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SAN LUIS POTOSÍ, Mexico – Antonio Pérez persevered through several challenges and won the Potosina 200 on Sunday in NASCAR Toyota Series action at Autódromo Potosino.
Pérez, from Guadalajara, Mexico, started from fifth on the grid and led a race-high 107 laps while fending off challenges from Rafael Martínez, Homero Richards and 20-year-old Daniel Suárez, who also competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in the United States. For Pérez, it was his first victory since October 2010 in Querétaro, Mexico and the 10th of his series career.
Martínez finished second and crossed the line just .487 seconds behind the race winner. Suárez, who started from the pole position, finished third followed by Jorge Goeters, the defending race champion, in fourth.
Richards turned a rough start to the weekend into a fifth-place finish. After wrecking his primary car early in Saturday’s practice session, Richards, with no available back-up car, took over the No. 29 car normally piloted by rookie Xavier Razo.
Rogelio López, Patrick Goeters, José Luis Ramírez, Rubén Rovelo, who won the season opener on March 25 in Monterrey, Mexico, and Freddy Tame Jr. rounded out the top 10.
The Potosina 200 was slowed due to caution seven times for 39 laps and had 10 lead changes involving five drivers.
In the championship point standings, Pérez took over the top spot with Rovelo and Jorge Goeters not far off the pace.
The NASCAR Toyota Series is back in action on April 28-29 in Querétaro, Mexico for the Queretana 200.