Germán Quiroga Earns Top-10 Finish in Return to Truck Series
Germán Quiroga earned a top-10 finish in the black and red No. 11 Toyota Tundra at Texas Motor Speedway after returning to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the first time since the season finale in 2014. The No. 11 team unloaded on Thursday for two practice sessions and Quiroga posted the 13th and 14th fastest times. On Friday, teams returned to the scorching hot Fort Worth, Texas facility for single-truck knockout qualifying. After transferring to the second and final round, Quiroga rocketed to the top of the board and would take the green flag from the front row in second position. On the start, the Mexico City, Mexico native fell back to the eighth position, and soon reported that he was experiencing a tight handling condition in the middle and exit of the corner in his Toyota Tundra. Crew chief Scott Zipadelli encouraged Quiroga to move around the track to find speed, and Quiroga began to climb the leaderboard. Under a yellow flag on lap 52, Zipadelli called Quiroga to pit road for four tires and fuel. By the halfway point in the race, the No. 11 Tundra was in the sixth position and Quiroga reported that he was loose on exit. Under caution on lap 97, The No. 11 team gave Quiroga four fresh Goodyear tires and Sunoco fuel and he left pit road in the fourth position. Quiroga reported that the handling in his Tundra had gotten free, which was due to some damage to the rear bumper, and returned to pit road for a final four tire stop under caution on lap 121. He restarted in the seventh position and recorded a solid eighth-place finish, his 18th career top-10.
Start - 2
Finish - 8
Driver Points Position - 30
Owner Points Position - 10
Laps Led - 0
Germán Quiroga Quote:
"Thanks to all the fans and to Tom DeLoach and Red Horse Racing. It was great to get a top ten after not being in a race car for a year and a half. It was a good experience, I'm very happy and happy to be back. Hopefully we can make more races this year. And thanks to all the guys back at the shop and the guys here who worked really hard to put this truck in the top-10."
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