Daniel Suarez won the NASCAR XFINITY Series championship & final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida.

Starting from pole Car 19 Daniel Suarez ARRIS Toyota won the 22nd Annual Ford EcoBoost 300 & the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship. Daniel Suarez’s his 3rd win in 68 NASCAR XFINITY Series races & his 3rd win & 27th Top 10 finish in 2016. This is his 1st win & 2nd Top 10 finish in two races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 2nd Place Car 3 Ty Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, started from 11th place posted his 3rd Top 10 finish in 4 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway. It is his 17th Top 10 finish in 2016. 3rd Place Car 1 Elliott Sadler OneMain Chevrolet, started from 2nd place posted his fifth top-10 finish in 11 races at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, celebrates with the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

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Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, celebrates with the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida.

4th Place Car 22 Ryan Blaney Fleetwood/REV Group Ford, started from 4th place followed by 5th placeCar 2 Austin Dillon Rheem/WATTS Chevrolet, started from 5th place. 6th Place Car 7 Justin Allgaier BRANDT Chevrolet, started from 6th place followed by 7th place Car 42 Kyle Larson ENEOS Chevrolet, started from 7th place. 8th Place Car 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Chevrolet, started from 14th place. 9th Place Car 20 Erik Jones GameStop/PowerA Toyota, started from 3rd place, was the highest finishing rookie. Jones wins the 2016 Sunoco Rookie of the Year. Lastly in the Top 10 was Car 98 Aric Almirola(i) Fresh From Florida Ford, in 10th place, started from 15th place.

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida.

The race had 7 Cautions for 39 Laps: 1st Caution on lap 5 for Car 13 Brandon Hightower Premier Recycling/Timmons Truck Center Dodge Spin Turn 1. 2nd Caution on lap 25 for Car 16 Ryan Reed Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford Crash in Turn 2.
3rd Caution on lap 90 for Fluid On Track. 4th Caution on lap 126 for Car 48 Brennan Poole DC Solar Chevrolet Crash in Turn 2. 5th Caution on lap 138 for Car 16 Ryan Reed Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford, Car 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com/AllSouthElectric.com Chevrolet, Car 46 Jordan Anderson UrbanCarryHolsters.com Chevrolet Crash on Backstretch [Red Flag 4:09]. 6th Caution on lap 160 for Debris Backstretch. 7th Caution on lap 192 for Car 07 Ray Black Jr Scuba Life Chevrolet Spin in Turn 4.

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, leads the field past the green flag to start the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida.

Lead Changes: 21 among 11 drivers: D. Suarez (C) 1-22; K. Larson(i) 23-26; T. Kvapil(i) 27; T. Hill(i) 28-30; K. Larson(i) 31-35; D. Suarez (C) 36-79; J. Allgaier (C) 80; R. Sieg 81; K. Larson(i) 82-95; T. Dillon 96-99; D. Suarez (C) 100-113; T. Dillon 114-126; D. Suarez (C) 127-137; A. Almirola(i) 138-142; D. Suarez (C) 143-151; J. Allgaier (C) 152-156; E. Jones (C) # 157-159; A. Almirola(i) 160-163; D. Suarez (C) 164-193; C. Whitt(i) 194-196; E. Sadler (C) 197; D. Suarez (C) 198-200.

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Cars pit during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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Cars pit during the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida.

Top 10 Driver Points: (1) D. Suarez (C) 4,040;(2) E. Sadler (C) 4,038;(3) J. Allgaier (C) 4,035;(4) E. Jones (C) # 4,032;(5) T. Dillon 2,214;(6) R. Reed 2,205;(7) B. Koch 2,200;(8) B. Poole # 2,192;(9) R. Sieg 2,171;(10) B. Jones # 2,168.

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, celebrates winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)

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Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, celebrates winning the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 and the NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida.

