Wallace Advances to 8th in the Drivers' Standings with 12th-Place Finish HAMPTON, Ga. (March 19) - Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace would have liked a finish better than 12th in Saturday's Aaron's 312 near Atlanta, but he isn't too upset.
Wallace Advances to 8th in the Drivers' Standings with 12th-Place Finish
HAMPTON, Ga. (March 19) - Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace would have liked a finish better than 12th in Saturday's Aaron's 312 near Atlanta, but he isn't too upset. The finish catapulted Wallace to eighth in the in drivers' championship standings.
"Twelfth place isn't what we wanted," Wallace said. "We wanted to mix it up there in the end for a win. Unfortunately, we got a bad set of tires that hurt the handling of the car. Thankfully, we were able to put on a set of 20-lap tires that enabled us to get back near the top 10. The NASCAR Busch Series is becoming a tire game; I lost several positions near the end due to tires."
After starting 21st, it did not take Wallace long to realize he had a loose-handling race car. When a caution period began on lap 28, the Stacker 2 team decided to use this caution to fix the car's handling. After the team made a wedge adjustment and an air pressure adjustment, Wallace took the green flag in 27th place.
By lap 50 the car was the best it had been all day, and Wallace was ready to make a charge to the front. He was running lap times comparable to the leaders. Due to the handling of the car, the team decided not to make any changes when Wallace pitted under caution on lap 66. The crew had an excellent pit stop, enabling Wallace to gain three spots on pit road. He would restart 11th.
Wallace worked his way up to the 10th position before the car became tighter than it had been all day. The car started to push, and Wallace thought his left-front tire was losing air pressure. By the time caution flag came out on lap 176, Wallace was all the way back in the 17th position.
The team decided to put a set of 20-lap tires on the car. The Stacker 2 team also made an air pressure adjustment and raised the track bar in an attempt to improve the car's handling.
Wallace raced his way forward to finish 12th. Wallace is now eighth in the drivers' points standings, 129 points out of the top-five.
The next NASCAR Busch Series race is at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, March 26, 3:30 p.m. EST.