Race Recap: Kenny Wallace and the Stacker 2Â®/YJ StingerÂ® team had plenty of confidence entering Friday night's race at Richmond International Raceway. The team had just re-entered the top 10 in the NASCAR Busch Series standings was hoping to ...
Race Recap: Kenny Wallace and the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team had plenty of confidence entering Friday night's race at Richmond International Raceway. The team had just re-entered the top 10 in the NASCAR Busch Series standings was hoping to finish strong in the final 10 races of the 2004 season. The team tested at RIR two weeks before the race and was looking for a good finish.
The car was fast off the truck and the team reaped the benefits of its testing session. Wallace said the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® car handled a bit tight entering both turns one and three. The team worked feverishly to get the car to handle better for Wallace. By the end of practice, the team had dropped several positions on the speed chart, but believed it had a chance for a good starting spot for Friday night's Emerson Radio 250.
Wallace received an early qualifying draw, which the team knew could hurt its chances for a solid spot. Wallace was the fifth driver to qualify and posted a time of 21.63 seconds. The time was faster than Wallace's quickest lap in practice, but it was only good enough to put him in the 26th starting position. The team was a little disappointed about the spot, but knew the car could run up front.
The "Happy Hour" final practice session was cancelled due to rain, so the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team began to prepare the car for Friday's race under the lights on the .75-mile D-shaped oval.
When the race began, Wallace was on a mission to get to the front. By lap 30, Wallace had gained six spots and was running faster times than that of the leader. He reported to his crew that the front tires were chattering, but he felt that problem would go away the longer the car ran. The caution flag waved on lap 38. The Stacker®/YJ Stinger® team took the opportunity to make changes to the car. Wallace brought the car to pit road on lap 40, and the crew gave the car four tires, fuel and track bar and air pressure adjustments.
The race restarted on lap 46, and Wallace had the Stacker 2® Chevrolet in the 24th position. He told crew chief, Chris Rice, that the car handled a bit loose through the middle of the corner, but the car felt like it was going to improve itself.
By lap 70, Wallace had moved into 17th spot, but still said the Stacker 2® Chevy was a little loose as he entered the turns. Wallace reported on lap 100 that the car was really loose all the way through the corner, and he was having a hard time keeping the car on the bottom of the track. Eight laps later, Wallace hit the wall in turn four after the right-front tire went flat.
The team took the car behind the wall to repair the damage. They replaced the lower A-frame and straightened the sheet metal that caused a tire rub. The team worked hard and returned the car to the track on lap 179, 69 laps behind the leader. Wallace gained three spots by returning to the race. He finished 33rd. It was a disappointing end to a weekend in which the Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger® team had high hopes.
NEXT EVENT: The Stacker 2®/YJ Stinger team has a week off before returning to action at the Monster Mile in Dover, Del., for the Stacker 2 Hundred on Saturday, Sept. 25.