The race had 21 Lead Changes among 11 drivers: D. Suarez (C) 1-22; K. Larson(i) 23-26; T. Kvapil(i) 27; T. Hill(i) 28-30; K. Larson(i) 31-35; D. Suarez (C) 36-79; J. Allgaier (C) 80; R. Sieg 81; K. Larson(i) 82-95; T. Dillon 96-99; D. Suarez (C) 100-113; T. Dillon 114-126; D. Suarez (C) 127-137; A. Almirola(i) 138-142; D. Suarez (C) 143-151; J. Allgaier (C) 152-156; E. Jones (C) # 157-159; A. Almirola(i) 160-163; D. Suarez (C) 164-193; C. Whitt(i) 194-196; E. Sadler (C) 197; D. Suarez (C) 198-200.

HOMESTEAD, FL - NOVEMBER 19: Erik Jones, driver of the #20 GameStop/PowerA Toyota, Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, and Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Chevrolet, pose with the Championship Trophy during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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Erik Jones, driver of the #20 GameStop/PowerA Toyota, Justin Allgaier, driver of the #7 BRANDT Chevrolet, Daniel Suarez, driver of the #19 ARRIS Toyota, and Elliott Sadler, driver of the #1 OneMain Chevrolet, pose with the Championship Trophy during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Ford EcoBoost 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 19, 2016 in Homestead, Florida.

Top 10 Driver Points: (1) D. Suarez (C) 4,040;(2) E. Sadler (C) 4,038;(3) J. Allgaier (C) 4,035;(4) E. Jones (C) # 4,032;(5) T. Dillon 2,214;(6) R. Reed 2,205;(7) B. Koch 2,200;(8) B. Poole # 2,192;(9) R. Sieg 2,171;(10) B. Jones # 2,168.

NASCAR Statement:
Daniel Suárez Wins 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series Championship
Becomes First Latin American And Drive For Diversity Graduate To
Capture NASCAR National Series Title

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 19, 2016) – It’s been a rapid rise for Daniel Suárez, who captured the 2016 NASCAR XFINITY Series championship Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway by winning the Ford EcoBoost 300 in only his second full-time season of NASCAR national series racing. The driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota is the first Latin American, as well as the first graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program operated by Rev Racing, to win a NASCAR national series title.

To take home the crown in “The Series Where Names Are Made,” Suárez, 24, outlasted his Championship 4 competitors Elliott Sadler (third), Justin Allgaier (sixth) and Erik Jones (ninth).

It was a year of firsts for Suárez, who burst onto the NASCAR XFINITY Series scene last season by earning its Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award and finishing fifth in the championship standings. In his sophomore campaign, Suárez became the first Mexico-born driver to win a NASCAR national series race (June at Michigan) and to lead the points standings in a NASCAR national series.

The Monterrey, Mexico, native dazzled from the outset of the season, racking up four top-five and nine top-10 finishes in his first 10 contests. Suárez led the points standings following 14 separate races in the regular season and made his way into the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase with his win at Michigan.

Once the Chase started, Suárez upped his performance to another level. He breezed through the Round of 12 with a win at Dover, sandwiched between a runner-up result at Kentucky and a third-place finish at Charlotte. Then, Suárez registered finishes of third (Kansas), fifth (Texas) and fifth (Phoenix) to set up his championship-clinching victory at Homestead.

Suárez is the third member of the NASCAR Next program to win a NASCAR national series championship (Erik Jones, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 2015; Chase Elliott, NASCAR XFINITY Series, 2014).

Also on Saturday, Erik Jones won the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, a season after accomplishing the feat in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

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NASCAR XFINITY Series Race Number 33
Unofficial Race Results for the 22Nd Annual Ford Ecoboost 300 – Saturday,
November 19, 2016
Homestead-Miami Speedway – Homestead, FL – 1.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length – 200 Laps – 300 Miles

