Subway, which had one race left on a four-race sponsorship with Joe Gibbs Racing's Daniel Suarez, has dropped the sponsorship. Subway: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, Subway had to terminate its sponsorship of Daniel Suarez." A JGR spokesman confirmed that Subway has ended its contract with the NASCAR Cup team. He would not comment on what caused the contract to be terminated but did say that Suarez did not violate any type of morals clause.
It's been nearly two months since the affable Monster Energy Cup Series rookie and his trusty sidekick Rutledge Wood toured the campgrounds at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on a golf kart handing out donuts to fans.
What seemed like innocent fun for the NASCAR champion at the time - and a great way to generate fan support for Suarez - might have been the catalyst for the driver of the No. 19 Toyota losing the fourth and final Subway-sponsored race of the year.
While "Desayuno (breakfast) with Daniel" was a great hit with fans, there was one big hole in the premise. Subway has served breakfast since 2010. To have an agent of the company passing out Dunkin' Donuts could be seen as a direct conflict of interest.
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Joe Gibbs Racing confirmed that a segment with Daniel Suarez handing out Dunkin Donuts on a prerace telecast in July was Subway's issue in terminating its deal.