Wallace Battles Multiple Problems to Finish 37th at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19) -- The season-opening NASCAR Busch Series race was more like a roller coaster ride for Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace. After starting 30th, the...
Wallace Battles Multiple Problems to Finish 37th at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19) -- The season-opening NASCAR Busch Series race was more like a roller coaster ride for Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace. After starting 30th, the nine-time winner worked his way up to the fourth position before he completed 75 laps, but engine and tire problems spoiled a fantastic debut for Wallace and ppc Racing. He finished 37th.
Everything seemed to be going well for Wallace at the beginning of the race. By lap 15 the Stacker 2 Ford was running in the lead pack in the 12th position. The car was handling well and could run anywhere on the track.
The first caution period of the day came outstarted on lap 23. Under caution, the Stacker 2 Team team changed all four tires and made an air pressure adjustment. The pit- stop was quick and efficient, and Wallace took the restart in the 13th position.
Around the midway pointmidpoint of the race, Wallace became concerned with the temperature of the engine. This did not seem to be a problem and when caution came out on lap 47, the team decided to change all four tires and made no adjustments to the Stacker 2 Ford.
During restarts, the car was able to run the bottom line for a while, and then the car wanted to go outside. The third caution period of the day day came outbegan on lap 68 for debris on the race track. The temperature problem appeared to have fixed itself, and the team decided to do a gas and go to obtain track position.
This decision appeared to have paid off, as Wallace had made it up to the fourth position by lap 75. After this that, things quickly started to fall apart. The temperature of the engine started to rise again, and the Stacker 2 FordWallace had no choice but to fall to the back of the field in hopes of fixing the problem during their next pit stop. By lap 84, Wallace had fallen back to the 20th position.
"The #22 Stacker 2 Ford was strong and could run with the lead pack., Uunfortunately we had to fall back to keep our engine temperature down," Wallace said. "We were hoping to stay near the back of the field so the engine would stay cool and then fix the problem on pit road. Then we would have been able to make a charge near the end of the race."
On lap 99, Wallace felt a vibration in his car. The team decided to pit on lap 100. Unfortunately, the Stacker 2 FordWallace did not complete the lap and brought out caution on lap 99 when one of his tires suffered a blowout Wallace blew a tire andand the Stacker 2 Ford hit the wall.
"When we decided not to change tires on the previous pit stop, it caused us to have around an extra 25 laps on that set of tires than the other cars," Wallace said. "It's just a shame., Wwe were getting ready to pit, and the tire blew before the car could make it around to pit road."
The car went behind the wall on lap 100 for extensive repairs. The Stacker 2 Ford was able to return to the track on lap 115 and finished the day in 37th position.
Tony Stewart won the Take 5 300, and Kevin Harvick took runner-up honors, breaking Dale Earnhardt Jr's. three-race winning streak at this event.
The Busch Series next competes at California Speedway on Feb. 26.