Found June 08, 2013 on Start 'N' Park Blog:
Tundra driver German Quiroga earned his career-best NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) finish with a third-place result in Friday night’s race at Texas Motor Speedway. Tundra drivers Matt Crafton (fourth), Darrell Wallace Jr. (sixth) and Johnny Sauter (seventh) also recorded top-10 results at the 1.5-mile oval. Sauter started the race from the pole position and led 11 laps (of 167). Toyota drivers Timothy Peters (14th), John Wes Townley (15th), David Starr (17th), Todd Bodine (18th), Joey Coulter (25th), Chad Hackenbracht (26th) and Chris Cockrum (28th) were also in the field. Crafton holds a 23-point lead over second-place Jeb Burton in the unofficial NCWTS point standings following the seventh race of the season. Tundra drivers Sauter (fourth) and Wallace (eighth) are also in the top-10. GERMAN QUIROGA, No. 77 Net 10 Wireless Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing | Finishing Position: 3rd How does it feel to get your career-best NCWTS finish? “I want to thank the whole team at Red Horse Racing. The 77 Net 10 Wireless Toyota Tundra was great. I knew we were fast, we just need to work on pit strategy — I need to get better. Of course, we were very fast on the track and we gained the position we lost here. I’m very happy and very proud of the whole team and all the guys back at the shop. I’m looking forward to my first win for Mexico.” What were you able to learn during the race? “They respect very well for how we run. I raced the 88 (Matt Crafton) for the third-place like the last laps. He was giving me enough room and I was giving him room, too. I want to thank him for that opportunity and obviously the whole team made a great job and the truck was very stable, so we could try to pass somebody. It was good for us. They have a lot of respect and I appreciate that.” How was your race? “My Net 10 Tundra was awesome this night. All the guys, and all the guys at the shop at Red Horse Racing, I want to thank them so much for this opportunity — great truck. I think I’m a little bit slow in the pits, but I came back on the track, so let’s keep it up.” MATT CRAFTON, No. 88 Goof Off/Menards Toyota Tundra, ThorSport Racing | Finishing Position: 4th How was your race? “It was a great run all in all. We just missed it a little bit, just didn’t have the speed on the short run for whatever it was, I was decent on the short run, but my god, those two up front (Jeb Burton and Ty Dillon) they would take off and just be gone. I needed probably 25 laps so I could pace them. At the end of a run I could start running them back down, but not a bad day, finished top-five. It’s definitely not what we wanted, disappointed with it, but I can’t thank these guys enough — each and every week they just surprise me with what they pull out of their hats, but this Menards Toyota Tundra is pretty good.” Were you hoping for a better finish at Texas? “It was a great run for this Menards Toyota Tundra. Fourth — we just didn’t have the speed on the short run that some of these other trucks had. We needed a longer run right there. I was hoping we were going to have green flag cycle — I know for the fans they didn’t want to see a green flag cycle, but I know with this thing, it definitely needed longer run right there. Just missed it on that last run.” DARRELL WALLACE JR., No. 54 Toyota Care Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports | Finishing Position: 6th How was your race? “It was a good race. Rough start for our Toyota Care Tundra. Really kind of missed it from practice, I guess. Had a different crew chief on the box with Rick Ren (KBM general manager) and just kind of back and forth all night and just couldn’t really pin point. Came up sixth and definitely a good rebound from our start and another solid finish back-to-back from Dover. I’m happy — just kind of frustrated with myself. Thanks to Toyota. It was a fun race, we learned a lot and will go onto Kentucky.” TIMOTHY PETERS, No. 17 Parts Plus Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing | Finishing Position: 14th How was your race? “It was a good race. Everybody worked hard on the Parts Plus Tundra and we’ll go on to Kentucky.” JOHN WES TOWNLEY, No. 7 Zaxby’s Toyota Tundra, Red Horse Racing | Finishing Position: 15th How was your Tundra in Friday’s race? “We were pretty decent all weekend. We came out of here with a top-15. Not spectacular, but not bad either and that’s what we need as far as the points go. It’s just big picture racing right now. We’ll go on to Kentucky, we have something to build on now. I think this will help us out in the long run for sure.” JOEY COULTER, No. 18 Darrell Gwynn Foundation Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports | Finishing Position: 25th What happened to bring you into the garage? “Not sure, something in the left rear or right rear, we’re not sure. I was feeling pretty good, pointing in the right direction and all of a sudden I was pointing in the wrong direction. I can’t tell if it was a shock or what. It happened really quick and I heard something break and then, yeah it just went around and it was hanging on from there. It’s terrible, I hate it for these 18 Tundra guys. We had a really good truck. The pit stop that they just had was killer and I really thought we were going to be able to drive it up front and go lead some laps. These guys are tough. We’ll get this thing back together and we’ll go score some points for the championship at the end of the year.” What do you think of racing at Texas after the race you had? “I thought this race track and I got along pretty well, but apparently it changed its mind. We had a rough night, just had a tire kind of come apart — not sure if something cut it or what. Just drove into turn three and felt it go down after that. Another good hustle by the 18 guys getting it back together and scoring as many points as we could. I know we couldn’t gain anything and probably lost a bit of ground on the points leader, but we’ll gather it back up and get to the next one and have a good night. CHAD HACKENBRACHT, No. 51 Tastee Apple Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports | Finishing Position: 26th What happened during your NCWTS debut race? “We were running decent and we had a truck that didn’t have all the speed that we wanted. It was getting really tight up off the corners and was coming up on a lapper there and also had the leader coming up behind me. I thought the leader was giving me enough room to go three wide and go around the lapper, but that wasn’t the case. Unfortunately ended up getting up into the wall and all the air went off the truck and ended up getting into the wall and ended our night. I can’t thank everyone enough at Kyle Busch Motorsports and all the guys who worked hard on this Tundra. I was hoping to come out of here with a really good run and keep the truck up there in the owner’s points. I’m looking forward to going to Pocono and seeing where we go from there.” -Toyota Racing PR
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