STEVE WALLACE / 5-HOUR ENERGY RACING NEWS AND NOTES – DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

5-Hour Energy Team News and Notes

. This Week’s 5 Hour Energy Toyota … Steve Wallace will pilot Rusty Wallace Racing chassis RWR-064 in Saturday afternoon’s OneMain Financial 200. Built new for the 2011 season, this Toyota Camry debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in May, where Wallace finished 17th. The Greensboro, N.C. native has since used this car to record finishes of 16th at Dover International Speedway in May, 21st and 11th, respectively, at Kentucky Speedway Nashville Superspeedway in July. In its last two outings, this chassis finished eighth at Iowa Speedway in August, and 13th at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

. Through 28 Races … With 28 races of the 2011 season in the record books, Wallace has accumulated two top-five, five top 10 and 14 top-15 finishes, an average starting position of 13.3 and an average finish of 15.8. Wallace has completed 98 percent of the laps contested (5,095 of 5,197) thus far.

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. Get to the Points … Wallace continues to maintain the eighth position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series driver point standings. With six races remaining in the 2011 season, Wallace trails seventh-place driver Kenny Wallace by 22 markers, and holds a 13-point cushion over ninth-place contender Brian Scott.

. Testing, Testing … The No. 66 team spent Monday, Sept. 26 and Tuesday, Sept. 27 at Toyota Racing Development’s Salisbury, N.C. engineering center, testing new parts and pieces on their simulators and compliance rigs.

. Wallace at Dover … In 11 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Dover International Speedway, Wallace has recorded four top-15 finishes. His best finish at the one-mile oval is 11th, where he finished in May 2008.

. Loop Data Says … Wallace’s 177 green-flag passes rank him eighth-best among the 82 drivers who have competed at the “Monster Mile” over the last six years. His 973 laps spent racing inside the top 15 rank him 12th-best among 54 drivers that qualified under the same criteria.

. Welcome Aboard … 5-Hour Energy Racing welcomes Giant as a partner for this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Giant branding will adorn the TV panel of Wallace’s No. 66 Toyota in Saturday afternoon’s race.

. Last Time Out … Wallace was plagued with handling issues for most of the Dollar General 300 at Chicagoland Speedway when the Nationwide Series last competed two weeks ago, but his Doug Randolph-led 5-Hour Energy team’s never-quit attitude afforded the 24-year-old driver an 18th-place finish.

. Rusty Wallace Racing at Dover … Rusty Wallace Racing has earned five top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 31 combined starts at Dover International Speedway. Rusty Wallace Racing entries have led 58 laps of competition and have completed 5,808 of the 6,255 (92.9 percent) laps contested in those events.

. Rusty Wallace Racing in 2011 … With 28 of 34 races completed thus far in the 2011 season, Rusty Wallace Racing’s three NASCAR Nationwide Series entries have recorded a combined three top-five, 12 top 10 and 29 top-15 finishes. Rusty Wallace Racing Toyotas have completed 11,227 of 11,619 laps attempted, and have been atop the leaderboard for 19 laps with drivers Michael Annett, Jason Bowles, David Reutimann and Steve Wallace.

. The Battle For Best in Class … Rusty Wallace Racing’s 14th-place position in the NASCAR Nationwide Series owner point standings is second-best among full-time, non-cup affiliated teams. Wallace’s No. 66 entry trails RAB Racing, currently ranked 13th, by 22 points.

. Cast Your Vote … Voting has begun for the Most Popular Driver of the Year award in the Nationwide Series. Fans are encouraged to log onto NASCAR.com to vote for their favorite driver from the series once per day until voting ends on Thursday, November 17.

“I always look forward to racing at Dover. It’s an extremely fast track, it feels like you’re literally flying off into the corners. It’s an extremely narrow track, and you get a little bit of tunnel vision as the race goes on. We’ve ran well at Dover, but don’t have the finishes to really show for it, but we’ll try to get that fixed this weekend.” – Steve Wallace on racing at Dover International Speedway

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