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Finish Start Car Driver Team Laps Status
1. 1. Car 19 Daniel Suarez (C) ARRIS Toyota 200 Running
2. 11. Car 3 Ty Dillon Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 200 Running
3. 2. Car 1 Elliott Sadler (C) OneMain Chevrolet 200 Running
4. 4. Car 22 Ryan Blaney(i) Fleetwood/REV Group Ford 200 Running
5. 5. Car 2 Austin Dillon(i) Rheem/WATTS Chevrolet 200 Running
6. 6. Car 7 Justin Allgaier (C) BRANDT Chevrolet 200 Running
7. 7. Car 42 Kyle Larson(i) ENEOS Chevrolet 200 Running
8. 14. Car 62 Brendan Gaughan South Point Chevrolet 200 Running
9. 3. Car 20 Erik Jones (C) # GameStop/PowerA Toyota 200 Running
10. 15. Car 98 Aric Almirola(i) Fresh From Florida Ford 200 Running
11. 9. Car 6 Darrell Wallace Jr Leidos Ford 200 Running
12. 23. Car 39 Ryan Sieg Huntinator/AntlerGrow.com Chevrolet 200 Running
13. 19. Car 44 JJ Yeley Zachry Toyota 200 Running
14. 8. Car 88 Alex Bowman Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet 200 Running
15. 10. Car 33 Brandon Jones # Rain-X/Advanced Auto Parts Chevrolet 200 Running
16. 13. Car 16 Ryan Reed Lilly Diabetes/American Diabetes Association Ford 200 Running
17. 18. Car 5 Cole Custer(i) Haas Automation Chevrolet 200 Running
18. 16. Car 14 Cole Whitt(i) Florida Lottery Toyota 200 Running
19. 25. Car 28 Dakoda Armstrong Winfield Be Greater Toyota 199 Running
20. 12. Car 11 Blake Koch LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevrolet 199 Running
21. 26. Car 01 Ryan Preece # Mizzy Construction Chevrolet 199 Running
22. 20. Car 4 Ross Chastain The Florida Watermelon Association Chevrolet 199 Running
23. 31. Car 86 Brandon Brown(i) Brandonbilt Motorsports Chevrolet 198 Running
24. 27. Car 51 Jeremy Clements RepairableVehicles.com/AllSouthElectric.com Chevrolet 198 Running
25. 39. Car 18 Matt Tifft(i) NOS Energy Drink Toyota 197 Running
26. 35. Car 15 Travis Kvapil(i) KeenParts.com/CorvetteParts.net Ford 196 Running
27. 17. Car 48 Brennan Poole # DC Solar Chevrolet 196 Running
28. 30. Car 07 Ray Black Jr # Scuba Life Chevrolet 195 Running
29. 28. Car 0 Garrett Smithley # teamjdmotorsports.com Chevrolet 195 Running
30. 34. Car 13 Brandon Hightower Premier Recycling/Timmons Truck Center Dodge 195 Running
31. 29. Car 78 BJ McLeod # Main Gate Enterprises Inc Ford 195 Running
32. 40. Car 99 Jeff Green Ford 194 Running
33. 38. Car 25 Josh Reaume Lilly Trucking Chevrolet 193 Running
34. 37. Car 97 Josh Bilicki VroomBrands Chevrolet 189 Running
35. 21. Car 24 Corey LaJoie Youtheory Toyota 167 Oil Leak
36. 22. Car 46 Jordan Anderson(i) UrbanCarryHolsters.com Chevrolet 134 Accident
37. 33. Car 52 Joey Gase Donate Life Florida Chevrolet 87 Ignition
38. 36. Car 90 Mario Gosselin BuckedUp Apparel/CrashClaimsR.Us Chevrolet 49 Overheating
39. 32. Car 40 Timmy Hill(i) Phoenix Ait/UTVINT.com/OCR Gaz Bar Toyota 43 Brakes
40. 24. Car 10 Matt DiBenedetto(i) Toyota 2 Vibration

Race Comments: Prior to the start of the race, no cars dropped to the rear of the field under penalty. Failed to Qualify: (5) 93 David Starr, 89 Morgan Shepherd, 74 Mike Harmon, 70 Dexter Stacey, 77 Ryan Ellis. Time of Race: 2 Hrs, 34 Mins, 34 Secs. Average Speed: 116.455 MPH. Margin of Victory: 0.968 Seconds.

Coors Light Pole Award: Daniel Suarez, #19 169.924 mph. Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race: Joe Gibbs Engines – Mark Cronquist, #19. Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Daniel Suarez, #19. Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Erik Jones, #20.

(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

Next Race: Feb. 25, 2017 – Daytona International Speedway

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