Saurez staying focused on XFINITY Series

LOUDON, NH - JULY 17: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #18 ARRIS Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
LOUDON, NH - JULY 17:  Daniel Suarez, driver of the #18 ARRIS Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
LOUDON, NH – JULY 17: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #18 ARRIS Toyota, stands in the garage area during practice for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Lakes Region 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17, 2015 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

LOUDON, N.H. – As the NASCAR XFINITY Series season has progressed, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Suarez has become a fixture near the front of the field almost every weekend.

Inevitably, his strong performance (three top-seven finishes in the last six races) has raised questions about possible participation in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next year. But Suarez would prefer to concentrate on the matters at hand.

“To be honest, I feel like I’m getting comfortable right now where we are right now in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” he said Saturday morning before qualifying at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “My focus and my goal is in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, and I feel like I’m getting comfortable in this, and I think we’re getting better on this.

“The big focus right now is in the NASCAR XFINITY Series – some stuff in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well — but I really feel like we shouldn’t think about something else right now because we can lose some focus. We have to keep working on what we’re doing right now and try to be more competitive, try to win some races and then the opportunities will come.”

Suarez finished fifth in Saturday’s XFINITY Series.

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