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QUALIFYING: Peralta Earns First Career Pole

Hopes To Pass On To Final Round Of Series Championship
By John Tejeda, NASCAR
August 10, 2013 - 8:06pm

MEXICO CITY, Mexico - It was a memorable Saturday for Carlos Peralta. The Queretaro native edged out Rubén Pardo by .007 seconds to claim his first career NASCAR Toyota Series pole award on Saturday at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City, 

The driver of the No. 7 La Costeña – Café Oro Toyota stopped the clock at 32.319 seconds for an average speed of 111.390 mph. Pardo will join him on the front row after recording a time of 32.326 seconds (111.365 mph).

Sunday's Mexico Fest 240 marks the final event of the first part of the Toyota Series Championsihp. After which, the top eight drivers and two wildcard drivers will take place in the “Desafío,” a five race playoff format to decide the series championship. Peralta is currently 16th in the overall points standings and a win in Sunday's event would greatly help his chances of be able to compete for the championship. 

José Luis Ramírez was third quickest after a 32.348 second lap, followed by Homero Richards with a time of 32.407 seconds. Both drivers currently sit within the top 10 in points, with a high probablility of making it to the final round of the championship. 

Xavier Razo, defending series champion Jorge Goeters, Daniel Suárez, Rubén García Jr., Rodrigo Peralta and Hugo Oliveras round out the top 10. 

The Mexico Fest 240 will take place on Sunday, with green flag scheduled to drop at 1:30 p.m. CT.