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PUEBLA, Mexico - Irwin Vences entered the final weekend of the 2014 NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series regular season as a long shot to qualify for the Desafío. He left with his first pole award, second career victory and a possible berth in the series' five-race playoff round.
The driver of the No. 46 Axtel/HP/M Racing Toyota earned his first career pole in Puebla 240 qualifying on Sunday morning and went on to win the afternoon feature for his first victory of the season and second of his career.
Vences, who earned his first career victory in the last event of the 2013 regular season, led wire-to-wire, survived constant pressure from the other front runners and avoided several accidents to earn the victory with a 1.733 margin of victory over teammate Homero Richards.
Richards, a winner the previous time out in Queretaro, scored his second consecutive top-five finish of the year with Sunday's effort. He was followed across the line by Hugo Oliveras, Rubén Rovelo and NASCAR Next driver Rubén Garcia Jr.
Abraham Calderón, Santiago Tovar, Rogelio López, Héctor Aguirre and José Luis Ramírez completed the top 10.
Following the end of the regular season, the unofficial top-10 drivers to advance to the Desafío round are: Suárez, Antonio Pérez, Rubén Pardo, Calderón, Richards, Ramírez, Carlos Peralta, Luis Felipe Montaño, García Jr. and López. Rovelo and Vences are the unofficial wild-card drivers, drivers outside of the top 10 with a win during the regular season.
The NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series will be back in action on September 7 for the Chihuahua 240, the first event of the Desafío.