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Daniel Suárez

99 |

8

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47

47

5

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Chris Buescher

17 |

3

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110

4

43

0

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Michael McDowell

34 |

4

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37

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Kevin Harvick

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23

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39

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Austin Cindric

2 |

25

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32

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Ryan Blaney

12 |

14

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32

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7

Ross Chastain

1 |

7

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30

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8

Chase Elliott

9 |

2

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26

29

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9

William Byron

24 |

20

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28

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10

Brad Keselowski

6 |

22

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3

27

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11

Austin Dillon

3 |

13

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26

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12

Justin Haley

31 |

18

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32

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13

Chase Briscoe

14 |

15

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24

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14

Aric Almirola

10 |

21

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38

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15

Kyle Larson

5 |

1

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26

32

1

16

Alex Bowman

48 |

19

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21

0

17

Joey Logano

22 |

9

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4

39

1

18

Kurt Busch

45 |

11

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110

0

22

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19

AJ Allmendinger

16 |

16

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110

0

0

0

20

Joey Hand

15 |

17

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110

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17

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21

Cole Custer

41 |

6

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16

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22

Erik Jones

43 |

33

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110

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15

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23

Ty Dillon

42 |

34

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110

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14

0

24

Todd Gilliland

38 |

24

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110

0

18

0

25

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

32

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110

0

16

0

26

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

28

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110

0

11

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27

Christopher Bell

20 |

31

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110

0

10

0

28

Harrison Burton

21 |

26

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110

0

18

0

29

Josh Bilicki

77 |

29

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110

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0

0

30

Kyle Busch

18 |

12

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110

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15

0

31

Denny Hamlin

11 |

10

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110

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6

0

32

Cody Ware

51 |

36

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109

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6

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33

Scott Heckert

78 |

35

Running

109

0

0

0

34

Corey Lajoie

7 |

30

Running

101

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3

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35

Tyler Reddick

8 |

5

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97

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2

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36

Bubba Wallace

23 |

27

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Daniel Suarez

    POS1

    LEADER

    Daniel Suarez

    Driver badge number 99 |

  • POS 2 | 3.849

    Chris Buescher

    POS2

    3.849

    Chris Buescher

    Driver badge number 17 |

  • POS 3 | 5.682

    Michael McDowell

    POS3

    5.682

    Michael McDowell

    Driver badge number 34 |

Daniel Suárez makes history with dominant first Cup Series win at Sonoma

“Win Numero Uno.” Those were the words on the flag Mexican driver Daniel Suárez held out the window of his No. 99 Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet as he turned celebratory donuts on the frontstretch of Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon in the ecstatic first moments of his first-ever NASCAR Cup Series victory.

Suárez‘s No. 99 Chevrolet pulled away from runner-up Chris Buescher‘s RFK Racing Ford in the closing laps to take an impressive 3.849-second maiden Cup Series win on the 1.99-mile Northern Californian road course — the third victory of the season for the second-year Trackhouse Racing team whose members rushed over the pit road wall to embrace their driver and celebrate the historic achievement.

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With the win, in his 195th Cup Series start, Suárez becomes the fifth different driver not born in the United States to win in the premier series; joining Marcos Ambrose (Australia), Juan Pablo Montoya (Colombia), Earl Ross (Canada) and Mario Andretti (Italy). And he did so convincingly. He led a race-best 47 of the 110 laps and ultimately took one of the largest margins of victory on the season.

Suárez, the 2016 Xfinity Series champion, screamed in joy on his team radio on the cool-down lap and after exiting his car, smashed a piñata.

Sean Gardner | Getty Images

Congratulations soon came in from across the racing world on social media — including former seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson — all before Suárez had even hoisted his trophy.

“I have so many thoughts in my head right now,” an emotional Suárez said, thanking his team owner Justin Marks, his family, and “all the people who helped me get to this point.”

“So very happy we were able to make it work,” Suárez added, saying of his team, “They believed in me from day one.”

He then offered a message of thanks in Spanish to the large crowd of his “Amigos” — the name of his fan club cheering trackside — and ended it in English by promising, “this is one of many.”

The 30-year-old Suárez, from Monterrey, Mexico, is now the 12th different winner of the 2022 season — and fourth first-time winner.

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The top-four finishing drivers Sunday were all looking for their first win of the season. Front Row Motorsports driver Michael McDowell finished third, followed by Stewart-Haas Racing‘s Kevin Harvick in fourth.

This year‘s Daytona 500 winner, Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Austin Cindric was fifth, followed by his Team Penske Racing teammate Ryan Blaney. Suárez‘s Trackhouse Racing teammate Ross Chastain was seventh, followed by Hendrick Motorsports drivers Chase Elliott and William Byron.

Buescher‘s RFK Racing teammate and team co-owner Brad Keselowski was 10th — his best finish since a ninth-place showing in the season-opening Daytona 500.

For much of the early going, it looked like Elliott and his Hendrick teammate — defending race winner Kyle Larson — would decide the win. But both had to overcome uncharacteristic pit-stop miscues that allowed Suárez to essentially dominate the closing laps.

Elliot, who led 26 laps, pitted outside his box and had to serve a penalty that put him 34th — last in the field among those still running. His rally to an eighth-place finish was impressive considering the adventurous day.

Larson, the pole-sitter who also led 26 laps and won Stage 1, had a right-front wheel come off his Chevrolet heading into Turn 2 right after a pit stop. His team now faces a mandatory penalty for that infraction that includes a four-race suspension for the team‘s crew chief (Cliff Daniels) and both the tire changer and jackman. The defending series champion finished 15th.

On an upside, however, the combined 52 laps led by Elliott and Larson topped the 100,000 all-time miles led mark for Hendrick Motorsports — most in NASCAR history.

With his top-10 finish, Elliott still holds a 16-point advantage on Chastain in the Cup Series championship standings.

The Cup Series has its only “off week” of the season next week but will return to competition on June 26 in the Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway (5 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Larson won the inaugural race there in 2021.

NOTE: Inspection in the Cup Series garage is complete with no issues, confirming Daniel Suárez as the race winner.