Daniel Suarez will win the Ford EcoBoost 300 and the championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Suarez becomes the first international driver to win a championship in one of NASCAR’s top three series. He is the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program to win a Xfinity Series championship.
With the victory at Homestead-Miami, Joe Gibbs will also win the owner’s championship. Erik Jones will be the 2016 Rookie of the Year for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
“I’m just so proud of this team and everyone who has helped me get to this point. I just can’t believe this,” said Suarez, surrounded by family and crew members in victory lane.
The first half of the race began with a quick pull away from Suarez. Erik Jones began to drop as he tried to find his way to the top lane. However, the caution flew on lap five due to a spin by Brandon Hightower. On the restart, the outside lane proved to be the strongest. The field began to spread out and run the high line in the early part of the race. However, Larson was able to get up to Suarez and pass him for the lead. However, the caution flag flew again for a spin by Ryan Reed. During pit stops, the hose gun for Suarez got caught and caused him to lose two spots on pit road. On the restart, Larson was able to clear Justin Allgaier to keep the lead. Suarez was able to clear Larson a couple laps later to gain the lead. As the run progressed, drivers were moving closer to the wall, and Allgaier began to reel in Suarez. Allgaier was unable to pass Suarez for the lead. As the field moved closer to the wall, Larson and Allgaier were kissing the wall. Ty Dillon was able to pass Allgaier after his car turned tight after he kissed the wall. As green flag pit stops occurred, an uncontrolled tire from Brandon Jones made its way onto the pit lane. As pit stops cycled through, Larson was able to retain the lead. After pit stops cycled through, the caution flew for fluid on the speedway. On the restart, Ty Dillon was able to gain the lead, but Suarez was able to gain the lead at the halfway point. Dillon moved to second, Allfaier was third, Aric Almirola was fourth, and Larson rounded out the top five.
At the beginning of the second half, E. Jones scraped the outside wall, but continued. As the green flag run progressed, Suarez was beginning to fade in the run as T. Dillon was able to gain the lead. E. Jones and tea began to report that there was a hole in the nose. The caution flew for Brennan Poole who had tires going down after hitting the wall. As the sun began to set, the track began to change. Suarez was able to gain the lead on the restart. The caution flew for a spin by Reed that caught Jordan Anderson, who caught on fire, and Jeremy Clements. NASCAR red-flagged the field for cleanup. On the restart, Suarez was able to gain the lead as the field went four wide into turn one. The championship four were able to get together and separate themselves from the field. However, Sadler hit the wall and Allgaier was able to grab the lead. However, E. Jones was able to pass Allgaier for the race lead. However, the caution flew debris. However, Suarez was able to win the race off pit road as Jones had a slow stop. With under 10 laps remaining, the caution flew for a spin on the front stretch by Ray Black Jr. On the resatart, Cole Whitt was the control car, but held up the field and gave Suarez the lead and the race win. T. Dillon finished second, Sadler finished third, Blaney finished fourth, and A. Dillon finished fifth.
Sadler finished second in the championship with Allgaier and E. Jones rounding out the top-four in the championship standings.
The race saw 21 lead changes among 11 different drivers. Suarez led the most laps at 133. The caution flew seven times for 39 laps. The race went on for 2 hours, 39 minutes, and two seconds.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will have a 98 day off season before their season begins next year at Daytona International Speedway to kick off the 2017 season.
In a race that was supposed to have some Sprint Cup Driver, Daniel Suarez outlasts Xfinity Series regulars to win the Drive Sober 200 from Dover International Speedway. This is his second win of 2016. This win will send Suarez into the “Round of 8” in the Xfinity Series Chase.
“I’m very proud of this team – the 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry. They did a really good job today and the guys just brought an amazing car. We had a ton of speed. This is one of those races that you would feel bad to lose the race. ARRIS, Juniper, Toyota – everyone that supports this program together, it’s pretty unbelievable to win.”
Suarez was able to pass third place finisher Justin Allgaier on the final restart.
“He (Justin Allgaier) was racing aggressive because clean air was everything. He got me right there on the restart and I was a little faster than him and I knew if I was close to his rear bumper that I was going to make him loose. I don’t think I ever touched him, but I just wanted to make him loose to be able to complete the pass. Like I said, very proud of everyone and I want to apologize to the 42 (Justin Marks), it wasn’t my intention to wreck him that way. I felt like I had the inside line and he went to the bottom and I apologize for that. Norm Miller (Interstate Batteries), thank you for this run today. Very proud of everyone on this team.”
