Ron Fellows , Travis Kvapil, Tomy Drissi, and Victor Gonzalez Jr. all pileup bringing out the red flag at Watkins Glen.
Ron Fellow suffers a flat tire while leading, forcing him to pit and give away valuable track position.
RELATED: Race results " Drivers react to Suarez's win DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 11, 2016) -- Daniel Suárez earned his first career NASCAR XFINITY Series win on Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, becoming the first Mexican-born driver to capture a NASCAR national series victory. With the victory, Suárez clinches a spot in the NASCAR XFINITY Series Chase. Suárez, a graduate of both the NASCAR Drive for Diversity and NASCAR Next programs, has accomplished a long list of accolades since joining NASCAR in 2011. Last season, he became the first Mexican driver to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award, finishing fifth in the championship standings. This season, Suárez became the first foreign-born driver to lead the points in any of the three NASCAR national Series, topping the NASCAR XFINITY Series standings for six consecutive weeks. He is the current points leader in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, the series where "Names Are Made." Suárez, 24, has quickly climbed the NASCAR ladder system throughout his career, with full-time stops in the NASCAR Mexico Series and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East before joining the NASCAR XFINITY Series with Joe Gibbs Racing for the 2015 season. During his four years (2011-14) in the NASCAR Mexico Series, Suárez won 10 races and finished in the top 10 in championship points in all four of his seasons, including a runner-up championship finish in 2013. In two full-time seasons in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Suárez won three races and finished third in the final standings in 2013. Suárez had scored six runner-up finishes in the national series prior to his win on Saturday. With the victory, Suárez becomes only the fifth Latino driver to win a NASCAR national series race, joining Frank Mundy, Juan Pablo Montoya , Aric Almirola and Nelson Piquet Jr . NASCAR Next is an industry-wide initiative designed to spotlight to best and brightest rising young stars in racing. NASCAR Drive for Diversity, operated by Rev Racing, is an academy-style development program for female and multicultural drivers and crew members who have the potential and determination to succeed at the highest levels of NASCAR. MORE: Watch final laps of Suarez's win NASCAR National Series Foreign-Born Race Winners Season Date Track Series Driver Country 1967 2/26/1967 Daytona Sprint Cup Mario Andretti Italy 1974 9/29/1974 Martinsville Sprint Cup Earl Ross Canada 1987 8/9/1987 Hampton (VA) XFINITY Larry Pollard Canada 1997 8/24/1997 Watkins Glen Truck Ron Fellows Canada 1998 6/28/1998 Watkins Glen XFINITY Ron Fellows Canada 1999 6/26/1999 Watkins Glen Truck Ron Fellows Canada 2000 6/25/2000 Watkins Glen XFINITY Ron Fellows Canada 2001 7/8/2001 Watkins Glen XFINITY Ron Fellows Canada 2007 3/4/2007 Mexico City XFINITY Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia 2007 6/24/2007 Sonoma Sprint Cup Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia 2008 8/2/2008 Montreal XFINITY Ron Fellows Canada 2008 8/9/2008 Watkins Glen XFINITY Marcos Ambrose Australia 2009 8/8/2009 Watkins Glen XFINITY Marcos Ambrose Australia 2010 8/7/2010 Watkins Glen XFINITY Marcos Ambrose Australia 2010 8/8/2010 Watkins Glen Sprint Cup Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia 2011 8/15/2011 Watkins Glen Sprint Cup Marcos Ambrose Australia 2011 8/20/2011 Montreal XFINITY Marcos Ambrose Australia 2012 6/23/2012 Road America XFINITY Nelson Piquet Jr Brazil 2012 8/12/2012 Watkins Glen Sprint Cup Marcos Ambrose Australia 2012 8/18/2012 Michigan Truck Nelson Piquet Jr Brazil 2012 9/29/2012 Las Vegas Truck Nelson Piquet Jr Brazil 2014 8/9/2014 Watkins Glen XFINITY Marcos Ambrose Australia 2016 6/11/2016 Michigan XFINITY Daniel Suárez Mexico
No one would blame Cameron Hayley for getting homesick. The 19-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver resides in Sandusky, Ohio where his ThorSport Racing team is based -- 1,891.3 miles away from his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Most of the tracks he races at are even farther away. Distance has not stopped Hayley from chasing his NASCAR dream. Although it's located on the opposite side of Canada, Hayley will have a homecoming of sorts when he performs in front of his fellow countrymen in Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (1:30 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) -- the NCWTS' only road course race of the season. "Not only is this a track I've been to before, it's also in my home country," said Hayley, who ranks sixth in the NCWTS standings on the strength of three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 14 starts this season. "I just hope that I will have a good run for all of my Canadian fans." An alumnus of the NASCAR Next initiative highlighting the sport's top up-and-coming drivers, Hayley is still searching for his first NASCAR national series win. If he takes the checkered flag on Sunday, he would be the first Canadian to win a NASCAR national series race since Ron Fellows visited Victory Lane in Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2008. Racing in his first full-time NCWTS season, Hayley has gained momentum lately, logging six top-10 finishes in his last eight starts, including a career-best fourth-place showing at Pocono. He made his series debut at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last season, finishing 11th and believes his prior experience there will help him on Sunday. "We've done really well at tracks that I've been to in the past this year, already," Hayley said. "I've been to Sonoma a couple times and that place was really difficult. You look at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and think, 'it can’t be as difficult as Sonoma ,' but it's a very fast race track, and fast race tracks are not forgiving. It takes a lot of finesse and a lot of guts to go out there and get it done. We are bringing a really good truck, so I think this will be another good race for us to go out and get a solid top five, if not a win."
