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Suarez Captures the Checkered Flag at Columbus
Posted by: newsla on Jul 16, 2013 - 05:40 AM
Suarez Captures the Checkered Flag at Columbus

Daniel Suarez, the 21-year old Monterrey Mexico native, came to Columbus Ohio ready to improve upon his two previous fifth place results at the track and that’s exactly what he did Saturday night. Suarez, who qualified seventh, took over the lead on lap 64 and dominated the rest of the NAPA 150, to capture the win in a green-white-checkered finish.


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“I’m so proud of my entire team, they worked really hard and gave me a car that allowed me to compete for the win.” said Suarez. "We've worked really hard to capture this first win, and I'm sure we'll continue to be competitive this season."

This is the first win for Suarez in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series (NKNPS) East, and the fifth first time winner for Rev Racing since the team started managing the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program in 2010. The team had strong cars all day, with three of the four cars in the top-five during practice, Suarez was third quickest, Bryan Ortiz fourth, and Mackena Bell fifth.

Ryan Gifford (No. 2 NASCAR Technical Institute/UTI Toyota Camry) – Gifford, who’s in contention to win the championship, came home with a fourth place finish after moving his way up the field from ninth. Gifford, who captured his first series win earlier this season, is currently fourth in points.

Bryan Ortiz (No. 4 Rev Racing Toyota Camry) – Ortiz had an outstanding qualifying effort, qualifying second and placing his Toyota Camry on the front row. He raced in the top-10 all night, and finished the night 10th. He’s currently 13th in points.

Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota Camry) – Suarez captured his first career NKNPS east win after taking the lead on lap 64. This is the Monterrey Mexico native’s second straight touring series win after capturing a win in the Mexico Toyota Series on June 30. He’s currently ninth in NKNPS East points.

Mackena Bell (No. 21 Toyota Racing Development Toyota Camry) – Bell had a fast car during practice, finishing fifth quickest, and finished 11th after a 13th place qualifying effort. She’s currently 11th in points, and third in Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.

The NAPA 150 will air on SPEED on July 25, at 3:00 p.m. ET. The next race for Rev Racing in the NKNPS East will be at Iowa Speedway on August 2.

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