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QUALIFYING: Suárez Wins Ninth Pole

Takes Pole On First Lap, Spins And Makes Contact On Second Lap
By John Tejeda, NASCAR
October 26, 2013 - 5:45pm

TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Mexico – Daniel Suárez hopes that his qualifying session on Saturday isn’t indicative of how he’ll run in Sunday’s Tuxtla 240 from the Súper Óvalo Chiapas.

The Monterrey, Mexico, native knocked Jorge Goeters from the top spot on the charts after his first lap (24.989 seconds, 108.848 mph) in NASCAR Toyota Series qualifying. Heading into turn one on his second lap, however, Suárez lost control of the No. 3 Telcel Toyota and ended up making contact with the wall. The damage to his car was minor and the 21-year-old NASCAR Next driver will start Sunday’s event from the pole, his third of the season and ninth of his career. 

Goeters (25.031 seconds, 107.866 mph), who was three cars away from winning his first pole since the season opener and his 19th overall, will join Suárez on the front row. Rogelio López (25.227 seconds, 107.028 mph) and Antonio Pérez (25.230 seconds, 107.015 mph) line up behind them in the second row, while Patrick Goeters (25.250 seconds, 106.931 mph) and José Luis Ramírez (25.394 seconds, 106.324 mph) make up the third row.

Rodrigo Peralta, Elliot Van Rankin, Carlos Contreras and Héctor Aguirre rounded out the top 10.

Green flag for the Tuxtla 240 is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 27.