AVONDALE, Ariz.-- Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Phoenix Raceway did not go the way Daniel Suarez has planned or hoped for.
Earlier in the day, Suarez was unable to make a lap in qualifying. Suarez and his team were stuck in the inspection line during the opening round of qualifying. They joined Ryan Blaney, Daniel Hemric, Dakoda Armstrong, Brandon Jones, Ross Chastain, BJ McLeod, and Stephen Leicht at the back of the field. Suarez started in the 34th position.
Suarez was working his way through the field when he was pushed towards the wall by Jeremy Clements as they were racing for position. The contact with Clements resulted in a tire rub. Suarez continued to race at speed for numerous laps.
As Suarez was entering the first turn on lap 11, his car went for a spin towards the outside wall. This accident caused major damage to the car to end Suarez’s day early.
Suarez was unhappy with the way the drivers in the middle of the pack were racing.
“I don’t really know what happened. I just know that I wasn’t racing yet. The 51 (Jeremy Clements) hit me in the right rear and then I had a flat tire and I hit the wall. Just a little disappointed at the way that those guys race back there. It’s way way to early in the race to be racing like that. We have more than 150 laps to go, so it’s way way to early.”
Suarez finished in the 39th position. He ended up scoring one owner’s point for the position.