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Can Daniel Suarez Go Back to Back in Iowa?
- Updated: June 16, 2016
By Summer Bedgood, Managing Editor
In perhaps the most popular win this NASCAR season (rivaled only by the Coca-Cola 600 victory by Martin Truex Jr.), Daniel Suarez earned his first career national series victory in the XFINITY Series last weekend in Michigan, passing none other than defending Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch with just one lap to go. Suarez was the first Mexican-born driver to win a race in one of NASCAR’s top three series.
— Daniel Suárez (@Daniel_SuarezG) June 16, 2016
Prior to the race, Suarez had already had a strong season. Through 12 races in his second year full-time in the XFINITY Series, Suarez had four top fives and 10 top 10s. A few near misses, bad luck, and mistakes had kept him out of Victory Lane, but it seemed like only a matter of time before the 24-year-old finally made it there. He only led four laps in Michigan, but managed to lead the most important one – the last one.
Suarez is now virtually locked into the XFINITY Series Chase with the victory, and there are many who think that the victory will be just one of many for this driver.
Could this weekend at Iowa be the very next one?
The XFINITY Series will have a rare Sunday race in Iowa Speedway and, instead of sharing the track with the Sprint Cup Series, will run a doubleheader with the Camping World Truck Series. Suarez will be competing in both races.
Suarez has only two career XFINITY Series starts at Iowa Speedway. He has started on the front row for both races, finishing 18th in his first career start at the track and sixth in this race last season. He has never raced at Iowa in a truck but has seven career starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. In those seven races, he has one top five, four top 10s and an average finish of 10th.
“Honestly, it’s really hard for me to put these past few days into words,” Suarez said in a team release this week. “The support and congratulatory messages I’ve received from the fans and the entire NASCAR community has been great and I can’t thank everyone enough for their kind words. We’ve been super busy, but I’m now starting to focus on the race this weekend and getting back behind the wheel of my ARRIS Camry. I really enjoy going to Iowa and I think Scott (Graves, crew chief) and I have a good game plan going into the weekend. Hopefully we can put everything together again this weekend and capture another win heading into the off weekend.”
Despite the fact that he hasn’t won in Iowa before, Suarez certainly seems confident in his ability to get back to Victory Lane sooner rather than later. And remember, he’ll have two opportunities to do so in the Truck Series and XFINITY Series.
The future looks bright for Suarez, and it’s possible that his second career NASCAR win could come this weekend in Iowa.