Wallace, Involved in Early Accident, Finishes 35th TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 1) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace was involved in the first accident of the NASCAR Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday and finished ...
Wallace, Involved in Early Accident, Finishes 35th
TALLADEGA, Ala. (May 1) -- Stacker 2 Racing driver Kenny Wallace was involved in the first accident of the NASCAR Busch Series race at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday and finished 35th.
"You could feel the energy," Wallace said. "You could feel people just going crazy, all of us. It was a great race, but inevitably somebody got into somebody. We had huge runs on each other where we were really catching each other real fast. In that situation you really have to drag the brake and know what kind of speed your car has. I think that somebody ran up on somebody too fast and just wrecked. Maybe they tried to turn and when they turned they got in the back of somebody."
The wreck Wallace was referring to occurred on lap 16 and involved half of the field. It took place after a 3.5-hour rain delay and after only eight green-flag laps. The first seven laps of the Aaron's 312 were completed under caution in an attempt to make sure the track was completely dry from rain that had plagued the track all day.
After qualifying 22nd for the Aaron's 312, Wallace was confident the new Ford engine package would be competitive in the draft and that he would be able to compete for the win. Unfortunately, the Stacker 2 Ford obtained severe damage from "The Big One" and was no longer competitive.
The team worked diligently in an attempt to fix the car so that it could run at minimum speed and pick up a few positions. Wallace was able to complete a few laps under caution before the main oil line broke, ending Wallace's day and placing him 35th in the final running order of the race.
As a result, Wallace fell to 10th in the drivers' standings. However, he is only 61 points out of fifth place and only 114 points from moving back into fourth.
Wallace completed 22 of the race's 120 laps, earning his first DNF since July 10, 2004, and ending his streak of 24 consecutive races without a DNF. It was the longest streak among active drivers.
The next Busch Series race is Friday, May 6, at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. It begins at 7:30 p.m. EDT on the FX television network and MRN radio network.