GAFFNEY, S.C. – Mike Wallace and the No. 01 JD Motorsports with Gary Keller team were involved in a wreck at Dover International Speedway, resulting in a 31st place finish on Saturday afternoon.
The race weekend began with one long practice session on Friday afternoon. Owner Johnny Davis took the reigns as crew chief, leading to a mix of changes during practice. After qualifying on the pole for a brief moment, the team ended up rolling off 24th to begin the race.
The veteran Wallace settled into the 28th spot as the field made it to lap 48, before a caution slowed the field. The No. 01 machine was extremely loose, with the driver struggling to keep from wrecking. Davis called for a big swing, and the pit crew responded by taking four rounds out of the car. The changes helped, as Wallace moved into the top-25 racing hard against the competition and the track.
As the leader crossed the line to put Wallace two laps down, second place runner Kasey Kahne and Wallace collided on the track, leading to the No. 01 Chevy nosing into the inside wall. Wallace immediately radioed that the car was done, as he drove it to the garage. Unfortunately, the wreck resulted in a 31st place finish. Wallace lost on spot in the Driver’s Standings, and the team maintained ground in the Owner’s Points battle.
Mike Wallace Quotes: “I hate it for our team and sponsors to wreck here today. I guess it was just a racing incident. My spotter cleared me off the corner, and I felt a little tap and around I went. I tried to keep it off the wall, but unfortunately we were sliding sideways and I had no control. This finish is not what we needed as a team, but Iowa is next, and that is a great race for the fans and the sport. Thanks to Ken Adams from Iron Source and our friends at Meding’s Seafood for the support this weekend.”
-JD Motorsports PR