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Daniel Suarez Finishes Last After Pocono Wreck: ‘We Shouldn’t Have Been Racing Back There’

Daniel Suarez came into today’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway one point under the playoff cut line.

He will leave much further behind it.

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After varying pit strategies in the first 30 laps, Suarez found himself toward the back of the field at the beginning of stage two alongside Joey Logano, who won stage one.

A stack up going into turn 1 caused the No. 99 to spin and hit the wall, which heavily damaging the front nose and side. Suarez brought the car to pit road, but the damage was terminal. Suarez was able to make two more laps around the track and then took it to the garage area.

“At the end of the day, I think there is nobody to blame but ourselves, I don’t think we should’ve been racing in the back like we were,” Suarez told Frontstretch. “We were much better than that.”

“We had a car capable of running in top 10 or top 15 at least and we were running the 20s because we missed the balance of car in the first stage. I’m frustrated because I feel like we are better than this.”

With Logano returning to the track for a dozen laps, Suarez will end today’s HighPoint.com 400 with a last-place finish.

On-site Frontstretch reporter Dalton Hopkins contributed to this report.

About the author

Garrett joined Frontstretch as a news writer in 2023, and became a fantasy racing and betting writer in 2024. Hailing from the heart of coal country in southern West Virginia,  he's a married father of three and currently enrolled in the Physical Therapy Assistant Program at New River Community Technical College in Beaver, WV. He has been a racing fan since 1998, primarily watching NASCAR, but branching out to F1 and IndyCar as his love for motorsports has grown.

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Lost respect for Suarez calling the guys in the back of the pack “squirrels.”


But is he wrong?

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