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Just nine months since he joined the team, Daniel Suarez is set to leave Gaunt Brothers Racing (GBR). The NASCAR Cup Series team announced on Tuesday that they have parted ways with Suarez for the 2021 season.

The announcement comes just as Suarez’s name continues to be linked with Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM) as a replacement for Bubba Wallace.

The move now seems a lot more likely. Suarez will take the No. 43 car at Richard Petty Motorsports, if the deal comes through.

Gaunt Brothers Racing is in its first full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series and does not have a charter yet. “The entire team is very appreciative of the effort Daniel has put forth.

“He has helped build the foundation we need for next season as well as 2022 when the NextGen car arrives,” Marty Gaunt, President and CEO of Gaunt Brothers Racing said in a statement.

Sep 12, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (96) races NASCAR Cup Series driver Chris Buescher (17) during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports | Credit: Reuters

Suarez spoke fondly of his time with the team as well.

“I have given 100 percent of myself to this team since day one. And I will continue to give 100 percent until the last lap at Phoenix. My goal has always been to win races and championships, and that will never change,” Suarez said in a statement.

Suarez’s potential move to Richard Petty Motorsports gathers pace

Leading NASCAR reporter David Smith recently spoke about Suarez’s potential move to RPM in a bid to explain why the move could do the 28-year-old some good.

“While this isn’t the caliber of Joe Gibbs Racing or Stewart Haas, the teams Suarez is familiar with, this does represent a small upgrade. And could be the way he gets his Cup Series career back on track,” Smith expressed.

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The front nine was a cinch for Daniel Berger, but the back nine drew some blood.

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Coming off a 3-over 73 in an opening round where Winged Foot seemed gettable for many players (21 players managed to finish under par), Berger went bogey-free for his first nine Friday, going 4 under on the front nine with birdies on Nos. 4, 6, 8 and 9.

The back nine was a different story — proving Winged Foot isn’t going to play nice.

The World No. 13 carded his first bogey of the day on No. 10 after narrowly missing an 11-foot, 10-inch putt on the par-3 hole. He added two more bogeys on Nos. 14 and 16 due to putting struggles. He regained some lost ground with his fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 17th, but 18 leveled the playing field. Berger carded a double-bogey 6 on his final hole of the day to bring him to even par on the round and keep him at 3 over through 36 holes.

Berger, who did not speak to media after Friday’s round, walked off the course tied for 44th with Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood.

The 18th also tripped up Bubba Watson, who was 3 under for the day when he stepped up to the tee box. He double-bogeyed the par-4 hole about 10 minutes before Berger to finish with 1-under 69, 1 over through 36 holes.

Berger, 27, is projected to make the cut, which was hovering at 6 over after the morning wave.

Berger is coming off an impressive 2019-20 season in which he played 17 times and recorded a top-25 finish in 13 of those events. He totaled seven top-10s, including winning the Charles Schwab Challenge in a playoff with Collin Morikawa, the first event back on the Tour schedule after a 13-week hiatus due to COVID-19, and a T-2 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational.

The three-time Tour winner ended his season admirably in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, finishing third at the Northern Trust, T-25 at the BMW Championship and T-15 at the Tour Championship after a final-round 73.


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