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Edwards Finishes 20th At Kansas Speedway
Edwards and the No. 19 STANLEY team traveled to Edwards’ home track where he was excited about racing in front of several of his family and friends. The car was fast right off the hauler and Edwards made a very good qualifying effort taking the fifth place starting position. The weather forecast was for rain and sure enough it did, bringing out a red flag for over two hours and 15 minutes. After running in the top-10 for over 200 laps bad luck struck again. On lap 224 Edwards reported a bad shaking in his left rear, which eventually made him pit for an unscheduled stop under green. His Stanley crew changed four tires and fuel, but didn’t make any changes to the balance. He fell two laps down during the pit stop, but was able to get one back by passing the leader with fresh tires. After such a promising start, the Stanley crew had to settle for a disappointing 20th place finish.
On-Track Incident Hurts Suárez’s Chances At Talladega
Daniel Suárez and the No. 18 ARRIS Toyota Camry team headed to Talladega Superspeedway for the ninth race of the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series season with their sights set on another strong finish and a chance to move up in the championship standings. Green flag for the Winn Dixie 300 flew under a clear, blue sky and Suárez wasted no time before challenging the race leaders for better position. By the end of the first lap, the young Monterrey, Mexico, native had already moved up to the third spot. One lap later, he was second and looking for more before a spin on the track on Lap 2 brought out the first caution of the afternoon.
After nearly 30 laps of green-flag racing in the books following the first caution and teams’ fuel windows beginning to tighten, the race leaders began to pit under green for the first time of the afternoon. Suárez had worked his way back up to the 11th position before pitting for a fresh set of tires and Sunoco fuel on Lap 37, rejoining the race in the fourth spot. A speeding infraction on pit road, however, forced him to bring the No. 18 ARRIS Toyota Camry back down pit road for a pass-through penalty. He would restart the Winn Dixie 300 in 26th moments before the second yellow flag of the event was displayed on Lap 39 for debris on the backstretch. Suárez came back down pit road for more Sunoco fuel, restarting the event in 26th on Lap 41 after being sent to the rear for entering pit road while it was closed.
Following the restart, the Joe Gibbs Racing rookie methodically worked his way back up the field over the next 30 laps, running as high as 13th when the second round of green-flag pit stops began. As the drivers in front of him began to enter pit road on Lap 74, Suárez was hit hard from behind coming out of Turn 4, causing him to spin into traffic and down onto the grass. The red flag was briefly displayed, meaning the No. 18 ARRIS Toyota Camry team would have to wait until it was withdrawn before working to repair the damage and return the car to the track.
After a brief trip to the garage on Lap 82 for more repairs, the No. 18 team was able to get Suárez and his ARRIS Toyota Camry back on the track on Lap 93, 12 laps behind the leaders. He rejoined the event in the 34th position, but battled back to finish in 31st, picking up valuable points in the race and improving to ninth overall in the championship standings with 24 events remaining in the 2015 XFINITY Series season.
Daniel Suárez Runs Out of Fuel On Last Lap and Coasts to Sixth-Place Finish
Qualifying the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra in the 10th position for the Toyota Tundra 250, Daniel Suárez made his fifth-career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start Friday night under the lights at Kansas Speedway.
Making his way toward the front of the field, Suárez moved into the top five by lap 10 when the caution flag was displayed for the first time after the 33 truck wrecked. Crew chief Jerry Baxter made the call for Suárez to stay on track and the team restarted the race on lap 15 from the fifth position.
Settling into the top five and with Spotter Chris Osborne guiding the rookie around the 1.5-mile track, Suárez reported to the team that his Tundra continued to get loose the longer he ran. With the second caution flag waving on lap 40, the team was able to bring Suárez down pit road for four fresh tires, fuel and several adjustments to help with the handling of his ARRIS Tundra. Suárez exited pit road and lined up in the eighth position for the lap 46 restart. After inspecting the tires from the first run of the race, the team determined the loose-handling condition Suárez was fighting early in the race was due to a tire going down.
Slipping back to 11th on the restart, Suárez regained his lost positions to reenter the top five on lap 64 as the third caution waved on lap 65. Still struggling with the handling of his Tundra, Suárez again pitted for four tires, fuel and adjustments. With teams on varying pit strategies, the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra team restarted the race from the ninth position on lap 71.
Continuing to run solid, fast laps, Suárez picked his way through the field to take over fifth on lap 83 and moved into the top three on lap 107.
The final caution flag of the Toyota Tundra 250 waved on lap 109 with Suárez in the third position. As the field made their way to pit road, Suárez brought his ARRIS Tundra to the attention of his crew for four tires, a small adjustment and to pack the No. 51 Tundra with fuel. The race restarted on lap 115 with Suárez in the fifth position.
With the laps winding down, Suárez was able to move back into the third position as the team continued to remind him to save fuel. As the leaders began to run out of fuel, Suárez took over the lead on lap 165 before running out of fuel on lap 166 to coast across the finish line in the sixth position.