RUSTY WALLACE RACING'S ROAD COURSE ASSAULT CONTINUES AT THE GLEN --Papis Amongst Contenders Once Again; Wallace One of Only Two Nationwide Regulars in Top-Ten-- WATKINS GLEN, NY (August 8, 2008)--On the heels of a strong showing in last ...
RUSTY WALLACE RACING'S ROAD COURSE ASSAULT CONTINUES AT THE GLEN
--Papis Amongst Contenders Once Again; Wallace One of Only Two Nationwide Regulars in Top-Ten--
WATKINS GLEN, NY (August 8, 2008)--On the heels of a strong showing in last week's road course event in Montreal, Rusty Wallace Racing drivers, Max Papis and Steve Wallace once again appear to be among the contenders for Victory Lane in a Nationwide Series road race, Saturday afternoon's Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International, in upstate New York.
For the second consecutive week, Papis was among the top-three in final practice. His fastest lap of 73.162 seconds (120.554 MPH), placed the former Grand-Am champion third-fastest overall, behind Cup Series veterans, Kevin Harvick and Jeff Burton. His fastest lap occurred on the 19th of his 29 laps in the session.
After starting from the outside pole last week in Montreal, Papis hopes that his success will continue in tomorrow morning's 10:10 AM ET qualifying session and carry him to Victory Lane in tomorrow afternoon's race. Noted Papis, "I feel like we have a car that is capable of running up front and contending for the win tomorrow afternoon. Our team has progressively gotten better and better this year on the road courses and the past two weeks, we have been right up front. Hopefully that will continue tomorrow and we can put our Atreus Homes & Communities Chevrolet in Victory Lane!
One of the most promising surprises on the road courses in 2008 has been the emergence of Steve Wallace as one of top road course drivers among the Nationwide Series regulars. Entering this weekend's event, Wallace was one of only five drivers overall--and one of only two Nationwide Series regulars--with top-ten finishes in both of this season's road course events to date.
After his ferocious charge through the field last week in Montreal, Wallace appears poised to enjoy even more road course success in tomorrow's race. The 20 year-old was one of only two Nationwide Series regulars among the top-ten fastest in today's final practice. Wallace's fastest lap of 73.576 seconds (119.876 MPH) placed him eighth-fastest overall, out of the 48 drivers taking time in the final session.
Stated Wallace, "I think we have a pretty good car for tomorrow's race. The car might be a little bit better than the driver at this track, to be honest with you. This track is faster and has a lot more elevation changes than Mexico and Canada, but we got better and better as the day went on and I got pretty comfortable with our setup by the end of practice. I've had a lot of fun on the road courses this year and we've been able to have some pretty good success. Hopefully, we can pull it all together and get another road course top-ten tomorrow."