BUSCH: Homestead: Kenny Wallace race notes

The Stacker 2®/ YJ Stinger® team headed to Homestead, Fla., for the final race of the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series season. Wallace knew he and his Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team had to have a strong run to maintain their position in the top 10 in ...

The Stacker 2®/ YJ Stinger® team headed to Homestead, Fla., for the final race of the 2004 NASCAR Busch Series season. Wallace knew he and his Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team had to have a strong run to maintain their position in the top 10 in NASCAR Busch Series points.

Once practice began, Wallace quickly realized the car was not handling well in turns three and four. The crew made quite a few adjustments to the car.

"The car was good but needed to turn better coming out [turn] four," Wallace said.

After struggling with practice, the crew hoped the adjustments would pay off during the qualifying session. Wallace qualified 26th for Saturday's Busch Series event.

The Ford 300 was a race filled with caution flags, and the first of 12 caution flags waved on lap two.

After slipping to 34th early in the race, the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team decided to gamble on pit strategy and do a gas-and-go pit stop on lap 69, vaulting Wallace to ninth for the restart on lap 72. Wallace retained good track position even with old tires but gradually began slipping through the field.

At lap 130, the handling problems the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® encountered during practice and qualifying resurfaced, causing concern for the crew. On lap 138, Wallace brought the No. 23 Chevy in the pits for a green flag stop. The crew gave the car four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. Wallace returned to the track in the 25th position.

With the 12th caution period of the day coming on lap 197, the teams knew it was going to be a green white-checkered finish. Wallace and the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team decided to gamble and stay on the track to gain as many positions as possible. When the checkered flag waved, Wallace had the No. 23 Chevy in the 19th position.

With the 19th-place finish in the Ford 300, the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team finished the 2004 Busch Series season ninth in the series standings.

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