Bad luck once again struck Steve Wallace and Team Blueflame Authentics.com this past weekend, as they tackled the high banks of Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Georgia. The team was only able to make five laps of practice before they suffered...
Bad luck once again struck Steve Wallace and Team Blueflame Authentics.com this past weekend, as they tackled the high banks of Peach State Speedway in Jefferson, Georgia. The team was only able to make five laps of practice before they suffered their third engine failure of the 2005 Hooters Pro Cup season.
Despite the lack of practice, Wallace persevered and was able to put his Dodge 12th on the starting grid for Saturday night's event. As the event progressed, Wallace began making his way to the front, until he was forced into the outside retaining wall by #40, Chase Pistone. The resulting contact would adversely affect the handling of Wallace's Dodge, only worsening an already tight condition.
Around lap 75, this condition would become too much for Wallace to handle, as the Blueflame Authentics.com Dodge pancaked the turn four wall. Following this incident, Wallace would bring his Dodge to pit road for a two-tire green flag pit stop. A miscue by pit crew members would see Wallace leave the pits minus his right front tire. By the time he was able return to action, Wallace was down six laps to the leaders. He would put in a valiant effort however, and managed to pass the race leader to regain one of the laps.
Wallace's fate would be sealed however, when the leaders came to pit road for new tires near the mid-point of the race. On the abrasive Peach State surface, the leaders, shod with new tires, would be too much for Wallace and his older tires to handle. Due to USAR rules and his early pit stop, Wallace was out of tires and had to make due with left side tires on the right side of the car following his final stop. This resulted in a severe ill-handling condition and a blown tire on lap 229, which would ultimately put Wallace behind the wall for good.
STEVE WALLACE, DRIVER:
"Wow...I'm not really sure what to say. If we didn't have terrible luck, we'd have no luck at all right now. We've got to figure out what in the world is going on with these engines. I just cannot believe that we've had three of them fail this year. Losing the engine and not being able to have any practice time today absolutely killed us.
It wasn't just the engine problem though, although that's what started it all. Chase got into us that one time and it started to make the car tight. The longer we went, the tighter it got and eventually I put it in the fence. Then we came down pit road and the crew dropped the jack without a right front tire on the car. The craziness just never seemed to stop.
You're going to have those kinds of days once in a while and you just have to learn from them and move on. We learned that there are definitely some areas we have to work on, but I'm still 100% confident in myself and my team. I know that we can win races and I plan on doing exactly that very soon."
Saturday, April 23rd, 2005: Concord Motorsports Park, Concord, NC