Ty Dillon finished second, Allgaier finished third, Ryan Blaney, who replace Joey Logano, finished fourth, and Alex Bowman rounded out
The caution flag flew four times for a total of 35 laps. The first caution was brought out due to fluid on the speedway. The other three cautions were brought out due to accidents on the speedway.
Suarez led the most laps at 123, Erik Jones led 54 laps, Blake Koch led 15 laps, Allgaier and Elliott Sadler led three laps, and Ray Black Jr. and Corey LaJoie led one lap.
The time of the race was 1 hour, 55 minutes, and 18 seconds. The average speed of the race was 104.076 mph.
Suarez and Sadler are the two Chase drivers who will automatically advance due to their wins at Kentucky and Dover. Dillion, who recovered from Kentucky at Dover is the first driver out of advancement only three points behind Brennan Poole, Erik Jones is four points away from the cutout line, Ryan Seig is 10 points from the cutoff line, and Brandon Jones is 18 points from the cutoff line.
Next up for the NASCAR Xfinity Series is the Drive for the Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the elimination race in the “Round of 12. Performance Racing Network and NBCSN will have all the coverage for the Xfintiy Series beginning at 8:00PM EST on October 7.
Daniel Suarez will start from the pole in tonight’s Buckle Up in Your Truck 225 at Kentucky Speedway. Brett Moffit will start second, followed by, William Byron Daniel Hemrick, and Tyler Reddick rounds out the top-5. Suarez now holds the new track record with a speed of 182.983 mph, and clinched his first pole in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the first pole of the season for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
The first round of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying was led by William Byron with a speed of 183.020, followed by Brett Muffin (182.568 mph), Parker Kligerman (), Daniel Suarez, and Daniel Hemric. All cars will make the tonight’s Buckle Up In Your Truck 225. Some notable drivers who did not advance were Johnny Sauter (15), John Hunter Nemechek (16), and Ben Kennedy (18th).
The second round of qualifying went off without a hitch. William Byron, who had the pole in the first round, ended up in the third position. Parker Kligerman, who qualified in the third position in the first round of qualifying, placed sixth in the final round. Kyle Busch, who is pulling triple-duty this weekend, qualified seventh in the second round after qualifying sixth in the first round.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will race tonight beginning at 8:30 pm eastern on Fox Sports 1 and Motor Racing Network.
After a speeding penalty in the beginning of the race, Daniel Suarez surprises Kyle Busch for his first career victory followed by Paul Menard, Erik Jones, and Elliott Sadler round out the top five. This is Joe Gibbs Racing’s eighth win of the 2016 season. Suarez made the charge to the lead on the final restart to pass Kyle Busch on the last lap of the Menards 250. Suarez also locks himself into the 2016 Chase for the Xfinity Series Championship. Suarez is credited for leading the last two laps. The driver from Mexico is the sixth foreign born winner in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and the second on an oval. Suarez is also a graduate of the NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity programs.
In victory lane, Suarez was elated about his first victory. “I don’t think I can speak English or Spanish right now. I don’t have the words to describe what I’m feeling right now.”
Suarez dedicated this victory to his teammate, Erik Jones. Jones lost his father in a battle to cancer on Tuesday.
“You never want to get beat, but it’s cool when you get beat fair and square. He ran me down and had a really fast car at the end. He had some speed and a really good car,” said Kyle Busch post-race.
The Menards 250 from Michigan International Speedway saw eight lead changes among seven drivers. Kyle Busch led the most laps at 59. followed by Erik Jones (18 laps), Alex Bowman (11 laps), Daniel Suarez ( two laps), and Elliott Sadler, Paul Menard, and JJ Yeley leading only one lap.
The caution flag flew for three times for a total of 14 Laps. There were two cautions for debris at lap 29 and 82. The third caution involved an incident with the car of Chris Cockrum, where he backed it into the fence on lap 88.
The average speed of the race was 155.952 mph. Time of the race was one hour, 35 minutes, and 11 seconds. Suarez beat Busch by a margin of victory of .280 seconds.
Suarez extends his points lead to 18 over Elliott Sadler, followed by, Ty Dillon (-36), Erik Jones (-55), and Justin Allgaier (-64). Jones, Sadler, and Suarez have locked themselves into the Chase with a win.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series will join the Camping World Truck Series at the Iowa Speedway for a Father’s Day special in the American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen. The first practice session at Iowa will begin at 4:30 pm Eastern.