Nashville II: Rusty Wallace Racing race report

STREMME ROLLS TO RUNNER-UP FINISH IN NASHVILLE --Team 64 Leaps Into Seventh Position in Nationwide Series Standings-- LEBANON, TN (June 8, 2008)--After a third-place finish last week at Dover, David Stremme and his No. 64 Atreus Homes & ...

STREMME ROLLS TO RUNNER-UP FINISH IN NASHVILLE
--Team 64 Leaps Into Seventh Position in Nationwide Series Standings--

LEBANON, TN (June 8, 2008)--After a third-place finish last week at Dover, David Stremme and his No. 64 Atreus Homes & Communities squad proved Saturday evening why Rusty Wallace Racing may just be the hottest team in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Stremme tied his career-best finish with a second-place effort in Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway. Stremme's result marked his second consecutive "podium" finish and his eighth top-ten in his last ten Nationwide Series starts.

With their second-place run, the No. 64 team leaped three spots, to seventh, in the Nationwide Series Owners' Standings, gaining almost 100 points on the current leader in the process. Meanwhile, Stremme gained two spots in the Drivers' Standings, taking over the eighth position, despite not competing in the Mexico round of the championship.

Noted Stremme, "Tonight was another great run for our Atreus Homes & Communities Rusty Wallace Racing Chevrolet, but man, for a while there, I thought it was going to be our night. I felt like our car was better than the 2 car--especially on the long runs--but then, the 88 seemed like he came out of nowhere. Maybe we should have taken tires when he did, but there was no way for us to know that almost every car behind us would stop.

"With that said, to be able to hang in there for a second-place finish shows just how strong this organization is, especially when you consider the resources we compete against every week. We're on a heck of a roll right now and I really think that we're going to win one of these things a lot sooner than later."

While Stremme and his No. 64 team were impressively strong throughout the evening in Nashville, Steve Wallace and his No. 66 Harold Holly-led squad had to show a bit more perseverance in Saturday night's event. Wallace qualified his No. 66 Chevrolet in the 11th position for the event and took the green flag just in front of his veteran teammate.

Upon the start of the race, Wallace showed strength, staying around the top-15 throughout the first half of the race and climbing as high as tenth. As the laps went on however, Wallace and Holly struggled with both an ill-handling race car, as well as with pit stop issues.

The No. 66 remained around the top-15 through the midway point of the race, but shortly thereafter, the team's issues would begin to take their toll. Wallace would be overtaken by the leaders during a pit stop sequence, but fought hard to remain among the top-25. He would ultimately bring the No. 66 home with a 21st place finish.

Said Wallace, "First of all, congratulations to David and the 64 guys on their run today. Our organization really has a ton of momentum right now. For some reason though, we just never really had a good handle on our car today. We changed almost everything on it, but it was just one of those days where we could never zero in on the right changes.

"With that said, this run isn't going to get us down. If you told me before the season that except for Talladega--which is always a toss-up--21st would be our worst finish in the last ten races, I wouldn't have believed you. That just goes to show how much this organization has improved and how much momentum we have right now.

"I can't wait for Kentucky next weekend. After I won the ARCA race there in 2006 and just about won the Nationwide Series race there last year, I've had that one circled on my calendar ever since we left there last. I think we'll have a great shot to contend for the win."

-credit: rwr

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