Ninth-Place Finish Advances Kenny Wallace to Fourth in Standings FT. WORTH, Texas (April 16) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace continued his march forward in the NASCAR Busch Series Drivers' Standings on the strength of a ninth-place ...
Ninth-Place Finish Advances Kenny Wallace to Fourth in Standings
FT. WORTH, Texas (April 16) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace continued his march forward in the NASCAR Busch Series Drivers' Standings on the strength of a ninth-place finish in Saturday's race at Texas Motor Speedway. The finish moved Wallace up three spots in the standings to fourth, 298 points behind leader Carl Edwards and 132 points from third.
"This team is starting to hit on all cylinders," crew chief Wes Ward said. "I have been telling the crew and Kenny if we make a mistake we have to salvage a top 10. That is exactly what we were able to do today. We struggled but still finished in the top 10. That's what we have to do every week to be competitive."
After the team worked on the car all day, Wallace was extremely happy with the car by the end of practice. When Wallace went out to qualify later in the evening, the track temperature had decreased, causing the car to become dangerously loose. This forced Wallace to start 22nd after an incredible save on the second lap of qualifying.
When the green flag waved on Saturday, the car that earned Wallace a second-place finish in Nashville was running 17th by lap five, and Wallace was trying to make his way toward the front, but started to fall back due to the handling of the car.
The team decided to pit under caution on lap 28 when Wallace was running 21st. After changing right side tires, the jack man accidentally tripped while moving to the left side of the car, slowing down the pit stop. The Stacker 2 team decided to use this opportunity to pit again so it could do extra work on the handling.
Wallace would restart 33rd and it appeared that all of the adjustments had worked. The call was made to stay out when the next caution came out. A long green flag run ensued after this caution, allowing Wallace to start his charge to the top 10. By lap 83 Wallace was running 16th before pitting under green on lap 93.
By the time green flag pit stops cycled through, Wallace was running 12th and posting lap times comparable to the top five. The next pit stop was under caution on lap 112. The Stacker 2 Ford did not lose any positions on pit road and restarted 12th.
By lap 134 Wallace was running in the top 10 due to pit sequence, but would soon fall out while making his final pit stop under caution on lap 157. The Stacker 2 Ford restarted 13th. Wallace then started his pursuit of the top 10 one driver at a time and was battling for 10th with less than 30 laps remaining.
The final restart of the day occurred with two laps remaining while Wallace was running 10th. He quickly passed David Green and was able to hold off Shame Hmiel's charge to finish the day running ninth.
"This was a good top 10 for this team," Wallace said. "We had our problems throughout the day, but all in all it was a good day because we were able to finish ninth."
The next Busch Series race is Friday, April 22, at 8:30 p.m. EDT in Phoenix. The FX cable television network will carry the live television broadcast, and MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.