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MEXICO CITY, Mexico - Irwin Vences' first NASCAR Toyota Series victory was a bittersweet one.
The driver of the No. 46 Chicks-Es Clásico Toyota won the Mexico Fest 240 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez on Sunday, beating out runner-up finisher Rodrigo Peralta by .777 seconds, etching his name into the list of series winners for the first time. The victory catapulted Vences into ninth position in the points standings, but it wasn't enough to secure him a spot in the series' Desafío, the final phase of the championship which will take part over the final five races of the season.
Antonio Pérez followed Vences and Peralta across the finish line for a third-finish, his second top five at the track this season. Abraham Calderón and José Luis Ramírez finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Rogelio López, Hugo Oliveras, Rubén Rovelo, Óscar Ruiz and Rubén Pardo completed the top 10 in Mexico City.
Sunday's race concluded the first part of the season's championship. The top eight drivers in the point standings, plus two wild-card drivers, now advance to the Desafío. All drivers will have their point totals reset to 1000, with drivers in the top eight receiving three extra points for each win they collected over the course of the first 10 events. The unofficial participants in the Desafío are Antonio Pérez, Rubén García Jr, Rubén Pardo, Rubén Rovelo, Rafael Martínez, Hugo Oliveras, José Luis Ramírez and Rodrigo Peralta. Daniel Suárez and Homero Richards claimed the two wild-card spots.
The NASCAR Toyota Series is next in action on August 25 at the Óvalo Potosino in San Luis Potosí. That event will be the first of the five race Desafío.