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Mike Wallace subs for Sadler and wins the Coca-Cola 250 at Talladega

 

Mike Wallace proved to be the perfect substitute for Elliott Sadler at Talladega, racing to his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory since 2000. 

Wallace was pushed to the win in the Coca-Cola 250 by Ron Hornaday using a tandem draft.

 

Wallace was called by Kevin Harvick Inc. last Sunday when Sadler decided to stay home with his wife, Amanda, as they await the birth of their second child.

"Right here, this is an incredibly unselfish individual because he could have worked for the win," Wallace said of Hornaday as they hugged in Victory Lane. "Thank God Elliott Sadler's wife is going to have a baby and gave me this opportunity."

 

Wallace has five career wins in the series, but hasn’t run a full season since 2000. His last win in any NASCAR race was in 2004 in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

Wallace brought his wife to the track for their 32nd anniversary. Harvick joked with Wallace that he could take his wife into the infamous Talladega infield to celebrate. "It's been so long since I won, and nobody knows how much this means to me," Wallace said. "It was our anniversary on Thursday, and this is the exotic paradise island — the infield at Talladega."

 

 

 

 

Hornaday finished second, followed in third by pole sitter James Buescher.

Austin Dillion finished seventh to retain his position as series points leader, but had his cushion narrowed to three points over Buescher. Hornaday sits in fourth, 16 points behind Dillion.

Dillon and Kyle Busch formed their own duo late in the race, even surging into the lead at one point. But during an ensuing caution, Dillon was demoted to 18th on the restart for not maintaining pace.

"Mike Wallace, what a veteran," Hornaday said. "I mean, I had him sideways, I had him down in the infield and he gathered it up. He must've had that steering wheel just right.

"That was probably the most hectic fun I've had at Talladega. It was pretty cool."

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return on Saturday, October 29th at Martinsville Speedway. Will Austin Dillon be able to hang onto his lead or will Ron Hornaday gain more points over the Richard Childress Racing driver?

Race results:
1. Mike Wallace
2. Ron Hornaday Jr.
3. James Buescher
4. Ricky Carmichael
5. Jason White
6. Todd Bodine
7. Austin Dillon
8. Brendan Gaughan
9. Kyle Busch
10. Max Papis
11. Justin Lofton
12. Grant Enfinger
13. Josh Richards
14. Cole Whitt
15. Johnny Sauter
16. Johanna Long
17. Dakoda Armstrong
18. Miguel Paludo
19. Blake Feese
20. Joey Coulter
21. Ryan Sieg
22. Ryan Hackett
23. Timothy Peters
24. Wes Burton
25. Chris Fontaine
26. Nelson Piquet Jr.
27. BJ McLeod
28. Parker Kligerman
29. Jamie Dick
30. David Starr
31. Matt Crafton
32. Donnie Neuenberger
33. Butch Miller
34. Jeffrey Earnhardt
35. Patrick Sheltra
36. J J Yeley

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