The No. 19 Toyota visited Victory Lane a final time a NASCAR Cup Series ran during Texas Motor Speedway.
Carl Edwards manned that car, winning for a fourth time during a track. But Edwards abruptly walked divided from his racing career in a offseason.
Joe Gibbs Racing afterwards incited in residence to earnest youngster Daniel Suarez, a reigning Xfinity Series champion, to hoop a pushing duties this season, even yet he had never run a Cup competition in his career.
Suarez, 25, has hold his possess in a No. 19 car, posting uninterrupted seventh-place finishes a past dual weeks during Phoenix and Fontana. But, if adjusting to a new array with a tip drivers in a competition wasn’t a large adequate challenge, Suarez has been dealt another curveball.
His organisation chief, Dave Rogers, has taken an unfixed personal leave. JGR has promoted Suarez’s organisation arch during his championship season, Scott Graves, to a position and Suarez is carefree to make it as seamless as possible.
JGR motorist Kyle Busch pronounced it could take “at slightest a month” until Daniel Suarez’s new organisation chief, Scott Graves, is entirely adult to speed.
“It was a tough week for a whole organization, yet luckily Joe Gibbs is a family,” Suarez said. “Everyone supports any other unequivocally well. [Rogers] is still partial of a group even when he’s not here with us right now. He’s still in communication with all of us.
“Luckily we got Scott. With Scott, he’s a good organisation chief. We won a championship together. We know any other unequivocally well.”
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JGR maestro motorist Kyle Busch concurred there could be a training bend for his teammates, observant it could take “at slightest a month” until Graves is entirely adult to speed.
But Suarez is carefully confident that it doesn’t take that long. He’d adore to supplement a third uninterrupted top-10 run Sunday in a STP 500 during Martinsville Speedway, and lift that movement into Texas Motor Speedway subsequent weekend.
Suarez has finished good in Texas in a brief period, subordinate fifth or improved in all 4 of his Xfinity Series starts with dual top-10 runs. He came in fifth in final fall’s Xfinity race.
I’m looking brazen to removing to know this place from 0 and perplexing to get blending to a new Texas Motor Speedway.
Joe Gibbs Racing motorist Daniel Suarez
Like each driver, though, Suarez isn’t putting too most batch into his prior success during a track. TMS repaved and reprofiled a aspect this offseason, and it stays to be seen how drivers will adjust to a new configuration.
“It’s a new Texas. It doesn’t matter what happened in a past since it’s kind of like we’re starting over,” Suarez said. “But I’m looking brazen to removing to know this place from 0 and perplexing to get blending to a new Texas Motor Speedway. Overall, Texas is a lane we unequivocally like a lot.”
NASCAR and TMS would adore to see Suarez turn a tack contender there, too.
Suarez is from Monterrey, Mexico, and a competition is perplexing to enlarge a fan base. The Dallas-Fort Worth marketplace has a clever Hispanic population, a demographic Suarez could reach, most as a Dallas Cowboys have done.
Suarez understands this. He grew adult a Cowboys fan and has a fortuitous of family and friends who make a trek to TMS whenever a NASCAR circuit is in town.
“It’s one of a races where they can leave Saturday, get there Saturday night and watch a competition on Sunday,” Suarez said.
Daniel Suarez is here firstly — and usually unequivocally — since of his talent. The fact that he’s Hispanic is usually an combined plus.
TMS boss Eddie Gossage, on Suarez’s interest to Hispanic fans
TMS boss Eddie Gossage would like to see that locate on even more.
“The Cowboys have finished a extensive job,” Gossage said. “If we ever demeanour around during a Cowboys game, you’ll see a outrageous Hispanic following. With Daniel’s ethnicity, for him to have success is usually going to make a pursuit easier.
“But Daniel Suarez is here firstly — and usually unequivocally — since of his talent. The fact that he’s Hispanic is usually an combined plus. If he can pull some-more Hispanic fans to a sport, everybody wins with that. That’s a good thing. But a bottom line is he can expostulate a wheels off a competition car.”