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Daniel Suarez discusses missing playoffs

DANIEL SUAREZ, No. 41 Haas Automation Ford Mustang – FINISHED 11th 

CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH YOUR DAY TODAY AND THE EMOTIONS? “I made a little mistake there. I wasn’t expecting how aero loose the car got when I got behind the 24. The car actually was pretty good after that though. The guys were able to fix it. It was mostly cosmetic. The guys were able to fix it and the car was just as good as before. I feel like after that the day went smooth other than getting caught in the pit road cycle on the last stop. That made us lose all our track position and it was very difficult to overcome that. We fought hard. We made it all the way back to 11th and I feel like if we had 15 more laps I was going to get the 6 but that is racing. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

THE RESTART WITH NINE TO GO, YOU NEEDED TO GAIN ABOUT FIVE SPOTS TO CATCH NEWMAN. WERE YOU OPTIMISTIC AT THAT POINT OR DID YOU THINK IT WOULD BE TOO HARD? “I thought I was going to make it. I had the confidence that I was going to make it. Unfortunately everyone was racing side-by-side and it was very had to do it when you have only eight laps. I feel like my car was a little better than his but we were running out of time and track position.”

ARE YOU DEVASTATED, JUST DISAPPOINTED? WHAT ARE YOUR EMOTIONS RIGHT NOW? “A little disappointed. I feel like our team has been okay this year and we deserved to be in there. It is what it is. We have made some mistakes this year. We just weren’t good enough this weekend. Qualifying was wide open and we qualified 20th. We just didn’t have the straightaway speed this weekend for whatever reason. We have to keep working on it and try to keep getting better.”

— Ford Performance —