BUSCH: Bristol: Kenny Wallace race notes

Wallace Notches Third Straight Top-14 Finish BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 4) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace continued a long history of success at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) with a 14th-place finish Monday in the Sharpie 250 NASCAR Busch...

Wallace Notches Third Straight Top-14 Finish

BRISTOL, Tenn. (April 4) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace continued a long history of success at Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS) with a 14th-place finish Monday in the Sharpie 250 NASCAR Busch Series event.

Wallace has finished in the top 14 in five of the seven races this season and is ranked seventh in the standings. At BMS, he has 17 top-10 finishes in 24 Busch Series starts.

"It was rough racing at the end," Wallace said. "There was a lot of bumping and pushing each other around. The car was hard to hold onto at the end as a result of the hard racing. Thankfully, I was able to control the car where a lot of the younger drivers might have spun out."

Wallace was anxious to get into the Stacker 2 Ford on Monday after a steady rain postponed Saturday's track activity from Saturday to Monday. Because of the rain, the starting lineup was set by owners' points, placing Wallace in the ninth position.

Wallace was not the only one anxious about getting the race started as the caution flag waved almost immediately due to some overanxious drivers. It was the first of 14 caution flags, a Bristol record. Wallace's experience enabled him to avoid all of the wrecks and remain virtually untouched during the race.

The closest call for Wallace came shortly after Wallace pitted in an attempt to improve the car's performance. The crew was able to improve the Stacker 2 Ford for Wallace, allowing him to narrowly avoid colliding with Jon Wood during the sixth caution of the day on lap 109 of 256.

Wallace was able to stay in the top 15 for nearly the remainder of the race, allowing the majority of the wrecks to occur behind him. An unharmed Stacker 2 Ford allowed Wallace to pick up additional positions at the end of the race.

The final pit stop of the day was made near the mid-point of the race. The car was handling the best it had been all day so only a few adjustments were made. The Stacker 2 Ford was able to make it the remainder of the day without pitting because the record number of caution laps allowed Wallace to save his tires and take advantage of improved fuel mileage.

As tempers started to flare toward the end of the race, Wallace was able to remain calm in spite of the Bristol madness around him. He minded his own business and slowly fought his way back into the top 10.

After working his way up to ninth, Wallace was stuck on the outside on one of the restarts, causing him to fall back to 15th. The final red flag of the day allowed the fans to see a green, white, checkered finish. Wallace restarted 15th and drove hard to fight off the drivers behind him while picking up the 14th position, where he would finish the day.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kenny Wallace , Jon Wood