Wallace races into the Daytona 500
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A pack of cars race to the finish of Budweiser Duel No. 2. Mike Wallace, who finished eighth, earned a starting spot in Sunday's Daytona 500 Thursday night.

By Dominic Aragon
February 20, 2015


After an eighth place finish in the second Budweiser Duel race Thursday night, Mike Wallace raced his way in to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener, earning a starting spot in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Wallace, who has raced in The Great American Race ten times, started 23rd Thursday night, utilizing the draft to move his car into an eligible transfer spot.

“I am so thrilled with Premium Motorsports,” Wallace said to FOX Sports post-race. “This is a very small team, no one realizes how small it is. To be able to run as well as we did, I want to thank Ryan Newman for early in the race and Justin Allgaier.”

In his ten career starts in the Daytona 500, Wallace has posted one top-five finish and three top-ten finishes. Wallace fared a fourth place finish in 2007, his most recent Daytona 500 start.

Wallace failed to qualify three times for Daytona 500 with three different teams since 2007.

Wallace ran in six races for Premium Motorsports in 2014, earning a best finish of 26th at Martinsville Speedway. While Wallace didn’t comment on plans past the Daytona 500, he expressed his excitement on earning a spot in Sunday’s race.

Mike Wallace

“You guys just have no idea what this means to myself, and a team of our size, to get in the Daytona 500, the greatest motorsports in the world.”

Where will Mike Wallace finish on Sunday?
31st or worse
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