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MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Daniel Suárez has reason to be confident heading into the NASCAR Toyota Series finale at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez. After topping the speed charts during final practice, the 21-year-old NASCAR Next driver scored his fourth pole of the season during qualifying for the Mexico Toyota 240.
Suárez, of Monterrey, Mexico, turned a fast lap of 32.221 seconds on the one-mile oval for an average speed of 111.728 mph. It is his first pole at the track since Nov. 26, 2011 and his second overall in the nation's capital. Suárez now has 10 career Toyota Series pole awards.
Antonio Pérez, a two-time pole winner at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, qualified second with a time of 32.269 seconds (111.562 mph) followed by points leader Rodrigo Peralta at 32.284 seconds (111.510 mph). Rubén Garcia Jr. recorded the fourth-fastest time at 32.319 seconds (111.390 mph) while Rubén Pardo was fifth at 32.404 seconds (111.097 mph).
Rafael Martínez, Patrick Goeters, José Luis Ramírez, Jorge Goeters and Carlos Peralta completed the top-10 fastest drivers in the qualifying session.
Rodrigo Peralta brings a 15-point lead over Suárez into the season finale. Both drivers are in search of their first series title. Nine drivers are still mathematically alive in the championship race with only Peralta controlling his own destiny.
A new Toyota Series champion will be crowned in Mexico City during the Mexico 240 with green flag is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. CT.