2011-07-13 / Sports

Driver of Gaffney-based race car reaches milestone

STAFF REPORTS

Veteran NASCAR racer Mike Wallace, driving the Gaffneybased JD Motorsports No. 01 “Cowboys & Aliens” Chevrolet, set a milestone during the past weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race in Kentucky.

The race was Wallace’s 400th in the Nationwide Series.

And while Wallace finished a lap down from the eventual winner, he crossed the finish line in a respectable 16th place, enough to move him up one place in the season-long driver standings. Wallace now sits in 11th place, just a hair outside the Top 10.

Prior to the race, Wallace improved from 28th to 22nd in the two practice sessions and was able to qualify 17th for the race. He fought throughout the race to stay on the lead lap and took the lead on the 66th lap when the race leaders pitted during a caution flag.

Despite efforts to stay out of trouble, long stretches of green flag racing ultimately put Wallace a lap down.

Only 10 cars ended up finishing the race on the lead lap, however, so he wasn’t in bad company.

The top 20 finish was enough for Wallace to move up in the driver standings. This was the third consecutive race he was able to advance in the standings.

“We had, what I would call, an appropriate night considering where we were in practice and then how we qualified,” Wallace commented. “This was one of those races where you go out and do the best you can to get as many positions as you can on every lap.”

On competing in his 400th NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Wallace remarked: “It means a lot that people recognize the achievement and I’m proud to have been asked to be around long enough for this milestone in our sport.”

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