EVENT SUMMARY Following a week of many changes, Steve Wallace and his Steve Darne-led HomeLife Communities squad headed to St. Louis this weekend with a refreshed and optimistic ...
Following a week of many changes, Steve Wallace and his Steve Darne-led HomeLife Communities squad headed to St. Louis this weekend with a refreshed and optimistic outlook on the rest of season. Unfortunately, a weekend that showed much promise ended with a lackluster finish for the team in the Gateway to the West.
Saturday night's 250-miler from Gateway International, just outside of St. Louis, MO, began just after 8:30 PM ET and the No.66 Dodge started the event from the inside of Row 14. Despite their mid-pack qualifying effort, the team was optimistic about their race package, as their race practice times put them well within the top-ten.
Unfortunately, their optimism would not last long, as a punctured brake line saw Wallace make hard contact with the outside retaining wall on lap six of the event. The Steve Darne-led crew worked diligently to repair both the brake system and the subsequent damage to the car. The team ultimately returned to competition nearly 50 laps down to the leaders. Their hard work would prove to be well worth the effort, however. After returning to the track in 42nd position, a series of mid race crashes allowed Wallace to gain 14 positions before the end of the event.
POST-EVENT QUOTES: STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER, NO.66 HOMELIFE COMMUNITIES DODGE CHARGER
COMMENT ON YOUR RACE: "Frustrating. That's what tonight was. I don't know what we have to do in order to get some good luck, but we're going to find it, I promise you that. We started the race and our HomeLife Communities Dodge was handling really well. We knew that our car would be a lot better in race trim than in qualifying trim and it definitely was. I drove off into turn three on that one lap and the brake pedal just went right to the floor. I locked up the front brakes and turned as hard to the left as I could, but I was just along for the ride. It's just a really rare, freak incident, but the way things have gone this year, it doesn't surprise me. There are a couple of things that could have caused it and trust me, we're going to do our best to find out what it was."
COMMENT ON STEVE DARNE'S FIRST WEEKEND THIS YEAR AS CREW CHIEF: "Steve did a solid job this weekend and all of the guys really responded well to him. The weekend flowed very smoothly. We really took a back to basics approach to our car's setup for this weekend and it worked very well during practice. Unfortunately, we just didn't have to opportunity to prove it to everyone else during the race. I'm looking forward to going to Indianapolis with Steve and hopefully showing everyone what we can do there."