Daniel Suarez won the Toyota/Save Mart 350 by nearly four seconds over Chris Buescher's No. 17 Ford, becoming the first Mexican-born driver to win a race in NASCAR's Cup Series.
On Sunday at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Suarez led for 47 laps in his No. 99 Black Chevrolet. His first win in 195 Cup Series appearances came in a time of 3.849 seconds.
"It was unique," the native of Monterrey, Mexico, told reporters. "Man, my entire team and I have been working extremely hard for this moment.
"I am very lucky to have people around me in the team, but outside the team. My family always supporting me. ... We did it in front of a few hundred Mexicans and Daniel's Amigos.
It was simply a memorable day. California has always been my second home. It's pretty remarkable to be able to claim the first victory here."
Buescher was one of five Ford drivers who trailed Suarez to the finish line. Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick, and Austin Cindric were also among the top five finishers.