16 Feb 5-Hour Energy Racing Starts 2010 Season with Top-10 at Daytona
As the first race of the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series, Wallace was confident in the team’s switch from the Impala SS of 2009 to the new 5-Hour Energy-inspired Toyota Camry. Along with the new car for this season, the fresh 5-Hour Energy Racing crew chief, Scott McDougall, helped Wallace battle his way to a great finish to the first race of what will be an exciting series.
Showing that same perseverance form the 2009 season, Wallace maneuvered through the setbacks and brought Rusty Wallace Racing a tenth-place finish at the world’s premier oval track. Together McDougall and Wallace kept the 5-Hour Energy car at the front of the pack after narrowly escaping three separate accidents and sustaining minor damage in one. Even with all the obstacles throughout the race, Wallace lead three laps, posted four fastest lap times and made 135 passes.
Wallace said after the race that the #66 5-Hour Energy Camry was a bit loose. This coupled with the damage made it difficult to grab that vital draft and make a run at the lead.
Wallace also noted that the 10th place finish, although a first for the team at Daytona, is just not enough. The team wrapped up the 2009 season with a strong and persistent performance and they hope to carry that forward through 2010 with more wins and more awards.
Wallace and the 5-Hour Energy crew are making the long haul from Florida to Auto Club Speedway in Southern California for the Stater Bros. 300 on February 20.