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Daniel Suarez joining new team for Xfinity return

The Xfinity Series race on the streets of Chicago will feature a former champion as Daniel Suarez makes his return to the series.

Suarez, who won the Xfinity title in 2016, will join DGM Racing for the first time. He will drive the No. 36 Chevrolet Camaro while the Illinois-based Universal Beauty Products will serve as his primary partner. The scheme will specifically highlight Van Der Hagen shaving products.

Universal Beauty Products will also serve as the primary sponsor of Kyle Weatherman for the Chicago race. The No. 91 will feature Beard Guyz logos.

"I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with DGM Racing as I represent Van Der Hagen's shaving products in Chicago," Suarez said in a statement.

"The Chicago Street Course is a very important track to me, and I am thankful to Mario and his team for the opportunity to log additional laps ahead of Sunday's Cup race."

Suarez had made 87 starts in Xfinity since his debut in 2014, including this season's race at Daytona. He has scored three wins, all on oval tracks, and he has posted 56 top-10 finishes while driving for multiple teams.

Joining DGM Racing provides Suarez with an opportunity to get extra time on the streets of Chicago before the Cup Series race on Sunday, July 7 (4:30 p.m. ET on NBC). The Trackhouse Racing driver qualified fifth for last season's rain-altered street race, but he finished 27th.

Cup Series drivers were not able to compete in last season's Xfinity race on the streets of Chicago, which ended early due to heavy rainfall. However, NASCAR updated its Rule Book on June 5 and added a key line of text: "Cup Series points earners are NOW PERMITTED to enter the Chicago Street Course event" in the Xfinity Series.

Suarez will join two other drivers who have announced plans to pull double duty in the Windy City. Kyle Larson will drive for Hendrick Motorsports in both races while Shane van Gisbergen will drive for Kaulig Racing in both races.