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The 5-Hour Energy Drivers Prepare to Dodge the Wrecks Once Again at Bristol

It was way back on March 21 when 5-Hour Energy returned to NASCAR and stopped off at the season’s most popular half-mile oval Bristol Motor Speedway. Just five months and twenty races later, the team is back and ready to repeat a performance that included a pole position start from Brendan Gaughan and top-10 finish from Steve Wallace for the Food City 250.

Coming off a top-15 performance at Michigan International Speedway the CARFAX 250, Wallace hopes to nail down the steering problems he wrestled with on his no. 66 5-Hour Energy Chevrolet. He remains in strong competition for the Nationwide Series championship at sixth in overall points and has been consistent with ill-handling cars at some of the toughest tracks. Wallace has quickly become known as one of the series’ short track aces and is a favorite heading to Thunder Valley.

Like his teammate, Brendan Gaughan and the no. 62 Extra Strength 5-Hour Energy Chevrolet have been on track to a successful rookie season with Rusty Wallace Racing. Gaughan also battled through a handling condition at Michigan and then suffered a cut left front tire which would push him back to 29th-place finish. Although it was a tough day for Gaughan, he’s heading to the crash-happy oval this weekend in the top-10 for season standings.

It’s going to be an exciting event under the lights of Bristol on Friday Aug. 21. When Thunder Valley is mentioned among race fans, there is just one thought – crashes. For the race teams, trying not to be involved in the wrecks is one thing, winning the race is another and the 5-Hour Energy drivers have the alert and focused advantage to take the checkered.

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