–5-Hour Energy Pilot Scores Sixth Top-15 in Last Seven Starts–
BROOKLYN, MI (June 18, 2011)-Following a 14th place qualifying effort, Rusty Wallace Racing’s Steve Wallace (No. 66 5-Hour Energy Toyota Camry) battled ever-changing track conditions and potential engine woes, for a 14th place finish in today’s 250-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Michigan International Speedway.
Wallace’s finish marked his sixth top-15 finish in the last seven NNS events and his best career NNS finish at MIS. The effort also allowed him to maintain his eighth-place ranking in the NNS driver standings, expanding his lead over JGR’s Brian Scott to 22 and chopping the gap to seventh-place Kenny Wallace to 26 markers.
“We had a decent 5-Hour Energy Toyota today from a handling perspective,” said Wallace, “The track changed an awful lot and we were off a bit on our last round of adjustments. Our car was just too loose on that last run and it probably cost us a few spots.
“Michigan is a real horsepower racetrack and it definitely showed today. Our biggest problem wasn’t handling; it was that we were getting killed down the straightaways. I went hard as I could, but it was so bad at one point that I almost thought the engine was blowing up.
“The Fords and Chevrolets really have an advantage on us right now from an engine perspective. After today though, I hope that our engine company is going to be working non-stop to get more out of these Toyota powerplants. We’ll even be willing to get them some 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength to help out! If we’re going to contend for wins and top-fives, it’s going to take more steam, especially on these big tracks.”
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About Rusty Wallace Racing, LLC
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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