Race Recap: The Stacker 2Â®/YJ StingerÂ® team entered the race weekend in Fontana Calif., knowing it had a good shot to enter the NASCAR Busch Series top 10. The team focused on achieving that goal. The team had a good car prepared for ...
Race Recap: The Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team entered the race weekend in Fontana Calif., knowing it had a good shot to enter the NASCAR Busch Series top 10. The team focused on achieving that goal.
The team had a good car prepared for Saturday's race. The car was very fast right off the truck, and the team spent the first practice session making small changes to help the car get through the middle of the corners better. Wallace was confident the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team had a shot for a top-five finish at a track the team struggled at in 2003.
When Wallace qualified the No. 23 car, the car handled very loose entering turns one and two. Wallace posted only one lap in the Stacker 2® Chevy, which was good enough for sixth on the starting grid.
The Stacker 2® team had a hard time finding a balance on the car during the final practice session. The team tried several different combinations during the hour session, but settled on a setup that it believed would be beneficial for the race.
When the green flag waved on Saturday, Wallace was on a mission to get to the front. He reported early in the first run that he was sliding the nose of the racecar. Crew chief Chris Rice conjured a plan to help the car, and the team prepared to attempt the plan during the first pit stop.
Wallace was in the sixth position by lap 30 and posting the fastest times on the track. He told the Stacker 2® crew that the car was really good. Wallace pitted under green flag conditions on lap 46 for four tires, fuel and air pressure and track bar adjustments.
The first caution flag of the day waved on lap 59, and the Stacker 2® team took the opportunity to pit for more adjustments. Wallace restarted in 12th on lap 64. On lap 85, Wallace reported the car's handling as too tight, as he could not turn it in the middle of the corner. The condition slowed the car, and Wallace began losing positions. He fell to 18th by lap 100.
Wallace pitted on lap 113 so the crew could help remedy the handling condition. The team gave the car four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. It was enough to help Wallace gain two positions by lap 130. He knew he had a top-10 car but was unsure if he had time to rejoin the lead pack.
The Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger team gambled under caution on lap 134 and pitted for four fresh tires. The team knew fresh tires would be fast, and it would be give Wallace a chance to break into the top 10.
When the race restarted on lap 138, Wallace began his charge for the top 10. He was shuffled out of position and finished 13th.
It was a good points day for the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team. Wallace re-entered the top 10 for the first time in more than three months. His is 995 points behind leader Martin Truex Jr.
NEXT EVENT: Wallace and the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team will race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The team tested at Richmond two weeks ago and should be a contender for the win under the lights Friday night.