KENNY WALLACE TO PRACTICE AND QUALIFY THE NO. 26 DISH NETWORK FORD FUSION FOR JAMIE MCMURRAY IN MEMPHIS CONCORD, N.C. (October 23, 2007) -- Jamie McMurray will drive the No. 26 Dish Network Ford Fusion in Saturday's Sam's Town 250 at ...
KENNY WALLACE TO PRACTICE AND QUALIFY THE NO. 26 DISH NETWORK FORD FUSION FOR JAMIE MCMURRAY IN MEMPHIS
CONCORD, N.C. (October 23, 2007) -- Jamie McMurray will drive the No. 26 Dish Network Ford Fusion in Saturday's Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park. McMurray will be in Atlanta for the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event which will cause him to miss Busch practice and qualifying, but he will fly to Memphis in time for the race. Kenny Wallace will fill in for McMurray for Friday's practice sessions and qualifying on Saturday morning.
"I am really looking forward to working with the No. 26 Dish Network team this weekend," Wallace said. "I do not take this opportunity lightly. I am not at the point in my career where I am content being a fill-in driver. I look at this as an audition because I would really like to drive for Jack (Roush) one day in the Busch Series. I look forward to putting the car on the pole and setting up the chassis for Jamie to win the race. I want to thank Jack Roush and Roush Fenway Racing for the opportunity to get in their top-notch equipment."
The No. 26, being a part-time team, needs to qualify for the race based on time, leaving added pressure on Wallace to make sure the Dish Network Ford Fusion makes the race. Qualifying position is not as crucial since McMurray will have to drop to the back of the field at the start of the race for the driver change. Luckily Wallace is no stranger to Memphis. He has raced there six times in the past and has two top-10 qualifying efforts. McMurray has three prior starts at Memphis. His most recent start was in 2002 where he started 37th and came back to earn a third-place finish.