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RACE: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – O’Reilly Auto Parts 500
TRACK: Texas Motor Speedway
DRIVER: Daniel Suárez
CAR: No. 19 STANLEY “Racing for a Miracle” Toyota Camry
Daniel Suárez entered Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway with high hopes. Sporting a special design on his STANLEY Toyota Camry courtesy of a group of patients from nearby Cook Children’s Hospital as part of the “Racing for a Miracle” program, the Monterrey, Mexico native started 14th.
When the green flag dropped, Suárez began wrestling his Camry around the 1.5-mile track as he battled a loose handling condition. As the field raced through turns three and four on Lap 2, Alex Bowman’s No. 88 car broke loose in the middle of the pack and went spinning across the track. Suárez went high to avoid the accident. Unfortunately, when he moved right, so did Paul Menard in the No. 21 car, leaving Suárez nowhere to go to avoid contact with the back of Menard’s car causing significant damage to the left-front fender of the STANLEY Camry.
The resulting damage forced Suárez to make multiple pit stops for repairs and dropped him many laps down during the first stage. Diligent work by the STANLEY crew kept Suárez in the race and he would continue to log laps through the checkered flag. By day’s end, the No. 19 team’s persistent efforts moved them from 37th at one point to an eventual 29th-place finish.
Kyle Busch claimed Joe Gibbs Racing’s first victory of the 2018 season over Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Erik Jones and Ryan Blaney.