STEVE WALLACE / 5-HOUR ENERGY RACING NEWS AND NOTES: IOWA I
EVENT: John Deere Dealers of Iowa 250, presented by Pioneer, Round 12 of 34 in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series
DATE / TIME: Sunday, May 22, 2011, 1:00 PM CT
VENUE: Iowa Speedway -A Rusty Wallace Design- Newton, IA (0.875-Mile Oval)
DISTANCE: 250 Laps, 218.75 Miles
TV (PRE-RACE): NASCAR Countdown, ABC (Live-1:30 PM ET)
TV (RACE): ABC (Live-2:00 PM ET)
RADIO: MRN Radio / Sirius (Live)
THE STORY: After climbing in the Nationwide Series standings for the second straight week, top-ten ranked Steve Wallace heads into this weekend hoping the epic battle of David and Goliath replays itself in an unusual place: the cornfields of Iowa. The winner of Iowa Speedway’s inaugural ARCA event storms into the 7/8th-mile circuit designed by his father as one of the favorites to vanquish the Cup Series giants and claim the first conquest of 2011 for the Nationwide Series regulars.
STEVE WALLACE AT IOWA: Iowa Speedway has presented Steve Wallace with two of his best chances for a Nationwide Series victory. Despite disappointments in 2009 and 2010, the young wheelman hopes that the third time is the charm for his 5-Hour Energy team. In 2009, he was running amongst the top-five with less than 15 laps remaining, when he was collected by Justin Allgaier in a late-race accident. In 2010, Wallace was running third, when a disastrous pit stop with 40 laps remaining relegated him to 16th for the ensuing restart. Wallace mounted a ferocious charge over the last 35 laps to finish sixth. The winner of Iowa’s inaugural 2006 ARCA event from the pole, Wallace figures once again to be among the favorites to dethrone the Cup Series drivers in the Hawkeye state.
REACHING OUT: RWR’s No. 62 and No. 66 cars-along with the other Toyota factory teams-will carry graphics supporting the Red Cross’s Japan Disaster Relief efforts again this weekend in Iowa. Donations to the relief efforts can be made online at redcross.org.
TEAM 66 PRIMARY: RWR-066-The No. 66 team will debut, ironically, RWR-066 this weekend in Iowa. Said Steve Wallace, “It’s the nicest, lightest, most state of the art piece we’ve ever built.”
TEAM 66 SECONDARY: RWR-052-Reconfigured as an intermediate car for 2011, Car 052 has yet to make its 2011 on-track debut, but scored a top-15 in its first start at Daytona last year.
THE ENERGY SHOT.
HOWDY, PARTNERS: 5-Hour Energy Racing welcomes Iowa landmark Kum & Go Convenience Stores, as well as Fareway Markets, as partners for the Iowa event. Kum & Go and Fareway branding will adorn Wallace’s No. 66 Toyota in Sunday’s race.
STEVE WALLACE LIVE: Race fans can meet Steve Wallace at the Kum & Go Convenience Store, located at 405 First Avenue East in Newton, IA, on Friday from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM.
FROM THE COCKPIT.
STEVE WALLACE (NO. 66 5-HOUR ENERGY TOYOTA CAMRY): “Iowa’s a cool track, but not just because my Dad’s involved with it or because it’s a big weekend for our other team car. As far as I’m concerned, we can’t let any of that change the way we approach the weekend at all. We still have to keep our focus on the race. With that said, Iowa is a track where our team has traditionally run really well. We’ve had a real chance to win there the last two years in a row. We’re heading into this weekend looking at it as one of our best opportunities of the year to win. Our team isbringing a brand new car there; it’s the nicest, most state of the art car that we’ve built so far. Hopefully we’ll be able to put our 5-Hour Energy Toyota in Victory Lane on Sunday and win one for the Nationwide guys.”
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North Carolina-based Rusty Wallace Racing (RWR) is a professional auto racing team steeped in the legendary racing history of its founder, Rusty Wallace. The team currently campaigns the No. 66 and No. 62 Toyota Camrys-driven by Steve Wallace and Michael Annett, respectively-in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. RWR will also campaign the No. 64 Camry in select 2011 events. RWR entries have finished among the top-ten in the Nationwide Series driver or owner standings in each of the last three seasons. For more on Rusty Wallace Racing, please visit the award-winning rustywallace.com.
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