Since finishing second at the season-opening Daytona 500, Wallace has not finished more than tenth in a race at the NHMS through this weekend.
After starting fourth, Wallace ran in the lead for most of the event before bringing home a third place finish for the 23XI Racing Team.
“Yeah, I’m just proud of the team, proud of myself, proud of everyone in the business,” he said after the race. “They brought one – I’ll give them a ‘decent’ DraftKings Toyota Camry. It didn’t handle that great, but it had speed, so we knew it was a long day and we did it.
“In the end we had no idea what we were driving there. I knew it was in the top five. But in the end it was just tire management and we were able to capitalize. Just proud of everyone. Happy. It’s been hell for me last month, so good to come out with the top 5.”
Wallace’s season was overshadowed by poor finishes, pit stop problems and just plain bad luck. In the first 20 races he has five DNFs. His teammate Kurt Busch is currently suspended in the playoffs after winning in Kansas earlier this year.
“This sport humbles you, so there really are no surprises,” he later added. “You have to keep the task in hand and pay attention to your surroundings and just do your job. As long as you keep doing that, you never know if you’ll end up in the top three or 20th or whatever. You just stay true to your path.”
Wallace, who is 24th in the championship standings, must find victory lane in one of the final six races of the regular season to make the playoffs. Perhaps Wallace’s top five at Loudon is a sign that there’s more good to come for the No. 23 Toyota.