The Frontstretch: Truckin' Thursdays: Meet The 2013 Rookie Class, Part II by Beth Lunkenheimer -- Wednesday March 13, 2013

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Truckin' Thursdays: Meet The 2013 Rookie Class, Part II

Beth Lunkenheimer · Wednesday March 13, 2013

 

Author’s Note: Welcome to Part II of our Rookie Class Preview for the 2013 season. Did you miss the first part? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Just click here to read Part I where we featured Ryan Blaney, Jeb Burton and Brennan Newberry.

German Quiroga

German Quiroga looking GQ in those white sunglasses. Wait a minute…I think we just coined a nickname.

2013 Ride: No. 77 Red Horse Racing Toyota
2013 Teammates: Timothy Peters and Jon Wes Townley
CWTS Starts (Prior to 2013): Six (two in 2011, four in 2012)
Best Finish: Eighth at Talladega (2012)
Daytona Result: 25th (Running, three laps down)

German Quiroga made his Camping World Truck Series debut with Kyle Busch Motorsports in late 2011, behind the wheel of the No. 51 Telcel Toyota Tundra, in a deal that was meant to determine whether the NASCAR Mexico champion even had any interest in pursuing the Truck Series. Fast forward to 2013 where, just days before the season opener at Daytona, Quiroga has signed on to run the full season with Red Horse Racing.

“I am very happy to join Red Horse Racing,” Quiroga said after his signing was announced. “I looked around the RHR shop back in December and was very pleased with the entire organization and how well they support each other.”

While a 25th-place result at Daytona isn’t all that exciting, Quiroga had run well prior to being collected in a wreck not of his own making. However, in his limited starts last season, Quiroga has shown promise and will definitely be on to watch in the upcoming season.

Victory Lane This Year? Red Horse Racing managed to visit victory lane five times last year with all four drivers that made starts with the organization. While Quiroga has just limited experience in the Truck Series, he’s a three-time NASCAR Mexico champion and will likely snag a victory later this year.

Darrell Wallace, Jr.

With a Nationwide Series pole in just his fourth career start last year, is a win that far off for Darrell Wallace, Jr. in the Camping World Truck Series?

2013 Ride: No. 54 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota
2013 Teammates: Joey Coulter and Kyle Busch
CWTS Starts (Prior to 2013): none
Best Finish: N/A
Daytona Result: 12th

Having never made a Camping World Truck Series start, Darrell Wallace, Jr. joined Kyle Busch Motorsports during the offseason to run full time this year. The Joe Gibbs Racing development driver will pilot the No. 54 Toyota throughout the season and has another young driver right alongside him in Joey Coulter.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Wallace said. “I appreciate everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports for working this out and providing me the opportunity to compete for Rookie of the Year and the championship in the Truck Series. Having the opportunity to run a full season in the Tundra is exciting.”

With such raw talent, it imperative to watch the development of Wallace throughout the season since there’s one of two ways it can go for him. He can either be rushed through the ranks like so many promising young drivers before him, or built up gradually for long-term success (see Austin and Ty Dillon).

Victory Lane This Year? Considering Wallace’s only experience in the Truck Series came at Daytona in the season opener, it’s easy to count him out for a shot at the victory this season, especially with the learning curve of getting used to driving a truck, however he’s already impressed in the Nationwide Series. Plus, he’s got the benefit of learning valuable insight from team owner Kyle Busch as well as the entire Joe Gibbs Racing organization. With all of that being said, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him head to victory lane at some point in 2012.

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