Wallace Cracks Top-Five with Ninth-Place Finish DOVER, Del. (June 5) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace has proven to be a model of consistency since Las Vegas, and his reward after Saturday's ninth-place finish at Dover International...
Wallace Cracks Top-Five with Ninth-Place Finish
DOVER, Del. (June 5) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace has proven to be a model of consistency since Las Vegas, and his reward after Saturday's ninth-place finish at Dover International Speedway was fifth place in the Busch Series Drivers Standings.
"The day started out real well," Wallace said. "I felt like we had a top-10 car. We had all the tape fall off on the grille and that was critical. When the tape fell off it let all the air in the grille and the car started pushing real bad. We would have liked to have finished better but we will take ninth."
The incident Wallace is referring to occurred during the second pit stop of the afternoon. Prior to that stop, Wallace had worked his way up to fifth after starting eighth due to qualifying being rained out. The call was made to make an air pressure adjustment and to remove a strip of tape off of the grille in an attempt to help the car's handling. When the Stacker 2 pit crew went to remove the tape, something strange happened and all of the tape from the front grille came off instead of the intended strip.
This caused the Stacker 2 Ford to tighten up. After Wallace made a pit stop to allow his crew time to fix the tape, Wallace fell to 15th place. The team knew that it was going to be hard to work its way back into the top-10 but had the confidence in Wallace that he could do it.
The car was finally handling as well as it had been at the beginning of the race and Wallace was charging toward the top-10. When Wallace made his last pit stop of the day, the pit crew was efficient enough to move Wallace into 10th with 60 laps remaining.
After working his way up to eighth, the car started to get tight again and Wallace was concerned that he might not be able to get a top-15 finish. Crew chief Wes Ward commenced giving Wallace a pep talk and told him to do the best that he could.
With less than 30 laps remaining, the weather turned cloudy, which helped the car's handling. While running in eighth, Wallace tried hard to pass Jason Keller but could not get around him. The hard racing with Keller allowed Greg Biffle to pass Wallace and he would end the day in the ninth position.
The finish was Wallace's sixth top-10 of the year and the third time he has finished ninth. Wallace was able to pass Ashton Lewis Jr. in the standings. Wallace leads Lewis by two points and is 230 points out of the lead. Prior to Charlotte, Wallace was 373 points out of the lead.
The next race is the Federated Auto Parts 300 at Nashville Superspeedway on June 11. The FX television network will begin its coverage at 7:30 p.m. EDT. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.