Friday, September 21, 2018
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Suarez wins Xfinity series title, first foreign champion of a NASCAR national series

HOMESTEAD — Daniel Suarez won the Xfinity series season finale and title at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Saturday, becoming the first foreign champion in a NASCAR national series.

The 24-year-old Mexican bested fellow title contenders Elliott Sadler, Justin Allgaier and Erik Jones on a botched restart with three laps to go in the Ford EcoBoost 300. It was the third career win for Suarez, last year's top rookie in the second-tier series.

Suarez thanked his parents for putting him in a car "even when we didn't have the support or the racing background. They supported me, and right now we are just living a dream."

Trucks: Johnny Sauter won his first NASCAR title by edging three other contenders in the series' inaugural Chase playoff. He finished third in the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead to win the title late Friday. William Byron won the race, his seventh win of the year.

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