Daniel Suárez ousted from playoff picture after power-steering strife at Roval

Daniel Suárez dropped from championship contention Sunday with power-steering trouble that hampered his No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course.

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Suárez’s car began to slow shortly after the start of the last stage of Sunday’s Bank of America Roval 400, the final race in the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs’ Round of 12. As he wrestled the No. 99 Chevy around the 17-turn, 2.32-mile circuit, he lost ground to the front runners and made a pair of extended pit stops as his crew tried to fix the problem.

Suárez entered the race with a 12-point cushion above the elimination line. His 36th-place finish — five laps off the pace — left him nine points out of the playoff picture.