Daniel Surez continued his momentum as of late by scoring a career-best finish in Sunday's I Love New York 355.
Surez came home third for his fourth consecutive top 10 dating back to New Hampshire Motor Speedway last month. The finish was his first top five and eighth top 10 in just 22 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts.
"It feels very good," Surez said. "I'm just lucky to be in this position with a lot of support from a lot of people over here in this country and back in Mexico, Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota. Everyone has been helping me to get to this point quickly, because seriously, it's been a fast couple few years in my career."
The day also saw Surez lead a career-high 14 laps in one race en route to recording his first stage win of the season. To get that stage win, he had to hold off a hard charging Martin Truex Jr., who went on to win the race.
"I knew that he was coming fast," Surez said. "I was just trying to hold him off a little bit, and luckily we were able to do it. I knew that we'd raced each other very clean, and he's been super strong the entire year, and I knew that he wasn't going to do anything crazy and I wasn't going to do anything crazy, either. It was just a little hard racing right there at the end, but congratulations to the 78."
Surez, who continues to lead the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings, holds the second-best average finish in the last four races, at 5.8, and has climbed to 15th in the standings.
"I don't think it's a surprise anymore to run in the top 10," Surez said. "We just have to keep it up. We have to keep ourselves calm, and hopefully we can catch a break in the next few weeks, month or so, to try to make it in the playoffs."
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