Quiroga looking to make himself at home in the Rhino Linings 350 at LVMS
German Quiroga, who hails from Mexico City, will be the only foreign-born driver in the field for Saturday night's Rhino Linings 350 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He probably also is the only one who has competed in the Las Vegas Marathon.
Last November, Quiroga, 34, placed 471st among the 1,846 men who finished all 26.2 miles of the Las Vegas Marathon and did so in a time of 3:50:13, well below the average finishing time of 4:27:35. Not bad for his first marathon.
Quiroga said he hopes his comfort level with Las Vegas Motor Speedway would help him improve upon his finish in Las Vegas in 2013 - but he was talking about his 21st-place showing in the Truck Series race at LVMS, not his effort on the streets of Las Vegas. Quiroga, who drives the No. 77 NET10 Wireless/OtterBox Toyota Tundra for Red Horse Racing, qualified 19th last year in his first race on the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
"I'm really looking forward to racing at Las Vegas (Motor Speedway) this week," he said. "It's one of the race tracks where we were really fast right off the bat last season, but unfortunately our results don't show it. I have another year of experience under my belt so I think we can definitely improve upon our results from last year."
Quiroga already has improved upon his rookie season in the Truck Series when he finished 13th in points. He comes into Saturday's Rhino Linings 350 in fifth place in the standings, 72 points behind series leader Matt Crafton, with three top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 16 races. His best finish came three races ago when he finished second to Ryan Blaney at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, Canada and matched his runner-up finish to Darrell Wallace Jr. at Gateway in June.
Although one of his best finishes this season came on a road course, Quiroga said he enjoys the superspeedways such as Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
"I enjoy racing on the 1.5-mile race tracks, so I'm excited to get to Las Vegas," he said. "A lot of friends and family are coming to support me this week, so it would be really special to capture my first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win with all of them there."
The Rhino Linings 350 will take the green flag Saturday at 7 p.m. Qualifying for the 146-lap race will be at 3:40 p.m. and a free driver autograph session will be held in the Neon Garage from 2 to 2:45 p.m. The players from the Mountain Ridge Little League All-Stars, the first team in Nevada history to qualify for the Little League World Series last month, will serve as the grand marshals for the race. Neon Garage access is free with each ticket.
Following the Rhino Linings 350, fans are encouraged to stay in their seats for a fireworks display.
Tickets for the 18th annual Rhino Linings 350 are available by calling 702-644-4444 or by visiting www.lvms.com.
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350
September 27 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Saturday, Sept. 27
Ticket gate C and Neon Garage open at 9 a.m.
Ticket gates A, B, D, E, G, Blackjack Club and VIP suites open at 3 p.m.
9 a.m. - Ticket gate C and Neon Garage opens. Neon Garage open to all guests.
9-10:15 a.m. - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 practice.
10:45 a.m.-noon - Final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 practice.
12:15-5:30 p.m. - Minors permitted in garage area.
2-2:45 p.m. - Driver autograph session, Neon Garage.
3 p.m. - Ticket gates A, B, D, E, G, Blackjack Club and VIP suites open.
3:40 p.m. - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 qualifying.
6:30 p.m. - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 driver introductions.
7 p.m. - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Rhino Linings 350 (146 laps, 219 miles).
9 p.m. - Neon Garage closes.
(Schedule is subject to change.)