Suarez, who has struggled to gain some consistency in his initial season at Stewart Haas Racing, had his very best weekend so far at Texas Motor Speedway.
He had been fast in practices, qualified fourth and completed per year ’s-best third in Sunday’S-O ’Reilly 500, including major nine rebounds.
The full weekend has been strong for us,” Suarez said following the race. &ldquoWe had the rate all weekend long. I feel as though we had for sure a top-five car and sometimes most likely the very best car out there on the long term.
“We’re just searching for the right balance forth and back, however that I ’m just very happy with everybody at Stewart Haas Racing and Ford Performance, and especially by the No. 4 1 guys. They worked extremely hard to create a fantastic piece for Texas and also we achieved it now, so I’m grateful.
Suarez’s third-place finish was also his third top-10 finish of the season and next successive. He’d nine top-10s last season from the entire 36-race program while at Joe Gibbs Racing.
Suarez started the final period of the race second along side Ryan Blaney and once a round of green-flag pit stops were completed on Lap 241 of 334, he cycled in to the lead.
On 246, Kyle Busch used a lapped car as a choice to maneuver Suarez to the lead but he never ventured away from front and arose in third after the final round of green-flag stops.
His three SHR team-mates — Clint Bowyer, Aric Almirola along with Kevin Harvick — also all finished eighth or higher, another sign the company continues to produce progress.
“This is the 2nd week in a row where all the StewartHaas Racing cars have been from the top-10 and that’s something very, excellent,” Suarez stated. “Overall, very proud of the No. 4 1 crew as we’ve been working hard to slowly progress and better. We’re showing that.
“This car had been fast the entire weekend. Just very proud of the campaign. We can keep heading into that way and finish at Victory Lane oneday here so on.