Daniel Suarez' Daytona 500 hopes end with Duel #1 crash

Daniel Suarez' chances of making the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 ended in the frontstretch wall on Lap 28 of Duel #1.

Daniel Suarez' Daytona 500 hopes end with Duel #1 crash
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Suarez and the No. 96 Gaunt Brothers Racing team were not locked into the 500 and needed to race their way in via the first Duel race Thursday night.

In the early going, the Monterrey, Mexico native was running solidly inside the top-ten, but it all went wrong during green-flag pit stops.

After losing touch with his fellow Toyota drivers, he was being lapped by the leading Ford group. Moments later, he collided with the No. 12 of Ryan Blaney as the Fords ducked down to pit, sending him nose-first into the outside wall before coming to a rest in the infield grass. He was unable to continue.

It appeared he, nor his spotter were aware that the Fords were pitting that lap. In fact, neither were the three Team Penske drivers who didn't signal their intentions to pit until it was too late.

"I mean it's very simple, the No. 2 car (Brad Keselowski) -- he started getting his hand out the window super, super late and I see him and when I start going out, the No. 12 (Blaney) is there," he explained to Fox Sports.

"I don't know man, getting tired of this."

Blaney said he made a "bonehead move" and apologized to Suarez. "We should have never been in that spot in the first place. It was just an error on my part and kind of a little lack of communication that didn’t end well," he said post-race.

According to a team spokesperson, Suarez is not expected to get in anyone else's ride for the Daytona 500. He would need to be in a Toyota and there are no options.

 

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