On Saturday night at Columbus Motor Speedway at the .333 mile short track in Columbus, Ohio Daniel Suarez scored his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win in the NAPA 150. The win came in Suarez's 24th career start and he also became the first Mexican-born driver to win in the series since 2007 when Rogelio Lopez won at Nashville.
Suarez became the fifth different winner for Rev Racing who started fielding cars for NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program in 2010. He led the last 88 laps after passing pole sitter Dylan Kwasniewski.
Kwasniewski, a three-time winner this season, won his first K&N Pro Series East pole earlier on Saturday. He led up until lap 65 when Suarez, who started seventh, made the pass for the lead. Kwasniewski ended up finishing in third position behind runner up Cale Conley.
Ryan Gifford finished fourth, Brandon Gdovic fifth, Eddie MacDonald sixth, Brett Moffitt seventh, Kenzie Ruston eighth, Ben Kennedy ninth, and Bryan Ortiz tenth. Mackena Bell was 11th, Jesse Little 12th, and Johnny VanDoorn was the last lead lap car in 13th.
There were three cautions for a total of 17 laps in the race. An accident in Turn 3 on lap 56 took out Sam Hunt, Eric Holmes, and Austin Dyne. They finished at the back of the field in 21st, 22nd and 23rd respectively. The second caution was for a spin by Grant Winchester on lap 137. He continued and finished nine laps down in 20th.
The final caution forced a green-white-checkered finish when Jesse Little, Matt Tifft, and John Salemi got in an accident in Turn 3 on lap 144. Little salvaged a 12th place finish out of it. Tifft was one lap down in 16th and Salemi finished five laps down in 19th. The race distance then went to 152 laps but Suarez had no problem holding onto win during the late restarts.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's next race will be on Friday, August 2nd at Iowa Speedway. It will be the second of two combination races on the season with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. West Series driver Michael Self won the first combination race on June 7th at Iowa Speedway but Kwasniewski picked up the East win by finishing second.
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