RACE SUMMARY: After leading the way in pre-race practice sessions, Steve Wallace qualified the ...
After leading the way in pre-race practice sessions, Steve Wallace qualified the #66 Blueflame Authentics.com Dodge in the tenth position for the start of Saturday night's Naturally Fresh 250 at USA International Raceway. He ran in the top-ten for the entire race, being scored as highly as fourth position at one point during the event. After overcoming a tight handling condition, pit road problems and several run-ins with competitors, Wallace finished his second-ever USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series event in the seventh position, garnering top finishing rookie honors.
Steve Wallace, Driver:
"That was a decent run for us. I'm a racer and I want to win, though. I can't really say that I'm satisfied with a seventh, because I really thought that we would have a better handling car than that. It really flew in the afternoon practices; we were the fastest car in most of the sessions. As the night went on though, our car just kept getting tighter and tighter. We had a few problems on pit road that really hurt us too, but Barry (Dodson, crew chief) and the guys have been practicing hard and I know that we'll get things worked out on that end. It was everyone's first go at a live pit stop in race conditions, so hopefully we got all of our jitters out this week. All in all though, it was a solid start to our season. The guys in this series are really tough, so there's something to be said for having a top-ten finish in our first race. We'll take that finish, move on to Valdosta and keep plugging away towards winning the rookie of the year title. This was definitely a good learning experience for all of us."
Saturday, March 12, South Georgia Motorsports Park, Valdosta, GA