Kenny Wallace Moves to Back-up Car for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 12, 1999) - After seeing their primary Square D Chevrolet destroyed in Thursday's Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying race, the No. 55 team of Andy Petree Racing buckled down to give driver Kenny Wallace a competitive stead...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Feb. 12, 1999) - After seeing their primary Square D Chevrolet destroyed in Thursday's Gatorade Twin 125 qualifying race, the No. 55 team of Andy Petree Racing buckled down to give driver Kenny Wallace a competitive stead for Sunday's Daytona 500.

The car that Wallace used to compete in the Bud Shootout qualifying race last Sunday has been transformed into the car that Wallace will start the Daytona 500 with.

"It wasn't a very easy task," said crew chief Jimmy Elledge. "We basically took that Bud Shootout car apart after the Bud Shootout and put it in the truck, thinking that in the worst case scenario it would be there if we needed it. Well, we ended up needing it yesterday at around noon, and we had to have it completely ready in time for this morning's practice session.

"We used the Bud Shootout as kind of a preliminary test for the Daytona 500," continued Elledge. "We took the setup from the Bud Shootout car and put it in our Daytona 500 car, and it still showed some of the same characteristics that our Bud Shootout car did. We tried to fine tune it a little bit, but we weren't able to arrive where we wanted to. So, we ended up changing the whole setup around, which made our 500 car really good.

"But we lost that car, so we took the stuff directly out of the 500 car and put it back in the Bud Shootout car. Some of the parts from our 500 car were damaged and some of the other parts were a little bit iffy, and we didn't want to take any chances. We went back to our notes. We had all the build-sheets on the shocks, so we duplicated the shocks. We put the same springs in it and referred to our notes in regard to castor, camber, wedge and nose weight.

"This car seems to be a little bit tighter race car for some reason or another. It's going to take a little different setup than what we had in our 500 car. But we practiced well this morning. I think it's a very competitive race car. It's by no means a backup car. It's a good race car. We just need to fine tune it."

In this morning's practice session Wallace posted the third quickest time overall, lapping the 2.5-mile oval in 47.113 seconds with an average speed of 191.030 mph.

"It's a competitive car and it's good in the draft," said Wallace.  
"Right now, we're fighting a push.  When we try to get the push out of it,
it gets loose on me.  But I think we're going to be in good shape."

Wallace's grid position for the 41st annual Daytona 500 is 33rd, but he will start at the tail end of the field because he had to resort to a backup car. Joining Wallace will be John Andretti, who suffered the same fate as Wallace in his Gatorade Twin 125 event. Kenny Wallace's Daytona

Performance Profile -----------------------------

Year Event          Start         Finish              Status/Laps        Earnings
1998 Bud Shootout  12             2               Running/25        $50,782 
1997 Daytona 500   36            22               Running/200        $65,465 
     Pepsi 400           27            11               Running/160        $30,565 
1996 Daytona 500   33            21               Running/199        $40,685 
     Pepsi 400           21            38               Accident/100        $13,090 
1993 Daytona 500   24            23               Running/199        $27,820 
     Pepsi 400           32            28               Running/79         $9,305

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Kenny Wallace , Andy Petree