STEVE WALLACE SPEEDS TO TOP-TEN START IN TEXAS Teammate Brendan Gaughan Continues Hot Streak with Season-Best Start FORT WORTH (April 16, 2010)--After the season's first six races saw drastic swings in the fortunes of Rusty Wallace Racing ...
STEVE WALLACE SPEEDS TO TOP-TEN START IN TEXAS
Teammate Brendan Gaughan Continues Hot Streak with Season-Best Start
FORT WORTH (April 16, 2010)--After the season's first six races saw drastic swings in the fortunes of Rusty Wallace Racing teammates Steve Wallace and Brendan Gaughan, both drivers appear to be "back on track" this weekend. The RWR duo scored top-ten and top-15 starting positions, respectively, in today's qualifying for Saturday's O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Despite suffering from a broken right foot, RWR's Steve Wallace (No. 66 5-Hour Energy Toyota) was third-fastest in today's final practice session and wheeled his Camry to the eighth starting position in this afternoon's qualifying. His best lap of 29.283 seconds (184.407 MPH) will have him starting from the outside of row four on Saturday, alongside reigning Daytona 500 champion, Jamie McMurray.
Wallace's effort marked his third top-ten qualifying result in the last four Nationwide Series races and his ninth-straight top-15 qualifying effort, dating back to Phoenix in the fall of 2009. His eighth-place starting position for Saturday marks a new career best for Wallace at Texas; his previous best was a 17th-place effort in 2007.
Noted Steve Wallace, "I think we have a fast 5-Hour Energy Toyota for tomorrow's race. Our car was pretty fast right off the truck this weekend and that's a testament to the work that Scott McDougall and the guys are doing at the shop. When we unload at the track and are already close on the setup, it really lets us fine-tune a lot more.
"As far as our qualifying lap, I got really loose getting into turn one on the first lap and that killed any shot we had at the pole. I had to spend the rest of the corner just trying to gather it up. I think we'll have a really good car for tomorrow though. We started out the season really strong and we've got fast race cars, but we just can't seem to catch a break lately. Hopefully, this will be the weekend that we get our season back on track."
Meanwhile, teammate Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 Loan Star Title Loans Toyota) will start Saturday's event from the 13th starting position, following a qualifying lap of 29.326 seconds (184.407 MPH). Gaughan's 13th-place qualifying result is a new season best for the Las Vegas native.
The red-hot Gaughan enters Saturday's event having rocketed 13 positions forward in the driver standings over the last two races. He has scored top-ten and top-five finishes, respectively, in the last two Nationwide Series events, at Nashville and Phoenix. This weekend's race occurs at a special venue for Gaughan, who won four consecutive NASCAR Truck Series events at Texas from 2002 to 2003, a mark which he currently shares as a track record.
Said Brendan Gaughan, "We got a little behind the eight ball in practice this weekend and struggled slightly to get our car up to speed. So, we relied a little bit on both our RWR and Toyota teammates; we've integrated some of their thoughts into our setup for Saturday. Evidentially, we're moving in the right direction too; qualifying was the first time this weekend that our car was actually a little loose, instead of being dead tight. That's what we want for the race.
"You know, we're racing in the "Lone Star State" this weekend and our sponsor is Loan Star Title Loans. Since Spaceballs is one of my favorite movies ever, one of the guys decided that it'd be really funny to start calling me "Captain Lone Starr" (a character from the film). So, instead of being mad, I'm just going to go with it and say that I hope "The Schwartz" will be us tomorrow. Hopefully, we'll be able to give out some "Raspberries" to the rest of the field and take our No. 62 to "Ludicrous Speed." Wow, did I really just say that?" (Writer's Note: Yes, he really did.)