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Suárez: Promoted Earlier Than Expected – But Not Too Soon

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Story

Don’t worry about Daniel Suárez.

And don’t buy into the assumption that, in promoting Suárez to fill the seat of departing Carl Edwards, Joe Gibbs Racing is making the same mistake it made in 2009 when the organization threw then-18-year-old Joey Logano into the deep end of the pool.

Laboring under the weight of replacing Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Toyota, Logano never blossomed at JGR. It took four years of seasoning and a move to Team Penske for Logano to realize his enormous potential in a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car.

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Suarez, Sauter Honored for Titles on Special Night

By: Zach Albert

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Thankfulness for family remained a theme for two NASCAR champions Monday night. One for the strong racing upbringing in pastoral Wisconsin that has sustained him over the course of a veteran's career; the other for the family that encouraged a young star to leave his Mexican homeland to chase his racing dreams in America.

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Suarez Wins Race, Championship at Miami


A 6.6-second, two-tire pit stop for Chase driver Elliott Sadler put him on the front row for the final restart in Saturday's Ford EcoBoost 300 XFINITY finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But when first-place Cole Whitt failed to get going at the drop of the green flag, Daniel Suarez whipped around for the lead, his No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota holding on for the win and earning the 2016 XFINITY Series championship.

Suarez, 24, led 133 laps en route to his third career XFINITY Series win, becoming the first Latin American driver to win a NASCAR national series title.

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NASCAR, Chevrolet Reveal Diversity Scholarship Winners

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - NASCAR and Chevrolet  announced Sunday the winners of the second annual NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest during a press conference at Texas Motor Speedway.

Four undergraduate students from across the country were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships and treated to a VIP experience at today’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the AAA Texas 500.

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Larson holds off Keselowski for NASCAR XFINITY Series win at Texas

By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service

FORT WORTH, Tex. – Grabbing the lead after a restart on Lap 171 of 200, Kyle Larson moved to the top of the track just in time to hold off polesitter Brad Keselowski for the victory in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Diversity Internship Application Now Open

By: Lauren Houston

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program (NDIP) seeks to obtain the highest quality of undergraduate and graduate applicants to be selected for this 10 week, paid opportunity. NDIP exposes multicultural students to employment opportunities within America’s number one motorsport. NDIP is also an important part of NASCAR’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Thousands of students apply each year to be selected for a spot in the competitive program. Many who complete the program are often offered full time employment.

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PEAK Becomes New Title Sponsor In Mexico

Official Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — During an event with team owners, drivers, local dignitaries and media at the InterContinental Presidente Hotel in Mexico City, NASCAR today announced plans to strengthen its presence in Mexico for years to come with a full slate of races in 2017 and beyond. Also announced was a multi-year agreement with Old World Industries (OWI) to make PEAK® title sponsor of the NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, only the third title sponsor in series history. Additionally, PEAK becomes an Official NASCAR Partner along with other key brands such as BlueDEF.

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Delaware State Takes On The Monster Mile

By Lauren Houston, NASCAR

Students from Delaware State University’s chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) experienced their first NASCAR race at Dover International Speedway as part of the NASCAR Opinion Leader Initiative. The mass communication majors reported on the comprehensive sport and business of stock car racing during the NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Drive Sober 200 at Dover International Speedway. 

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The 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine Rescheduled for October 17-19

By: Pete Stuart

The 2016 NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, featuring 17 drivers from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, has been rescheduled for Oct. 17-19.

The annual event, originally scheduled for this week, was moved due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew. 

Participants will take part in a physical fitness assessment at Bethune-Cookman University on Oct. 17, followed by on-track tryouts at New Smyrna Speedway on Oct. 18-19. 

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Drivers Vie for Spot in NASCAR Program


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Seventeen drivers from across the country will compete for spots in the top driver development program in motorsports, NASCAR Drive for Diversity, during a national tryout at Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway from Oct. 10-12.

The 13th annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine invites promising ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017.

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