Diversity driver Ruben Garcia Jr. picks up 19th win for Rev Racing

#6: Ruben Garcia, Jr., Toyota Camry, Max Siegel Inc.

Mexican driver Ruben Garcia Jr., a member of the 2018 NASCAR Drive for Diversity class, won the rain-delayed K&N Pro Series East season finale at Dover International Speedway on Saturday morning.

Garcia took the checkered flag in the Crosley Brands 125 .483 seconds ahead of Brandon McReynolds to collect the 19th victory for Rev Racing, the competitive arm of the D4D program.

The victory the second of Garcia’s career, the first having come earlier this season at Memphis.

“The first victory outside my country was very, very special, but definitely coming back to Dover and winning was something,” said Garcia, who also is the points leader in the NASCAR Peak Mexico Series.

“I feel like sometimes you enjoy more the second win, because there’s too much going on the first time, and you really don’t appreciate what’s happening.”

Garcia hasn’t solidified his racing plans for next year but said he hopes to compete on a national touring level in 2019.

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