EVENT SUMMARY The Dover 200 went green just after 3:00 PM Eastern Saturday afternoon, under clear skies and temperatures approaching the 90-degree mark. Steve Wallace and the ...
The Dover 200 went green just after 3:00 PM Eastern Saturday afternoon, under clear skies and temperatures approaching the 90-degree mark. Steve Wallace and the HomeLife Communities team started the event from the inside of row six. His lap of 23.749 seconds (151.585 MPH) was the second best of all non-NEXTEL Cup Series drivers in the field.
Upon the start of the race, the 19 year-old driver held his own against NASCAR's best, remaining in the top-15 for the first 22 laps of the race, despite having to fight an ill-handling race car. On approximately lap 35, while under green flag conditions, Wallace radioed to crew chief Bryant Frazier that his car had developed a vibration. Following tire issues that had plagued the field in practice, Wallace did not want to take any chances with his Dodge and decided to head on to pit road to remedy the problem. A thorough examination of the tires that came off of the car found that there were no tire issues, but rather that the car's right front wheel had become loose during the run, despite not having yet made a pit stop. The subsequent four-tire stop left the field's youngest driver in 36th position, over two laps down to the competition and effectively out of competition for the day.
Despite the deficit, driver coach Kenny Wallace helped to rally his nephew and the younger Wallace stayed focused on the remainder of the event. By doing so, Steve was able to gain 14 positions and post a top-25 finish with only minor damage to his No.66 HomeLife Communities Dodge Charger.
STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER, NO.66 HOMELIFE COMMUNITIES DODGE CHARGER: "We had a pretty good car all weekend in practice, but unfortunately we had another wheel issue in the race. It's almost exactly the same thing as what happened to us in Richmond. I'm not sure if we had a crew error or a part issue, but the bottom line is that we're going to fix the situation so that it doesn't happen again. After you get that far behind, it's next to impossible to get back on the lead lap, so you just have to do the best you can to run fast, but be respectful towards the leaders. We'll be on the other side of that deal sooner than later and those guys will race us just how we race them. I just want to thank Jon Been and HomeLife Communities for all of their support this year. I'm excited about going to one of our best racetracks (Nashville Superspeedway) next weekend and am looking forward to giving HomeLife a good run there."
RWI Racing development driver Chase Austin posted his best NASCAR Busch East Series finish of the 2007 season Saturday night at Virginia's South Boston Speedway. The 17 year-old driver posted the day's third-best practice speed and qualified his No.66 HomeLife Communities Dodge Charger in the 16th position. Unfortunately, a pre-qualifying engine change forced the team to start the event from the rear of the field, in the 33rd position. Despite his poor start, Austin was able to make a strong recovery and gain 23 positions, in only 150 laps, to finish the event in the tenth position.