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Suarez wins extremely close race in Atlanta over Blaney, Busch

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Freeway Insurance-sponsored driver Daniel Suarez has picked up the second win of the NASCAR season during the Ambetter Health 400 on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia. William Byron kicked off the season with a win in the historic Daytona 500. 

This was the closest race in NASCAR history with the three finishers finishing side-by-side. Suarez won by .003 seconds over Ryan Blaney. 

Trackhouse Racing driver Daniel Suarez crosses the finish line ahead of Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney to win the NASCAR Cup Series Ambetter Health 400
Daniel Suarez crosses the finish line ahead of Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney to win the NASCAR Cup Series Ambetter Health 400 (Photo by Alex Slitz/Getty Images)

“It was a very special moment,” Suarez said, who entered this contract year with his future seemingly uncertain with Trackhouse Racing, according to the Associated Press. “I was just hoping. I saw the tower and thought I was first. I thought I had it but then they said there was a review.”

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It was so close that the finish had to go under review. After the review, it was confirmed that Suarez won for the first time since June 2022. 

“Some people actually told me you can relax, now you’re in the playoffs,” Suarez said. “Hell no! My goal is to win more than one race. This is not relaxing here. … The goal is for you to not be surprised when the 99 is in victory lane.”

The BodyArmor Zero Sugar-sponsored driver Blaney led 31 laps before coming in second place. Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen sponsored driver Kyle Busch finished third. 

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“It was fun racing, but just a couple inches short,” Blaney said. “I’m happy for Daniel, though. That was fun racing him and Kyle. That was fun.”

MenardsKnauf Insulation sponsored driver Austin Cindric finished fourth. MoneyLion-sponsored driver Bubba Wallace finished fifth.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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