August 12, 2022

Whenever a post-race celebration includes a taco piñata and red wine, you know you’re having a great time.

Mix in the fact that it was Daniel Suarez – quite clearly a popular name in the garage – who beat and poured, and I’d say what Sonoma lacked in drama on Sunday (more on that later), it more than made up for it. in the “wellness” section.

Take that, Joe Gibbs and Stewart-Haas!

“I mean, it’s been a tough road,” said Suarez, who was sidelined by JGR and SHR a few years ago and forced up the Cup Series ladder.

“It’s been a tough journey. These guys believe in me…Trackhouse Racing, Justin Marks, Ty Norris. Everyone who’s helped me get to this point.

“This is the first of a long series.”

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Daniel Suarez celebrates after winning the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.

Daniel Suarez makes NASCAR history

Before we dive too deep, let’s get the details out of the way so the guys in the numbers department don’t yell at me.

Suarez led the final 47 laps at Sonoma for his first career Cup victory, becoming the first Mexican driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race and only the fifth foreign driver to win a Cup race. He is also the fourth Cup winner for the first time this season.

The. Did I understand everything? !

Frankly, victory was way overdue. Suarez has already had a winning car several times this season and probably should have won several times during his Gibbs years.