CHEVY NCS AT SONOMA: Post-Race Notes and Quotes
NASCAR CUP SERIES
TOYOTA / BACKUP MART 350
CHEVY TEAM POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
JUNE 12, 2022
UNOFFICIAL TOP CHEVY TEAM RESULTS:
1st DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 ONX HOMES / RENU CAMARO ZL1
7th ROSS CHASTAIN, NO. 1 WORLD EXPRESS CAMARO ZL1
8th CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1
9th WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1
11th AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 TRUE VELOCITY CAMARO ZL1
12th JUSTIN HALEY, NO. 31 LEAF FILTER CAMARO ZL1 GUTTER PROTECTION
15th KYLE LARSON, NO. 5HENDRICKCARS.COM CAMARO ZL1
16th ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 48 ALLY/BEST PACKAGE CAMARO ZL1
19th AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 16 GOLD FISH CAMARO ZL1 CASINO SLOT MACHINES
22nd ERIK JONES, NO. 43 FOCUSFACTOR CAMARO ZL1
23rd TY DILLON, NO. 42 ALLEGIANT CAMARO ZL1
25th RICKY STENHOUSE JR., NO. 47 KROGER / COTTONELLE CAMARO ZL1
TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL RACE RESULTS:
- Daniel Suarez (Chevrolet)
- Chris Buescher (Ford)
- Michael McDowell (Ford)
- Kevin Harvick (Ford)
- Austin Cindric (Ford)
As the series rest week approaches, the NASCAR Cup Series will be back in action at Nashville Superspeedway with the Ally 400 on Sunday, June 26 at 5 p.m. ET. Live coverage can be found on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90.
CHEVY TEAM POST-RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:
DANIEL SUAREZ, NO. 99 ONX HOMES / RENU CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 1st
IT HAS ALREADY BEEN QUITE CELEBRATION. DANIEL SUAREZ, SINCE YOU WON YOUR XFINITY SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP, IT’S BEEN A LONG WAY HERE IN THE CUP SERIES, DIFFERENT TEAMS, A LOT OF HEART. HOW TO PUT INTO WORDS THE RACE YOU DID TODAY?
“It’s a crazy day. I have so many thoughts in my head right now. I mean, it’s been a tough road. It’s been a tough journey in the Cup Series. These guys who believe in me – Trackhouse Racing, Justin Marks, Ty Norris. Everyone who helped me get here. Many people in Mexico: Jay Morales, Carlos Slim. My family, they never gave up on me. A lot of people did, but they didn’t.
I’m just very happy that I was able to make it work.
I MENTIONED DIFFERENT TEAMS. TRACKHOUSE, SEEMED LIKE MAGIC FROM THE MOMENT YOU STARTED TOGETHER. HOW WAS THIS TEAM DIFFERENT FOR YOU?
“Their energy. They believed in me from day one. They believe in me. All the people, all the resources to make it happen.
We have the Amigos of Daniel there. (Expletive) yeah.
TALK TO THOSE DANIEL AMIGOS OUT THERE AND ANY DANIEL AMIGO WATCHING ON TV. TELL THEM IN SPANISH HOW YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW.
“(Answer in Spanish.) This is the first of a long series.”
WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 RAPTORTOUGH.COM CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 9th
“I finished ninth here in Sonoma. Good race to our team. I fought hard all day and found the right balance and the second half of the race was good. start the week of rest with a good momentum.
TYLER REDDICK, NO. 8 LENOVO CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 35th
“Our Lenovo Chevy was strong this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. We started the race fifth and spent most of Stages 1 and 2 in and around the top five. We were fourth with three laps to go in Stage 2 when we stopped at the green flag. Unfortunately, we were caught speeding down pit road and had to restart at the back end of the field to start Stage 3. We got reflected in traffic. Everyone was regrouping and another car ended up making contact with us. It destroyed our left rear and we had to go to the garage for repairs. We came back, but finished 14 laps in 35th. It’s definitely disappointing to get a finish like that after racing so hard today.
CHEVY TEAM – QUICK RACE NOTES
A Chevrolet front row led the field to the green in today’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, with Kyle Larson capturing a series-leading fourth pole at the track; joined by Hendrick Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott in the front row.
· Varying pit strategies in the closing laps of stage one, Cliff Daniels kept the #5 HendrickCars.com Camaro ZL1 until the end of the stage.
Defending race winner Kyle Larson led all 25 laps of stage one, giving Larson his second stage win of 2022.
· Team Chevy Stage 1 Top-10: Kyle Larson (stage winner), Justin Haley (4th), Josh Bilicki (7th) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9th).
Second step :
· Chase Elliott, who stopped before the end of the first leg, capitalized on track position, leading the field to the green from pole position.
· Leading 26 laps of the 30-lap second stage, Alan Gustafson brought the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1 to pit road in the final laps of the stage, with a long pit stop causing Elliott to lose position of track. Issued a penalty for pitting outside the box, Elliott was forced to restart at the back of the pack to start the final stage.
· Team Chevy Top-10 Stage 2: Daniel Suarez (4th) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9th).
Quick facts after the race:
· Suarez’s triumph is also the eighth of the season for the Camaro ZL1 and the 13th win for Chevrolet at Sonoma Raceway, both top feats for manufacturers.
The win is Suarez’s first career win in 195 NASCAR Cup Series starts.
It also marks the third NASCAR Cup Series triumph for Trackhouse Racing in 2022.
With his win, Suarez secures a spot in the 2022 NASCAR Cup playoff field.
· The winningest brand in NASCAR, Chevrolet now has 822 all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins.
High resolution Chevy team race photos are available for editorial use.
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