30 Nov Checkered Flag Drops on 5-Hour Energy Racing’s 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Season
There has been a common theme to the 2009 NASCAR Nationwide Series for the 5-Hour Energy Racing team, consistency. Drivers Steve Wallace and Brendan Gaughan have climbed the ranks with persistence and steadiness when traffic was heavy and their cars were struggling. Their alert, dependable and sometimes edgy driving took both to celebrated top-10 championship series finishes, which was unmatched by another other series team, and broke personal records.
The 2009 Nationwide Series concluded at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 21. After 300 miles Wallace chalked up another great driving feat as he took his No. 66 Chevrolet Impala SS from a hopeful 15th position to a striking 8th-place finish, a performance unrivalled by any non-Cup Series driver. It was Wallace’s second-straight top-10 finish, adding a fifth top-20 finish in his 5-Hour Energy machine for the 2009 season, and secured the 7th-place ranking in the final Nationwide standings.
Wallace’s teammate and pilot of the No. 62 5-Hour Energy Extra Strength Chevrolet, Gaughan, kept with the theme of the season and finished just one position back from where he began the race. Gaughan’s consistency clutched the 9th-place position in the final season rankings and wrapped up the 2009 season with 12 top-20 finishes.
5-Hour Energy Racing has been more than impressed with the young and talented wheelmen and the affiliation with Rusty Wallace Racing. The two teams announced back in August plans to continue their partnership into the 2010 season, with 5-Hour Energy as the primary sponsor of Wallace’s no. 66 car. RWR makes the change from Chevrolet to the new Toyota Camry, plenty of 5-Hour Energy shots will be right there, keeping the pit crew energized, the drivers focused, and the anticipation high for the green flag drop at Daytona International Speedway and opening of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship.