STEVE WALLACE PERSEVERES FOR 12TH-PLACE EFFORT IN DOVER, RETAKES TOP-FIVE RANKING Flat Tire Woes Bite Teammate Gaughan and No. 62 Squad at the "Monster Mile" Â DOVER, DE (September 26, 2009)--While the war for fifth-place in the Nationwide Series...
STEVE WALLACE PERSEVERES FOR 12TH-PLACE EFFORT IN DOVER, RETAKES TOP-FIVE
Flat Tire Woes Bite Teammate Gaughan and No. 62 Squad at the "Monster Mile" DOVER, DE (September 26, 2009)--While the war for fifth-place in the Nationwide Series standings may be far from over, Rusty Wallace's Racing's Steve Wallace (No. 66 Chevrolet Impala SS) won today's 200-mile battle at Dover International Speedway.
With his 12th place effort at the "Monster Mile," Wallace again assumed the fifth-place ranking in the Nationwide Series standings by 19 points over Penske Racing's Justin Allgaier.
After starting from the seventh position, Wallace held a place among the top-ten for much of the event. Although he suffered a late-race incident while attempting to take eighth position, the young wheelman was able to nurse his wounded car home in 12th place.
However, Wallace's top-15 effort was exactly what he needed to accomplish in the war for the fifth-place ranking. His main rival, Allgaier, saw his hopes for a decent finish evaporate when his No. 12 car ran out of fuel during a mid-race pit stop sequence, relegating him to a 25th-place finish.
Said Wallace, "We had a good handling car today, but we just still need to work on making our cars faster overall if we're going to stay up front in the points. All in all though, today was a pretty solid day for our team, until I got in the fence there right at the end.
"With the points as tight as they are, you just have to try and capitalize as much as you can when the opportunity arises and that's exactly what I was trying to do. I'm mad at myself, because we really should have ended up seventh or eighth, but it is what it is. We gained some points on the 12 car, so we'll take it and try to stretch our lead next week in Kansas."
Meanwhile, the streak of bad luck continued today for Wallace's teammate, Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 Chevrolet Impala SS). After a rare mistake by Earnhardt-Childress Engines forced the No. 62 team to change engines on Thursday, Gaughan was forced to start today's race from the rear of the field.
Upon the start of the race, Gaughan would make quick work of the back half of the field, rocketing 20 spots to the 23rd position by lap 30. However, a flat right rear tire soon forced Gaughan to the attention of his Dale Ferguson-led team and subsequently put him two laps down to the race leaders.
Although Gaughan and the No. 62 team struggled to regain their lost laps, their perseverance would ultimately result in a 19th-place finish. Despite this, Gaughan dropped one position--to ninth--in the Nationwide Series driver standings, as rival Mike Bliss brought home a second-place finish in today's event.
The next event for Rusty Wallace Racing is next Saturday's 300-mile race from Kansas Speedway in Kansas City.