By Thomas Chemris Milwaukee Wisconsin Kenny Wallace announced earlier this week that he and Eel River Racing have parted ways. Wallace and the team had begun their 2001 Winston Cup campaign sponsor less, struggling for most of the season, ...
By Thomas Chemris
Kenny Wallace announced earlier this week that he and Eel River Racing have parted ways.
Wallace and the team had begun their 2001 Winston Cup campaign sponsor less, struggling for most of the season, never finishing higher than twenty sixth.
The team looked as if it would close its doors in May, when a last minute sponsorship agreement was reached with a Virginia Spice company, and Dukes Mayonnaise adorned the car at the Coco Cola 600.
The team continued to struggle, failing to qualify for the next three events.
"The bottom line is the Crew Chief, Barry Dodson after we failed to qualify for Pocono told the car owner that he thought some of the problem was me", explains Wallace.
"I asked him if he felt that way, why did you hire me? Anyway, I could see the way things were going, and they were not going to get any better. So I just thought, let me get out of here, and you guys go on".
Wallace will finish the year competing full time in the Busch Series. A decision that has really boosted the morale of the number forty-eight Gould's Pump team.
"We are really pumped up to have Kenny here full time", notes The Innovative Motor sports crewmembers.
Kenny states that this was not an easy decision for him to make.
When asked if he consulted his older brother Rusty, Kenny remarks, "The last time I asked him about a decision was last year when I changed teams, it was a good thought but it did not turn out so well. This was a decision that I had to make for myself. Everybody will always tell you what is best for you, but they always do not know what the whole story is. The problem in this sport is if you are not running in the top ten every week, you're not happy, In reality, running twentieth might mean that you are starting to get better. It was a hard decision, but all in all I think it was the right decision."
Wallace finished the race at Milwaukee sixteenth, and will head to Watkins Glen next week.
No official announcement has been made regarding EeL River, but un-officially, former team Driver Mike Bliss will return in Daytona.
Bliss had been working for Richard Childress Racing as a back up driver for Kevin Harvick on weekends he pulls double duty between the Busch and the Cup series.