Michigan II: Kenny Wallace preview

One of NASCAR's Most Popular To Pilot Wells Fargo Dodge Kenny Wallace To Fill In For Petty at Bristol Level Cross, N.C. (August 22, 2007) -- Kenny Wallace, one of the sports most personable and talented drivers, will fill in for Kyle Petty in...

One of NASCAR's Most Popular To Pilot Wells Fargo Dodge
Kenny Wallace To Fill In For Petty at Bristol

Level Cross, N.C. (August 22, 2007) -- Kenny Wallace, one of the sports most personable and talented drivers, will fill in for Kyle Petty in the #45 Wells Fargo Dodge in Saturday night's Sharpie 500 at the .533-mile Bristol Motor Speedway. Petty's broken hand will again keep him out of the driver's seat for the second consecutive week. Petty is hopeful to return to the car at the California Speedway

Wallace will be making his 20th Nextel Cup career start at Bristol this weekend. He has two top-10 finishes at the track and one pole in Cup competition. Wallace is a winner at the track in the NASCAR Busch Series. His talents also reach beyond the track where he is one of the fans most popular racers. Wallace was voted by the fans into this year's NASCAR Nextel Cup All-Star Challenge.

"I look at this from two ways," says Wallace. "First, I feel terrible that Kyle can't drive this weekend. I know he was very determined to get back behind the wheel at Bristol. Everyone is feeling good that he'll be back in California, but I know he wants to race this weekend. Secondly, it's an honor that Kyle and Wells Fargo are letting me fill in for him. Racing is what we all love to do. I know Kyle wants to be racing at Bristol. I'm going to give this car the best ride I can."

Petty is still recovering from a broken hand suffered at Watkins Glen International. Petty had successful surgery on the hand and it continues to heal.

"It's disappointing not to be able to race at Bristol," said Petty. "I had every intention of getting back at Bristol, but I have to let the hand heal. You can't rush this along. Kenny is a good friend and a talented driver. I'm confident that he'll do a great job for our team and sponsors this weekend."

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Kyle Petty , Kenny Wallace