DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — official release — Gregory Shamus/Getty Images North America photo — A mere 0.049 seconds stood between German Quiroga and his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, after Ryan Blaney barely edged him out at Canadian Motorsport Park on Sunday.
“It’s so bad for me not being able to win yet in the series,” Quiroga said. “I’ve been trying for one-and-a-half years now and that win hasn’t come. I don’t know. I’m going to keep on trying.”
Competing full-time in the NCWTS for his second season, the 34-year-old Quiroga ranks fifth in the driver standings with 476 points and has bested his 2013 results with eight races left in the season. Although he has yet to notch his elusive first win, Quiroga has racked up three top-five and nine top-10 finishes this year, compared to his two top-five and six top-10 performances last season.
Coincidentally, Quiroga and Blaney had a dust-up after trading paint in Bristol last week, but raced each other clean all the way to finish in Canada.
“We had a problem last week at Bristol, and fate would have us racing each other for the win this weekend,” Blaney said. “That’s awesome right there, that’s the way racing needs to be and it was so fun racing with him and battling it out with him.”