Dual DNFs ruin night for Red Horse teammates
June 06, 2014, Zack Albert, NASCAR.com
FORT WORTH, Texas -- A double whammy in the same lap spoiled the early season head of steam built by Red Horse Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
In one swoop during the 54th of 167 laps in the WinStar World Casino and Resort 400 at Texas Motor Speedway, Timothy Peters' points lead fizzled in a show of sparks right on the heels of teammate German Quiroga's engine failure, which thwarted his streak of top-10 finishes to start the 2014 campaign.
The dual DNFs left Quiroga 23rd and Peters 24th in the 27-truck field, unofficially dropping Peters from first to fifth in series standings.
"We had good speed tonight, but just weren't able to show it early," Peters said. "We'll just rebound from it. We're too good of a team to let it get us down."
Peters' evening was off to a shaky start before the race had barely taken the green flag. A flat right rear tire dropped him off the lead lap and left his team playing catch-up.
When Quiroga's engine uncorked through Turns 1 and 2 of the 1.5-mile track, Peters was right in the fluid's wake. After scraping the right side of his No. 17 Toyota and pulling into the garage, Peters could only shake his head over the double dose of bad luck.
"First with the flat tire and then there wasn't anything I could do as far as missing German," Peters said. "The oil trail was already there. Just hate it that we tore up the truck."
For Quiroga, his series-best string of top-10 finishes unraveled with trailing smoke from his No. 77 Toyota. After notching a 10th-place finish in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway, the Mexico City native had reeled off four straight races with single-digit results until Friday night's DNF.
The next chance for a rebound comes June 14 in the series' return to Gateway Motorsports Park.
"It's a shame, but we're going to keep on working for next week and hopefully we can do something about it," Quiroga said. "Just turn the page, start over and keep on going."