Kenny Wallace Martinsville Preview

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (April 12, 1999) - NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Kenny Wallace notched his best qualifying effort of the season by placing his Square D Chevrolet sixth on the grid for last Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor ...

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (April 12, 1999) - NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Kenny Wallace notched his best qualifying effort of the season by placing his Square D Chevrolet sixth on the grid for last Sunday's Food City 500 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. He then followed up his qualifying drive with a solid 16th place race run.

"It wasn't what we wanted after qualifying so well," said Wallace, "but it's not too bad. I'm a little upset with myself though. I misled the crew on the chassis setup. I knew better than to run what we had in the rear, and it bit me early in the race. It wasn't a horrible thing, but it sure didn't help. We'll take it and go on to Martinsville."

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Prior to last week's NASCAR Winston Cup Series race at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Kenny Wallace and the Square D Racing Team tested a brand new short track car at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, S.C. Chassis No. 9823 was shaken down at the tight .5-mile oval in preparation for this Sunday's Goody's Body Pain 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

"We had a really good test," said crew chief Jimmy Elledge. "The car was competitive right off the truck and Kenny was really happy with the car.

"In a short track car you're always looking for a car that turns really well. We wanted the car to turn into the corner without getting loose, while having it rotate through the center of the turn. That way, Kenny can use a lot of throttle with good forward bite up off the corner."

"The key to Martinsville is being able to handle from the middle of the corner out," said Wallace. "You've got to be able to get on the gas and not spin the tires so that you push out toward the wall. You want to shoot straight off that corner like a dragster.

"To really be successful at Martinsville, you've got to drive easy and let the car do all the work. The harder you drive, the more you hurt your brakes and kill your tires. You've got to sit back in your seat and drive, realizing that you've got 500 laps to make."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Kenny Wallace