Concord, North Carolina, September 28, 2022.- A crucial date in the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs will take place this Sunday at Talladega, where Daniel Suárez arrives among the eight drivers who will advance to the next round.
After William Byron’s penalty for an aggressive maneuver on Denny Hamlin on Sunday at Texas dropped him from third to 10th in the rankings, Suarez jumped to sixth with 3,045 points. His teammate Ross Chastain is second with 3,059 points.
The Escudería Telmex Telcel driver finished 12th on Sunday at the Fort Worth Texan Oval in the #99 Trackhouse Racing car, but scored an additional 13 points after finishing the first stage in fourth place and the second in fifth.
“Stage points weren’t that important in the first round, but at this round I think they are definitely a must. You have to earn stage points if you want to advance. We know it and it is a priority. That starts in qualifying on Saturday, so you have to qualify well to start in a good place and have a good pit lane and then hold track position all day. We did that in Texas on Sunday,” explained the man from Monterrey.
Before the arrival at the Talladega monster, a total of 30 races have been run so far this season. Sunday will be the fifth of 10 scheduled playoff dates and the second of three in this phase that will eliminate four drivers to leave eight to advance to the third stage of the postseason.
Talladega Superspeedway awaits for a long competition of 188 laps on the 2.66-mile track to complete a 500-mile course, starting at 1:00 p.m. (Central Mexico time). It is known that problems are never lacking and that getting involved in an accident can be very costly.
“Talladega is very unpredictable and many things can happen as we all know”, explained Suárez; “As a driver you can put yourself in good and bad positions. You just have to be smart and stay in good positions throughout the race. Of course there is a lot of luck in that. If we can break even at Talladega, we’ll be in good shape. I know next week at the Roval in Charlotte we’ll be in the top five and I look forward to competing for the win.”