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NASCAR's European debutant ends its American season trip in disappointing fashion

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Ryan Vargas, who is preparing to tackle the full EuroNASCAR program this year, also hit the track for the Xfinity Series at Phoenix and Richmond, driving for Jordan Anderson Racing. When he moves to EuroNASCAR Pro Division racing, he will be behind the wheel of the #30 Chevrolet and will run the colors of Critical Path Security.

While he made at least one start in Phoenix and Richmond, Martinsville proved to be a bit of a disappointment. He failed to qualify for the race, making him the only driver in Mike Harmon Racing's No. 74 Chevy to start with a DNQ (Did Not Qualify) tag.

Ryan Vargas explains his DNQ

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Ryan Vargas, who has already raced twice this season with Jordan Anderson Racing, finished at the back of the field in Phoenix and Richmond, finishing 37th and 38th. Martinsville was supposed to be his big 70th start in the Xfinity Series, but There was a failure that prevented him from qualifying. To keep his fans updated, Vargas shared everything that happened on Twitter.

He tweeted: “I had some problems under the hood in training that limited my track time. We put together everything we could for qualifying, but it just wasn't enough. Still keep your head up, I can't change things I can't control. Many thanks to @MHR_racing74 for letting me be there this weekend! Everyone worked hard!💪🏼 Off to Spain!🇪🇸”

Even though he didn't qualify, Ryan Vargas made it a point to stop by the track during the Martinsville race, tip his hat to the fans and chat with the Truck Series drivers. It's certainly a downer not to see him racing at Martinsville, but he's excited to continue his racing adventures around the globe in the coming months.

Vargas has yet to complete a full NASCAR season, but has been fairly active in the Xfinity Series for most of 2021 and 2022. Last year he competed in seven truck races with On Point Motorsports and even achieved an impressive eighth place finish in Texas. The 2024 EuroNASCAR lineup is packed with seven doubleheader weekends spread across two divisions and seven different countries. Even though Ryan Vargas won't be hitting the track in Martinsville this time, his last few races haven't exactly gone smoothly either.

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The driver of the number 32 also met an unfortunate end in Richmond after his car caught fire

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Ryan Vargas had high hopes for a solid run in the Xfinity race at the short Richmond track. In qualifying, his car was firing on all cylinders and caused a sensation in the top 10 with a lap time of 23.197 among 15 participants. But just as the race was heating up, the number 32 car threw in the towel.

As Vargas entered Turn 4, he struggled with the steering wheel and couldn't get his car around the corner, and suddenly there was smoke everywhere. At first glance it appeared to be engine failure, but it turned out to be a brake jam that caused his car to burst into flames. The former JD Motorsports helmsman contacted X to share his thoughts on the unexpected end to his day at Richmond Raceway.

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Heartbreak for Ryan Vargas in Richmond as Xfinity Run goes up in smoke

“Blown up, blown up BIG. I'm grateful to have competed in NASCAR more than 75 times and I'm not going to stop anytime soon. I live for this sport and the opportunities it gives me, and I'm blessed to even be here. A shitty day, but we'll regroup and move on. On to the next one,” Vargas posted on X. Now he has his sights set on getting back on his feet in the coming races, while also preparing to hone his skills even further in EuroNASCAR.