Returning to the seat of the No. 29 ToyotaCare Toyota Camry for the first time since Richmond, Kenny Wallace's day was cut short after the engine overheated in the early laps of the History 300.
Early in the event, Wallace radioed to crew chief Robby Benton that the water temperature in his Camry was high. In an effort to preserve the car, they brought it down pit road and to the attention of the crew. The issue was remedied and Wallace returned to the track six laps down. Throughout the remainder of the 200-lap event, Wallace was able to regain six positions and finished the race in 29th.
Wallace paid homage to his mentor Dick Trickle by running his name and nickname, The White Knight, on his nameplate.
"A disappointing day for everyone at RAB Racing and ToyotaCare, we had a really solid car all throughout practice on Wednesday and Thursday, we were 2nd fastest in Final Practice, and we just took a conservative approach to qualifying to make sure we made the field," said Wallace. "As soon as the green flag dropped we moved from 27th into the top 20 pretty quickly and the car felt great, and then all of a sudden my water temperature gauge was well over where we want it at almost instantly. To save the engine and not blow it up we had to come down pit road and work on the radiator, losing 10 laps. Although its not what we wanted, I have to thank all the guys who worked hard on my car from RAB, Robby Benton for putting me in the car, and ToyotaCare for making it all happen. I'll have another opportunity soon to get back into the #29 RAB Racing Toyota Camry so I'm excited for it and already looking forward to the opportunity."
Wallace will climb behind the wheel of the No. 29 again at Iowa Speedway on June 8th.
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