Race Recap: The word of the weekend for the Stacker 2Â®/YJ StingerÂ® team was "persistence." Entering the weekend, the team knew it had a great car and a driver, as Kenny Wallace holds the record for the most top-10 finishes (17) in the NASCAR ...
Race Recap: The word of the weekend for the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team was "persistence." Entering the weekend, the team knew it had a great car and a driver, as Kenny Wallace holds the record for the most top-10 finishes (17) in the NASCAR Busch Series at the World's Fastest Half Mile. Barring any catastrophes, the team had a shot to win the coveted Bristol night race.
The No. 23 Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team was fast off the truck. During the first practice session, the team made a couple of small changes to help the car get off the corners, but Wallace still felt he had a really solid car.
Wallace qualified the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® car with a lap of 15.220 seconds, which was .004 seconds better than that of Kevin Harvick, who held the provisional pole. Wallace held the provisional pole until the last two drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., beat his time to take the front row starting positions. Wallace earned the third position, mirroring his best start of the season.
The team was confident entering the final practice session, knowing that it had a great car. A loose oil line limited the team to only 10 minutes of practice. The team changed the oil line along with all the other electrical lines to prepare the car for the race.
When the green flag waved Friday night, it appeared to be Wallace's night. He remained in the top three throughout the first 60 laps and reported that the car was really good. He discussed changes with crew chief Chris Rice that could be made to help the car on the team's first pit stop.
The Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team gave the No. 23 machine four tires and fuel under caution on lap 75. The crew also made a slight air pressure adjustment to help the car get through the middle of the corners.
Wallace restarted 13th on lap 79. He had broken into the top 10 by lap 114. Two circuits later, Wallace was going down the front stretch when the David Stremme's car hit the No. 23 in the rear, causing Wallace's car to spin into the wall. Wallace took the car to pit road to allow the crew to repair the damage. NASCAR penalized the team a lap for pulling up to pit.
Wallace had to persevere through what was a difficult event. He knew the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® car was really good and he had a chance to win. After the wreck and penalty, it would be easy to give up, but he did not even think of it. He returned to the lead lap on lap 196 and began to race as hard as he could for position.
The race was put under caution on lap 211 and the team decided to have Wallace pit for adjustment to the car in an attempt to salvage a good finish out of a disappointing night. The race restarted on lap 217 with Wallace was in the 17th position. He battled with Tony Raines for a top-15 spot during the next 30 laps.
The caution flag waved on lap 247, setting the stage for a green-white-checker finish. This was the first time the Busch Series had this type of scenario under the new green-white-checker rules. Wallace restarted in 16th and passed two cars on the outside going into turn one. Wallace finished 14th.
Despite the troubles, the No. 23 team persevered all weekend. It would have been easy to call it a day, but the team worked hard all weekend and salvaged a respectable finish.
NEXT EVENT: Wallace and the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team will race at the California Speedway this weekend in Fontana, Calif. This will be the team's second trip to the two-mile speedway this season.