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Bad Luck Was Back for 5-Hour Energy Racing at Richmond

Just two weeks ago things were looking up for the No. 66 team when 5-Hour Energy Racing Shook the Bad Luck for a Top-Ten in Texas, but a visit to Virginia would prove otherwise when driver Steve Wallace couldn't convince Lady Luck to help him out in Friday night’s 250-lap NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Richmond International Raceway.

After starting from the 19th position, the 5-Hour Energy Racing pilot went on the attack, flying into the top-ten around lap 65. While posting some of the fastest laps out of anybody and holding off Cup Series stars Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle, Wallace and his rocket 5-Hour Energy Camry moved aggressively into the eighth position, ready to take on the leaders.

Unfortunately, it was during the race's first caution that the No. 66 team’s bad luck streak again reared its ugly head. After a prompt pit stop in which Wallace climbed yet another position towards the leaders, NASCAR officials slammed the team with a penalty for an uncontrolled left rear tire.

Armed with video from the team’s overhead camera, Crew Chief Scott McDougall argued the penalty to officials, but to no avail. This then put Wallace all the way to the rear of the field for the restart.

As luck would have it, on lap 113 the left rear tire on the 5-Hour Energy car blew, sending it into a spin. The young driver was able to keep the car off the retaining walls, but barely missed getting his wounded car moving before the leaders reached him and Wallace would go a lap down and diminish he hopes of that top-5 finish.

Wallace would bring the 5-Hour Energy car a disappointing 17th-place finish, but kept the team in the 14th-place ranking in the Nationwide Series driver standings heading to the legendary Darlington Raceway next weekend.

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