Race Recap Kenny Wallace and the Stacker 2 team were confident when they arrived at Bristol Motor Speedway. Not only did the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team have a productive test at Bristol a couple of weeks ago, but Wallace leads all NASCAR Busch ...
Race Recap Kenny Wallace and the Stacker 2 team were confident when they arrived at Bristol Motor Speedway. Not only did the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team have a productive test at Bristol a couple of weeks ago, but Wallace leads all NASCAR Busch Series drivers in top-10 finishes at the "World's Fastest Half Mile." The team felt it could make up some ground in the points at Bristol.
When the team unloaded the car, they thought they had the right set-up to get around the high-banked half mile. When Wallace took the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger car out for his first practice run, the team was disappointed with the results. Wallace posted the 25th fastest time and said the car handled too loose getting into the corners. The team worked feverishly to make changes so the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger car would post a good time during qualifying.
Wallace and the No. 23 Stacker 2/YJ Stinger were the 30th team to attempt to qualify, so they had a chance to watch how the track changed throughout the afternoon. Crew chief Chris Rice and Wallace felt the right changes were made to car. Wallace picked up .1 second from his practice time when he qualified the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger Chevrolet. He recorded the 13th- fastest qualifying time for the Sharpie Professional 250.
The team worked hard putting the race set-up in the car so Wallace could compete in the final practice session. When "Happy Hour" started, the No. 23 was still low on the speed chart. Wallace said the car would not enter the corner as well as he hoped, and the team made changes to correct that problem. By the end of practice, the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger car was eighth fastest, giving the team optimism about Saturday's race.
Wallace steadily moved through the field once the race started. The caution flew for the first time on lap 12. Wallace commented that he liked the car, and that he could really get through the corner the way he liked. The race restarted on lap 18 with Wallace in the 11th position. By the second caution on lap 26, Wallace reported that the car's handling was somewhat tight. Fourteen laps later, Wallace broke into the top 10.
Wallace continued his progress before the caution flew for the third time on lap 66. He brought the car to pit road on lap 69. The crew gave the car four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment. Loose lug nuts forced Wallace to the pits again on lap 71. NASCAR also penalized the team for taking equipment outside the pit box and made Wallace start at the end of the longest line.
Wallace was in 26th when racing resumed on lap 75. Jason Leffler checked up in front of Wallace, causing Wallace to crash into the rear of Leffler's car. The incident brought out another caution on lap 77, but caused only minimal damage to the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger car. The crew repaired the damage on lap 82 and sent Wallace back onto the track.
The lap 86 restart saw Wallace in 27th. On lap 95, Wallace commented that the car handled tight in the middle and off the corners. Rice said the team would fix the car during the next pit stop. A long green flag run enabled Wallace to maneuver the car through the field and into the 20th position by lap 170.
The fifth caution of the race flew on lap 173, and Wallace brought his ride to the pits on lap 175. The crew administered four tires, fuel and a wedge adjustment. Wallace returned to the track in 19th for the lap 179 restart.
The wedge adjustment did not remedy Wallace's tight condition, but he did move to 18th by lap 220. Another caution enabled Wallace to bring the car to the pits for service on lap 223. The team made a track bar adjustment and removed a rubber from the left-rear spring. A fast stop put Wallace 16th when the race resumed on lap 227.
An accident on the track prompted NASCAR to red flag the race on lap 233. When the command was given to restart the cars, Wallace had trouble re- firing the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger Chevy. The car did start, and Wallace maintained the 16th position, where he finished.
NEXT EVENT: The Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team travels to the "Lone Star State" this week to compete in the O'Reilly 300 at Texas Motor Speedway. The team will use a new engine program, which should help the car get around one of the circuit's fastest tracks.