Kenny Wallace to run at Talladega

1-800-CALL-ATT reunites Andy Petree Racing with Kenny Wallace at Talladega; national promotion gives lucky fan ultimate racing experience. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 28, 2002)  --  Kenny Wallace will make a one-time return to the racing stable of...

1-800-CALL-ATT reunites Andy Petree Racing with Kenny Wallace at Talladega; national promotion gives lucky fan ultimate racing experience.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 28, 2002)  --  Kenny Wallace will make a one-time return to the racing stable of Andy Petree Racing (APR) for the October running of the EA SPORTS 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, and take one lucky NASCAR fan along for the ride.  1 800 CALLATT for Collect Calls will roll out a national promotion in support of the APR/Wallace reunion -- a unique sweepstakes that places one fan atop the pit box as Honorary Crew Chief for the #33 CALLATT Racing Team as the culmination of four days of motorsports immersion. 

During the promotional period (August 26th to September 22nd, except for September 11th), NASCAR fans completing a collect call using 1 800 CALLATT will have the chance to be entered into the 1 800 CALLATT for Collect Calls Fall 2002 NASCAR Sweepstakes to claim the seat next to team owner Andy Petree on the first weekend in October.  The winner will:

* Fly (with a guest) to Atlanta on Wednesday night. (10/2)

* Take 30 speedway laps in a NASCAR Winston Cup-style stock car with Kenny Wallace as their driving coach on Thursday morning. (10/3)

* Settle into a luxury motorcoach for the trip to Alabama and the Front Runner section of the Talladega Superspeedway infield, where they will live during the EA SPORTS 500 weekend.

* Be a crew member on the #33 CALLATT Racing Team for practice and NASCAR Winston Cup Pole Day at Talladega on Friday. (10/4)

* Host a Team Dinner at their infield motorcoach on Friday evening. (10/4)

* Take a turn in the radio broadcast booth during the racing action on Saturday. (10/5)

* Attend the Talladega Walk of Fame Induction Ceremonies on Saturday night. (10/5)

* Participate in an autograph session with Kenny Wallace on Sunday morning. (10/6)

* Participate in all EA SPORTS 500 pre-race events with Wallace and Petree. (10/6)

* Climb atop the pit box with Andy Petree as Honorary Crew Chief of the 1 800 CALLATT Racing Team for the EA SPORTS 500. (10/6)

Mike Wallace drove the 1 800 CALLATT entry to a 13th-place qualifying effort in Daytona for Andy Petree Racing, advancing to the top-10 in the Pepsi 400 before Steve Park sent him spinning through the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway.  Wallace has since taken the reigns for AJ Foyt's team, which left CALLATT and Andy Petree looking for a wheelman for their Superspeedway encore at Talladega -- there was really only one choice.

"1 800 CALLATT is excited to be sponsoring Kenny Wallace and #33 Chevrolet of Andy Petree Racing in Talladega for the EA SPORTS 500," said Carol Eversen, General Manager, 1 800 CALLATT for Collect Calls.  "It's a wonderful opportunity to show our continued support for NASCAR by running the car and for NASCAR fans by giving them this once-in-a-lifetime chance to win a very special weekend, where they will be totally immersed in the sport.  When we ran the car in the Pepsi 400 in Daytona earlier this year, we were able to witness the tremendous passion that NASCAR fans have for their sport, as well as their affection for the Wallace brothers.  With Mike unavailable, it was only natural that we keep our driver choice 'in the family' for Talladega.  We are thrilled to have Kenny behind the wheel to drive both our car and our national promotion."

"Whoever said, 'You can't go home again', never drove for Andy Petree," Wallace said.  "When the opportunity arose for me to get back in an APR car to run the fall race in Talladega, I just knew it was something I had to do.  Going back to the track where I almost got my first Winston Cup win, with the team that put me there, is very special.  CALLATT has come up with a national promotion that really shows how much they understand NASCAR, and the special connection between drivers and the fans.  Our winner has such an incredible week in store," he said.  "After all, who wouldn't want to be on top of the box when Herman is running Talladega?"

The youngest Wallace will have a strong mount for his return.  When APR posted a 2-3 finish at Talladega in 2000, Wallace (#55) was followed across the line by teammate Joe Nemechek (#33) in the car he'll drive in the EA SPORTS 500 this fall.  Bobby Hamilton then drove the #55 team to APR's first Winston Cup victory when NASCAR returned to Talladega in 2001 -- the #33 car was just five spots back, after starting from the pole.

For team owner Andy Petree, the highly visible partnership and national promotion is another opportunity for a team under his guidance to excel on a Superspeedway, something APR teams have done consistently over the past few seasons. 

"This continues to be an exciting opportunity for APR," Petree said.  "To be reunited with a driver like Kenny Wallace, with whom we had such an enjoyable relationship, in combination with such a unique national promotion from a NASCAR-savvy brand like 1 800 CALLATT on a Superspeedway -- well, we're certainly playing to our strengths.  The last time Kenny drove at Talladega, he was SO close to his first Winston Cup win," Petree recalled.  "We're anxious to put him a position to erase that 'almost' from the record."

-apr-

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Steve Park , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Mike Wallace , Andy Petree