Suarez Martinsville News And Notes

Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suárez and the No. 41 Haas Automation Mustang team for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) make the relatively short jaunt north to Martinsville (Va.) Speedway for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First Data 500. Suárez will return to the red-and-black Haas Automation livery after driving his ARRIS Ford Mustang last weekend at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.

At Kansas, Suárez qualified the ARRIS Mustang eighth, making him the highest qualifying SHR entry. He led nine laps and ran in the top-10 for a majority of the day but finished 32nd at the 1.5-mile track after late-race accident.

The Mexico native has two career top-10 finishes in his five starts at the half-mile, paperclip-shaped Virginia short track. In this year’s March race, he started ninth and finished 10th. He has an average starting position there of 14.8 and an average finishing position of 16.8.

Additionally, Suárez has four Martinsville starts in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series, which he used to gain experience for his Cup Series endeavor as the Xfinity Series does not race at the venue. In the Truck Series, he has three top-10 starts, including one outside pole position, and two top-10 results, earning him an average starting position of 6.2 and an average finishing position of 11.5.

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.

SHR has accumulated four wins at Martinsville, the most recent by Clint Bowyer in March 2018. In total, the Kannapolis, North Carolina-based team has 10 top-five finishes and 28 top-10s in 66 starts there.

At tracks 1 mile in length or less, Suárez has five top-10 finishes and 22 laps led, with an average starting position of 18.5 and an average finishing position of 14.6.

Fans have the chance to bid on Suárez’s Kansas race-worn helmet visor benefiting the Jimmie Johnson Foundation to help raise funds for K-12 public education programs. Fans can vote here until noon EDT Friday.

The Virginia track is the shortest of the season for the Cup Series at .526 of a mile, and the second-to-last short track remaining on the calendar for the 2019 season. Should Suárez score the win Sunday, he’ll take home the unique Martinsville grandfather clock trophy.

The Haas Automation driver is 18th in the standings with 757 points and has three top-fives and 10 top-10s this season, along with 141 laps led. He has an average start of 14.5 and an average finish of 16.5. He earned his second career Cup Series pole, first with the No. 41 team, in July at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

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

What makes Martinsville unique?

“I love going to Martinsville. It’s just a different atmosphere and they have things so unique to them – the trophy, the style of track, etc. It’s one of those tracks that you have to go slow in order to make yourself fast. You have to back up the corner and go slow going into it, then you really get your speed coming off of it to pass people. There’s a lot of beating and banging between all of us on the track and it’s something really fun to watch for the fans.”

No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang Team Report
Race 33 of 36 – First Data 500 – Martinsville

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

Martinsville Speedway Notes of Interest:

Daniel Suárez will make his 105th career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start Sunday at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

Suárez has a best Cup Series finish of ninth in his five starts at the half-mile, paperclip-shaped oval. He also has four NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series starts at Martinsville with two top-10 results and an average finishing position of 11.5.

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 141 laps led with four races remaining.

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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