Indy ORP: Rusty Wallace Racing race report

STEVE WALLACE WHEELS TO TOP-TEN FINISH IN INDY --David Stremme Rounds Out Pair of Top-15 Efforts for Rusty Wallace Racing-- INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 26, 2008)--20 year-old Steve Wallace wheeled his No. 66 Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches ...

STEVE WALLACE WHEELS TO TOP-TEN FINISH IN INDY
--David Stremme Rounds Out Pair of Top-15 Efforts for Rusty Wallace Racing--

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 26, 2008)--20 year-old Steve Wallace wheeled his No. 66 Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS to his fourth top-ten finish of 2008 Saturday evening, in the Kroger 200 at O'Reilly Raceway Park near Indianapolis. The third-generation wheelman held off a hard-charging Carl Edwards in the waning laps to bring home a tenth-place finish for Rusty Wallace Racing.

Wallace showed remarkable consistency in Saturday's event, as one of only four drivers to remain in the top-15 during all of the race's 200 laps. His 25 passes on top-15 cars ranked him fourth among all drivers during the event.

Stated Wallace, "This was a good, solid run for our team. I'm happy about getting another top-ten, but at the same time, we had a better car than where we finished tonight. We had a problem on our first pit stop that got us behind, but we worked hard on our car throughout the race and we were able to make up some ground. Track position was so critical tonight. The lapped cars were absolutely terrible; it was definitely the worst we've had in a long time as far as that, so it just made track position all that more valuable. All in all though, I definitely can't complain about a top-ten, so we'll take it and head to Canada next weekend."

Meanwhile, Wallace's teammate, David Stremme and his No. 64 Penske Truck Rental team had to battle adversity throughout the event, fighting back from a mid-race accident to score a 13th place finish. Stremme's effort in Saturday's race marked his 13th top-15 finish of 2008.

Noted Stremme, "Tonight was not one of our better races, but our team never quits and it showed tonight. We struggled with the handling on our Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet tonight and I managed to get in the wall at one point. My guys didn't give up though and we were able to get repairs made. Believe it or not, I actually think that our car handled better after the crash. We fell back to 24th during all of that, but were able to make it back up to 13th and I think that's a reflection on how hard this team works."

The next event for Rusty Wallace Racing is next Saturday's 200-mile affair at the world-renowned Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. The race marks the debut of the No. 66 Team 5-Hour Energy Rusty Wallace Racing Chevrolet, piloted by Steve Wallace. David Stremme is taking a scheduled and well-earned two-week break from competition, as former Grand-Am champion, "Mad" Max Papis, will take the reins of the No. 64 on the consecutive road course events at Montreal and Watkins Glen.

-credit: rer

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Max Papis , Gilles Villeneuve , Carl Edwards , David Stremme , Steve Wallace