RACE SUMMARY: Steve Wallace qualified the Blueflame Authentics.com Dodge in the 4th position for last Saturday night's Hooters Pro Cup 250. In doing so, he was the highest qualifying rookie in the field. Immediately after rolling off from the...
Steve Wallace qualified the Blueflame Authentics.com Dodge in the 4th position for last Saturday night's Hooters Pro Cup 250. In doing so, he was the highest qualifying rookie in the field. Immediately after rolling off from the grid, Wallace found his steering wheel to be improperly attached. In light of safety concerns, he very briefly stopped his Dodge on the front straightaway to reattach the wheel. USAR officials found this to be in violation of race procedure rules and forced Wallace to start from the rear of the field. However, Wallace would not remain there long, as he stormed from 35th position all the way to 14th before the engine in his Dodge failed on lap 34 of the 250 lap event.
Steve Wallace, Driver:
"We really had a heck of a race car today. It handled like it was on a rail. It's a total shame that we had the engine trouble, because I think we really had something for them today. I don't know what's going on in the engine department right now. That's the second engine we've lost this year. Maurice Petty has never built us anything but really strong and reliable powerplants, so I'm sure that they'll get it straightened out soon. As for the penalty at the beginning, I can't say that I agree with it, but it's their game, so we'll take it and go on. In my mind, it was a definite safety issue and I don't understand why USAR would want to enforce a rule that penalizes us for being safe. I think it was a really bad call, but like I said, there's nothing we can do about it. We're just going to put it behind us and focus on putting this Blueflame Authentics.com Dodge in Victory Lane at Greenville."
Saturday, April 2nd, Greenville Pickens Speedway, Greenville, SC