year honors against corporate teammate Erik Jones and Ty Dillon.

With Edwards’ decision to retire, one of the best rides in NASCAR suddenly opened up. Gibbs did not need to look far for a replacement because he had the reigning Xfinity champion waiting in the wings. Suarez has to be one of the favorites to win rookie honors and might even have a shot at making the playoffs—just as Chase Elliott did last year. Do not overcommit to him, however, because there are still a lot of unknowns surrounding the Young Gun.
Jan 11 - 12:14 PM