Daniel Suarez has no desire to be part of the wrecking crew

(Greg Engle)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – For a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie in 2017, Daniel Suarez did an admirable job of keeping the fenders of his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota intact.

Suarez completed 10,084 of a possible 10,581 laps in his maiden Monster Energy Series campaign, a commendable 95.3 percent.

“At the end of the day, if you wreck in the first half of the race, you won’t have a lot to apply for the next time that you go to that race because you didn’t have a lot of race,” Suarez explained. “So I think that’s always very, very important for me to finish races and to spend time with your team to improve your race cars—instead of fixing your race cars.”

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