BUSCH: Bristol: Kenny Wallace preview

SECOND-PLACE FINISH PUTS WALLACE IN FAMILIAR TERRITORY Last week's second-place finish at Nashville has placed veteran driver Kenny Wallace back on familiar ground: in contention for a championship. Wallace is now in sixth place in the...

SECOND-PLACE FINISH PUTS WALLACE IN FAMILIAR TERRITORY

Last week's second-place finish at Nashville has placed veteran driver Kenny Wallace back on familiar ground: in contention for a championship. Wallace is now in sixth place in the standings, only seven points from fifth place. This is Wallace's highest ranking since finishing seventh in 2002. He is also the most experienced driver currently in the top 10, an asset that is sure to benefit him during the long season that lies ahead. Odds are very good that Wallace will crack the top 10 this week in Bristol as it is one of his most successful tracks. Wallace has more top-10 finishes than any other NASCAR Busch Series driver at Bristol.

MARCH PROVES BENEFICIAL TO STACKER 2 RACING TEAM

In the four races staged during March, the team had two top-10 finishes and three top-15s. The team's best finish came last week in Nashville (2nd), and its most disappointing finish occurred in Las Vegas (23rd). Wallace completed all but one lap during the month. His average start was 20.5 while his finishes averaged 11.3. The hard work demonstrated by this team moved Wallace from 21st to 6th in the standings.

KENNY WALLACE AT BRISTOL...

Kenny Wallace is one of the most successful NBS Drivers to compete at Bristol Motor Speedway. Since his first race there in 1989, he has accrued 17 top 10s, which is more than any other current NBS driver. He has finished in the top 10 in 74% of his races at Bristol. Wallace also has eight top-fives, one pole and one win at Bristol. He has one DNF and has completed 96% of the laps. His average start and finish is 9.2. His winnings at Bristol Motor Speedway total $270,445.

KENNY WALLACE ON BRISTOL...

"This is a good track for the entire organization. We have all had success there. I have won there and also won a pole. It is going to be a fun weekend. Nothing tops the excitement of Bristol.

"Every time I go to Bristol, I get goose bumps because it is such a great atmosphere. The track itself is pretty tough. The key is to run hard and keep people off your rear bumper. If they stalk you, then you just have to let them pass. The track itself is a little like Darlington because you have to make sure you don't get wrecked by someone else while racing the track. My strategy is simple, race hard and keep people off your bumper."

Kenny Wallace on Momentum Heading Into Bristol...

"This is a great team. It didn't have the sponsor it needed last year, and it kind of fell back a little bit. We came in with a good sponsor, and I'm just picking up where a lot of those guys left off. Greg Pollex put some engineers back in place, and we got a new shock guy. Wes Ward is going to get his second win here pretty soon.

"I think I am mature enough to know that my run at Nashville doesn't guarantee success at Bristol. It does give my crew and sponsor a lot of pride. I am happy for my crew and Stacker 2. I promised them a win this year, and I am confident we will get that. It meant the world to run strong at Nashville. It sends the message to everyone that we are heading in the right direction."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kenny Wallace