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CHIHUAHUA, Mexico – Rubén Pardo won the inaugural race at El Dorado Speedway, but Jorge Goeters was the biggest winner of the day.
Pardo took the lead from Rubén Rovelo on Lap 223 and was able to hold him off at the finish line by .349 seconds to claim the Chihuahua 200 in NASCAR Toyota Series action on Sunday. For Pardo, hailing from Mexico City, it was his fourth career series win and first since Sept. 18, 2005.
Daniel Suárez brought a two-point lead over Jorge Goeters into the event, but a suspension problem sent him into the Turn 4 wall on Lap 131. Suárez looked to have the car to beat after leading 115 of the first 116 laps of the race, but was forced to settle for a 30th-place finish. Goeters, meanwhile, avoided trouble and finished eighth. As a result, Goeters will take an 18-point lead into the season finale in Mexico City.
Rovelo, who started from the pole position, finished second followed by Antonío Pérez in third. Freddy Tame Jr. and Hugo Oliveras finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Carlos Contreras, Salvador Durán, Goeters, Rafael Martínez and rookie Rubén García Jr. completed the top 10.
The NASCAR Toyota Series wraps up the 2012 season on Sunday, Nov. 11 on the one-mile oval at Mexico City’s Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez.
A view of a packed El Dorado Speedway in Chihuahua, Mexico for its inaugural NASCAR Toyota Series event. Jason Christley/NASCAR