Wallace Joins "Double Duty" Travel Frenzy This Weekend MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 10, 2001) -- With the Grand National Busch and Winston Cup series competing in different cities this weekend, driver Kenny Wallace, who continues to fill-in for...
Wallace Joins "Double Duty" Travel Frenzy This Weekend
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (Oct. 10, 2001) -- With the Grand National Busch and Winston Cup series competing in different cities this weekend, driver Kenny Wallace, who continues to fill-in for injured Steve Park in the #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet, will make the trek between Memphis and Martinsville along with several other drivers who are performing "double duty."
"While it provided us with some challenges, it's all been worked out and neither team will suffer," said Wallace, who also races in the Busch Grand National Series in the #48 car. "The plan is for me to qualify the Pennzoil car for the Old Dominion 500 on Friday and then leave for Memphis to compete in the Busch Series race on Saturday. We'll have somebody else in the Winston Cup car on Saturday just to shake it down and wear in the brakes, and then I'll be back on Sunday."
"We are going to practice for qualifying and race set ups on Friday," said crew chief Paul Andrews. "We took Kenny to Caraway to practice a couple of weeks ago and that gave us some good data for Martinsville. If we're good on Friday, I feel we'll be just fine for Sunday.
"We have a couple of options available to us on Saturday," continued Andrews. "We may even put Kerry Earnhardt in the car to help get it ready for Sunday. We'll just have to see."
Earning his very first Winston Cup career pole on the .526-flat track back in April 1997, Wallace has four other top-10 starts at Martinsville Speedway and backs those up with some of his best finishes. Posting five top-10 finishes, he also boasts two top-five marks with his most recent success in the fall of 1999. In one of his best efforts on the short track, Wallace started that race in the seventh position and took over the lead on the 80th circuit. Holding onto the point for 45 laps, Wallace resurfaced back into the front following a caution with 80 laps remaining. As Jeff Gordon took the checkered flag during the NAPA Autocare 500, Wallace was posted in the fifth spot and it marked one of his best finishes.
"That was one of the greatest races of my career," said Wallace, who will pilot the same Pennzoil Chevrolet that he drove in Richmond and that Park drove at Richmond and Martinsville earlier in the season. "It was great to run up front and be competitive throughout the entire 500-laps. However, one of the most memorable races at Martinsville, whether good or bad, was when my brother (Rusty) put me into the wall early in the race last spring.
"With my father, Russ, so successful on short tracks, watching him has helped me in those type of races. He has been an invaluable asset and a tremendous wealth of information throughout my entire career. Combine that knowledge learned along with the backing of DEI and the entire Pennzoil team and this weekend could become the most memorable."