Ron Hornaday celebrates an odd victory and moves another step closer to 50 career CWTS victories.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. reflects on his time spent racing at Watkins Glen International. #Appreci88ion
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RELATED: Bouchard's standout Modified career Ron Bouchard, winner of the 1981 Talladega 500 and the premier series' rookie of the year that same season, passed away Thursday. He was 67. A family friend and close pal of my fathers Ron Bouchard passed away today. My thoughts and prayers go to his family. — Dale Earnhardt Jr . (@DaleJr) December 10, 2015 NASCAR made a statement on Thursday regarding the news, " Ron Bouchard's passion for racing was evident from his very early years in NASCAR. Competition fueled Ron , whether racing modifieds at short tracks across the Northeast or winning rookie of the year honors in NASCAR's premier series. He loved this sport, and made an indelible mark on it, one that won’t soon be forgotten. "NASCAR extends its condolences to the friends and family of Ron Bouchard, a true racer." A native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Bouchard pulled off one of NASCAR's most stunning victories when he shot from third to first on the final lap at Talladega (then known as Alabama International Motor Speedway), passing Darrell Waltrip and Terry Labonte to score his lone premier series victory. The win came in his 11th career start. He was driving the Jack Beebe-owned Race Hill Farm No. 47 Buick, with crew chief Bob Johnson. Bouchard had taken over the ride earlier in the season following the departure of driver Harry Gant. Bouchard became the 13th different winner in the 13-year history of the summer race at the 2.66-mile track. "Coming off the fourth turn … I was behind Waltrip and Terry when Terry decided to pass Darrell on the outside," Bouchard told reporters following his Talladega victory. "When he moved up, Darrell moved up to get in front of him. When I saw that, I just shot down to the inside … and moved up fast." A standout Modified driver, Bouchard won track championships at Stafford Springs, Thompson and Seekonk speedways before moving up to what was then known as NASCAR's Grand National division. He made 160 starts at NASCAR’s top level, finishing a career-best eighth in points in '82. In addition to his one win, Bouchard scored 19 top-five and 60 top-10 finishes. He won the series' rookie title in a class that included Morgan Shepherd , Tim Richmond and Joe Ruttman. Seven years later, his brother Ken Bouchard captured the series rookie of the year award as well.
RELATED: Hornaday among NASCAR's 2017 Hall of Fame nominees MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Ron Hornaday is currently not competing in NASCAR, but the four-time champion appears to be as busy as ever. And racing remains his focus. Hornaday, winner of a series-best 51 victories in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series, is more hands-on these days, building dirt Modifieds for grandson Slater McCray and teammate Billy Workman Jr. as well as several other competitors. There are those who kick up the dust and ride the cushion on local tracks in the Carolinas, Kentucky, Indiana and various other venues who put their faith in a Hornaday-built entry. Given their success, it seems that trust has been well placed. A recent Saturday night outing at Fayetteville Motor Speedway indicated as much -- the top three in the Open Wheel Modified division were built by Hornaday Race Cars. "Back to building dirt cars and having fun again," Hornaday said recently from his race shop, surrounded by cars in various states of progress. "Back to doing a little bit of everything, I guess."
Ron Hornaday leads the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series records books with four championships and 51 victories, but his experience and willingness to give back to the sport has earned him a NASCAR Hall of Fame nomination.