WATCH: Daniel Suarez Throws a Water Bottle at William Byron in Frustration in NASCAR Martinsville Race

Published 04/13/2021, 10:15 AM EDT
Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (99) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


During the NASCAR Cup race at Martinsville, there was a massive pile-up on the track. After the incident, tempers flared, particularly between Daniel Suarez and William Byron. It all culminated in the former flinging a bottle at the Hendrick Motorsports driver. However, both drivers were just part of the bigger picture.

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The whole incident got triggered when Kyle Busch tried to dive down the inside of Chris Buescher. From there, both of them spun and almost blocked the entire track. Only Matt DiBenedetto and Michael McDowell were able to escape unscathed. Coming back to the pile-up, Suarez’s car got shoved into the wall and it eventually caught fire.

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Later on, he appeared to blame Byron for shoving him. So, he expressed his anger by flinging a water bottle at the Hendrick Motorsports driver’s car.

Speaking after the race, he said, “I saw a couple of cars on fire. Luckily, nobody got hurt. I was surprised that the safety people took a long time to get to my car. Tried to make sure everything was good. I was trying to slam on the brakes and slow down, but it was a parking lot.

“The #24 car put us in that position, he pushed me out of the way.”

What else did Daniel Suarez say about the incident?

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The Mexican driver did confess that he had very old tires. However, he has to keep working hard, especially since this was not a great weekend for him. He and the team came from the back a few times, but there were bad judgment calls and poor communication with the spotter.

Mar 21, 2021; Hampton, Georgia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (99) at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

All of this contributed to the nightmarish weekend. Now, he will be hoping to move on from the incident and look forward to the next race of the season. Admittedly, he is not performing well in the championship, but the season is still long. So, anything can happen and it could help him get into the playoffs.

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MORE: WATCH: Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Daniel Suarez in Massive Multi-Car Crash in Martinsville NASCAR Cup Series Race

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