TRG Motorsports team owner Kevin Buckler says he expects his team to be back in action in the NASCAR Sprint Cup 'sooner rather than later' despite missing out on a slot in the Daytona 500.
The team headed to Daytona with a single entry into the biggest entry on the Sprint Cup calendar for Mike Wallace, while JR Fitzpatrick was also entered into the opening round of the Camping World Truck Series.
Wallace came close to earning a slot in the 500 after a fine run in his Gatorade Duel, but finished up just one place shy of securing a starting slot after finishing 13th in the second Duel race – with Jeremy Mayfield and AJ Allmendinger racing into the 500 instead.
While Wallace himself admitted that 'nothing really made sense' at the end of the race, Buckler insisted that his team – best known for its exploits in the Grand-Am Rolex Series – would be back, although he admitted he was unsure if a planned entry into the race in California next weekend would happen.
"We will be back," he said. "Mike did a good job, the pit stops were flawless and we were in a position to get in there at the end when we got pushed up the track. The ending of theses restrictor plate races can put you in victory lane or on the trailer in one lap. We are entered for California next week for the Sprint Cup race, but I am unsure if we can make it.
“We will catch our breath and take a look at the calendar and see when it makes sense to run the car again. It will be sooner than later."