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Pérez Earns First Victory Of Desafío

Trails Martínez By Three Points In Standings
By John Tejeda, NASCAR
August 26, 2013 - 10:10am

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SAN LUIS POTOSÍ, Mexico – Antonio Pérez had to wait until the end of the NASCAR Toyota Series' regular season before he made his way to Victory Lane, but it his first win of 2013 came during the most important phase of his quest for the championship.

The Guadalajara, Mexico, native completed 167 laps in two hours, 37 minutes and 13.572 seconds in the Potosina 200 on Sunday from the Autodromo Potosini in San Luis Potosi. It was his third victory at the track and his first win since June 17, 2012 in Aguascalientes.

Heavy rain began to fall during the 67th lap of the event, eventually bringing out a red flag on lap 73. The Potosina 200, originally scheduled for 250 laps, was shortened to 167 laps due to time. NASCAR Toyota Series events run with a two and a half hour limit.

Rafael Martínez battled Pérez for the lead all throughout the afternoon, challenging during every restart, but ultimately settling for a runner-up finish. It was his second consecutive second place finish at the track and his ninth top three. 

Homero Richards, winner in the series' first visit to the track earlier this year, joined Pérez and Martínez on the podium with a third place finish. Irwin Vences and Rogelio López finished fourth and fifth respectively to complete the top five. 

Rubén García Jr., Rubén Pardo, Rodrigo Peralta,  Jorge Goeters and Daniel Suárez made up the remaining top 10 drivers.

Only thre “Desafío” drivers finished outside of the top 10. The unofficial championship standings have Rafael Martínez as the points leader with 1051, followed by race winner Antonio Pérez with 1048, Homero Richards and Rubén García both with 1041.

The NASCAR Toyota Series is back in action on September 8 for the Puebla 200 at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla, Mexico.


nts_082513_slp_cars_on_track_antonio-perez.jpgAntonio Pérez led the field during Sunday's Potosina 200 at Autodromo Potosino in San Luis Potosi. He won from the pole as for his first win of 2013. Courtesy OCESA