Wallace trumped again - bad luck continues at Ace. Altamahaw, North Carolina (April 22, 2002) - "Rising Star" Shane Wallace was looking to finally play his Trump card at Ace Speedway on Friday night. Instead, the 18 year old high school...
Wallace trumped again - bad luck continues at Ace.
Altamahaw, North Carolina (April 22, 2002) - "Rising Star" Shane Wallace was looking to finally play his Trump card at Ace Speedway on Friday night. Instead, the 18 year old high school student was" trumped" by Lady Luck once again in running of the Jackaroo Sauces 250.
The day started out great for Wallace and his #4 Engine Ice team as they posted the 2nd fastest time in the days practice session. "I was definitely looking for a front row start as we just had an awesome race car," stated Wallace. Lady Luck reared her head as Wallace took the #4 Engine Ice Ford out to qualify. The car before him in qualifying wrecked on his second lap as Wallace began his assault and thus halting him as he exited pit road. This shift in momentum and premature start cost the youngster as he fell back to the 15th spot on the starting grid as a result of his qualifying run.
"That was definitely a tough break and not one we needed at that time," said Wallace. "However we still had a great car and felt like we could take it to the front once the green flag feel." And the Rookie did just that as he moved up a handful of position in the first segment of the race.
Well, Lady"BadLuck" once again fell upon this team as on Lap 69 Wallace blew a right front tire as a result of an earlier brake problem. The #4 Engine Ice Ford glanced off the Turn 4 wall and this resulted in the car being towed back into the pit area with minor repairs being made. Wallace returned safely to the track but 20 laps down as the race neared the halfway point.
From then on Wallace stayed clear of traffic while at the same time posting very competitive lap times in the second part of the 250 lap event. "It was hard out there as I had a great car all night, even after the accident, but had to stay clear of lead lap traffic due to being down some laps," said Shane. "I am not sure what we need to do to change our luck but this #4 Engine Ice team will continue to give me a great car each week. Our day will come soon."
Shane Wallace and the Engine Ice team finished the race in the 22nd spot and as a result fell one spot in the standings to the 15th position-- merely 29 points out of the Top 10.
The team has a quick week as they turn around and head to Coastal Plains Raceway for the 5th event of the season for the USAR Southern Series. The 150 lap event is scheduled for Saturday night April 27, 2002 with the green flag flying at 7:30 p.m.