Wallace Finishes in Top-15 Despite Long Night in Kentucky SPARTA, Ky. (June 18) -- Stacker 2 driver Kenny Wallace was able to leave Kentucky with a 14th-place finish despite an array of problems. Wallace has compiled 11 top-15 finishes and is...
Wallace Finishes in Top-15 Despite Long Night in Kentucky
SPARTA, Ky. (June 18) -- Stacker 2 driver Kenny Wallace was able to leave Kentucky with a 14th-place finish despite an array of problems. Wallace has compiled 11 top-15 finishes and is fifth in the driver standings.
"It was a really hard night for us," Wallace said. "We missed the setup, but were able to make some adjustments there at the end to make the car better. I screwed up on pit road. I tried to pick up some spots on pit road, but I got caught speeding, so instead of a top-10 we came away with a 14th-place finish."
The Stacker 2 Racing team worked hard all day on the car during the practice sessions, and everyone believed they had a car that would compete for the pole as well as the win. By the time Wallace qualified, the conditions of the car and track had changed, and Wallace was disappointed to see that he would be starting 18th.
When the green flag waved, it did not take Wallace long to realize the car was not nearly as good as it was during practice. By lap 25, the Stacker 2 Ford had started to handle better, and Wallace worked his way up to 13th.
This neutral handling did not last long, and by the second pit stop crew chief Wes Ward decided major adjustments needed to be made. These adjustments did not help, and Wallace still could not get the car to turn.
Wallace pitted on lap 134, under green-flag conditions, when NASCAR determined that Wallace was speeding on pit road. Because of this incident, Wallace was forced to travel through pit road again as a penalty. This caused Wallace to fall to 27th, one lap down.
The team pitted again on lap 146 and was able to make the Stacker 2 Ford the best it had been all night. Wallace was determined to become the recipient of the "lucky dog" pass, enabling him to get back on the lead lap, so he could compete for a top-10 by the end of the race.
Before another caution period began on lap 185, Wallace had been able to race his way up to the front and was allowed to join the lead-lap cars for the restart. The team decided to pit one last time because it couldn't lose any positions. This would give Wallace fresh tires and make it easier for him to pass cars with older tires.
After the final restart, Wallace tried his best to get into the top-10, but was not able to get any higher than 14th.
The next race is the SBC 250 at The Milwaukee Mile on June 25. The FX television network will begin its coverage at 8:30 p.m. EDT. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.