Shane Wallace Impresses in Speed Racer Debut "Top 20 Finish Highlights 2004 Debut" June 14, 2004 (Lebanon, Tennessee) -- The long wait for his 2004 NASCAR Busch Series debut is a distant memory for Shane Wallace. The 20-year-old impressed...
Shane Wallace Impresses in Speed Racer Debut
"Top 20 Finish Highlights 2004 Debut"
June 14, 2004 (Lebanon, Tennessee) -- The long wait for his 2004 NASCAR Busch Series debut is a distant memory for Shane Wallace. The 20-year-old impressed many with his strong performance as he piloted his #63 SPEED RACER Chevrolet to a 20th place finish in the running of the Federated Auto Parts 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway.
"It feels good to finally get to race this SPEED RACER Chevrolet," stated Wallace. "I had a pretty good car tonight and I actually think we were better than our finish indicates. We got down a lap there and we were so close at getting it back but things just did not fall our way. We were good enough to get it back that is for sure."
In only his second career start in the NASCAR Busch Series, Wallace started the 225 lap event from the 25th position after a strong qualifying run on Friday. With no provisional to fall back on and his third qualifying attempt of the season in front of him, Shane sped to a qualifying lap of 30.376 seconds for a speed of 157.980 mph.
With rain storms looming in the Nashville area on Saturday, Shane prepared for his second career NASCAR Busch Series start. The start of the 300 mile race saw the Utica, New York native forced to fall to the rear of the field due to missing the pre race drivers meeting. However, once the green flag flew Wallace darted forward through the field and was back to his original starting spot by lap 20.
"I made a rookie mistake by missing the meeting," said Wallace. "Everyone on this family owned team was busy getting the car and out onto the starting grid that it just passed by us. But in a way I think it helped me also. I was back there at the start with those Cup guys such as Waltrip and Kahne and I just followed them up through the field -- that was a helpful learning experience early in the race.
On lap 95, the skies opened up once again with heavy rain which red flagged the event for a few hours. Back under way shortly after 11:00 a.m. local time in Nashville, Shane continued with his impressive performance and was running inside the top 20 for a good portion of the last half of the race. A late race green flag pit stop lost Shane a few positions but he still came home with a solid top 20 finish.
"I think I showed that I can race at this level," stated Shane. "I ran with some of the top cars out there and hopefully earned some respect from the veterans drivers in the series. As a team we hope to build on this for our next event and maybe I can continue to open some eyes for these teams that need a fill-in driver every once in awhile -- I think I can get the job done for them."
To learn more about Shane and his team, visit his website at www.shanewallace.com