Patience paid off for Germán Quiroga who scored a top-10 finish in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener at Daytona International Speedway. After qualifying was cancelled due to inclement weather, the Mexico City, Mexico, native was forced to start 23rd for the NextEra Energy Resources 250. The No. 7 OtterBox Toyota Tundra was fast all night, and turned the fastest lap of the race, however Quiroga was not able to find an opening to move up through the pack. The first pit stop of the night was during a competition caution on lap 20. Crew chief Butch Hylton called for four tires and fuel. Quirgoa remained patient throughout the remainder of the race, running in the back of the pack and waiting for the right line to allow him to advance his track position. On lap 74 Quiroga was coming to pit road for a green-flag pit stop when the "Big One" took place. The timing of the multi-truck wreck allowed the team to take four tires and pack the truck with fuel, putting Quiroga in position to battle for spots on the track at the restart. With six laps to go, Quiroga was able to find an opening in the pack, and maneuvered his Tundra from 14th to 10th before the checkered flag dropped. The No. 77 team heads to Martinsville Speedway seventh in the championship point standings for the Kroger 250 on March 29.
Start - 23 Finish - 10 Driver Points Position - 7 Laps Led - 0
Germán Quiroga Quote:
"I'm really happy with our top-10 finish and think that our team is off to a great start this year. We had a really fast OtterBox Toyota Tundra, but unfortunately we couldn't find an opening in the pack all night and had to ride around towards the back. I'm so proud of my entire team and feel really confident heading to Martinsville. I think that Butch and I have great communication going on, and feel like I'll be able to capture that first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win soon."