The 25-year-old driver pushed Austin Dillon and his No. 3 to Victory Lane en route to finishing second, that will be still the highest-place finish of his young Cup Series career.

Following his record breaking conclusion in 2018, Wallace begun to breakdown in tears and sat, until his mum, who hurried up to the podium to congratulate his own son.

“Obviously, the press center has been a highlight,” he said. “Reduce just a little tear for television evaluations. This was part of the plan. It worked outside; got a lot of people on my side. Got to power up the waterworks again. Aside from that, it simply took from this newcomer year’s very first race. Being able to complete it was pretty cool. ”

By finishing second, Wallace became the American driver at Daytona 500 history, something Wallace never envisioned would happen entering his rookie season.

Wallace’s young racing career was tumultuous. Without a ride, Wallace stopped the 2017 season after many complications at just about some one of ’s national series.

Spending that offseason looking for a ride, Wallace soon tied up with Richard Petty Motorsports, who gave him the ability to drive the famed No. 43 car for RPM in the Cup series at 2018.

“It’will devote some time to grow ” Wallace said. “We now have a brand new crew chief, new vehicle chief. We’ll try to find some new (sponsor) partners all through the entire year too. We’ll check out keep moving ahead. ”

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