On Sunday, Trackhouse Racing’s unbeaten run in the NASCAR Cup Series on racetracks this season finally ended, but both of its racers still ranked in the top five.
Ross Chastain and Daniel Suarez, who race for the same organisation, claimed the year’s opening two race track competitions on Sunday at Road America. Chastain did it at Circuit of the Americas, and Suarez did so at Sonoma (Calif.) Raceway.
Tyler Reddick of Richard Childress Racing managed to win the 62-lap race on Sunday, which was completed by neither racer who had led a lap. Suarez placed fifth, while Chastain came fourth.
In a race that was exceedingly tough to pass, Chastain began 12th and Suarez 17th, but both were able to move straight to the upper five.
“Trackhouse still had two in the top-five. Daniel and I were just talking and there were little bits and pieces we were off today and we still had top-five speed,” Chastain said. “Absolutely nothing to be ashamed about.
“Our (car) was fast enough, we were just lacking mainly rear grip on throttle and in the rights (turns) especially. Got really slick there at the end and those guys didn’t slow down in the end as much as we did. A fourth-place car was where we ran most of the day.”
Chastain appeared to gain a lot of ground in Stage 1 and was able to use the same pit strategy as Chase Elliott and Reddick (the two drivers that led the most circuits), which kept him in contention for the victory.
On lap 37 of 62 while battling for third, Kyle Larson briefly shoved Chastain aside but was able to bounce back and re-enter the race in fourth.
Chastain responded, “It’s NASCAR Cup Series racing and that is what it’s all about,” when questioned about the ferocity of the race.
“I thought it was fine. For the car that we had, I thought that we maximized everything that we got,” he said. “Proud of my team and my pit crew today, everyone did a great job.
“I felt like we had a top-seven car and we finished in the top-five, so I felt like we did a good job with that. With that being said, it’s not a win. We have to continue to work and continue to get better.”
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