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NCWTS: Quiroga, Others Involved in Chain Reaction Collision

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PHOENIX, Ariz. — Due to the track lights at Phoenix International Raceway going dark shortly before the scheduled time for the command to start engines on Friday night, a delay of well over an hour halted the start of the Lucas Oil 150 Camping World Truck Series race.

When the green flag finally waved, a chain reaction crash occurred on the frontstretch when the outside lane quickly slowed in the restart zone, resulting in damage to a number of trucks. John Wes Townley, Justin Jennings, Bryan Silas and German Quiroga were all damaged– some worse than others.

“I think somebody must’ve missed a shift somewhere,” said Townley after retiring from the race. “ There was no time to react, I was already there and gotten in the gas, I was probably two feet away from the guy in front of me.”

The driver who has been knocking on the door for his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory, Quiroga started 24th in his No.77 Otterbox Toyota Tundra. With only one top-10 in the last six races in 2014, Quiroga was poised to win the penultimate race.

“They were rolling and I don’t know what happened,” said Quiroga. “ They stopped so fast, I tried to stop as soon as I could but the guy behind couldn’t stop in time. It’s a shame, but it is what it is. When one weekend is not going your way, its just not going to switch.”

Chain reaction crashes on the restarts at Phoenix are not a new occurrence, as the track has become known for it in past years. The Nationwide and Sprint Cup fields — who will race each of the next two days at Phoenix — will most likely take note of this multi-truck crash for their races.

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About Zach Catanzareti

Zach Catanzareti serves as a Contributing Writer in the NASCAR department for Rubbings Racing and can be followed on Twitter (@zachracing) for the latest NASCAR updates. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, he also follows IndyCar and Formula 1.

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