RAB Racing and the No. 29 American Ethanol Toyota Camry driven by veteran Kenny Wallace came into Richmond International Raceway with history on their mind. Wallace made his 898th NASCAR start on a night where the NASCAR Nationwide Series celebrated its 1000th race. It was also the first race where both RAB Racing Toyota Camry’s qualified in the top 10, with Alex Bowman qualifying in 6th and Wallace in the 10th position.
The green flag flew on the Virginia 529 College Savings 250, and Wallace immediately began fighting a loose race car, struggling to find forward grip exiting corners. Wallace dropped back to the 21st position by lap 76 when the yellow flag flew for a debris caution. Crew chief Keith Hinkein had a plan and began working on the No. 29 American Ethanol Toyota Camry by making several adjustments, and chasing the changing track conditions. Over the course of the next 50 laps, Wallace utilized the experience from his 36 previous Nationwide starts at Richmond to his advantage and climbed from 21st to 14th position, telling the team his car was perfect. After multiple late race cautions, on track incidents, and wild restarts the No. 29 American Ethanol Toyota Camry finished in the 17th position.
Kenny Wallace: “What an exciting and up and down race we had tonight. From the beginning of the race we were just too loose to be able to run good lap times, so we lost a lot of positions, but in hindsight it made me start conserving my equipment and brakes which helped at the end of the race. My crew chief Keith Hinkein made a great call on the pitbox and we fixed our loose condition to become a top 10 race car. From about halfway we just struggled with track position, lost a few spots on pit road and was in the wrong place at the wrong time on those crazy final restarts and that knocked us down to 17th. It was a lot of fun, but I need to thank American Ethanol and all the farmers that made it possible for me to race at Richmond and get my 898th career NASCAR start.”
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