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TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ, Mexico - Series veteran Rafael Martínez’s experience has been on display all season long in the NASCAR Toyota Series, and on Sunday he used it to secure his third victory of 2013.
The driver of the No. 18 Canel’s/HDI Seguros Mazda completed 199 laps in two hours and thirty minutes of intense racing at the Súper Óvalo Chiapas for his 19th career victory. He held off fierce challenges from Rubén Pardo and Antonio Pérez, both of whom made a claim to the top spot late in the race before settling for second and third respectively.
Hugo Oliveras crossed the finish line fourth while Rubén Rovelo finished fifth. Rogelio López, Rubén García Jr, Homero Richards, Abraham Calderón and pole winner José Luis Ramírez rounded out the top 10.
The RedCo 240 was the ninth race on the docket for the Toyota Series, with the upcoming Mexico Fest 200 in Mexico City marking the 10th, and final race prior to the “Desafío,” a NASCAR Chase-type scenario that will take place over the final five races. The current top eight drivers heading into the final regular season event are Antonio Pérez, Rubén García Jr, Rubén Pardo, Rafael Martínez, Rubén Rovelo, José Luis Ramírez, Hugo Oliveras and Daniel Suárez. The final two spots will be awarded to the two wild-card winners, currently Homero Richards and Héctor Aguirre.
The Toyota Series will next be in action on August 10th and 11th for the Mexico Fest 200, which will decide the group of drivers who will compete for the series championship over the course of the final five races.
Rafael Martínez and Antonio Pérez battle for the lead late in the RedCo 240. Courtesy OCESA