PRACTICE NOTES: STEVE WALLACE LOOKING TO SEIZE "OPPORTUNITY" FOR FIRST WIN IN NASHVILLE --Young Wheelman Third-Fastest in Friday Practice, Teammate Gaughan Finds Speed in Waning Minutes of Final Session-- LEBANON, TN (June 4, 2010)--On the...
PRACTICE NOTES: STEVE WALLACE LOOKING TO SEIZE "OPPORTUNITY" FOR FIRST WIN IN NASHVILLE
--Young Wheelman Third-Fastest in Friday Practice, Teammate Gaughan Finds Speed in Waning Minutes of Final Session--
LEBANON, TN (June 4, 2010)--On the eve of the second of nine 2010 stand-alone "opportunity races" for the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Rusty Wallace Racing's Steve Wallace (No. 66 5-Hour Energy Toyota) appears to have as good of a chance as ever to seize the opportunity for his first career Nationwide Series win Saturday evening at Nashville Superspeedway.
The young pilot ranked third-fastest in Friday evening's final practice session for Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 300 in "Music City." His best lap of 30.563 seconds (157.013 MPH) came on the 34th of his 35 laps in the session and also ranked him third-fastest overall on the day.
Wallace showed speed in the first of the two practice sessions as well, ranking seventh-fastest in the afternoon session, with a lap of 31.039 seconds (154.605 MPH).
Said Wallace, "We had a really solid 5-Hour Energy Camry throughout the entire day on Friday. There are a few guys that can knock out a faster single lap than we can, but I'm confident that we have a good setup in our car for the race. We know that the track is going to change a lot as it gets dark Saturday night, so a lot of the guys who could go fast for a few laps in practice aren't necessarily going to be the fast guys at the end of the race. I hope that we're in that last category; I'd love for my first Nationwide win to come with a guitar as the trophy."
One team that is not banking on just a few fast laps in practice is that of Wallace's teammate Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Toyota). Although the No. 62 team ranked only 29th-fastest in the final practice, Gaughan is confident of his chances for a good run on Saturday night.
Noted Gaughan, "We weren't able to knock out one really fast single lap in practice, but we hit on some things right at the end of the session that really brought our South Point Toyota to life. We might not be perfect right at the start of the race, but we're not going to quit working on it. I'm confident that we can back up our top-ten in the first Nashville race with another one on Saturday night."
-source: rusty wallace racing