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Two veterans of the NASCAR Mexico Toyota Series — the No. 1 form of motorsports in Mexico — will take their talents to Talladega Saturday where they will try to tame the tumultuous 2.66-mile track in the Fred’s 250 Powered by Coca-Cola.
Series regular German Quiroga will attempt to capture his first-career victory on the circuit, while NASCAR Next and Drive for Diversity alumnus Daniel Suarez will aim to turn some heads in his trucks debut.
Quiroga, a Mexico City native, has enjoyed a breakout season in his second full-time NCWTS campaign. The 34-year-old ranks sixth in the series standings and claims three top-five and nine top-10 finishes – both higher than his totals from last year. Despite his success, Quiroga is still hunting for his elusive first checkered flag. He nearly got a taste of Victory Lane in August at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park where Ryan Blaney edged him out for the win by a mere 0.049 seconds – the second-closest finish at a road course in NASCAR national series history. Prior to running a full-time NCWTS schedule, Quiroga made his name in the NMTS where he ranks as the only three-time champion (2009-11).
Suarez, from Monterrey, Mexico, will pilot the No. 35 Win-Tron Racing Toyota in his third NASCAR national series start. He has competed in two NASCAR Nationwide Series races this season, finishing 19th at Richmond in April and 15th at Chicagoland in September. The 22-year-old boasts five wins in the NMTS this season and trails Abraham Calderon by five points for the standings lead with two races remaining. Next year, he will race full-time for Joe Gibbs Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and run part-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NCWTS.