By Thomas Chemris - Motorsport.com
Pocono Pa. - New Jersey native Wally Dallenbach, who found himself without a ride a beginning of the season filled in for the injured Joe Nemecheck in the Oakwood Homes Chevrolet.
Dallenbach who has competed in Winston Cup since 1991 was to run the season with the Galaxy Motorsports, but a long promised sponsorship package never materialized, and resulted in litigation with team owner Darwin Oordt.
How does the driver feel about returning to the series?
"It feels good, I had to shake some cobwebs off, but it is great. This deal came together so fast; I really have had no time to get ready. This thing only came together Wednesday, I was in Texas and I had to hurry back to Daytona, get my gear and get up here".
Ironically, Dallenbachs return to the cockpit comes just days after NBC announced that he would be joining Alan Bestwick, and Benny Parsons as a color commentator for the television coverage of the series, when NBC takes over in Daytona.
"Benny and Allen are very intelligent about the sport, and they are on top of things, so it should make my life easier".
Beyond the television commitment, no other plans exist to return to racing, but Dallenbach has been negotiating with Panther Racing looking toward the 2002 Indy 500.
Dallenbach has a varied background, and feels at home in a stock car or in either one of the major Open Wheel Series.
Dallenbach finished twenty sixth at Pocono