Race Recap: Kenny Wallace was excited about returning to Darlington Raceway. It was on that track that he earned his best starting spot of the year, and he knew his Stacker 2Â®/YJ StingerÂ® team would bring equipment good enough to win the last...
Race Recap: Kenny Wallace was excited about returning to Darlington Raceway. It was on that track that he earned his best starting spot of the year, and he knew his Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team would bring equipment good enough to win the last fall race at the egg-shaped oval.
NASCAR Busch Series teams received limited practice time due to the wet weather on Friday. Wallace reported that his car was really good but could use a little more bite entering the corners. The team made some good adjustments, and Wallace looked forward to qualifying the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® Chevy.
He never got the opportunity to make a qualifying run since qualifying was also cancelled by rain. The Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® car placed 14th on the starting grid for Saturday's race. When rain washed out the final practice session, the Stacker 2® team was forced to use the same setup it used in the morning practice session.
When the green flag waved on Saturday, Wallace was on a tear to get to the front of the field. The first 60 laps of the 147-lap race were filled with seven caution flags, so Wallace never got a good opportunity to feel out his car.
When he finally had the chance to race for more than a couple of laps, Wallace reported that the car handled a little loose. The Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® Chevy was posting very competitive lap times, and Wallace was on his way to the front of the field. Wallace was in fifth by lap 80 at the Track Too Tough to Tame.
When the caution flag waved on lap 99, the No. 23 team made its final pit stop of the day. Wallace pitted for four tires and fuel. The team had trouble on the left rear tire, which cost Wallace valuable track position. He restarted in 12th on lap 104.
Wallace was on a tear again to return to the front of the field. He fought through lapped traffic and returned to the top 10 with 12 laps remaining in the race. Wallace was making his way through the field but ran out of time and finished seventh.
NEXT EVENT: Kenny Wallace and the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team will race in Homestead, Fla., at the season-ending Ford 300. With a solid finish at the newly-reconfigured Homestead-Miami Speedway, Wallace will lock himself into the NASCAR Busch Series top 10.