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Twice As Nice: Quiroga Defends Title

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico -- Germán Quiroga became the first driver to win back-to-back NASCAR Mexico Series championships, and Jorge Goeters finished off 2010 with his second victory of the season in the Pennzoil 240 at Nuevo Autódromo de Aguascalientes Sunday.

Quiroga, who only needed to start the final race to clinch the title, finished fourth behind Goeters, Rafael Martínez  and Jorge Goeters. Quiroga ended with 2173 points, 150 over runner-up Homero Richards and 206 over 2007 series champion Martínez.

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Ramirez Scores First Victory

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CHIAPAS, Mexico -- José Luis Ramírez scored his first NASCAR Mexico Series win Sunday, capturing the Goodyear Racing 240km at Autódromo de Chiapas, and Germán Quiroga nearly wrapped up his second straight championship.

Ramírez earned his first pole position Saturday and led twice for 33 laps on the 1.2km oval Sunday en route to the victory. He took the lead for the final time from Quiroga on a restart with 20 to go.

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Celebrating Jim Hunter

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Jim Hunter's influence was felt throughout NASCAR, from the Sprint Cup drivers he counseled and the media he befriended. His biggest footprint was felt in the short-tracks, which held a special place in his heart. He always called them the foundation on which NASCAR was built, and was always quick to remind people that this sport owed its existance to the local tracks, drivers and fans, and their passion.

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Legendary NASCAR VP Jim Hunter Dies

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR Vice President of Corporate Communications Jim Hunter, whose career in motorsports spanned portions of six decades as both a journalist and public relations professional, died last night in Daytona Beach, Fla. following a 12-month battle with cancer. He was 71.

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Quiroga Strengthens His Lead

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PUEBLA, Mexico -- Germán Quiroga took a giant step toward his second straight NASCAR Mexico Series championship Sunday with his third win of the season in the Puebla 240 km presented by Pennzoil.

Quiroga's win at on the 1.25 mile oval at Autódromo Miguel E. Abed, combined with a 25th-place finish by Antonio Perez gives Quiroga a 140-point lead over second-place Perez with two races remaining. Homero Richards is third, one point behind Perez.

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Perez Keeps Pace With Victory

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QUERETARO, Mexico -- Antonio Perez, chasing his second NASCAR Mexico Series championship, led the final 11 laps en route to the win in the Goodyear Racing 200 Sunday to earn his second win of the season.

Points leader German Quiroga, who won the pole position Saturday, finished second to maintain his 45-point lead over Perez.

It was the ninth career win for Perez, the 2008 series champion.

Jorge Goeters, Rogelio Lopez and Jose Luis Ramirez rounded out the top five.

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Rovelo Rolls To Mexico City Win

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MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Ruben Rovelo earned his second win of the 2010 NASCAR Mexico Series season and the fourth of his career Sunday on the oval track at Hermanos Rodriguez.

Rovelo completed the 125 laps of the Pennzoil 200 in 1 hour, 55 minutes, 12.123 seconds.

Rovelo started fourth and passed Patrick Goeters for the lead on Lap 95 en rout to the victory.

Rafael Martinez finished second. He started third and was running in 13th with 20 laps remaining before charging back to the front.

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Quiroga Extends SLP Domination

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SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico -- Germán Quiroga moved a step closer to defending his NASCAR Mexico Series championship with his second win of the season at Autódromo Potosino Sunday.

Quiroga earned his second win of the season -- both at Autódromo Potosino -- and his fourth career victory at the half-mile oval.

With the win, Quiroga moved up one spot in the standings to second-place and 22 points behind Antonio Perez. Perez finished ninth.

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Rovelo Motors To First Win Of 2010

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MONTERREY, Mexico -- Ruben Rovelo earned his first victory of the NASCAR Mexico Series season Sunday at Autódromo de Monterrey.

Rovelo completed the 63 laps in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 33.393 seconds.

He started ninth and steadily moved up through the field. He was in the top five by Lap 27, passed German Quiroga for third on Lap 33 and took the lead away from Jose Luis Ramirez on Lap 41.

It was Rovelo’s third career win and first since Queretaro in October of last year.

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Perez The Front-Runner

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GUADALARAJA, Mexico -- Antonio Perez added to his points lead with his first win of the season Sunday in the GOOY Racing 200 presented by Pennzoil at Autodromo Bernardo Obregon.

It's the second time Perez, the 2008 NASCAR Mexico Series champion, has won at Guadalaraja and was his eighth career victory.

Perez started sixth and took the lead from Jorge Goeters on a restart with two laps remaining.

Pole sitter German Quiroga led a race-high 53 laps. Goeters, Irwin Vences and Oscar Ruiz also led laps.

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