Daytona II: Rusty Wallace Racing Thursday notes

STREMME THUNDERS ON THURSDAY IN DAYTONA; STEVE WALLACE AMONG TOP-TEN FASTEST DAYTONA BEACH, FL (July 3, 2008)--Following his second-place finish in the Nationwide Series's previous restrictor plate race at Talladega, Rusty Wallace Racing's...

STREMME THUNDERS ON THURSDAY IN DAYTONA; STEVE WALLACE AMONG TOP-TEN FASTEST

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (July 3, 2008)--Following his second-place finish in the Nationwide Series's previous restrictor plate race at Talladega, Rusty Wallace Racing's David Stremme (No. 64 Atreus Homes & Communities Chevrolet) looks to be a contender in Friday night's restrictor plate battle at Daytona as well.

Stremme and the No. 64 team posted the second-fastest lap of the weekend in Thursday's practice session for Friday night's Winn Dixie 250 at Daytona International Speedway. His best lap of 48.794 seconds (184.449 MPH) was a mere six one-hundredths of a second slower than the first-place team.

Noted Stremme, "We had a good run at Talladega and we really think we can do the same here on Friday night. Our car is driving well and that's all we can really control at this point. You're kind of at the mercy of everyone else in these plate races, so we're going to do our best to stay out of trouble and be there at the end. If we can do that, we just might be in a position to win, just like we were at Talladega.

Meanwhile, Stremme's teammate, Steve Wallace (No. 66 Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches Chevrolet), looks to be among the contenders on Friday night as well. Wallace's best lap of 48.988 seconds (183.788 MPH) was the eighth fastest of the weekend and placed him one of only eight drivers to enter the 48-second bracket on Thursday.

Said Wallace, "Our car was pretty good in practice; we were a bit loose, but we're hoping that the track will come to us a little bit when it cools down on Friday night. We had a freaky-fast hot rod in Talladega, but we got taken out in the "big one." This is the same car we had there and we were really happy with the way it went back together. Hopefully, we'll be up in the top-five here tomorrow night contending for the win, just like we were all day in Talladega."

-credit: rwr

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , David Stremme , Steve Wallace