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Edwards Finishes 24th After Strong Run At Bristol
Edwards was the defending race champion heading into Sunday’s 266.5-mile race with hopes to repeat. Edwards started out the weekend strong in practice and captured his highest qualifying spot of the season in third. The 511-lap event was delayed over an hour for rain and only made it 22 laps before a wreck involving Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano brought out a caution followed by a red flag and another rain delay for several hours, turning the event into a night race. Edwards ran in the top-five the majority of the race in Thunder Valley and led 86 laps on the .533-mile concrete oval. The No.19 Comcast Business team was having a great race and survived the first 10 cautions, but got caught up in a late race accident on lap 495 when he got loose battling with Jeff Gordon for the second position, collecting Kurt Bush and squashing any chance to race for the lead and repeat his backflip from last year. The Comcast Business Toyota suffered significant damage. Edwards had to pit as his Comcast Business team jumped into action and reconstructed as much of the Camry as they could in such a short period of time. They were able to get back out and restart for the green-white checker, finishing the race in a very disappointing 24th under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Suárez Claims Second-Place Finish at Bristol
Daniel Suárez arrived at Bristol Motor Speedway looking to make his first-career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at the East Tennessee track. With prior experience in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, Suárez and crew chief Eric Phillips utilized both practice sessions to get the No. 18 ARRIS Toyota Camry dialed in just right for the unique half-mile track, where handling is everything.
Suárez took the green flag from the ninth position and maintained his run within the top 10 until his Camry became loose around lap 50. Coming to pit road three times during the 300-lap race, Phillips called for four tires, fuel and a track-bar adjustment on each stop. The No. 18 ARRIS pit crew had lightning-fast stops throughout the event and helped Suárez gain additional track position following each visit.
Having grown up racing in Mexico where the tracks are flat, the 23-year-old showed patience and skill as he weaved through traffic around the high-banked oval. Following a restart on lap 225, Suárez jumped to the second position and settled in for a long 40-lap run. When a late-race caution arose on lap 281, however, Suárez and the No. 18 ARRIS Camry were put to the ultimate test. Restarting from the inside position with just 13 laps remaining, Suárez defended his line and was able to clear his competitors within the first two laps, ultimately holding his position until the checkered-flag waved at Thunder Valley.
Daniel Suárez Scores Third Consecutive Top-10 Finish
After four weeks off from NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action, Daniel Suárez was ready to get back behind the wheel of the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra in Saturday’s Kroger 250 event from Martinsville Speedway. Suárez would qualify for the race in the 11th position, but by lap 20, Suarez had already worked his way into the 10th position, and was already in ninth and looking for more when the first caution came out near lap 33 of the 250-lap event.
The team continued to run in the top 10 through the fourth and fifth caution periods of the afternoon, pitting for the third, and what ended up being the final time of the afternoon during the sixth caution for tires and a track bar adjustment. Suárez would slot into the ninth position for the Lap 194 restart, staying within the top 10 through the seventh caution near Lap 214.
The ninth caution of the afternoon would set up a green-white-checkered finish attempt, and a chance for Suárez to move up through the field before the end of the event. The youngster would restart the Kroger 250 in the 11th spot, but was able to move his was past several drivers in front of him, taking the white flag in the sixth position. He would hold on to that spot as the checkered flag flew, securing his third consecutive top-10 finish in 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series action.