Daniel Suarez makes NASCAR history with Michigan win
Daniel Suarez made NASCAR history on Saturday by winning the Menards 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. With the victory, he became the first Mexican-born driver to win a race in any of NASCAR’s three national touring series — Sprint Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Truck.
“I just have no words, honestly,” Suarez said. “I don’t think I can speak English or Spanish right now, honestly. I can’t thank these guys enough for all the hard work — Joe Gibbs Racing for having the confidence in me, along with Toyota, Telcel Mexico, Coca-Cola and everyone who helped put this program together. I have no words to describe what I’m feeling right now.”
To claim his first-career Xfinity Series win, Suarez had to battle Joe Gibbs Racing teammate and the series’ winningest driver, Kyle Busch, in the closing laps. Suarez, leading a total of four laps throughout the 125-lap distance, passed Busch for good in turn two of the final lap. Busch, after leading a race-high 88 laps, finished second to give Joe Gibbs Racing a one-two finish.