BUSCH: Texas: Kenny Wallace preview

STACKER 2 RACING TEAM TURNS ATTENTION TO TEXAS Kenny Wallace hopes that his Texas fortunes will change as he heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the first time with ppc Racing. Despite never finishing on the lead lap and an average finish of ...

STACKER 2 RACING TEAM TURNS ATTENTION TO TEXAS

Kenny Wallace hopes that his Texas fortunes will change as he heads to Texas Motor Speedway for the first time with ppc Racing. Despite never finishing on the lead lap and an average finish of 34th, Wallace is positive about the success ppc Racing has had at the 1.5 mile tri-oval. In nine starts ppc Racing has posted three top-fives. six top-15s and 7 top-20s. The team's best finish is second in 2003 with Scott Riggs. Its average finish is 13th. ppc Racing also won a pole at Texas Motor Speedway in 2003 with Jason Keller.

WALLACE CARRIES STREAK TO TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Wallace currently holds the longest streak for consecutive Busch Series races without posting a DNF. He has been running at the end of the past 22 races. His last DNF was July 10, 2004, at Chicagoland Speedway, where he encountered engine problems. Since the streak started, Wallace has ran 2,632 laps of a possible 2,651 (99%). He hopes to continue this streak through Texas, where he has failed to finish half the races he has competed in.

WALLACE IN THE POINTS

Kenny Wallace is currently seventh in drivers' points, 29 points from fifth place and 271 from first. This time last year Wallace was 18th, his lowest standing since 1990 during a full season schedule. Greg Pollex is ninth in owners points,70 points from fifth and 271 from first place.

KENNY WALLACE ON TEXAS...

"I like Texas a lot. There is a lot of hoop-la associated with this race. A lot of people attend this race.

"It's not like going to any other track. It's a big deal. I am excited to go. I know we are going to run good there we just have to go there and do it.

"We are taking the Nashville car, which is exciting. It's a proven car and we are ready to go to Texas and compete for a win."

On ppc Racing's success at Texas Motor Speedway...

"We have a great team and the way we have been running lately we should be able to repeat what we did at Nashville, except get the win. I am with a championship team and I have that in my corner."

Thoughts on first part of the year...

"For the first seven races I give my team an A. We have only had one bad race, which was Las Vegas. I will not give them an A plus because we haven't won yet. They get an A for effort and for having me seventh in points, we are only a handful of points out of fourth.."

On how this past off weekend was spent...

"I spent Sunday doing TV at Martinsville. I also spent time celebrating my daughter's (Brandy) 16th birthday. She got her first cell phone, which is a big deal in my family. Just spent a lot of time with my family and NASCAR Drivers 360."

Last year at Texas... O'Reilly 300

Last year was disappointing for the Stacker 2 Racing Team. After working hard to improve their performance on 1.5 mile tracks the team came out and qualified 22nd. Everyone remained optimistic that Wallace would be able to handle the car and be get it running in the top-10 by the end of the day. It appeared Wallace was going to be able to make it to the top-10 as he was moving to the front of the field and posting lap times as fast as the leader. Unfortunately this came to a halt on lap 67 when Wallace noticed the engine was skipping. Shortly after the car went behind the wall where it was discovered the car had lost the engine. Wallace finished the day in the 37th position.

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