Daytona Pepsi Kenny Wallace Preview

No car change for Square D team for Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 14, 1998) Square D Ford driver Kenny Wallace enters Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway with an undamaged superspeedway car that he knows can race up...

No car change for Square D team for Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 14, 1998) Square D Ford driver Kenny Wallace enters Saturday night's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway with an undamaged superspeedway car that he knows can race up front. Wallace had a top-10 run in the making in last week's Winston 500 until engine woes sidelined him on lap 107.

Just 30 laps later, a multi-car accident wreck took out 11 machines. Obviously, Wallace wasn't one of them as his day was already over.

Unlike some teams, FILMAR Racing doesn't have to replace any sheet metal or repair any chassis parts for this weekend's event. The car that they used at Talladega had been wind tunnel tested, and despite having to use another restrictor-plate engine, the car is the same car that Wallace used to pick up 30-plus positions in his march to the front behind drafting partner Jeremy Mayfield.

Wallace returns to Daytona with the special lightning paint scheme that adorned the contours of his Taurus in February's Bud Shootout. Wallace nearly won the event but had to settle for second. In this case however, second wasn't all that bad. He pushed older brother Rusty across the finish line first in a case of brotherly shove.

"The 1998 Bud Shootout was a great day for the Wallaces as we finished one-two," said the youngest Wallace brother. "Having lightning bolts back on the car for the Pepsi 400 is a good omen. To be able to race under the lights at Daytona is like running at the Brickyard for the first time -- it's special. Although it's one of our older race tracks, it's just like a brand new beginning. We've had some strong runs at the superspeedways. We just need to finish."

Wallace's best finish ever at Daytona came last season in the Pepsi 400, when he came home 11th. redistribute in any form.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeremy Mayfield , Kenny Wallace