Race Recap: The Stacker 2Â® team crossed the finish line in the 13th position, but it was not indicative of the type of effort the team put together in the Sam's Town 'He Dared to Rock' 250. The No. 23 team had the strongest entry at Memphis ...
Race Recap: The Stacker 2® team crossed the finish line in the 13th position, but it was not indicative of the type of effort the team put together in the Sam's Town 'He Dared to Rock' 250. The No. 23 team had the strongest entry at Memphis Motorsports Park, but luck was not on the team's side.
Friday was a very strong day for the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® Chevrolet. Kenny Wallace told his team right off the bat that the car was handling great and he had a lot of forward grip. He and the Stacker 2® team tried a couple of combinations to see if the car would react better to one setup. All the different combinations that crew chief Chris Rice tried seemed to work and the car kept getting faster. By the end of practice, the team knew it had a very strong car and was looking forward to Saturday's race.
Wallace drew the seventh qualifying spot for Friday's time trials. It was the fourth week in a row the team received an early draw to qualify. Wallace went out early and put up a very competitive time of 29.638 seconds, which put the Stacker 2® team on the provisional pole. Wallace eventually was bumped, but still managed to put himself solidly in the top 10 with a sixth-place start.
Wallace went out to make final adjustments to his car in the "Happy Hour" session. He told his team the car was perfect and he would not change a thing. The team scuffed a couple sets of tires and put the cover on the car before practice concluded, confident it had a car that could get to victory lane.
When the green flag waved over the field at the Memphis Motorsports Park, Wallace told his crew there was a plug wire off the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® Chevrolet. Wallace was losing positions on the track and hoping for a caution so he could come to the pit and the team could remedy the problem. A caution period finally began on lap 20 when the 16 car made contact with the wall. Wallace brought his Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® machine down pit road on lap 22 and the team went to work to find the problem. It took little time to find the loose wire and repair the problem. The team sent Wallace on his way and he said on the radio everything felt fine.
On lap 27 the green flag was again displayed to the field, putting the competitors back under racing conditions. Wallace told his crew the car was a little tight in the middle, but felt really good. When the caution came out on lap 30, Wallace and his crew decided to bring the No. 23 car to pit road to put on fresh tires and fill it up with fuel. So on lap 34 the Stacker 2® crew went to work and serviced the car.
On lap 35 the race was restarted, and Wallace was 35th. He then started picking off cars one at a time, and by lap 56 he was in the top five. He knew that his Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® Chevy was really good and did not waste any time getting to the front. By lap 80 Wallace was second and chasing down the leader.
The pace of the race was slowed by the record number of cautions; this also hurt the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team because Wallace could not get a read on what the car was doing. On lap 130 Wallace and the rest of the leaders came down pit road to make a pit stop. The Stacker 2® crew changed four tires and filled up the car with fuel faster than the other teams, giving Wallace the advantage.
With 100 laps to go in the race, Wallace and the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team were in the third position looking for the lead. For the next 40 laps, Wallace and Martin Truex Jr. battled for the lead; and when the caution came out on lap 193, Wallace and Rice decided to pit for tires, which could give them an advantage over the rest of the field.
Wallace brought his car to pit road on lap 196, and the team changed four tires and filled up the car with fuel. The team had a problem getting the right front tire on, which caused Wallace to lose seven spots on pit road.
Wallace fell to the 19th position when the race was restarted on lap 200. He told his crew on lap 215 that the tires on the car were awful and was putting the car in a dead push. Wallace battled for the next 35 laps and ended his day in the 13th position.
NEXT EVENT: The Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® Chevrolet will head to the Peach State to race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway this Saturday, October 30th. The race can be seen on TNT at 1 p.m. ET.