Faulk Finishes 13th at Kentucky; Moves to Top Ten in Points Gainesville, FL -- 6/18/04 Fresh off his 12th place run at Nashville Super Speedway, Michael Faulk and the Wakely MotorSports Team were looking forward to running the Kentucky 150...
Faulk Finishes 13th at Kentucky; Moves to Top Ten in Points
Gainesville, FL -- 6/18/04 Fresh off his 12th place run at Nashville Super Speedway, Michael Faulk and the Wakely MotorSports Team were looking forward to running the Kentucky 150 presented by Insight Communications in Sparta, Kentucky. It was the 1st of two trips to the 1.5 mile facility, the 2nd being the final race of the year for the NASCAR AutoZone Southeast Touring Series. "We learned a lot about drafting from Nashville and I had a lot of fun," said Faulk. "We have a new motor just for this race we're expecting a good run. Although we qualified 22nd at Nashville, we were able to use the draft to pass a lot of cars and were able to bring home a good 12th place finish. We are hoping to build on what we did at Nashville Super Speedway here tonight."
The Wakely MotorSports Team had been steadily climbing in the Championship Points race after finishing dead last due to an unavoidable accident in the initial race of the year. Mike then showed what he could do in the Pennzoil Chevrolet with a 5th place run at Hickory Speedway and was up to 3rd in the following race at Houston Motor Speedway, but a engine problems resulted in a 21st place finish. The 4th stop on the NASCAR AutoZone Southeast Series was at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in South Carolina where the Wakely MotorSports team was once again in top form. Mike brought home his 2nd top 10 finish of the year and moved up to 14th in the Championship Points race and 3rd place in the Rookie Standings. Another consistent run in Nashville the following week moved the Wakely MotorSports Team two more spots in the points race to the 12th position.
In Kentucky, Mike qualified the Pennzoil Chevrolet 17th with an average speed of 148.099. "The car was working good in practice when we could get in the draft with other cars", said Mike. "We'll be ready come race time."
"As the race began the Pennzoil Chevrolet was running great", Faulk said. "We went almost 65 green flag laps before the 2nd caution came out." Mike. "The car would pull up fine in the draft, but would get tight when I got close to another car." The Wakely MotorSports Team was able to avoid the cautions and wound up in 13th spot. More importantly, Mike moved solidly into 10th spot in the Championship Points race, only 220 points out of 1st.
The next stop for the Wakely MotorSports Team and the Pennzoil Monte Carlo Chevrolet will be at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA on Thursday, July 1st for the NASCAR AutoZone Southeast Touring Series Firecracker 200.