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MEXICO CITY – It took more than three years, but Patrick Goeters found his way back to Victory Lane at Mexico City.
Goeters (No. 15 Citizen-FedEx Ford) only led six laps but he led the most important one – the final – in winning the NASCAR Mexico Series race at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Sunday. It was Goeters first victory since March 5, 2005 at Mexico City.
Goeters edged defending series champion Rafael Martínez (No. 18 Canel’s/Scotiabank/Tekmol Ford), who led the most laps. Germán Quiroga finished third, followed by Carlos Pardo and rookie Irwin Vences.
The race ended under caution when Jorge Goeters crashed on the white-flag lap.
Forty-three drivers attempted to make the 36-car field for the season’s second race.
Martínez, who won the first race, retained his points lead by 10 points over Patrick Goeters. Vences moved to third, 45 points behind Goeters and three in front of Pardo.
Martínez also ran the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Sunday at Mexico City and finished 20th. Antonio Pérez and José Luis Ramírez also ran both events. Pérez was eighth in the NASCAR Mexico Series event and 34th in the Nationwide race, while Ramírez was 19th and 39th.