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Edwards Won Pole at the Brickyard and Finished 13thCarl Edwards started the No. 19 Toyota on the pole and settled into second on the opening lap but then re-established himself at the front of the field on lap 12. He would lead the next 20 laps. A variety of pit strategies played out over the next portion of the race and Edwards was running fourth at the halfway point. Edwards would use a great restart to run second at lap 100. Another caution on lap 107 would allow Edwards to restart second on lap 111. A caution with 40 laps to go brought the majority of leaders back down pit road and the No. 19 Camry lined up eighth for the restart. He would run third with 25 laps remaining. Crew chief Darian Grubb would make the call to remain out on the track when a caution came out with 20 laps to go and Edwards restarted second with 14 laps remaining. Edwards would get loose while racing the 22 for second place on the restart and the two made contact causing the 19 to fall back in the field. A caution followed a lap later and the Camry would hit pit road for fresh tires. A series of late restarts would allow Edwards to race his way back into the top 15 and earn a 13th-place finish.
Suárez Scores Third-Consecutive Top-Five Finish
After two rain-threatened race weekends, the NASCAR XFINITY Series welcomed the warm, sunny forecast at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Lilly Diabetes 250, the 18th event of the 2015 season. Joe Gibbs Racing rookie Daniel Suárez, making his debut at the 2.5-mile nearly rectangular oval in Speedway, Indiana, wasted no time getting acclimated to the world’s original speedway, posting the fastest lap in Friday’s final practice session and qualifying his No. 18 ARRIS Toyota Camry second during Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday.
Suárez’s third-place finish earned him top Sunoco Rookie racing honors for the third-consecutive event. It also qualified him for the next round of the NASCAR XFINITY Series Dash4Cash program, a four-race series within the XFINITY Series with a $1 million prize on the line. The first round of the Dash4Cash was held at Delaware’s Dover Speedway, with the second round race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The third round will be at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 21.
Suárez Records Third-Consecutive Top Five
“Let’s go racing” took on a new meaning at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday after rain washed out the day’s scheduled NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice and qualifying sessions, leaving only the evening’s UNOH 225 event. The starting field was set per the NASCAR rule book, meaning Daniel Suárez and the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports would take the green flag from the fourth position as the 23-year-old rookie looked for his third-consecutive top-two series finish.
On Lap 139, the first of two red flags was displayed for an accident on the track. After a short delay, the event restarted with Suárez, still in the fourth spot, looking to challenge the race leaders over the final 11 laps. Osborne and Baxter cautioned their driver to be smart during the final laps, confidently telling Suárez that he had the tools necessary to make a run at the top spot. It was not to be, however, as the second red flag of the night was displayed shortly after the restart, prematurely ending the event five laps early due to extensive damage to the catchfence.