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MEXICO CITY – After toying with it on several occasions, Daniel Suárez collected his first NASCAR Toyota Series victory on Saturday in the Mexico Nocturna 200 presented by AC Delco at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
It appeared as if the night was going to belong to Homero Richards, who had won two of the previous three series races in the Mexican capital city. He easily built substantial leads up until he pitted around Lap 105. Up to that point, Suárez was content to bide his time by staying in the top five.
Down the stretch, Suárez, out of Monterrey, Mexico and driver of the No. 3 TELCEL Dodge, had to survive three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish and hold off a hard-charging Rafael Martínez, who scored a season-best finish in second place.
It was a historic night for the NASCAR Toyota Series as it was the first night race in Mexico City. The series held its first race under the lights in 2010 at Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Mexico.
Richards worked his way back up to finish third after the late-race pit stop. Rubén Rovelo and Jorge Goeters finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Rogelio López, who won his first pole of the 2012 season earlier in the day, finished sixth while Antonio Pérez, Rubén Pardo, José Luis Ramírez and Irwin Vences rounded out the top 10.
The NASCAR Toyota Series is back on the track for the Puebla 240 on May 27 at Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla, Mexico.
In Mexico City, Daniel Suárez en route to his first NASCAR Toyota Series victory. OCESA