Kenny Wallace Has Strong Day and Finishes Second in Darlington DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 7) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace finished second Friday night after completing 147 laps, most of them spent in the top five. Wallace was also...
Kenny Wallace Has Strong Day and Finishes Second in Darlington
DARLINGTON, S.C. (May 7) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace finished second Friday night after completing 147 laps, most of them spent in the top five. Wallace was also able to lead 12 laps, which gained him five extra points in what is an extremely close points race.
"I would never have thought in the middle of the day today that the Stacker 2 Ford would be that strong," Wallace said. "Man, this car was absolutely horrible. I didn't like it at Vegas, but they talked me into bringing it here."
Wallace was suspicious of the car because he could not get it to handle properly in practice. The car would run well under qualifying setup, but it was unclear how the car would react in race trim for the first time under the lights at Darlington Raceway. After making several adjustments, practice was over, and everyone was skeptical of what was to come later in the evening.
After qualifying sixth for the Diamond Hill Plywood 200, everyone was hoping the car would be competitive during in the race.
For the majority of the race, Wallace remained focused on racing the track and not the competition around him. This strategy paid off because Wallace competed in the top-five for the duration of the race. By lap 38, Wallace had worked his way up to the third spot, and the team decided to only make a slight track bar and air pressure adjustment on its next pit stop under caution.
The car responded well to the adjustments, and Wallace was second by the mid-point of the race. It wasn't long before the Stacker 2 Ford was the fastest car on the track, enabling Wallace to pass Jeff Burton for the lead on lap 83. He held the lead for 12 laps before Matt Kenseth came from nowhere to pass him.
After making the final pit stops of the night under caution, Wallace was running second with less than 20 laps remaining. At this time, Wallace quit racing the race track and focused on passing Kenseth while holding off a hard-charging Martin Truex Jr. Wallace gave it everything he had, but in the end finished second for the second time this year.
"So, I finished second for the second time this year," Wallace said. "I wanted to win awfully bad. I haven't won since 2001, but we're getting closer."
The points given to the runner-up enabled Wallace to advance to sixth place in the standings. Only seven points separate him from Ashton Lewis Jr., who is fifth, and he is 291 points behind leader Carl Edwards.
The next Busch Series event is Friday night in Richmond, Va. The FX television network will begin its coverage at 7:30 p.m. EDT and so will the MRN radio network.