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QUALIFYING: Vences Grabs Third Pole

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Irwin Vences doesn't seem to be slowing down.

The Cuernavaca, Mexico, native scored his third pole of the season ahead of Sunday's Aguascalientes 240. Vences turned a quick-lap of 24.036 seconds (131.053 mph) around the .875-mile Autódromo Internacional de Aguascalientes. Entering the weekend, Vences has two wins and two poles in the previous three NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series races, including a victory in the series' most recent event. 

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PRACTICE: Pardo Paces Field In Aguascalientes

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico - Rubén Pardo was fastest in Friday's NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series practice sessions from the Autódromo Internacional de Aguascalientes.

The Mexico City, Mexico, native led final practice with a 23.802 second (132.342 mph) lap around the .875-mile track. Pardo also led the first practice session with a lap of 24.071 seconds (130.863 mph). 

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Vences Heating Up At Opportune Time

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

SAN LUIS POTOSÍ, Mexico - Irwin Vences has chosen the right time in the 2014 NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series Season to go on a hot streak.

The driver of the No. 46 Axtel/HP/M Racing Toyota got around Rafael Martínez on Lap 241 of the Potosina 200 from the Autódromo Potosino and held on for his third career victory, second of 2014. His first victory of the season came in the final event of the regular season and gave the Cuernavaca, Mexico, native a berth in the Desafio, the five-race playoff to decide the championship.

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QUALIFYING: Garcia Jr. Wins Third Pole

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

SAN LUIS POTOSÍ, Mexico - Rubén Garcia Jr. will lead the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series field to green in Sunday's Potosina 200 from the Autódromo Potosino.

The 18-year-old NASCAR Next driver turned in a fast lap of 21.172 seconds (85.018 mph) for his third career pole and first of 2014. Garcia Jr.s' time was .01 seconds off the track record set by Daniel Suárez in the series' first visit to the half-mile oval this year.

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Toyota Series Returns To San Luis Potosí

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series is back in action this weekend in the Potosina 200 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, the second race of the 2014 Desafío.

Thirty-two drivers will head to the half-mile oval that is just under 260 miles northwest of Mexico City. It is the series’ 26th visit to region and its 24th to the track. 

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Pardo Wins First Race Of Desafio

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico - Prior to the Chihuahua 240 NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series event, Rubén Pardo said he felt like the .625-mile oval at El Dorado Speedway was like his home track. He certainly raced like it on Sunday.

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QUALIFYING: Vences Doubles Up

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico - Irwin Vences is hoping history repeats itself in the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series.

Three weeks after winning his first career series pole, Vences was the fastest qualifier once again, turning in a fast lap of 19.758 seconds (113.878 mph) around the .625-mile oval at El Dorado Speedway in Chihuahua. The last time Vences started a race on the pole he went on to lead every lap en route to his first victory of the season and a berth in the Toyota Series Desafio.

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PRACTICE: Richards Fast At El Dorado

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico - Strong rains throughout part of the day in Chihuahua delayed the start of NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series practice at El Dorado Speedway on Saturday, which means Homero Richards had to get right to work as soon as the session was finally underway.

The driver of the No. 20 Axtel/HP/M Racing Toyota turned in a quick lap of 19.294 seconds, good for an average speed of 115.939 mph. Richards is one of the 12 Desafio drivers competing for the series 2014 crown.

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Desafío Field Set In Mexico

By John Tejeda, NASCAR

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The 2014 NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series regular season is in the books and the playoff field has been set.

More than 40 drivers competed in through the first 10 events of the season, all vying for a spot within the top 10 of the championship standings and earn a berth in the 2014 Desafío presented by Ficrea.

Beginning on Sept. 7 in Chihuahua, Mexico, 12 drivers will compete in the five-race battle to decide the new series champion. 

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Suárez Taking Next Step With JGR

Mike Hembree for NASCAR.com

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. - Daniel Suarez participated in Tuesday's wide-ranging press conference at Joe Gibbs Racing headquarters as if he was in a dreamland of sorts.

Surrounded by some of the best drivers in NASCAR and sitting alongside some of the most influential people in international motorsports, Suarez could be forgiven for being a bit shell-shocked.

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