NASCAR

Stewart-Haas to replace Suarez with Custer for 2020 NASCAR Cup

Stewart-Haas Racing will promote its Xfinity Series driver Cole Custer to replace Daniel Suarez in its NASCAR Cup Series line-up for 2020, Autosport has learned.

Sources have suggested the 21-year-old’s deal will be officially announced within the coming week.

A request for comment from a SHR spokesperson was not immediately returned.

Custer is one of four drivers who will compete for the 2019 Xfinity title at Homestead this weekend.

Suarez, the 2016 Xfinity Series champion, joined SHR this season in a one-year deal after losing his Joe Gibbs Racing seat to Martin Truex Jr.

While he has shown flashes of competitiveness, Suarez failed to make the playoffs and so far this season has just four top-five finishes.

SHR is retaining Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Clint Bowyer as the rest of its line-up.

It is also beginning a technical partnership with the small Go Fas team for next season, with no driver allocated to that entry yet.

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