MIAMI – Alex Bowman may have won the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, but he wasn’t the only driver to pick up a milestone victory this weekend.
Homestead native Nick Sanchez won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race on Saturday night at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Speedway, marking his first career victory in a late model stock car.
Sanchez is in his second season as a member of Rev Racing and NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity Development Program, and has been one of the team’s most successful drivers. In 12 races this year, Sanchez has scored ten top-5s and 12 top-10s, including Saturday night’s victory.
The goal of the Drive for Diversity program is to help young drivers representing a myriad of cultures and backgrounds align themselves with a team of executives, athletic directors, crew chiefs and mentors tasked with helping them reach one of the three NASCAR national series. Notable drivers who have participated in the development program include Kyle Larson, Daniel Suarez and Bubba Wallace, all of whom drive for NASCAR’s premier series – the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The Speedway, which was founded by Miami businessman, racing enthusiast and philanthropist Ralph Sanchez, is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The Speedway hosts on-track events nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. In 2018, NASCAR crowned champions in all three of its national series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend for the 17th consecutive year (2002-18). Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2018 were Joey Logano (Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series), Tyler Reddick (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Brett Moffitt (NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series). 2019 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 15-17. In 2020, the Speedway will commemorate its 25th anniversary as it hosts NASCAR’s three national series on new spring dates, March 20-22.