Wonderful Run For Wallace

Mike Wallace was confident he'd get a good finish in Sunday's Daytona 500.

And the veteran driver backed it up by scoring a rather unlikely fourth-place finish in the race.

It wasn't easy by any means.

Wallace started Sunday's race from the 22nd position and ran in the middle of the field for much of the afternoon.

And a pit road mishap late in the race nearly ruined the effort.

Jeremy Geiter, a crewmember on the No. 09 Phoenix Racing team, suffered an injury to his left foot and ankle after being struck by Jamie McMurray during a pit stop on Lap 176.

While Geiter rolled on the ground in pain, Wallace was forced to roar back out to the track.

"That was a scary incident but thankfully it wasn't as serious as it first looked," said Wallace. "Thankfully Jamie's gonna be all right."

Geiter suffered a hairline fracture in his foot and is expected back in a couple of weeks.

With 21 laps to go, Wallace was 28th but he worked his way through the draft up 12 spots.

By the time the final caution and red flag waved with five laps to go, Wallace found himself sixth and suddenly in the hunt for his best Daytona 500 finish ever.

He was able to move up two more spots and stay ahead of the wild melee that broke out on the final lap to post a fourth-place finish.

"This team deserved it," Wallace said. "I knew we had a great car and it took some work but we were able to get it home near the front."

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