Race Preview: Talladega Superspeedway

Daniel Suárez / No. 19 STANLEY Toyota Preview

O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas Motor Speedway

 

NO. 19 NEWS AND NOTES

Suárez at ‘Dega: Daniel Suárez and the No. 19 ARRIS team head to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend for the GEICO 500 and the second restrictor-plate race of the 2017 season. Despite making his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) start at Talladega this weekend, Suárez has two starts under his belt in the NASCAR XFINITY Series at the 2.66-mile speedway, with one top-10 finish on his resume.

JGR at Talladega: Joe Gibbs Racing has 115 MENCS starts at Talladega and has earned four wins, 31 top-five and 46 top-10 finishes. The championship-winning organization has won one pole award with an average start of 16.9 an average finish of 17.7.

Richmond Recap:Suárez and his ARRIS team took the green flag for the Toyota Owners 400 just past 2:00 PM ET under hot sunny skies. The No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing team’s never give up attitude showed today after they battled from three laps down to cross the finish line 12th. Suárez was the highest finishing rookie and grabbed his third top-15 finish in just nine NASCAR Cup Series starts.

RACE INFO: The GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 7th. The race will be broadcast live on Fox, Sirius XM Channel 90 and MRN Radio.

Suárez’s 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Season Stats

9 STARTS

0 WINS

0 TOP-5

2 TOP-10s

0 POLES

FROM THE COCKPIT

“I really looking forward to Talladega and getting back in my ARRIS Camry this weekend. We had a good Speedweeks down in Daytona in February, so I’m looking forward to another restrictor-plate race and hopefully starting to build some momentum for the rest of the season. We know our Toyota Camry’s will have speed this weekend, so hopefully we can go out, have a little bit of luck and come away with a good finish for ARRIS and everyone involved with this No. 19 team.” - Daniel Suárez - No. 19 Driver

NO. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Team

Driver: Daniel Suárez

Engineer: Lee Hallman

Engineer: Gene Wachtel

Mechanic Zack Miller

Gasman Kenneth Purcell

Rear Tire Changer: Kip Wolfmeir

Hauler Driver Kyle Bazzell

Crew Chief: Scott Graves

Shock Specialist: Ron Denton

Mechanic: David Rudy

Tire Specialist: Jamie Turski

F. Tire Changer: Clay Robinson

R. Tire Carrier: Matt VerMeer

Hauler Driver: Jeff Icenhour

Car Chief: Wesley Sherrill

Engine Tuner: James Dudley

Mechanic: Jerad Hewitt

Spotter: Chris Osborne

F. Tire Carrier: Kevin Harris

Jackman Trey Burklin