Lap Car Wreck Ends Wallace's Strong Bid for Top-10 Finish (RICHMOND, VA) - Kenny Wallace's day in the ...
Lap Car Wreck Ends Wallace's Strong Bid for Top-10 Finish
(RICHMOND, VA) - Kenny Wallace's day in the #22 AutoZone Ford started off promising with strong practice and qualifying times, but surviving 250 laps under the lights at Richmond would prove to be more challenging. On lap 126, after running in the top-10 all night long, Wallace had no where to go when rookie-driver Erin Crocker was spun in front of him, leaving Wallace no where to go and causing enough damage to end a promising run for another top-10 finish.
"It is very disappointing to get caught up in a wreck like this, especially when we just got the #22 AutoZone Ford handling like we needed to," Wallace explained. "This team came to Richmond very excited about our chances to win after the solid test that we had a few weeks ago. The track really changed a lot from the practice and qualifying session earlier in the day. We had just gotten the #22 AutoZone Ford handling the way that we needed to really compete with the guys up front and unfortunately we got caught up in a wreck that we had nothing to do with."
When the green flag flew to start the Emerson Radio 250, Wallace quickly discovered that his car was too tight to turn through the center of the corners. The veteran driver continued to hold his place in the top-10 until he was able too bring the AutoZone Ford to the attention of his crew for adjustments. The AutoZone crew reeled off solid pit stops, including a 15.9 second stop on lap 100, which picked up two spots on the competition.
The AutoZone crew made the necessary adjustments to enable Wallace to run up front, but on lap 126 the charge to the front came to an end when the #22 suffered enough damage to force Wallace into the garage for repairs. After assessing the damages, AutoZone team members made the necessary repairs to get Wallace back out on the track to pit up positions and crucial championship points.
By the time the checkered flag flew, Wallace was able to work his way back up to 31st position, three spots in front of #20 Denny Hamlin, which was enough to move Wallace back into 5th position in the Driver Points standings by a two points over Hamlin.
This coming weekend the NASCAR Busch Series will enjoy a much needed off- weekend before heading north to the "Monster Mile", Dover International Speedway, for the second time this season. Live coverage of the Dover 200 from Dover, Delaware begins Saturday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. ET on TNT.