BUSCH: Nashville: Kenny Wallace race notes

Teamwork Lands Wallace First Top-Five of Season NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 26) -- An excellent pit crew, a strong car, and an aggressive driver can take credit for the second-place finish the Stacker 2 Racing team scored in the Pepsi 300. Kenny...

Teamwork Lands Wallace First Top-Five of Season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 26) -- An excellent pit crew, a strong car, and an aggressive driver can take credit for the second-place finish the Stacker 2 Racing team scored in the Pepsi 300. Kenny Wallace earned his first top-five finish since 2002 and moved up to sixth in drivers' standings, less than 10 points out of fifth.

"This is the first top-five I have had since 2002," Wallace said. "It feels right because this is where the team should be. We are a championship team, and everything is falling into place. With the addition of a new engineer and shock guy, it is only a matter of time before we get Wes Ward (crew chief) his next win."

From the time the Stacker 2 Ford was unloaded from the transporter, the team knew it was a strong car. Few adjustments were made to help the car's handling, and by the end of the practice sessions, the car felt really good for Wallace.

Wallace started the race in 12th place and was in second place before one-fourth of the race was complete thanks to the quick work of his pit crew. By the mid-point of the race, Wallace was running lap times comparable to the leaders and described the Stacker 2 Ford as the best it had been all day. When caution came out on lap 126, the call was made to stay out, and on lap 129 Wallace led his first laps of the year. When the race restarted, Wallace was still leading before his tires slid up the track, causing him to fall back to fourth.

The Stacker 2 Racing team made its last pit stop on lap 150. Team changed all four tires and added fuel. Wallace would restart sixth due to pit sequences, but it was not long before he was battling everyone in front of him for position. The team completed that pit stop in less than 15 seconds, the third pit stop of the day the team completed in less than 15 seconds.

With only 30 laps remaining, Wallace took second after rookie Jon Wood had to make a late pit stop. Reed Sorenson had built up an insurmountable lead, forcing Wes Ward to make the call to conserve gas. During the closing laps of the race, Wallace held off Shane Hmiel for second place.

"My car was awesome," Wallace said. "The 41 was just the fastest Busch car that I've seen in a long time. I want to thank my crew and my sponsor, Stacker 2. My crew built a new race car which was close to perfect. We have been tight for the last five races and this new car really turns. I think there is more of this to come."

The next NASCAR Busch Series race is at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m. EST.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kenny Wallace , Jon Wood , Shane Hmiel , Reed Sorenson