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Slow & steady setting pace for progress

By Dave Rodman, NASCAR.COM

MEXICO CITY - If NASCAR in Mexico is considered a building process still in progress, the best message of April's fourth annual visit to the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez was probably delivered by the undercard.

While the weekend was blessed with amazingly nice weather, Sunday's Nationwide Series Corona Mexico 200 was troubled by an attendance, cited by NASCAR as more than 57,000 -- a number that has continually shrunk from the inaugural event's estimated crowd of about 100,000.

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Pérez de Lara Breaks Through

By Official Release

PICKS UP FIRST CAREER WIN

ZACATECAS, Mexico – Ricardo Pérez de Lara scored his first career NASCAR Mexico Series win Sunday at Autódromo Internacional de Zacatecas. In the process, he became the fifth different driver to earn a win in five races in 2008.

Pérez de Lara’s No. 6 Telcel Pontiac qualified sixth on the road course, which drew more than 10,000 fans for the first time. His teammate, Germán Quiroga (No. 5 Telcel Ford), finished third to give the Telcel team two of the top three finishers for the first time.

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Martinez Earns Zacatecas Pole

By Official Release

ZACATECAS, Mexico – Defending series champion Rafael Martinez captured his second pole of the season Saturday during qualifying for the fifth race of the NASCAR Mexico Series season.

Martinez (No. 18 Canel’s/Scotiabank Ford) won both races at Autódromo Internacional de Zacatecas last season during his title run. This season’s first race on the road course will be Sunday.

Martinez’s time around the 1,850-meter course was 40.137 seconds. Homero Richards (No. 20 H&H/NEXTEL Ford) qualified second at 40.622 second.

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Rovelo Breaks Through At Guadalaraja

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

GUADALARAJA, Jalisco - Rubén Rovelo Jr. won his first career NASCAR Mexico Series race Sunday, driving the No. 2 Telmex-Red Bull Ford to the victory before more than 10,000 fans at the Bernardo Obregon Racetrack.

It was the second straight win for the Escuderia TELMEX team. Antonio Perez won at San Luis Potosí May 4.

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Pérez Rolls To Win At San Luis Potosí

By Official Release

Goeters Takes Over Mexico Series Points Lead 

SAN LUIS POTOSÍ, Mexico – Antonio Pérez earned his second career NASCAR Mexico Series win Sunday with a victory at the Potosino Oval.

Pérez drove his No. 1 Telmex/Red Bull Dodge to the lead halfway through the 120-lap event on the half-mile track. It’s the first win since Sept. 2, 2007 at Monterrey for Pérez, who also plans to run a limited schedule in the NASCAR Camping World Series East.

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Richards Earns Second Pole Award

By Official Release

SAN LUIS POTOSÍ, Mexico – Homero Richards earned his second pole award of the season Saturday at the Potosino Oval for Sunday’s NASCAR Mexico Series race.

Richards’ No. 20 H&H/Nextel Ford circled the half-mile in 21.766 seconds. Antonio Pérez (No. 1 Telmex/Red Bull Dodge) was second in 21.974, followed by Germán Quiroga (No. 5 Telcel Ford) at 21.980.

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Wait Is Over For Goeters

By Official Release

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.

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Richards Tops Qualifying At Mexico City

By Official Release

Mexico City – Homero Richards earned the NASCAR Mexico Series pole with the fastest qualifying time at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road course Saturday afternoon.

Richards’ No. 20 H&H/NEXTEL Ford toured the 2.5-mile course in 1 minute, 31.244 seconds. He edged the No. 15 Citizen-FedEx Ford of Patrick Goeters (1:31.601) and the No. 5 Telcel Ford of Germán Quiroga (1:31.791).

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Running Wide Open: At Track Updates

By Official Release

Follow race action all day long as the NASCAR Camping World Series West (Kyle, Texas), NASCAR Camping World Series East (Greenville, S.C.), NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour (Asheboro, N.C.) and NASCAR Mexico Series (Mexico City) take the track.

Update (5:30 p.m. ET) - L.W. Miller paced NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour practice at Caraway. But the rain that plagued Greenville in the morning is moving in on the Asheboro, N.C. track.

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Martínez Rolls To Opening Victory

By Official Release

Queretaro, Mexico – Rafael Martínez opened defense of his NASCAR Mexico championship with a season-opening victory at the New Queretaro Autodrome road course Sunday.

Martínez, who won the pole Saturday, drove his No. 18 Canel´s/Scotiabank/Tekmol  Ford to his 11th career victory. Patrick Goeters (No. 15 Citizen-FedEx Ford) was second, followed by Luis F. Montaño (No. 87 Seman Baker Dodge).

Homero Richards and Jorge Goeters were fourth and fifth, respectively. Irwin Vences was the top rookie in sixth.

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