Rookie Report: Apache Warrior 400
Suarez picks up 11th top-10 finish of season
By Dominic Aragon
October 1, 2017
Four of the five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie-of-the-Year candidates were among the 40 starters in the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway Sunday.
Below is a breakdown of how each fared.
NO. 13 TY DILLON
Dillon extended his streak of finishes off the lead lap to six consecutive races.
Dillon started the race in 29th, and finished Stage 1 in 30th (lap 120), one lap down, and Stage 2 (lap 240) in 30th, one lap down.
Dillon went on to finish the race in 22nd, three laps down.
With seven races left in the season, Dillon remains 24th in driver’s standings.
NO. 19 DANIEL SUAREZ
Suarez picked up his second consecutive top-10 finish and third in four races.
Suarez started the race in fifth, his highest start in seven races.
Suarez, the highest starting rookie of the race, finished the first stage in 15th and the second stage in 13th.
The Joe Gibbs Racing driver went on to finish the race in eighth place, finishing inside the top 10 in both Cup Series races at Dover this season. It was Suarez’s 11th career top-10 finish in the Cup Series.
He was the highest finishing rookie for the 12th time this season.
“It was consistent solid top 10,” Suarez said. “I think it’s pretty much all we had and then we got stuck in the race caution and that’s part of it. It worked out well in the end with a decent result.”
Suarez remains 20th in driver’s standings.
NO. 23 COREY LAJOIE
LaJoie finished the race 34th, 11 laps down.
LaJoie started the race in 37th, his lowest start since the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May.
LaJoie was the lowest qualifying Rookie-of-the-Year candidate.
Around lap 23, while running 36th, LaJoie was the first rookie to fall off the lead lap. He finished the first stage in 36th, four laps down, and the second stage in 35th, six laps down.
LaJoie finished the race 34th, 11 laps down. He remains 34th in driver’s standings.
NO. 77 ERIK JONES
Jones picked up his second consecutive lead lap finish with his 12th-place effort.
Jones started the race in 10th. He finished the first stage in 17th and the second stage in 11th.
“The SiriusXM Toyota was always way too tight firing off regardless of what we did,” Jones said.
“Just a frustrating day. I had to chase it up the hill in the turns all day. It was like I was skiing on the track all day. Just frustrating. Somehow we were able to salvage a 12th-place finish out of it.”
Jones remains 19th in driver’s standings.
According to NASCAR, Jones had more than one unsecured lugnut on the racecar after the race.
According to a past report from NASCAR, crew chief Chris Gayle could face a one-race suspension and the team a $20,000 fine.
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ROOKIE FINISHES AT DOVER, RACE 29/36
8) Daniel Suarez
12) Erik Jones
22) Ty Dillon (-3 LAPS)
34) Corey LaJoie (-11 LAPS)
UNOFFICIAL POINTS POSITION AFTER DOVER
19) Erik Jones
20) Daniel Suarez
24) Ty Dillon
34) Corey LaJoie
35) Gray Gaulding
TOP FINISHING ROOKIES BY TRACK
1) Daytona; Corey LaJoie (24th)
2) Atlanta; Erik Jones (14th)
3) Las Vegas; Erik Jones (15th)
4) Phoenix; Daniel Suarez (7th)
5) Auto Club; Daniel Suarez (7th)
6) Martinsville; Erik Jones (12th)
7) Texas; Ty Dillon (17th)
8) Bristol; Ty Dillon (15th)
9) Richmond; Daniel Suarez (12th)
10) Talladega; Ty Dillon (13th)
11) Kansas; Daniel Suarez (7th)
12) Charlotte; Erik Jones (7th)
13) Dover; Daniel Suarez (6th)
14) Pocono; Erik Jones (3rd)
15) Michigan; Erik Jones (13th)
16) Sonoma; Daniel Suarez (16th)
17) Daytona; Erik Jones (9th)
18) Kentucky; Erik Jones (6th)
19) New Hampshire; Daniel Suarez (6th)
20) Indianapolis; Daniel Suarez (7th)
21) Pocono; Daniel Suarez (7th)
22) Watkins Glen; Daniel Suarez (3rd)
23) Michigan; Erik Jones (3rd)
24) Bristol; Erik Jones (2nd)
25) Darlington; Erik Jones (5th)
26) Richmond; Erik Jones (6th)
27) Chicagoland; Daniel Suarez (12th)
28) New Hampshire; Erik Jones (6th)
29) Dover; Daniel Suarez (8th)