Suarez ousted at Stewart-Haas for Custer

(AP Photo/Terry Renna)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) Daniel Suarez said he thought he had the money needed to keep his seat at Stewart-Haas Racing. The former Xfinity Series champion said he felt strongly he’d be back in the No. 41 Ford next year.

Then he learned team co-owner Gene Haas had a sudden change of heart.

Stewart-Haas Racing said it would replace Suarez in the Cup Series next year with Cole Custer, a 21-year-old prospect racing Saturday for the Xfinity championship on finale weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Suarez has now been fired twice in a year because his Cup team needed his seat to promote another driver. Joe Gibbs Racing released him last year because it had to clear space for driver Erik Jones.

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Xfinity Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 J.Allgaier 4000 1
2 C.Bell 4000 8
3 T.Reddick 4000 5
4 C.Custer 4000 7
5 A.Cindric 2252 2
6 C.Briscoe 2252 1
7 J.Nemechek 2212 0
8 M.Annett 2210 1
9 N.Gragson 2208 0
10 B.Jones 2173 1
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