Kenny Wallace doubling the fun during Pepsi 400 weekend. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 12, 2002) - During the final day of a two-day test session on Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway, Kenny Wallace was hopping back and forth between a...
Kenny Wallace doubling the fun during Pepsi 400 weekend.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (June 12, 2002) - During the final day of a two-day test session on Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway, Kenny Wallace was hopping back and forth between a pair of No. 98 STACKER 2 Chevrolets.
During the July 3-6 Pepsi 400 weekend, Wallace will be hopping back and forth between his No. 48 STACKER 2 Chevrolet in the Busch Series and the No. 98 STACKER 2 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
The 38-year-old Wallace will be pulling double duty, competing in the inaugural STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on July 5 and the 44th annual Pepsi 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race on July 6.
"It's going to be real exciting," said Wallace about the addition of the STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250 to the Pepsi 400 weekend. "With the Busch Grand National cars being here with the Winston Cup cars, it's going to be Speedweeks all over again. I think we all need to re-nickname it mini-Speedweeks.
"I love doing double duty. I've always been hyper. My brother Rusty and them other guys, they like to sit around and run Winston Cup. I get bored. If there's a race, I want to be there, especially if I'm at that race track."
Joining Wallace in the test session at the Speedway were NASCAR Busch Series drivers Kerry Earnhardt and C.W. Smith. In random hand-held times taken during the test on Wednesday, both Wallace and Earnhardt posted speeds near 181.818 mph while Smith had a speed of 178.218.
Wallace competes for Innovative Motorsports in the Busch Series but is testing a pair of No. 98 STACKER 2 Chevrolets as he preps for the team's four-race Winston Cup schedule, which kicks off with the Pepsi 400.
While the team is made up of Innovative Motorsports employees, the equipment comes from Dale Earnhardt Inc. Wallace filled in for injured DEI driver Steve Park in the No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet at the end of the 2001 season and this year's first four races.
"This testing we're doing today is for everybody," Wallace said. "My Busch Grand National shop and everybody from (DEI drivers) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Michael Waltrip, Steve Park and me. These are all DEI cars and motors. This is what big organizations are made of - constant development.
"Just because Junior won Talladega and Michael Waltrip finished second doesn't mean Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon aren't going to be here so we've got to keep developing."
Tickets for both the STACKER 2/GNC Live Well 250 NASCAR Busch Series race and the 44th annual Pepsi 400 are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.