Mike Wallace was rolling along early in Saturday’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200, picking his way through the field with a good finish in sight. Then, in a heartbeat, his run stalled.
The transmission in Wallace’s Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over Chevrolet exploded, sending Wallace onto pit road with smoke escaping from his car and repairs necessary.
“We were running around 15th at the time,” Wallace said. “We were going to have a decent day. But we can’t find any luck. We did get back out.”
Wallace returned to the track and managed a 33rd-place finish.
The race was the first Nationwide Series event on the 2.25-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
AJ Allmendinger emerged as the winner after a green-white-checkered finish extended the 90-lap race to 94 laps.
The series moves on to Bristol Motor Speedway for an Aug. 23 race.
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