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Daniel Suarez Takes Ford Ecoboost 300 And XFINITY Series Title


Daniel Suarez used the races final restart to not only power himself to the win in Saturday’s Ford Ecoboost 300, but to the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. This is the first time a Latino driver has won a championship in any of NASCAR’s top 3 divisions. Ty Dillion finished second, followed by Championship 4 runner-up Elliot Sadler, Ryan Blaney, and Austin Dillon rounding out the top 5.

In a already breakout season for the Monterrey, Mexico native that has seen him win his first career races in both the Camping World Truck and XFINITY Series, he took it up a notch at the right time and the right place.

“My family worked super hard since I was 11 years old to get better and one day everyone that helped me, my friends in Mexico, I just can’t believe this,” Suarez told NBCSN’s Marty Snider after the race. “It’s a dream come true.”

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Suarez ruled over the 200-lap championship-deciding event, leading 133 laps. But, the defining moment in his newly minted championship may have come in the closing laps. He passed fellow Championship 4 rival Elliott Sadler and Cole Whitt on the race’s final restart with 3 to go and never looked back.

“I was a little worried because I knew the 14 (Whitt) wasn’t going to be as fast as everyone else, but it worked out,” Suarez said.

The other title contenders Saturday finished 3rd (Sadler), 6th (Allgaier), and 9th (Jones).

Other storylines from Saturday’s Ford Ecoboost 300 At Homestead-Miami Speedway include:

  • A big wreck occurred on lap 136 as Ryan Reed spun and collected Jordan Anderson and Jeremy Clements. Anderson’s destroyed car erupted in flames, bringing out a four-plus minute red flag race stoppage for cleanup. Everyone was able to walk away uninjured.
  • Race runner-up Ty Dillon was the best of the non-Chase drivers.