Suarez Starting To Hit His Stride
LOUDON, N.H. – As the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East makes its annual stop at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the North American Power 100, third-year competitor Daniel Suárez is hitting his stride.
Suárez heads to Loudon, N.H., on the heels of the best two months of his career, and aside from championship leader Dylan Kwasniewski, has been perhaps the hottest driver of the season’s summer stretch.
Suárez’s first two seasons of K&N Pro Series East completion – 2010-11 – were characterized by mixed results. Competing part-time, he registered three top 10s each season, but the consistency wasn’t there from one race to the next.
For the 2013 season, Suárez’s situation stabilized. He joined Rev Racing for a full-time schedule as part of NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity initiative, and after an up-and-down start, the 21-year-old member of NASCAR Next has since exhibited his true potential.
It all started to come together for Suárez on June 22 when he finished second to Kwasniewski at Langley Speedway, the best finish of his K&N Pro Series East career at the time. Suárez needed only one race to top that, however, as he drove to his first American victory in the at Columbus Motor Speedway on July 13.
Suárez, who hails from Monterey, Mexico, had won in the past in the NASCAR Toyota Series in his native country, but the Columbus triumph was a landmark victory in his still-burgeoning career. It marked just the third race in the 27-year history of the K&N Pro Series East that was won by a Mexican-born driver.
Proving that his back-to-back podiums were no fluke, Suárez has since recorded two more in the three races since, and was in position to compete for the checkered flag at Virginia International Raceway on Aug. 24 before suffering a blown engine.
Suárez now heads to NHMS, which has been one of his best tracks. In three previous races there he’s recorded a top-10 average finish. If he’s able to keep the recent run going, Suárez could contend for a second victory and yet another place in the history books as the first international driver in series history to win multiple races.