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Daniel Suarez Makes History With XFINITY Series Win At Michigan


Daniel Suarez not only claimed the first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory for a Mexican born drive, he did it in thrilling fashion.

Suarez passed Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch with two laps to go to win Saturday’s Menards 250 at Michigan International Speedway.

It looked liked for a while Busch would be in control all the way to the checkered flag, but Suarez began a rally with about seven laps left and continued to pass drivers between himself and the race-leading Busch. Suarez timed it perfectly, passing Busch with two laps left and then held off a late surge by the defending Sprint Cup champion to take the win. Suarez becomes the sixth foreign-born driver to win in the Xfinity Series, but only the second to do so on an oval racetrack.

“I just have no words, I can’t speak English or Spanish right now,” Daniel Suarez, a native of Monterrey, Mexico told FS1 after the race. “I have no words to describe what I’m feeling right now. This machine is unbelievable and was unbelievable fast To win this weekend alongside my friend Erik Jones, and the loss of his dad, I would like to dedicate this victory to Erik and his family.”

Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Paul Menard, Erik Jones and Elliott Sadler to round out the top 5.