Race Recap: The Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team went to Texas Motor Speedway with the idea of two-stepping into victory lane. The team has showed signs of greatness this season, but has not been able to capitalize. "The team is the best that this...
Race Recap: The Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team went to Texas Motor Speedway with the idea of two-stepping into victory lane. The team has showed signs of greatness this season, but has not been able to capitalize.
"The team is the best that this shop has had in years, but we just can not get any luck," said crew chief Chris Rice. "We run well, but at the end something goes wrong."
The team has historically struggled at 1.5-mile racetracks but has worked hard during the past couple of months to make improvements to that part of its program.
NASCAR Busch Series activity at Texas began on Thursday. The first practice session did not go as well as expected for Kenny Wallace and the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team. Wallace complained of a loose handling condition off the corners, which prohibited him from getting accelerating quick enough to be at the top of the leader board. The team made adjustments to the car in time for the afternoon qualifying session. The No. 23 car expected to be the sixth car to qualify, but a transmission malfunction prevented the car from qualifying in its expected order. The team repaired the car, and Wallace qualified in the 22nd position at time of 28.939 seconds. That time was substantially faster than what the car posted in practice. The team felt if it improved the car's handling, it would be competitive on Saturday.
The Friday morning final practice session found Wallace telling his crew the car was not getting into the corners very well. The team made substantial changes to the car, and by the end of practice Wallace seemed happy with the way the No. 23 car handled. He expected to compete in the top 10 on Saturday.
Wallace began slicing through the field after the drop of the green flag, making his expectation of a top-10 run seem probable. He reported during the first caution on lap two that the car handled loose but felt it would tighten as the race continued. By lap 13, Wallace mentioned that the car was loose in and tight off the corner. Rice said he would correct the problem on the next pit stop.
That next pit stop came under caution on lap 35. Wallace brought the car to the attention of the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team for four fresh tires and fuel. The team also made a wedge adjustment to help with the loose condition entering into the corners.
Wallace restarted in 21st on lap 38. He told the crew the adjustments they made helped the car. He moved to 19th within two laps. Twenty laps later, he moved to 18th and posted lap times as fast as those of the leader.
Disaster struck on lap 67, when Wallace began reporting a skip in the engine. He took the Stacker 2/YJ Stinger car behind the wall on lap 72, where the team discovered the engine had dropped a valve. Their day was finished, and the team finished 37th.
NEXT EVENT: The Stacker 2/YJ Stinger team will travel to Nashville, Tenn., April 10 for the Pepsi 300 at Nashville Superspeedway.