Kenny Wallace and the AutoZone Team Just 28 Points Out of 10th After Kansas (September 30, 2006) Kansas City, Kan. -- As the season comes to a close, Kenny Wallace and the AutoZone team came into Kansas knowing they needed a strong performance...
Kenny Wallace and the AutoZone Team Just 28 Points Out of 10th After Kansas
(September 30, 2006) Kansas City, Kan. -- As the season comes to a close, Kenny Wallace and the AutoZone team came into Kansas knowing they needed a strong performance to remain in contention for a top-10 spot in the NASCAR Busch Series driver standings. The AutoZone team worked relentlessly throughout the day and despite handling woe's, Wallace crossed the finish line in the 22nd position. The 22nd-place finish puts Wallace and the AutoZone team just 28 points out of the 10th position heading into Lowe's Motor Speedway in two weeks.
Wallace firmly placed the No. 22 AutoZone Ford Fusion in the field for Saturday's Yellow Transportation 300 at Kansas Speedway. Starting in the 11th position, handling became a concern right from the start.
"I'm pushing bad center and off," reported Wallace on Lap 16.
With that said, Crew Chief, Todd Gordon decided to pit under caution on Lap 27 for four tires, fuel, a track bar and an air pressure adjustment. Wallace restarted in the 19th position, where he remained until the red flag flew on Lap 45 for clean up on the race track due to an accident.
As the race resumed, Wallace began experiencing a loose-handling condition.
"I'm loose and I'm pushing. The conditions of the car keep shifting on me," explained Wallace who was running in the 26th position on Lap 63.
Three more pit stops were made throughout the 200-lap event to try and relieve Wallace of the shifting conditions.
"The No. 22 AutoZone Ford Fusion kept changing on me. I would go from tight to loose. Then the car got so loose I was doing all I could to hold on out there. I know it was a frustrating day but the team hung in there and we finished in a respectable position. The goal was to finish out the race and try to gain some points and that's what we did," Wallace commented.
Wallace ran as high as the 11th position and as low as the 31st position during Saturday's race. The No. 22 AutoZone Ford Fusion finished out the day in the 22nd position and gained a few points on the 10th place position. Wallace sits just 28 points out of tenth place.
The AutoZone team's commitment to walking across the stage at the end of the year is as strong as ever and the team looks forward to a strong showing at home as the NASCAR Busch Series returns to Lowe's Motor Speedway in two weeks.
-credit: ppc racing