Wallace, #22 AutoZone Team Battles Handling Problems In Season Finale at Homestead-Miami
(MIAMI, FL) - The #22 AutoZone team has experienced tremendous success and tough disappointment throughout the 2005 Busch Series season. Late Saturday afternoon, they wrapped up the season with a disappointing 29th place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The finish dropped Kenny Wallace to seventh place in the final driver's point standings.
"It's disappointing to end our season with a finish like we had tonight," Wallace said. "This #22 AutoZone team has worked really hard for me all season, and we've had a tough last couple of months. I really want all of my team guys, Greg Pollex and everyone at ppc Racing, and especially AutoZone to know how much I appreciate everything that they have done to make this a good season. We've been disappointed in our results the last few months and we are going to work even harder this off-season to make the AutoZone team a force to be reckoned with in 2006."
Throughout the weekend, rainy conditions threatened on track activity and resulted in constantly changing track conditions. Saturday morning, Kenny Wallace went out late in the qualifying session and placed the #22 AutoZone Ford twenty-fifth on the starting grid for the afternoon's race. Wallace experienced loose conditions during the qualifying laps, and although he was disappointed in the starting spot, he was glad to bring the car back in one piece.
"The weather has really caused the track to change a lot throughout the weekend," Wallace explained. "I tried to drive the car into turn one harder on the second lap and the car got really loose on me. I saved the car and that makes me a lot luckier that the guys that are pulling out their back- up cars."
From the time that the green flag fell on the Ford 300, Kenny Wallace battled tight conditions with the #22 AutoZone Ford. The AutoZone crew made significant changes each time that Wallace came to pit road in an effort to fix the problems. Unfortunately, the changing conditions forced them to chase the car throughout the race, resulting in the 29th place finish.
"We tried everything to fix the handling problems tonight, but nothing seemed to complete remedy the problems," Wallace said. "My AutoZone crew worked extremely hard tonight, and I just wish that we had a better result to show for it. I'm glad that this season is over, and now we have a chance to regroup during the off-season and make a strong run at the 2006 Busch Series Championship."
Kenny Wallace and the AutoZone team will enjoy some much needed downtime after a long thirty-five race season, before getting back in the shop and working hard to prepare for an assault on the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series Championship. The 2006 Busch Series season will kick-off in Daytona Beach, Florida on Saturday, February 18 with the Hershey's Kissables 300.