Wallace Starts 11th, Handling Problems Result in Disappointing 34th Place Finish (Fontana, CA) - Saturday started off with a promising outlook for the ...
Wallace Starts 11th, Handling Problems Result in Disappointing 34th Place Finish
(Fontana, CA) - Saturday started off with a promising outlook for the #22 AutoZone team, when Kenny Wallace qualified 11th for the Stater Bros. 300. Unfortunately the strong qualifying run would turn out to be the highlight of the day due to handling problems that resulted in a disappointing 34th place finish.
"My crew chief, Randy Cox, and the entire AutoZone team worked really hard to give me a good car this weekend," Wallace explained. "I was really happy with the handling and feel of the car during the practice sessions on Friday and the car felt great in qualifying. The AutoZone Ford ran strong at the beginning of the race, but by the end the handling completely went away and it was all I could do to hang on to the end."
Early in the Stater Bros. 300, Wallace ran as far up as 9th place before battling loose conditions getting into the corners and tight conditions exiting the corners. Wallace brought the AutoZone Ford down pit road to the attention of the #22 crew in a effort to correct the problems, but by the end of the race it was apparent that there were much bigger problems than could be address during the race.
"I don't know what happened to the car by the end of the race, but the handling completely went away," a frustrated Wallace explained. "Maybe a shock broke or a spring collapsed, I don't know, but something definitely went wrong because we lost a second and a half on our lap times by the end of the race."
"I know that Randy Cox and the AutoZone team will take the car back to the shop and figure out what happened, so that we can get better in the future," Wallace said. "California Speedway is one of my best tracks and after the way that we ran for most of the weekend, it's really disappointing not to come away with a good finish. Right now we have to put this weekend behind us and focus on producing better results next weekend in Mexico."