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PUEBLA, Mexico – Irwin Vences earned his first NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series Pole in qualifying for Sunday’s Puebla 240.
The Cuernavaca, Mexico, native posted a fast lap of 38.054 seconds around the Autodromo Miguel E. Abed, good for 118.253 mph. It was the first series pole in 91 qualifying attempts for Vences who entered the weekend 27th in the championship standings.
Homero Richards was second-quick with a lap of 38.253 seconds (117.638 mph). He was followed by 2013 Rookie of the Year Santiago Tovar (38.276 seconds / 117.567), Patrick Goeters (38.279 seconds / 117.252) and Rubén Pardo (38.401 seconds / 117.184).
NASCAR Next driver Rubén Garcia Jr. was the sixth fastest qualifier, followed by program alum Daniel Suárez, Hugo Oliveras, Héctor Aguirre and Rogelio López.
The Puebla 240 is the 10th of 15 events on the 2014 Toyota Series calendar and the final event of the regular season round. At the conclusion of the event, the top 12 drivers in the standings will advance to the Desafio round. Drivers will have their points reset to 1000, with the top 10 drivers receiving three bonus points for each win earned during the regular round.
Green flag for the Puebla 240 is set for 12:45 p.m. ET.