Quiroga takes big hit in Truck race and points at ‘Dega

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It’s not surprising that there was a big wreck in Saturday’s Fred’s 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway.

That it occurred as early (or late, depending upon your perspective) as Lap 12 of the 94-lap event is surprising, though.

As the trucks bounced around in the draft on the backstretch of the 2.66-mile track at near 190 mph, it appeared German Quiroga tried to get into a hole that closed up before he could get into it. As a result, Quiroga clipped another truck, got turned around and the pinball wrecking began.

When all the spinning, beating, banging and wrecking was over, several trucks had sustained moderate to severe damage.

The front end of Quiroga’s truck was all but torn off as he was hit by several competitors’ trucks. The wreck put a big dent in Quiroga’s hopes to advance upward in the standings in today’s race. He was seventh in the rankings coming into the race.

Others involved in the wreck included Mason Mingus, Ron Hornaday Jr., and Ryan Sieg.

“It’s frustrating,” Mingus told Fox Sports. “We were just biding our time, playing it safe … It’s one of those things. That’s what we get for pack racing. It happens every time. You just hope you’re not the victim of it.

“Unfortunately, it was early in the race. I felt we could have had a good run if we would have made it through the big one. I don’t know if that’s going to be it or if there’s going to be another one (big wreck). It’s unfortunate that people when people get that impatient so early in the race. It just tears up a lot of trucks and ends a lot of people’s day.

On the ensuing caution, as points leader Matt Crafton was leaving his pit stall, he ran into the side of Bryan Silas. Crafton’s truck sustained damage to the right front of his truck, prompting him to pit again for his team to pull out the damaged sheet metal.

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Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.