SHANE WALLACE STRONG AGAIN -- PREPARES FOR NASCAR RACE "21-Year Old Earns Fourth Top Ten Finish" CONCORD, NC (April 27, 2005) -- Shane Wallace has been the most consistent driver so far this season in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series as...
SHANE WALLACE STRONG AGAIN -- PREPARES FOR NASCAR RACE
"21-Year Old Earns Fourth Top Ten Finish"
CONCORD, NC (April 27, 2005) -- Shane Wallace has been the most consistent driver so far this season in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series as evident by the fact that he is the only driver in the series to have completed every lap so far this season. The 21-year old continued his strong ways on Saturday night at the Concord Motorsports Park as he once again completed all 250 laps in the running of the Turn 4 Pizza 250 and brought his No. 38 Ford safely home to a fourth place finish.
"We are on top of our game as it relates to getting our car hooked up each week," stated Wallace. "I think we will only continue to get our cars better each week. Our weakness right now is in the pits -- our pit stops have really hurt us a few times this year and it bit us again this week and cost us a chance at a win. We will get that figured out before the next race and do all we can to make sure that we improve in this area and stop costing ourselves a shot at victory lane."
Wallace started the 250 lap event from the eighth position as a result of his qualifying effort earlier in the day on Saturday. The unsponsored No. 38 Ford was strong from the drop of the green flag and had moved up to the second position and battling for the lead by the halfway point in the race. Under caution, Wallace pitted with the rest of the lead lap cars and his strong run was derailed by a poor pit stop. The result was the No. 38 machine returning to the track in the 12th position - however a determined Wallace would charge back to the front but could not make up all of the lost positions and came home with the fourth place finish.
The finish was Shane's fourth top ten finish in the first five races in the season -- his only finish out of the top ten was an 11th place finish at Greenville Pickens. The finish moved Wallace into the seventh spot in the overall driver's standings -- a mere 20 points out of third.
While the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Southern Series is off this week, Wallace and his family owned will turn their attention to competing in this weekend's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at the Gateway International Raceway. Shane will pilot the No. 21 Chevrolet in the running of the DODGE Ram Tough 200 on Saturday night at the 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Illinois.
"I have competed in a few events at Gateway and it is a place that I get around pretty well," said Shane. "We finished 15th there in the truck race back in 2003 and it would be nice to duplicate that effort this weekend. The Craftsman Truck Series has grown so much the last few years and arguably is the toughest series in NASCAR. We will have our work cut out for us but it will be a good change of pace from our Hooters car and the extra seat time can only be helpful as the season progresses. My goal is to go and complete every lap of the event and bring the truck home safely with a solid finish."
The DODGE Ram Tough 200 will be televised LIVE on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. EST on the SPEED Channel. Right after the telecast of the race, stay tuned for the broadcast of the Hooters race at Concord and see Shane again in action as he pilots home to his fourth place finish.