Wallace Finishes Second for the Third Time This Season LEBANON, Tenn. (June 12) -- Stacker 2 driver Kenny Wallace was able to continue his success at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday by finishing second. The second-place finish is Wallace's...
Wallace Finishes Second for the Third Time This Season
LEBANON, Tenn. (June 12) -- Stacker 2 driver Kenny Wallace was able to continue his success at Nashville Superspeedway on Sunday by finishing second. The second-place finish is Wallace's third of the year, including a runner-up finish in Nashville's first race of the year.
"I am mature enough to appreciate second place," Wallace said. "That is our third second-place of the year, and we are going to win soon. I want to thank the entire team; they gave me great pit stops, but we just simply got beat."
From the time the Stacker 2 Ford was unloaded from the truck, everyone was optimistic about the weekend. During the two practice sessions on Friday, Wallace consistently had speeds that were in the top-six.
Heading into Saturday, everyone thought Wallace had what it would take to win the pole, but unfortunately, heavy rains forced the cancellation of qualifying so Wallace started seventh. The rain did not let up, and the race was postponed until Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT.
By the time the green flag waved, everyone was anxious to see how the Stacker 2 Ford would run during race conditions. It took nearly 20 laps for the car to handle properly, but once everything fell into place, Wallace was able to work his way up to the fourth position by lap 27.
NASCAR made the call for a competition caution on lap 40, and Wallace pitted to take four tires and fuel. An air pressure adjustment was also made in an attempt to loosen up the car on restarts. Due to pit sequence, Wallace restarted 11th.
Once again it took several laps for the car to start handling properly, but once it did Wallace had the fastest race car on the track. After another round of pit stops, Wallace worked his way up to fourth by lap 99. By the mid-point of the race, Wallace was still running fourth and starting to reel-in the leaders.
The Stacker 2 Ford was able to do everything Wallace needed it to do, and he was still the fastest car on the race track with less than 100 laps remaining. The field started green-flag pit stops, and Wallace was running in front of Clint Bowyer and was poised to take the lead once the stops cycled through. Unfortunately, Bowyer was too strong and passed Wallace.
With 25 laps remaining, Wallace was doing everything he could to pass Bowyer while holding off a hard-charging Reed Sorenson, the winner of the first race this year at Nashville. By the end of the race, the car had become extremely tight, and Wallace thought there was something wrong with the car with only three laps remaining.
Wallace informed his crew chief and spotter that he needed total silence for the remaining three laps so he could concentrate and try to hold on to second. Wallace was able to hold the position as the race would end under caution.
The second-place finish allowed Wallace to remain fifth in drivers' points. He was able to widen his lead over sixth-place driver Ashton Lewis Jr. Carl Edwards was unable to race due to Nextel Cup obligations. Edwards fell to fourth, and Wallace is now only 156 points out of first place.
The next race is the Meijer 300 presented by Oreo at Kentucky Speedway on June 18. The FX television network will begin its coverage at 7:30 p.m. EDT. MRN will produce the live radio broadcast.