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QUALIFYING: Rafa on Puebla pole

Official Release

PUEBLA, Mexico – Rafael Martinez picked up his sixth NASCAR Mexico Series career pole position during Saturday’s qualifying at Autódromo Miguel E. Abed. Martinez, who has two wins in the series’ four previous races at Puebla, will start out on the front row for Sunday’s race alongside Canel’s-Scotiabank-Xtreme teammate Jorge Goeters.

Martinez earned the pole with a lap of 39.677 seconds around the 2,040-meter oval. Goeters had a time of 39.754 seconds.

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Quiroga continues SLP dominance

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SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico – Germán Quiroga continued his domination at San Luis Potosi, picking up his second NASCAR Mexico Series victory of the season Sunday.

Quiroga drove the No. 2 Telcel-FedEx to a third straight victory at Autódromo Potosina before a crowd of more than 9,000. In the process, Quiroga extended his series points lead to 88 over Carlos Pardo and 93 over Carlos Peralta.

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Lopez back in Victory Lane

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TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico – Rogelio López returned to Victory Lane for the first time in 29 months for his series-leading 16th NASCAR Mexico Series win Sunday at Autódromo de Chiapas.

It was the first win for López (No. 3 Telcel) since he capped his 2006 championship season with a win at Mexico City. He led a 1-2 finish for Telcel, with teammate Germán Quiroga (No. 2 Telcel-FedEx) finishing as runner-up before an estimated crowd of 16,000.

Carlos Pardo, Rafael Martínez and Rubén Rovelo rounded out the top five.

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San Luis Potosino race postponed

Official Release

Due to the outbreak of the influenza virus and pending further notice, the NASCAR Mexico Series is rescheduling the second race of the season that was to take place in San Luis Potosi. The race was scheduled for the weekend of May 2-3 with additional events surrounding the race taking place that entire week.

Ocesa and the NASCAR Mexico Series also ask everyone to take into account precautionary measures established by the Federal and State governments.

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Quiroga Opens Strong

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AGUASCALIENTES, Ags, México – For the second time, Germán Quiroga has kicked off the NASCAR Mexico Series season with a victory. This time the No. 2 FedEx driver is hoping the victory will lead to a championship run.

Quiroga, who has finished runner-up in points each of the last two seasons, captured the Pennzoil 200 Sunday in the first race at the Nuevo Autódromo de Aguascalientes before 22,000 fans. The brand new .446 tri-oval track opened this season.

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2009 NASCAR Mexico Series Schedule Announced

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The 2009 NASCAR Mexico Series schedule, marking the third year of the series under the NASCAR banner, has been released. The calendar, which covers 14 races at nine different tracks throughout Mexico, will begin and end at the brand-new Autodromo Internacional de Aguascalientes.

The .875-mile oval in Aguascalientes will open the season April 12. The track will also host the finale November 22. (Click here for complete schedule)

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Perfect Timing! Pérez Claims First NASCAR Mexico Championship

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

MEXICO CITY - Antonio Pérez's bad luck turned into his good fortune, and the end result was his first NASCAR Mexico Series championship.

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Qualifying: Richards Nets No. 7

By Official Release

MEXICO CITY - Homero Richards blistered the 1-mile oval at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in 32.842 seconds en route to a record-tying seven pole position of the year Saturday. Richards tied the series record set by Rogelio López. López had seven poles in 2005 and seven more in 2006.

Richards' No. 20 H&H-NEXTEL Ford will start on the front row for Sunday's Pennzoil 200 alongside Antonio Pérez (No. 1 Telmex-Red Bull Dodge). Pérez qualified second at 33.021.

Jorge Goeters, Carlos Peralta and Rubén Rovelo rounded out the top five in qualifying.

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Practice: Quiroga Hits Speedbump

By Jason Christley, NASCAR

MEXICO CITY - Antonio Pérez needs to run well and have points leader Germán Quiroga catch a bad break to realize his title hopes. Pérez got both Saturday afternoon as the NASCAR Mexico Series teams practiced for Sunday's season finale at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Pérez (No. 1 Telmex-Red Bull Dodge) topped both practices for the Pennzoil 200. His top time on the 1-mile flat oval was 32.596 seconds in the second practice. He also led the first practice at 32.782.

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High Five For Pérez

By Official Release

TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, CHIAPAS, MEXICO – Antonio Pérez remained in the championship hunt with his series-high fifth win of the season Sunday at Chiapas Racetrack, in the second-to-last race of the NASCAR Mexico Series season.

Pérez (No. 1 Telmex-Red Bull), who qualified second, outlasted runner-up Germán Quiroga (No. 5 Telcel) by .016. Quiroga heads to the season finale at Mexico City Oct. 26 with a 45-point lead over Pérez.

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