Throughout the 2019 NASCAR racing season Stewart-Haas Racing has signed three of its four drivers to new contracts. Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, and Aric Almirola will all be returning to SHR next season.

But there has been a great deal of speculation as to whether the fourth team driver Daniel Suarez would also be returning next season.

On November 14, Suarez confirmed via social media that he would not be returning next season to the number 41 car.

Suarez told fans, “I’m here to confirm the bad news that some of you guys already know and some of you guys are trying to figure out that I won’t be back next year in the 41 car.” He added, “I am extremely disappointed at the outcome but it’s the way it is sometimes. I’m sure something else will be waiting for me.”

Even before the news that Mexican born driver Daniel Suarez would not be coming back next season, the rumour mill was busy with already filling the vacated seat of the number 41car with SHR Xfinity Series driver Cole Custer who is among the Championship Four to take home the title in Saturday’s race at Homestead-Miami.

Custer has only stated that he focus is on the race for the championship on Saturday saying, “right now, I’m just trying to focus on the championship. I’ve just really tried to stay out of it. I mean, honestly, this is a really big weekend for us to win a championship in the Xfinity Series.”