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2014 Eldora: Red Horse Racing NASCAR Truck Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Jul 24, 2014 - 03:59 PM
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2014 Eldora: Red Horse Racing NASCAR Truck Race Recap


This weekend NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams faced a different beast - the dirt track Eldora Speedway. Following a brief morning shower, the trucks hit the track for two practice sessions. Both Red Horse Racing trucks turned fast speeds around the 0.5-mile Rossburg, Ohio race track. Faced with a non-traditional qualifying format, Timothy Peters posted the ninth-fastest lap in the time trials to earn the second starting position in the fourth of five qualifying races. Germán Quiroga qualified 23rd and started fifth in the fourth heat race as well. With the completion of the heat races and the last chance race, Peters and Quiroga started the main event 14th and 24th, respectively. The two drivers wrestled their way through 150 laps, broken into 60, 50 and 40-lap segments, and finished 12th (Quiroga) and 16th (Peters).

 

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Germán Quiroga
No. 77 NET10 Wireless
Toyota Tundra

Germán Quiroga Earns Top-15 Finish in the Second Mudsummer Classic at Eldora Speedway

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers arrived to Eldora Speedway early Friday morning, where Germán Quiroga would be competing for his second time ever on a dirt race track. The Mexico City native finished 20th there last July after qualifying 25th, and he was eager to put his rookie season behind him and improve upon his first showing at the Rossburg, Ohio race track. He spent both practice sessions adjusting to the race track and the team continued to improve the No. 77 NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra. He finished the first practice session in the sixth position and 21st in the second, due to the changing track conditions as the day progressed. Each driver made two qualifying laps in order to determine where they would line up for the heat races. Quiroga qualified 23rd, which placed him fifth in the fourth heat race of the night, where he earned a 24th-place starting position for the main event. Once the green flag dropped Quiroga found a groove on the race track where he was comfortable and rode around mid-pack while he learned his line. The 150-lap race was run in segments of 60, 50 and40 laps, but the NET10 Wireless team only came to pit road between the first and second segments. During the No. 77 team's only pit stop they changed tires, refueled the Toyota Tundra, and made track bar and wedge adjustments. This improved the handling significantly and once the green flag dropped for the second segment, Quiroga found himself gaining ground. He moved as high as 10th before finishing the race in the 12th position. He's currently fifth in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver championship point standings, 26 points behind the leader.

Start - 24
Finish - 12
Driver Point Position - 5
Laps Led - 0

Germán Quiroga Quote:
"I'm really happy with our results at Eldora (Speedway) tonight. I think we improved a lot from last season, which was my goal when we came here tonight. Racing on dirt is totally new to me, so coming home 12th in our NET10 Wireless Toyota Tundra feels like a good night. I'm really looking forward to going to Pocono (Raceway) next week!"

Timothy Peters
No. 17 Red Horse Racing
Toyota Tundra

Timothy Peters Finishes 16th at Eldora Speedway

Timothy Peters drove the No. 17 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra to a 16th-place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' second visit to Eldora Speedway. Peters displayed speed during the two morning practice sessions at the storied dirt track, and turned in the ninth-fastest lap in the qualifying session, placing him on the front row for the fourth heat race. During the qualifying race, he battled for 10 laps with six other competitors and finished third to secure the 14th starting position for the main event. The 150-lap race was divided into three segments of 60, 50 and 40 laps. During the first segment, Peters climbed into the top 10 of the running order. Crew chief Marcus Richmond called the Red Horse Racing driver to pit road during the scheduled competition caution between segments for four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment to combat the tight-handling condition that Peters reported to the team. The Danville, Virginia resident started the second portion of the race from the 10th position and remained in the top-10 for 50 laps despite battling a loose-handling truck. Peters and Richmond agreed that coming to pit road for adjustments before the final 40 laps would cost valuable track position, and opted to remain on track. The veteran driver fought tenaciously to remain in the top 10, but slipped backwards following the final restart to take the checkered flag in the 16th position.

Start - 14
Finish - 16
Driver Points Position - 8
Laps Led - 0

Timothy Peters Quote:
"We really didn't need that last caution. Unfortunately I just could not get a good restart and lost some ground, and there weren't enough laps to get back up there. It was great to see the stands so packed. The fans at Eldora (Speedway) are passionate about racing, especially on dirt. I hope they enjoyed the race again this year."

UP NEXT: POCONO RACEWAY

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will compete next on August 2 at Pocono Raceway. The 11th race of the 2014 season is scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time. The Pocono Mountains 150 will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, channel 90.

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