Kenny Wallace will fill in for the injured Ricky Rudd as driver of the No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion this weekend at Richmond, marking the first time in Rudd's 900-race Cup career that he has missed a race because of an injury. Rudd suffered a ...
Kenny Wallace will fill in for the injured Ricky Rudd as driver of the No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion this weekend at Richmond, marking the first time in Rudd's 900-race Cup career that he has missed a race because of an injury. Rudd suffered a shoulder injury during Sunday night's race at Fontana. Wallace says he is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
KENNY WALLACE -- No. 88 Snickers Ford Fusion
STEPPING IN FOR AN INJURED DRIVER IS NOT UNUSUAL TERRITORY FOR YOU. "No, this is not unusual territory for me. I feel like this is the craziest month of my total career, with Kyle Petty breaking his wrist, and Ricky stretching his ligaments and tendons. I think what makes me feel comfortable about this is that Ricky was at the shop this morning (Wednesday) and we had a really good talk, and I told him that he could help speed my process up by showing up at the race track and helping me with the lingo with Butch Hylton, the crew chief. Ricky was super good about it, really nice, so that makes me feel real good about it. It's a lot easier situation when the driver that is hurt is really behind you -- and I've known Ricky for so long. Actually, when Ernie Irvan got hurt, and I drove the 28 car, Ricky, at that time, when I was driving the 28 car, Ricky was very supportive of me, and I'll never forget that. It's a strange opportunity, but nonetheless it's all business right now. I'm fighting to save my career and try to get a ride, so this is a great opportunity for me."
YOU SEEM TO BE FAMILIAR WITH THE YATES ORGANIZATION. WHAT IS YOUR COMFORT LEVEL RIGHT NOW? "My comfort level is at an all-time high. I feel very comfortable. I've known Robert and Doug Yates and Robert's brother, Richard, I think, since 1989, and, actually, I've come into the shop here and most of the crew I remember. The employees have been here for so long. Me and Davey Allison were good friends, and I'd come in and they'd say, 'Hey, Herman!' So, my comfort level is at an all-time high with this particular team because I've been through this with them before, in '94. And, believe it or not, there's still a handful of employees here from back then."
ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR CHALLENGES THAT RICHMOND, JUST A FEW DAYS AWAY NOW, POSES FOR YOU? "I think the only challenge I have in front of me is the challenge to be successful. Every week you're out there to prove your self-worth. I'm going in there to do business. There's nothing funny about this situation at all. I'm dead focused because, like I said, I'm fighting to have a ride next year, and hopefully I'll be able to prove my self worth."
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