With Thanksgiving fast approaching, many people are looking forward to a second helping of their grandmother's turkey dinner. NET10 Wireless® Racing driver Germán Quiroga has his mind focused on a different second helping, his second Camping World Truck Series start at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway. Friday's Truck Series finale will be the 32-year-old's sixth career start in NASCAR's third division and his first repeat visit to a track.
After registering a respectable 16th-place finish in his Truck Series debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon last September, Quiroga had a disappointing first visit to Homestead-Miami Speedway in his second start. After moving from his 27th starting position into the 20th spot early in the race, the Mexico City native was sent spinning sideways when another truck got loose underneath him. Although he avoided contact with the wall, his Tundra sustained two flat tires and slowly limped to the pits. The three-time Mexico Series champion went a lap down and ended the night with a disappointing 26th-place finish.
The NET10 Wireless driver has shown progress over his first three races this season. His 2012 debut came at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway, where after learning the nuances of drafting, he made a late charge towards the front of the field and ended the day with his first Truck Series top-10 finish. In his second event, he tackled the blistering fast Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, but experienced a terminal engine failure near the halfway mark of the race and finished 28th.
Last week at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway, Quiroga started 18th but with just over 40 laps remaining had put himself in a position for a top-five finish. Then, he was involved in an accident, which caused severe damage to his NET10 Wireless Tundra and ended his promising run.
The talented driver will look to continue his progress Friday night at the 1.5-mile oval that is located just over 30 miles from NET10 Wireless' corporate headquarters in Miami, Fla. With many employees of his sponsor expected to be in attendance for the race, Quiroga is hoping to net his second helping of a Truck Series top-10 finish and end the 2012 season on a positive note.