Kenny Wallace Dover Review - Martinsville Preview

HARRISBURG, N.C., (Sept. 22, 1998) - To say that last Sunday's MBNA Gold 400 at Dover Downs (Del.) International Speedway was a disappointment for Square D Ford driver Kenny Wallace would be a gross understatement. The St. Louis native had just...

HARRISBURG, N.C., (Sept. 22, 1998) - To say that last Sunday's MBNA Gold 400 at Dover Downs (Del.) International Speedway was a disappointment for Square D Ford driver Kenny Wallace would be a gross understatement. The St. Louis native had just taken the green flag to start the 400-lap event when the engine let go heading into the first corner of "The Monster Mile."

"I think I ran the shortest race in the history of motorsports," said Wallace upon climbing from his No. 81 Taurus. "I went into turn one and blew up right after taking the green. I hate it for Square D and my crew chief David Ifft because they gave me a good car. We had three really good weeks in a row, a sixth (New Hampshire), a 10th (Darlington) and an 11th (Richmond), but it ended real quick here today."

Wallace was credited with completing just two laps, as he finished last in the field of 43 cars. Perhaps some solace could be taken by the fact that six other drivers also experienced engine failure. They were Buckshot Jones, Kyle Petty, Kenny Irwin, Ken Schrader, Derrike Cope and Dick Trickle.

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Following the Dover debacle, Square D Ford driver Kenny Wallace has some unfinished business. This weekend, he'll take care of that business at his office - Martinsville (Va.) Speedway. The .526-mile oval is the site of Wallace's best career NASCAR Winston Cup finish (fourth, 1994 Goody's Headache Powder 500), his first career Winston Cup pole, and two NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division wins (1992 Miller 500 and 1994 Advance Auto Parts 500.) The 35-year-old's history at Martinsville is indeed impressive. But in addition to solid statistics, Wallace's racing history brings forth interim crew chief David Ifft, who served as crew chief during his first full year in the Busch Series - 1989.

"It's always fun to work with David because he brings the best out of me," said Wallace. "It feels like I've gotten back to racing now that he's here. He keeps the guys pumped up and the team's morale is good. He's a good crew chief to have. He's as good as Buddy Parrott. That's who I'd compare him to."

To complement being reunited with Ifft at one of his more successful race tracks, Wallace will pilot the same car that delivered a sixth place run in the CMT 300 at New Hampshire and a 10th place finish the following weekend in the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington. FILMAR Racing will also use its own engines for this weekend's NAPA AutoCare 500.

Kenny Wallace's Martinsville Performance Profile ----------------

Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Earnings 1998 Goody's 500 17 22 Running/497 $22,350 1997 Goody's 500 1 6 Running/500 $35,375 Hanes 500 6 6 Running/500 $27,875 1996 Goody's 500 28 14 Running/496 $11,215 Hanes 500 24 10 Running/499 $18,050 1995 Hanes 500 28 21 Running/353 $7,165 1994 Goody's 500 12 4 Running/500 $30,650 1993 Hanes 500 15 24 Rear End/424 $4,875 Goody's 500 23 15 Running/496 $9,125

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Derrike Cope , Dick Trickle , Ken Schrader , Kenny Wallace , Buckshot Jones