Friday, June 22, 2018
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Daniel Suarez resets goals after first Xfinity series win

NEWTON, Iowa — Daniel Suarez had his breakout moment last weekend, holding off Kyle Busch at Michigan to become the first Mexican winner in NASCAR national series history.

Suarez, 24, now aims for even bigger history. He enters today's Xfinity series race, the American Ethanol 250 at Iowa Speedway, atop the standings through 13 races. He is bidding to become the first foreign driver to win a NASCAR championship.

"I knew that, but I never think about that," Suarez said. "I just try to do my thing, drive fast, be competitive and win races."

The Monterrey native landed a full-time ride in the Xfinity series in 2015 with Joe Gibbs Racing, posting 18 top-10s in 33 races. This season he already has 11 top-10 finishes.

In Saturday's qualifying, Erik Jones earned the pole at the 0.875-mile oval with a lap of 135.752 mph. Suarez (135.385) will line up second.

Trucks: William Byron won the Speediatrics 200 at Iowa Speedway, holding off Cole Custer after a restart with three laps to go. Byron led 107 of 200 laps for his second series victory this season and third of his career.

24 Hours of Le Mans: Kamui Kobayashi, driving a Toyota LMP1 car for Gazoo Racing, led after 12 hours at the sports car endurance classic in France. Actor Brad Pitt was the official starter.

Formula One: Points leader Nico Rosberg earned the pole for today's European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan, after Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton crashed in qualifying. Hamilton, the top-time defending series champion, starts 10th.

NHRA: Steve Torrence led Top Fuel qualifying at the Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn., as his Friday run of 3.745 seconds at 324.12 mph stood through the final two rounds. Ron Capps led Funny Car with a run of 3.884 seconds, a track record, at 323.66 mph and Jason Line topped Pro Stock.

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