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Suarez Advances In Xfinity Chase With Dover Win


A persistent misting rain forced the NASCAR Xfinity Series race from Dover International Speedway to be postponed until Sunday morning, leading to many of the Cup regulars withdrawing from the event. Daniel Suarez probably didn’t miss them.

Suarez ran away from the field late to score his second career win and secure a spot in the next round of the inaugural Chase for the Xfinity championship. He led Justin Allgaier to the line by over 6 seconds and his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was basically unchallenged over the final quarter of the event.

While leading, Daniel did have a unnerving moment in the mid stages of the race. As he dove under the lapped car of Justin Marks entering turn one, Marks came down and the two cars touched. Marks began to slide, overcorrected, and went hard into the outside wall. Marks was unharmed and Suarez continued past without further incident.

Suarez’s teammate and fellow chase competitor Erik Jones, a 4 time winner this season, had to make an unscheduled pit stop in the late stages of the event that leaves him 4 points behind the cutoff heading to the final race of the opening round. Jones will have to win or at least beat his closest challengers for the final spot by multiple positions at Charlotte next Friday night.

Following Suarez and Allgaier to the line was third place finisher Ty Dillon, the lone Cup regular in the race Ryan Blaney in 4th, and Alex Bowman in fifth position.

Heading to the 1.5 mile oval in Concord, NC, Jones, Ty Dillon, Ryan Seig, and Brandon Jones all are below the cutoff line. However, all are close enough to make advance on points without a win.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series next race is the October 7th Drive For The Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Coverage begins at 8 pm ET on NBCSN.