Race Recap: The Stacker 2Â®/YJ StingerÂ® team was excited about racing at Charlotte in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300. Racing at Charlotte is special for the team because it is close to home. Team members that do not travel come down to see...
Race Recap: The Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team was excited about racing at Charlotte in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300. Racing at Charlotte is special for the team because it is close to home. Team members that do not travel come down to see all of their hard work out on the racetrack. The race day team wanted to give those team members, along with the fans, a good showing Friday night under the lights.
During the Thursday morning practice session, Kenny Wallace said the car handled well off the bat. Unfortunately, the car was not posting very fast times. The team worked hard to find some speed in the car without hurting its balance. The hard work paid off, as the team posted the fifth-fastest time by the end of the practice session.
Wallace was the 24th driver to qualify for Friday night's event. The car continued to handle well as it gave forth the 14th-fastest effort. The Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® Chevy was ready to race under the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
With no Happy Hour final practice session for Friday night's event, teams were a little skeptical about their setups, but crew chief Chris Rice and the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team felt confident that they made the right adjustments to the car.
When the green flag waved on Friday night, Wallace was very happy with his car. He told the crew during the lap four caution period that the car was really good, and he did not think it needed any changes.
On lap 12, Wallace said that the car handled a little loose on entry of the corners, but really good off the turns. The team discussed making an air pressure adjustment on the first pit stop to help the car enter the corners better. The second caution period began on lap 36, and the Stacker 2® crew took advantage the opportunity to make changes to the car. Wallace brought the car to the pits three laps later for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. A fast stop by the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® crew resulted in Wallace gaining five spots for the restart on lap 42.
A few laps after the restart, Wallace was in the eighth position. He reported that the car handled better, but it was still a little loose entering the turns. By lap 70, Wallace had fallen to the 15th position. Wallace said on lap 76 that the car was fine entering the corners but handled tight off the turns.
Wallace pitted on lap 77 for four tires and fuel. By lap 100, Wallace had the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® Chevy in the 13th position, but he was posting times that were as good as those of the leader. He said the car was really good, and the last adjustments the crew made really helped the attitude of the car.
The Stacker 2® crew made its final pit stop of the night under caution on lap 122. The car received four tires, fuel and a slight wedge adjustment.
The race restarted on lap 127 with Wallace in the 11th position. The next 70 laps were filled with six cautions, so Wallace and his fellow competitors could not get into a racing rhythm. Wallace was in the 12th spot for the final restart of the night and raced hard with five cars to enter the top 10. Wallace was in ninth when the checkered flag waved.
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie 300 was a solid race for the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team. The team scored its eighth top-10 finish of the 2004 season, and Wallace passed Ashton Lewis Jr. and Kasey Kahne to secure the ninth position in the Busch Series Drivers' standings.
NEXT EVENT: The No. 23 team heads to Memphis (Tenn.) Motorsports Park for the Sam's Town 250 Saturday, Oct. 23. The race can be seen live on TNT. Check local listings for start times.