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QUALIFYING: Richards Wins Mexico City Pole

Vies For Toyota Series Title On Sunday With Goeters And Suárez
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
November 10, 2012 - 7:09pm

MEXICO CITY – Homero Richards won the pole position in NASCAR Toyota Series qualifying on Saturday for the Final Mexico Toyota 200 at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.

Competing in his hometown, Richards garnered his third pole position of the season and the 13th of his series career by logging a time of 32.371 seconds for an average speed of 111.211 mph on the flat one-mile oval. He is mathematically alive for the championship to be decided on Sunday, but will be eliminated once points leader Jorge Goeters takes the green flag.

The title for all intents and purposes will come down to a battle between Goeters and Daniel Suárez. Goeters has an 18-point lead and will need to finish 13th or better should Suárez win the race – a feat he accomplished in May at this track. Suárez qualified third while Goeters will start from the sixth position.

Antonio Pérez qualified second with a time of 32.392 seconds (111.139 mph).

Elliot Van Rankin will start in fourth followed by Rafael Martínez in fifth.

The balance of the top 10 is made up of Carlos Peralta, Hugo Oliveras, Irwin Vences and Rubén Pardo.

The 150-lap Final Mexico Toyota 200 is scheduled to get underway on Sunday at 1:32 p.m. CT. Live Spanish audio from the race will be streamed online at – the audio player can be found on the right side of the homepage.