A week after posting one of his worst results in his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East career, Wallace took the lead early in the Jegs 150, at Columbus Motor Speedway, and won his second race of the season.
More importantly, Wallace moved into third place in the East Series standings and closed to 100 points behind series leader Max Gresham.
Wallace was coming off a 30th-place finish at New Hampshire International Speedway on July 15. Gresham, meanwhile, won the race at New Hampshire and built what looked like an insurmountable lead in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings.
Gresham finished seventh at Columbus Motor Speedway and saw his lead trimmed a bit. Brett Moffitt was third, his third podium finish in a row, and is second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East standings, 80 points behind Gresham.
Gresham won the pole for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Jegs 150 and led the first 34 laps of the race. Wallace passed Gresham on lap 35 and held the lead for the rest of the race.
Rookie Alex Bowman was the only driver to challenge Wallace for the lead over the second half of the race, but couldn't get passed him.
"Alex Bowman gave me a run for my money there," Wallace said. "He had a good run on me and I just want to thank him so much for running me clean. I got into him at Bowman Gray but we talked about it earlier and it's all good."
Bowman finished second in the race, followed by Moffitt, Matt DiBenedetto and Daniel Suarez, a rookie from Mexico, in fifth. It was the best career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East finish for Suarez.
The Columbus Motor Speedway race Jegs 150 will be broadcast on Speed on Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. ET.
The next NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race is at Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina on Sept. 5.
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