first career Toyota start
In first career Toyota start, Open-Wheel star Tagliani earns career-best result
“First of all, it was amazing to run for KBM,” said Tagliani. “Thanks to everybody there, especially Kyle (Busch) for accepting for me to be in this truck. Thanks to Spectra Premium, CanTORQUE, Rona. We were just missing loading the front during the race in the fast corner, so I had to overslow the truck down too much in the corner and that’s what made the difference. But nevertheless, it was a pleasure to race for them and good point day for the 51 team.”
Tagliani ran strong for most of the day on a different pit strategy, but came up one spot short. He was joined in the top-five by fellow Tundra driver Austin Hill, who was the second-highest finishing Playoff driver.
“We had to go for the stage points there at the end of stage two,” said Hill “I don’t know if we could have run with the 24 (Brett Moffitt), but I knew we had a top-three truck. We went for the stage points in stage one and stage two. We had to come back from the back, and to drive back up to the front, so to be able to get to fifth-place and to come home with a top-five with our Don Valley North Toyota Tundra was really good. We just fought a little bit center-turn, couldn’t get it to rotate enough for me to be able to put the throttle down straight. I’d spin the tires because I had a lot of wheel into it. All-in-all everybody at HRE (Hattori Racing Enterprises) are working their tails off.”
DGR-Crosley also placed both of their trucks inside the top-10 with Playoff competitor Tyler Ankrum finishing in ninth, and Canadian-native Raphael Lessard earning his second top-10 result in his five career starts.The Truck Series takes a couple weeks off before making their second stop at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this season.