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2014 Charlotte: German Quiroga NASCAR Truck Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on May 15, 2014 - 06:20 AM
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2014 Charlotte: German Quiroga NASCAR Truck Race Preview


This Week's OtterBox Toyota Tundra at Charlotte Motor Speedway... Germán Quiroga will take to the track in chassis No. 008 for the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. This is the same truck he drove to top-five finishes in 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway (June) and Pocono Raceway, finishing third in both races.

 

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Quiroga at Charlotte Motor Speedway... Quiroga has one previous start at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the rookie driver was forced to start in the rear of the field after making contact with the wall during his qualifying lap. Early in the race, Quiroga's Toyota Tundra sustained right-side damage after making contact with a competitor and was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop for repairs. As the Red Horse Racing driver was making his way back to the pack, he cut down a right front tire and slammed into the wall in turn three ending their night early in the 35th position.

Hispanic Making NASCAR History... Quiroga jumped to fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings after his seventh-place finish Friday, May 9, at Kansas Speedway. This marks the first time a Hispanic driver has been ranked in the top five in points in any of the NASCAR national touring series. The Mexico City native made history last season when he became the first Mexican-born driver in any NASCAR series to earn a pole award at an oval track.

Quiroga on "The Wilson Show"... Quiroga and RHR teammate Brian Ickler will join Jon Wilson from WCCB Charlotte on Thursday morning at Charlotte Motor Speedway to give him some pointers on how to drive the "Hiring Our Heroes" Tundra monster truck. The segment will air live May 15, on WCCB News Rising's "The Wilson Show".

Quiroga on Republica Deportiva... Quiroga will embark on a new adventure on Saturday, May 17, at the National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He will be joined by Telemundo personality Omar Amador for a ropes course and whitewater rafting challenge at the training facility for a segment that will air on Telemundo's popular sports program, Republica Deportiva.

Race Rewind: Kansas Speedway... Quiroga finished seventh in the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway and moved up to fourth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings after a challenging race weekend. A flat tire in the closing minutes of final practice sent Quiroga into the outside wall and required the No. 77 team to go to a backup truck. Quiroga felt he had a competitive Tundra; however, on lap one the Mexico City native was collected in a multi-truck incident. The OtterBox team worked to repair the damage, giving Quiroga a truck with which he could finish the race. The seventh-place result was Quiroga's third top-10 finish of the season and fourth consecutive top 10 in Camping World Truck Series competition.

GERMÁN QUIROGA QUOTES:

On a top-10 finish after an unfortunate start to the SFP 250 at Kansas Speedway... "I am so happy with our results at Kansas (Speedway) and I can't thank the team enough. After we wrecked in practice, the team worked extremely hard to give me a backup No. 77 OtterBox Toyota Tundra that was just as good as our primary truck. We didn't qualify as well as we wanted and then got tangled up in the first caution of the race, so to finish seventh after all of that was a big success in my opinion. We moved up to fourth in points and I feel really confident heading into Charlotte this week."

On moving into the top five in NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship point standings... "Our goal this season has been to earn as many points as possible each race weekend, which I feel like we've done, and if we can do that I think we'll be fighting for a championship at the end of the year. We've been able to earn three top-10 finishes and after last weekend we moved up to fourth in the point standings. We're going to continue fighting hard each week and hopefully will capture that first win soon."

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