JOE GIBBS RACING
ARRIS, JUNIPER NE T WORKS
SCO T T GRAVES
NASCAR is an international
sport. If you need evidence,
look no further than
24-year-old Daniel Suarez.
A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Suarez spent
four years in the NASCAR Mexico Series before
landing a full-time NASCAR XFINITY Series ride with
Joe Gibbs Racing in 2015, in addition to running
a part-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
schedule with Kyle Busch Motorsports.
Although he wasn’t able to win in 2015, Suarez
turned heads in both kinds of vehicles, finishing an
impressive fifth in NASCAR XFINITY Series points.
Then, in June of this year, the Mexican born-driver
closed the deal – and he couldn’t have done it in
any more impressive or thrilling fashion.
Suarez muscled his way past 2015 NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series champion and all-time NASCAR
XFINIT Y Series wins leader Kyle Busch with one lap
remaining to capture the XFINITY Series victory at
Michigan International Speedway.
“I think the first win is always the most difficult
to get in every series, pretty much in everything,”
Suarez said. “We finally got that one.”
In the process, Suarez became the first Mexican
to win in any of NASCAR’s top three national
“Honestly, it means a lot,” Suarez said of the
milestone. “Winning the way we did, beating one of
the best drivers in NASCAR today. And not only that,
In addition to helping Suarez write his name in
the history books, the victory also put the young
driver in this year’s inaugural NASCAR XFINITY
Series Chase from which the 2016 champion will
be crowned. Suarez is a fan of the new XFINITY
Series Chase that features elimination rounds and
a one-race, winner-take-all finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
“I’m in favor of it,” he said. “I think it’s going to be
more interesting, I think it’s going to be more fun
for us – for the drivers – and more fun for the fans.
We’re going to have a lot of excitement going on in
the last part of the season. We didn’t have a lot of
that last year. That part is going to be more fun for
everyone, I guess.”
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