BUSCH: Milwaukee: Kenny Wallace race notes

Wallace Scores Another Top-10 in Milwaukee WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 25) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace scored his third top-10 finish of the month Saturday with an eighth-place finish at the rain shortened Busch Series event at the ...

Wallace Scores Another Top-10 in Milwaukee

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 25) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace scored his third top-10 finish of the month Saturday with an eighth-place finish at the rain shortened Busch Series event at the Milwaukee Mile. Wallace has finished in the top-10 in five of the last seven races, allowing him to sit comfortably in the standings at fifth.

"I guess the racer in me wanted to go back to green-flag racing, and we were going to try to take two tires and beat some people on race strategy," Wallace said. "Nevertheless, this is a major improvement for us. At Phoenix and Richmond we ran badly, so we went to a generic front end, and we got the car to where it would run in the top-10 all day long."

After starting the race seventh, it did not take Wallace long to realize he had a car that was capable of running in the top-10. The car was a little loose at the beginning of the race, but Wallace made the call to drive it while it was loose so he could gain valuable track position. This strategy paid off, and Wallace was running third by lap 25.

Wallace would remain in the top-10 until lap 72 when the team decided to make a green-flag pit stop. After making an air pressure adjustment, changing four tires and adding fuel, the Stacker 2 Racing team waited to see where they would be running after everyone else made their scheduled pit stops. Unfortunately, Johnny Sauter had a dominant race car and put all but one car a lap down.

When caution came out on lap 145, Wallace was able to get back on the lead lap. The team also used this opportunity to make another air pressure adjustment while taking four tires and fuel. Wallace restarted seventh.

The car felt good for the remainder of the race until Wallace tried to pass other cars. Every time he made an attempt to gain position, the car would become tighter. Wallace fell back to ninth when the team was informed that rain was less than two miles away. Rain drops were felt on lap 192, and the Stacker 2 Ford was pushing more than it had been all night, but Wallace was able to move into eighth before the race was red flagged on lap 200.

During the red flag conditions, Wallace and crew chief Wes Ward decided they were only going to take two tires on their final pit stop, hoping to pass some cars on pit road. This strategy likely would have given Wallace a top-five finish, but, unfortunately, the race was called before it could be tested.

The next race is at Daytona International Speedway on July 1. TNT will begin its coverage at 7:30 p.m. EDT. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kenny Wallace , Johnny Sauter