Wallace, AutoZone Team Produce Another Strong 8th Place Finish at Nashville (NASHVILLE, TN) -- Kenny Wallace and the AutoZone Racing team went to Nashville hoping to gain ground in the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series points standings, and they did...
Wallace, AutoZone Team Produce Another Strong 8th Place Finish at Nashville
(NASHVILLE, TN) -- Kenny Wallace and the AutoZone Racing team went to Nashville hoping to gain ground in the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series points standings, and they did just that by finishing eighth for the second time in the last three races. The strong eighth place finish moved Kenny Wallace up five positions in the driver point standings.
Nashville Superspeedway has a history of being a strong track for both Kenny Wallace and the #22 AutoZone team. Wallace finished second in the #22 AutoZone Ford in both races at Nashville Superspeedway last season, so the team decided to bring back the same car hoping to back up their strong results.
"We learned a lot this weekend because this was the only car from last season that we didn't make changes to during the off-season," Wallace explained. "It shows that we're going to have to run this car more. Obviously, we have to put too much downforce into the new cars."
The #22 AutoZone Ford was fast from the time the team rolled it off the hauler in Nashville, and that speed was evident on Saturday morning when Wallace paced the track in 29.2 seconds, placing him eighth on the starting grid for the afternoon's Pepsi 300.
From the drop of the green flag, Kenny Wallace kept the #22 AutoZone Ford in the top-ten all day long. Wallace only fell out of the top-ten two times all day long, when he dropped to eleventh while experiencing tight conditions, but he never fell lower than eleventh position.
"The car handled good all day today, but we just didn't have enough speed," Wallace said. "It was as free as I could be, it was turning good, but there were about three or four cars that were better. Usually we run in the top five here and this time we ran eighth. Right now, I think we have to run this car until we figure out what we can to make the other cars better."
The AutoZone team will continue to work hard to improve their on-track results and this weekend they head to the "Wild West" for the first night race of the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series season. Live coverage of the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 from Phoenix International Raceway begins Saturday, April 21 at 8:30 p.m. ET on F/X.