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.


Xfinity Leaders: Points
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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