Suarez has chance to make NASCAR history
By Dominic Aragon
February 25, 2017
If he finds victory lane in the Daytona 500 Sunday, Daniel Suarez will become the seventh driver in the history of NASCAR’s premier series to win in their debut.
According to research across two racing databases, six drivers have won in their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut.
The feat was accomplished five times across NASCAR’s first three seasons; twice in 1949 and 1950, and once in 1951.
The last driver to record a victory in their debut was Johnny Rutherford in February of 1963, winning in a Daytona 500 qualifier race.
The 25-year-old Suarez is the only driver making their MENCS debut in the Daytona 500 this year.
The last drivers to make their MENCS debut in the Daytona 500 were Alex Bowman and Michael Annett in 2014, who finished 23rd and 37th respectively.
Suarez will start 19th in the Daytona 500, the second highest of the three rookies in the field (Ty Dillon will start 18th and Erik Jones 34th).
Suarez will compete in his first full-time season in the MENCS for Joe Gibbs Racing, replacing Carl Edwards who stepped away during the off-season.
DRIVERS WHO WON IN THEIR MENCS DEBUT