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Edwards Finished 12th at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Edwards and the No. 19 ARRIS team traveled down the road to Atlanta Motor Speedway. The track was the catapult of Edwards’ NASCAR career with his first career wins coming in 2005 in both the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series on the 1.54-mile tri-oval. Edwards ran in the top-five for the majority of the race until on lap 273 and had to fight his way back from being two laps down. The cautions worked in favor of the No. 19 ARRIS team being in the Lucky Dog position to get both laps back by lap 304. Through the next 61 laps and two pit stops for fresh tires and fuel, Edwards maintained a top-five position. Edwards dropped out of the top five into the sixth spot on lap 92. By lap 205 he had made his way back into the top five. He maintained a top five position through a green flag pit cycle and two more cautions. Edwards was running fifth with just over 50 laps remaining when a left rear tire shredded, which forced him to pit. The ARRIS team changed four tires and worked to repair the fender damage, but the race stayed green and put Edwards two laps down to the leaders. He got one lap back when he stayed out while the leaders pitted under green on lap 292. He passed several cars to put himself in the Lucky Dog position. When the caution came out on lap 299 he got the second lap back and was back on the lead lap. He would restart 12th with just over 20 laps to go. Edwards was shown in 12th when he crossed the start/finish line at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Daniel Suárez Records Career-Best XFINITY Series Finish At Atlanta
The NASCAR XFINITY Series headed to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second event of the 2015 season. After finishing fourth in final practice on Friday, Daniel Suárez got off to a fast start in qualifying, posting a top-12 lap in the first round. He would ultimately qualify 21st for the afternoon’s event. He would remain silent on the radio for the majority of the second half of the event, only reporting that he felt his ARRIS Toyota Camry was now faster and less loose than before. He would come down pit road for tires and fuel one final time on Lap 135, after the third caution of the afternoon was displayed due to fluid on the backstretch. Suárez would restart in 13th on Lap 140, battling over the final 23 laps of the event before scoring a career-best 14th place finish in just his fourth series event.
Daniel Suárez Races To First Career Top-Five Finish
One week after recording his first career top 10 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 2015 season opener, Daniel Suárez and the No. 51 ARRIS Toyota Tundra were back on track in the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He qualified fourth for the second event of the 2015 season, starting on the second row for the first time in three career Camping World Truck Series events. Shortly after the Lap 56 restart, the young driver was able to get around the race leader, briefly holding the lead before falling back into the second position. With no cautions the rest of the way, Suárez’s next trip down pit road came during a green flag stop on Lap 101. Armed with four tires and fuel, he would restart in third, ready for the final 29 laps of the event. Suárez would battle the race leaders over the final laps, but was forced to settle for a fourth-place finish, his first career top five in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. It was the second event of the day for Suárez, who also recorded a career-best finish in the NASCAR XFINITY Series earlier in the day.