Suarez Focuses On Talladega

Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suárez and the No. 41 Haas Automation Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) head to Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway this weekend for the final superspeedway race of the season. Suárez will pilot the traditional red-and-black Haas Automation paint scheme for Sunday’s 1000bulbs.com 500.

This race last year saw one of the most dominate performances by a racing organization. The four SHR teammates, Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, Clint Bowyer and former SHR driver Kurt Busch, raced nose to tail at the front of the field for almost the entire event. The solid teamwork, along with power from Roush Yates Engines, allowed the four-car contingent to lead a total of 155 laps, along with the most important one – final lap. Almirola was the victor after Busch’s No. 41 machine ran out of fuel while leading as it came to the checkered flag. Almirola’s victory meant all four SHR entries secured a win in the 2018 season, which saw SHR capture a total of 12 wins. SHR also started that 193-lap Talladega race occupying the first four grid positions.

With chamber of commerce weather expected this weekend at the 2.66-mile superspeedway and only six races remaining in the 2019 season, fans will flock to see one of the best races on the circuit. The Alabama track has also undergone a multi-million-dollar infield renovation, making it even more fan friendly.

Suárez heads to Talladega after competing last weekend at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, where he started 15th and ended the day with a 14th-place result.

He looks to improve on his superspeedway record this weekend. He has just one top-10 finish in his last 10 starts at Talladega and Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. He’s led a total of 23 laps at the sister tracks and has completed 82 percent of all possible laps.

In his young Cup Series career, Suárez has five starts at Talladega with a best finish of 10th earned in April 2018. In total, he’s led 12 laps and has an average starting position of 12.8 and an average finishing position of 14.4. Earlier this year at the famed superspeedway, the 27-year-old earned a 12th-place result.

The Mexico native has three Talladega starts in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a best result of seventh, along with five laps led. In the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series, Suárez has one start there, which resulted in a 15th-place finish.

The Haas Automation driver is 18th in the driver standings with 730 points and has a total of three top-fives and 10 top-10s this season, along with 135 laps led. He has an average start of 14.6 and an average finish of 15.4. He earned his second career Cup Series pole, first with the No. 41 team, in July at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

Haas Automation, founded in 1983 by SHR co-owner Gene Haas, is America’s leading builder of CNC machine tools. The company manufactures a complete line of vertical and horizontal machining centers, turning centers and rotary tables and indexers. All Haas products are constructed in the company’s 1.1-million-square-foot manufacturing facility in Oxnard, California, and distributed through a worldwide network of Haas Factory Outlets.

Daniel Suárez: Driver of the No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing:

Now that you’re through a majority of the season, how would you evaluate where you’re at on the performance side?

“I feel like we are in a better position with our cars from the start of the year. We aren’t exactly where we need to be, but I feel like we are definitely a top-10 car and we’re very close to being a top-five and, once you’re in the top-five, you’re able to put yourself in a really good position to win. Racing is like a roller coaster – sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. We’ll keep working hard and communicating.”

How important are teammates at Talladega?

“Obviously my teammates are very important to being successful at Talladega. We all watched what Stewart-Haas Racing did last year with sticking together so well. We have a different rules package this year but, no matter what, when you go to a superspeedway, your teammates will always be important. I feel like all of my teammates are great superspeedway racers, which is helpful, too.”

No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang Team Report
Race 31 of 36 – 1000bulbs.com 500 – Talladega

Car No. 41: Haas Automation Ford Mustang Team Report

At Track PR Contact: Lauren Emling with True Speed Communication (Lauren.Emling@TrueSpeedCommunication.com)

Primary Team:

Driver: Daniel Suárez

Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico

Car Chief: Tony Cardamone

Hometown: Bristol, Virginia

Engine Specialist: Evan Cupples

Hometown: Hudson, Illinois

Crew Chief: Billy Scott

Hometown: Land O’ Lakes, Florida

Engine Builder: Roush Yates Engines

Headquarters: Mooresville, North Carolina

Spotter: Tony Raines

Hometown: LaPorte, Indiana

Over-The-Wall Crew:

Fuelman: Josh Pech

Hometown: Mooresville, North Carolina

Carrier: Jeremy Howard

Hometown: Dalhart, Texas

Jackman: Matthew Schlytter

Hometown: Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Front Changer: Josh Leslie

Hometown: Mount Clemens, Mich.

Rear Changer: Chris Jackson
Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Road Crew:

Transporter Driver: Eddie DeGroot

Hometown: Baldwinsville, New York

Shock Specialist: Aaron Kuehn

Hometown: Kensington, Connecticut

Mechanic: Nick McIntosh

Hometown: Havre, Montana

Interior Mechanic: Kyle Anderson

Hometown: Jewell, Iowa

Tire Technician: Thomas Gagliano

Hometown: East Hampton, Connecticut

Engineers: Scott Bingham and William Lee

Hometowns: Lawrenceville, Georgia and Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, respectively

Mechanic: Joe Zanolini

Hometown: Sybertsville, Pennsylvania

Talladega Superspeedway Notes of Interest:

Daniel Suárez will make his 103rd career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start on Sunday at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

Suárez has a best Cup Series finish of 10th in his five starts at the 2.66-mile track. Additionally, he has three starts there in the NASCAR Xfinity Series with a best finish of seventh, and one start in the NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series with a best result of 15th.

The Haas Automation driver is currently on track to have the best season of his young Cup Series career with three top-fives, 10 top-10s and 135 laps led with six races remaining.

The Mexico native will sign autographs at the SHR merchandise hauler located in the Talladega Superspeedway midway Sunday, beginning at 9:15 a.m. CDT.

In 2018, veteran crew chief Billy Scott led the No. 41 team to one win, six top-five finishes and 22 top-10s, and five pole awards. The win came in the August Bristol race – his first win as a Cup Series crew chief.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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