BRISTOL, TN (March 22, 2009) - Energy was the name of the game for Steve Wallace and his No. 66 5-Hour Energy Rusty Wallace Racing team in Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway. After a lackluster 30th place qualifying effort, Steve and his 5-Hour team did not disappoint, gaining 23 spots to record a seventh-place finish.
Despite his qualifying effort, Wallace was confident in his Chevrolet Impala SS heading into Saturday's race and it showed. The third-generation driver moved from 30th place into the top-15 by lap 60.
Wallace's 5-Hour Energy machine ultimately stormed past several additional cars—including the No. 99 Red Bull entry—and into the top-ten by lap 180.
As the race entered its final 100 laps, Wallace would prove not to be satisfied with the 10th spot. The young wheelman quickly mounted another charge forward, ultimately gaining three additional spots to move into the seventh position, where he would ultimately finish.
Wallace's Bristol finish marked his second straight top-ten at Bristol and his second top-ten in his last three Nationwide Series starts overall. With this effort, Wallace was one of the biggest movers in the Nationwide Series driver standings, jumping 11 spots to 17th.
Meanwhile, the race went in almost opposite fashion for Wallace's teammate, Brendan Gaughan (No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet).
After starting the race from the pole position, Gaughan experienced a tire failure early in the event, which would ultimately force the No. 62 to pit road under green flag conditions. Despite losing three laps and falling as low as 36th position after the green flag stop, Gaughan would consistently knock out lap times as quick as most of the leaders.
Gaughan's perseverance proved to pay off, as over the remainder of the event, the No. 62 team would gain 15 positions, to finish in the 21st position. This perseverance enabled Gaughan to maintain the fourth position in the Nationwide Series driver standings.
Following an off-week for the Nationwide Series, the next event for Rusty Wallace Racing is the April 4th event at Texas Motor Speedway.
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