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QUALIFYING: Rovelo Sets Chihuahua Pace

5th Career Pole In Inaugural Toyota Series Event
By Shon Sbarra, NASCAR
October 27, 2012 - 6:12pm

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico – Rúben Rovelo claimed the pole position for the Chihuahua 200 in NASCAR Toyota Series qualifying on Saturday at El Dorado Speedway.

Rovelo, out of Mexico City, recorded a lap time of 19.624 seconds for an average speed of 114.656 mph in the christening event at the .625-mile concrete oval with 20 degrees of banking in the corners. It’s Rovelo’s fifth series career pole with the last coming Nov. 22, 2009.

Rúben Pardo posted the second-fastest time at 19.708 seconds (114.167 mph) and will start alongside Rovelo on the front row for Sunday’s race.

Points leader Daniel Suárez will start from the third position after registering a time of 19.748 seconds (113.936 mph). Rúben García Jr. with a time of 19.767 seconds (113.826 mph) was fourth followed by Rogelio López in fifth with a 19.896-second lap (113.088 mph).

Freddy Tame Jr., Jorge Goeters, who trails Suárez by just two points in the standings, Héctor Felix, Patrick Goeters and Hugo Oliveras rounded out the top-10 qualifiers.

The Chihuahua 200 is set to get underway at 12:30 p.m. MT on Sunday.