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Edwards Finished 12th in Rain-Shortened Race at Michigan
Edwards and the No. 19 ARRIS team traveled to the Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan for the Quicken Loans 400. He led Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) to the green flag from the fourth place qualifying position for the start of what was supposed to be a 200 lap race at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. It had rained on and off all day, finally causing a rain-shortened 138 lap race on the 2-mile oval. When the race went green Edwards immediately passed Kasey Kahne to lead the first lap and led from lap three until the competition yellow on lap 42. Crew Chief Darian Grubb called for minor adjustments to correct a tight condition during the first pit stop and Edwards came out of the pits in fourth. He ran in the top-five for the majority of the race and only dropped out of the top-ten the last ten laps of the race. He led again on lap 127 during a yellow flag cycle of pit stops and with an immediate threat of rain in the area Grubb made a gutsy call and left Edwards out gambling on the weather. Unfortunately, the rain didn’t come soon enough and forced Edwards to pit for fuel and tires. Edwards led a total of 41 laps of the rain-shortened 138 lap race and finished 12th.
Suárez Scores Fifth Top-10 Finish of 2015
Rain pushed Saturday night’s Owens Corning AttiCat 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series event to Sunday morning, but not even Mother Nature could keep Daniel Suárez from recording his fifth top-10 finish of the 2015 season. The 23-year-old Joe Gibbs Racing rookie drove his No. 18 ARRIS Toyota Camry to a career-best finish at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, on an afternoon that saw him battle back from a near collision on pit road and lead the field for one lap.
Looking to bounce back from disappointing finishes his last two races – 19th at Dover International Speedway and 20th at Michigan International Speedway – Suárez began Sunday’s event from the seventh spot on the starting grid after another strong showing in Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday. He moved up to the 12th spot by Lap 105. By Lap 110, Suárez was back in the top 10 and looking to keeping advancing. He was in the sixth spot when he brought his Camry down pit road on Lap 150 for what would turn out to be the final pit stop of the afternoon. After stopping for fresh tires and fuel, Suárez and the rest of the leaders were penalized for pitting while pit road was closed. That, however, did not stop the rookie from his quest to record a good result in the event. He battled back from the setback, running as high as sixth with 10 laps remaining, before ultimately settling for a sixth-place finish, his fifth top five of the season.
SUAREZ HEATS UP TEXAS, SCORES RUNNER-UP FINISH
Daniel Suárez was back behind the wheel of the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as the series made its first trip of the season to Fort Worth, Texas, and the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway. Suárez posted the third-fastest time in the final round of Keystone Light Qualifying, starting his Tundra on the second row for the WinStar World Casino 400 as the series rookie hoped for his sixth-consecutive top-10 finish to start the season.
Suárez, who had been running in the second spot for several laps following his intense battle with Crafton, was ready for another strong restart in hopes of securing his first series victory. With two laps to go, both drivers lined up for the final restart of the evening as fans in Texas were on their feet for another exciting battle for the lead. Unfortunately for Suárez, Crafton was able to hold off the rookie’s attempts to pass him on the track, taking the WinStar World Casino 400 checkered flag 0.569 seconds ahead of Suárez and the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra.
For Suárez, the WinStar World Casino 400 marks his second-consecutive runner-up finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, his third top-five and his sixth top-10 finish. He is scheduled to return to the helm of the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra on July 9 at Kentucky Speedway.