Dallenbach would like to crack the concrete Wally Dallenbach has been impressed with the new winners the past two weeks on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, and the 36-year-old driver of the No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo would like ...
Dallenbach would like to crack the concrete
Wally Dallenbach has been impressed with the new winners the past two weeks on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, and the 36-year-old driver of the No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet Monte Carlo would like nothing better than to crack into the win column on the concrete Sunday at Dover Downs International Speedway. Cracking the top 10 on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit isn’t easy, and winning becomes more and more difficult for new teams in NASCAR’s premiere division. Dallenbach has only one top 10 finish in 10 starts at the Monster Mile, but he says winning at Dover is not out of the question. “I’ve had good runs at Dover. It’s not like I can’t run good there, but it’s another one of those places that’s a one-groove race track,” said Dallenbach. “Basically, I don’t like the concrete, and there’s not much else to say about that. “I’m glad they cut the race to 400 laps. I think that makes it a better race for everyone involved, but you just never know what’s going to happen at Dover. If you move up a lane, 30 cars can go by you. You’ve got to qualify up front and stay out of the wrecks, and that’s a pretty tall order to begin with. “If there’s a wreck on the backstretch, you really don’t know where to go no matter where you are on the track. It’s like a pinball machine with cars bouncing in and out, but everybody is being more careful and doing better on those wrecks and stuff.” Currently 17th in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings, Dallenbach hasn’t won a race in 187 starts. The former SCCA champion watched last week as Joe Nemechek won his first Cup race in 180 starts and two weeks ago, rookie Tony Stewart won at Richmond for the first time in his 25th start. Winning at Dover may be a little more difficult for a non-winner, but Dallenbach has seen stranger things happen. “You never know, but I wouldn’t put Dover on my list of places I’d expect to get my first win,” Dallenbach said. “That doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Nobody gave Joe Nemechek much of a chance at winning at New Hampshire last week. Anyone who put money on him to win at Vegas is sitting pretty this week. “It’s great to see new guys win. I think it’s great to see more guys win in this sport. It gets old seeing the same guys win each week. I wish 20 different drivers could win each season. I know the guys on the five or six teams that win all the time don’t think that way, but I’m happy for Joe and (car owner) Felix Sabates. “I don’t think anybody was sorry to see Joe win a race. We’ve got eight more chances to win this season with the Budweiser team, and I’d sure like to go out a winner with them. Tony (crew chief Furr) and the guys have been working hard all year, and we just need a couple of breaks to go our way.
“I know this team can win a race. It’s hard for anybody to win at Dover, but somebody’s got to win. It’s basically a one-groove race track, a lot like Bristol. It’s slippery up top, so the winner is going to come from whoever can get their car working best on the bottom of the track. “I know that’s going to be our strategy. If we can get our car sticking down low and stay out of trouble, I think we’ll be in good shape.”