Wallace Continues Tradition With 9th-Place Finish CONCORD, N.C. (May 29)- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace finished ninth for the third consecutive time at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Saturday night's NASCAR Busch Series event. Wallace ...
Wallace Continues Tradition With 9th-Place Finish
CONCORD, N.C. (May 29)- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace finished ninth for the third consecutive time at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Saturday night's NASCAR Busch Series event. Wallace finished ninth in both races last year at the speedway near Charlotte.
"We got a ninth-place finish out of it," Wallace said. "I'm happy with that, but we just had a much better car. We couldn't get up there because it pushed for the first two laps after a restart. It's a good race track, but to me they just ruined the track surface."
After Wallace started 25th, the team went to work on the Stacker 2 Ford during pit stops, improving its performance. The first pit came on under caution on lap 24 and the call was made to remove rubber out of the right rear tire in an attempt to tighten up the car.
By the time Wallace pitted again, the Stacker 2 Ford was still handling poorly, and the team decided to put the rubber back in the right rear. Wallace had to pit twice under caution in order to do this but was able to remain on the lead lap. He would restart 32nd on lap 58.
These adjustments helped and the team remained busy during the ensuing pit stops in an attempt to stay ahead of the changing race track. Wallace soon found the groove he needed to run on the race track and was 16th at the halfway point of the race.
The team's last pit stop came on lap 140. The call was made to make one last air pressure adjustment and take four tires and fuel. Wallace restarted 15th with 54 laps remaining. The car was still tight but Wallace was able to run lap times as fast as the leader.
With less than 30 laps remaining Wallace had worked his way into the top-10 and was trying to pass the cars in front of him. Due to the new track conditions at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the Stacker 2 Ford would become tight when Wallace would try to pass making it very difficult to improve his track position.
With less than 10 laps remaining, Wallace was doing his hardest racing of the night with Ashton Lewis Jr. for a top-10 finish. The two raced side by side for the next five laps. Finally, with just a few laps remaining Wallace was able to clear Lewis Jr. and Paul Menard at the same time to take ninth place, where Wallace would end the race.
Wallace maintained sixth place in the drivers' standings and only 15 points separate him from the fifth place driver, Ashton Lewis Jr.
The next race is the MBNA 200 at Dover International Speedway on June 4. The FX television network will begin its coverage at 1 p.m. EDT. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast