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Rain doesn't dampen Rusty Wallace's spirits

January 09, 2014, Holly Cain,

First day of testing wiped out by rain but Hall of Fame ready to get back in car

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. --- Rain cancelled Rusty Wallace's long-planned return to the famed No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Thursday afternoon, but you wouldn't have been able to see the disappointment on the NASCAR Hall of Fame's face. He'll try again Friday.

"My face has hurt all day long from smiling so hard and I ain't even been on the race track yet,'' Wallace said. "I want to get in the car.''

After a couple months of anticipation, a full battery of medical tests and a new NASCAR license to make it offical, Wallace was scheduled to share driving duties with the car's regular driver, 2012 Sprint Cup champ Brad Keselowski during one of the Preseason Thunder test sessions. After Keselowski shook the car down, Wallace was slated to make single car runs in the afternoon. He'll get another chance Friday and admitted no matter what, he's enjoyed the whole experience.

"I think the coolest thing for me was walking in the garage area and having all the crew guys come by and say, 'hey, we're glad you're here; it's going to be fun,''' Wallace said, adding with a grin, "I have thought about going out there and when it was my last run of the day and I was supposed to get of the car and turn it over to Brad, I thought about finding a car to draft with and putting a big number up.''

The track opens at 9 a.m. Friday and NASCAR did not determine an end time.


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