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Daniel Suarez Not Returning to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2020; Cole Custer In

Daniel Suarez is out of a ride for the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.

Via a video message posted on Twitter, the 27-year-old confirmed that he will not return to Stewart Haas Racing’s No. 41 Ford Mustang after Sunday’s race (Nov. 17) at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Suarez, a three-year MENCS veteran, had been in the midst of a long contract negotiation to re-sign with SHR, but both parties failed to secure an agreement. Suarez cited sponsorship reasons for his dismissal in a Twitter video posted to fans.

“We were not able to put all the funding and all the sponsors together right on time,” Suarez said. “We were extremely close — pretty much there, but there just wasn’t quite enough time. I’m extremely disappointed for the outcome, but it’s the way it is sometimes. I’m sure there will be something else waiting for me.”

Suarez, the 2016 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, made the jump to Cup in 2017. After competing for Joe Gibbs Racing for two seasons, the Monterrey, Mexico, native joined SHR in 2019. This season, Suarez has scored four top fives, 11 top 10s and a pole award.

A replacement for Suarez has not been officially named, but reports suggest that NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Cole Custer is likely to fill the open seat.

UPDATE: Early Friday morning, Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed that Custer will replace Suarez in the No. 41 Ford for 2020.

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Never a doubt that Custer wasn’t coming. Daniel must have been in denial. IF he gets a cup ride it won’t be a top notch one like he’s enjoyed for three years without a win.

Carl D.

This news was anything but surprising. I’m glad to see that all of the “big three” Xfinity drivers will apparently move up to the cup level together… it should be a great ROTY battle in 2020. As for Saurez, he almost certainly won’t find as good a ride as he has at SHR, but his results just haven’t matched expectations.

Bill B

How nice of them to drag this on until the last race of the season. A little late to find a new ride.

I agree with Echo, he will be lucky to find a third tier ride. He was moved up (to Cup) too quickly anyway, mainly due to the sponsor Arris (where are they now?).

Adios muchacho.


I hope he lands a ride for next year. IMHO Daniel is a class act, works hard at his craft, and has plenty of potential. He’s great for the sport, and I wish all the best for him.

Lin Hunnicutt

He was promoted too quickly to Cup. He’s been in the most two top tier rides and couldn’t compete.


If this is true and Daniel has the money coming Bubba Wallace should be very nervous

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