Wallace Tames the "Monster Mile" to Bring Home Strong 11th (DOVER, DE) - Dover International Speedway is called the "Monster Mile" because it is a one-mile, concrete track that will reach up and get you when you least expect it. On ...
Wallace Tames the "Monster Mile" to Bring Home Strong 11th
(DOVER, DE) - Dover International Speedway is called the "Monster Mile" because it is a one-mile, concrete track that will reach up and get you when you least expect it. On Saturday, Kenny Wallace managed to escape the "Monster" with a strong 11th place finish in the AutoZone Ford.
"Dover is a great track, but you have got to concentrate on each and every lap," Wallace explained. "You can't relax because if you do, that's when it will get you. The Monster bit a lot of people today, and even though I wish our #22 AutoZone Ford had been a little better today, I am glad to escape this place with a solid 11th place finish and a car in one piece."
On Friday afternoon, Kenny Wallace laid down a strong qualifying lap at 154.288 mph to place the #22 AutoZone Ford 8th on the grid for Saturday's race. The beginning of the Dover 200 brought lengthy cautions, including a red flag that lasted for more than 18 minutes, to allow for clean up after big wrecks on the backstretch. Once green flag racing got back under way, Wallace maintained his position in the top-10.
As the laps clicked off in the Dover 200, Wallace battled tight conditions with the AutoZone Ford making it difficult to turn through the corners. Crew chief Wes Ward and the AutoZone crew inserted a rubber in the right rear and made a wedge adjustment to correct the problem on the second pit stop of the day. Although conditions were improved, Wallace continued to report that the car was too tight to move up further than 11th.
"I really don't know why the AutoZone Ford got so tight today," Wallace said. "As the day went on the problem seemed to just keep getting worse, so Wes and the team made some big changes that helped, but it just wasn't enough to allow us to really compete with the leaders."
This coming weekend the NASCAR Busch Series will enjoy the second off- weekend in the last three weeks, before heading to Kansas Speedway next weekend. Live coverage of the United Way 300 presented by Yellow Transportation and Sprint begins Saturday, October 8 at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC.