RICHMOND, Va. (May 14) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace finished in 20th place Friday night at Richmond International Raceway after starting 19th. Wallace was able to remain in sixth place in the standings, and 19 points separate him from...
RICHMOND, Va. (May 14) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace finished in 20th place Friday night at Richmond International Raceway after starting 19th. Wallace was able to remain in sixth place in the standings, and 19 points separate him from the top-five.
By the time the race started, everyone was waiting to see how the car would react. The team had worked diligently all day on the car in an attempt to help Wallace to get his fourth win at Richmond International Raceway.
After starting 19th, it was not long until Wallace had worked his way up to 13th. Wallace decided to pit under caution on lap 31 to make adjustments in an attempt to improve the handling of the car. Wallace restarted in 22nd place. After working his way up to 18th by lap 41, Wallace was forced to pit again after receiving damage from a wreck that occurred in front of him.
The team used this opportunity to make additional adjustments to the car, and the extra pit stop caused Wallace to be on a different pit sequence than most of the field. After this series of adjustments, the car was the best it had been all day. Due to pit sequence, Wallace was in the top-10 by lap 100.
The car handled well during shorter runs, but the handling deteriorated as the laps accumulated. Wallace was forced to pit several additional times, but thanks to excellent work by the pit crew, Wallace was able to stay on the lead lap all day.
The final pit of the night occurred under caution with less than 20 laps remaining. Wallace restarted 24th, but he was able to work his way into 20th by the time the checkered flag waved.
"I am positive that we will be real competitive at the next short track we run," Wallace said. "I am a short track guy, and I promise you we will not run badly a third time at a short track."
After taking a week off, the next Busch Series event is Saturday night, May 28, in Charlotte, N.C. The FX television network will begin its coverage at 6:30 p.m. EDT and so will the PRN radio network.