Germán Quiroga Finishes 16th at Las Vegas

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams traveled to Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday, Sept. 27 where the No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra was a front runner all day. Germán Quiroga finished third in the first practice session and second in final practice, and advanced to the final round of knock-out qualifying, where he secured the fourth starting position for the NASCAR 350. As soon as the green flag fell, Quiroga began to make his way towards the front, taking the lead on lap 18 where he led for one lap. The yellow and white machine remained in the top 10 and was marked fourth when the competition caution came out on lap 30. Quiroga came to pit road for four tires, fuel, and air pressure and track bar. Once the race resumed, Quiroga commented to his crew chief, Butch Hylton, that he was battling a loose-handling Toyota Tundra. Hylton encouraged him to stay on the track until the next caution but fearful of a loose wheel, the team decided to bring the No. 77 machine to pit road. As Quiroga was making his way to the team on lap 57 the caution flag was displayed. He continued to the pit stall where the OtterBox crew gave him four fresh tires and Sunoco fuel. Quiroga continued to struggle for the remainder of the race, falling as far back as 19th, but was able to wheel the loose-handling Toyota Tundra to a 16th-place finish.

 

Start - 4          

Finish - 16      

Driver Point Position - 6         

Laps Led - 1

 

Germán Quiroga Quote:

"This was definitely not the result we were expecting at Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) tonight. We had a really fast OtterBox Toyota Tundra all day and earned a great starting spot for the race, fourth. As the night went on the handling got worse and we weren't able to hold our position. We have two weeks before the next race and we'll be working really hard to show up strong at Talladega (Superspeedway)."

 

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