Race Recap: The Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team hoped Kentucky Speedway would a place to rebound from a couple weeks of bad luck. With the mishap on pit road in Nashville and the accident in Dover, the team needed a good run to get it back on ...
Race Recap: The Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team hoped Kentucky Speedway would a place to rebound from a couple weeks of bad luck. With the mishap on pit road in Nashville and the accident in Dover, the team needed a good run to get it back on track.
Early indications made it appear Kentucky would indeed be the source of the team's momentum. The car was fast right off the truck, and Wallace said it had a good balance. The first practice session made the team believe it had one of the top cars.
Wallace was the first car to qualify on the 1.5-mile surface. Going out early usually presented a disadvantage because of the heat that the track collected during the day. Wallace broke the old track qualifying record by more than two seconds and sat on the provisional pole for more than half the qualifying session. He was finally ousted from the pole and eventually placed sixth on the starting grid.
The Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team struggled early in the "happy hour" final practice session to find a good setup. The track conditions had changed so much throughout the day that the team had to search to find a setup that would be fast and allow Wallace to handle the car around the track well. After much work, the team believed the car would be competitive for 300 miles.
"We have a really good car," Wallace said after the final practice. "I felt that we did not leave anything out on the table during qualifying. The guys hit the setup perfectly, and I gave it all that the car had. We struggled a little bit in happy hour finding a setup that worked with the cooler weather, but Chris [Rice, crew chief] never gave up. I am really looking forward to racing tomorrow night under the lights."
The green flag fell Saturday night before a capacity crowd of 78,000 fans. The Stacker 2/YJ Stinger Chevy ran solidly in the top 10, even though Wallace reported the car as handling a little tight going into the corner and in the middle of the turns.
By lap 40, Wallace had entered the top five and said that the car's handling was coming to him. The Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team pitted the car under the lap 61 caution. The crew gave the car four tires, fuel and made some adjustments to help Wallace get through he corners more efficiently. Wallace restarted sixth.
By lap 81, Wallace had moved into the fourth position. He said the car handled a little loose into the corner and tight off the turns. This condition hindered his speed, and Wallace began losing positions. The adjustments the team made under caution made the car handle loose.
The caution flag flew on lap 115 with Wallace in the 14th position. Wallace brought the car to pit road on lap 119 for four fresh tires and fuel. The crew made track bar and air pressure adjustments to help Wallace with the loose condition. The Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team had a great stop and gained three positions on pit road.
When the race restarted, Wallace began moving through the field. By lap 130, Wallace was in 12th position and battling to return to the top 10. On lap 133, Wallace told the crew that the motor was not hitting on all eight cylinders. Rice advised Wallace to take the car to the garage area on lap 135. That ended the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team's evening. Wallace finished 33rd.
NEXT EVENT: The No. 23 Stacker 2 Chevy heads to Wisconsin June 26 to tackle the flat corners of The Milwaukee Mile. The race can be seen live on FX. Check listings for local times.