April 17, 2007
Furniture Row Racing returned from Texas Motor Speedway this weekend.
Enduring Texas size challenges, the team was fortunate to secure a 43 place starting position in the race.
Tornado sightings and rain cancelled qualifying. Due to the cancellation, NASCAR set the starting grid based on owner’s points.
The #78 team accrued enough points to land the final spot in the race.
As the weather moved out and the clouds parted for Sunday’s big race, things seemed to be going well. The team had dogged a qualifying bullet on Friday, and were prepped to tackle the field. However, there was another storm brewing on the horizon for #78, but this time it was under the hood.
Joe Garone, General Manager of Furniture Row Racing explains.“The car was not as good as we had originally hoped in qualifying practice, but fortunately it proved to be a non-issue due to the rain washing out practice. Race practice gave us the time we needed to work on the car, but we struggled to find the exact balance Kenny was looking for. It was evident we would have to work on the car during the race. However, we never had the opportunity to work on the car because a part broke in the engine.
Ultimately, that part ended up putting us on the trailer.
We are all excited to go back to the COT and race at Phoenix. We tested well at Richmond International Raceway and feel we can take some of that knowledge with us to Phoenix.”
Driver Kenny Wallace will have a full plate this weekend. In addition to tackling the first night race of season in the Car of Tomorrow, Kenny will be pulling double duty as TV talent.
In addition to his SPEED commitments, Kenny will be taping an episode of NASCAR Angels with his brother Rusty. Stay tuned for more information about the airdate.