Kenny Wallace named to 2002 Budweiser Shootout

Kenny Wallace Has The Pole, Car For 2002 Budweiser Shootout At Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 5, 2001) -- Kenny Wallace needed a Bud Pole Award and a car in order to compete in the 2002 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International ...

Kenny Wallace Has The Pole, Car For 2002 Budweiser Shootout At Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Nov. 5, 2001) -- Kenny Wallace needed a Bud Pole Award and a car in order to compete in the 2002 Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway.

Last weekend at North Carolina Speedway, Wallace not only got the Bud Pole Award in the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400, but he also got word from Dale Earnhardt Inc. that they'll supply a car.

Wallace, subbing for the injured Steve Park in the No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet fielded by DEI, turned a fast lap of 154.690 mph to win the Bud Pole Award. After qualifying, Wallace found out from DEI's Executive Vice President of Motorsports Ty Norris that the team will have a car for him to drive in the All-Star race.

"Ty Norris at DEI has told me I'll be in one of their cars for the Shootout," Wallace said. "We actually talked about it before hand. He left me a message on my cell phone Friday after qualifying joking about being in the DEI car for the special event. It's something we all can be proud of."

Wallace, who finished second to his brother Rusty in his only Budweiser Shootout start in 1998, becomes the record 23rd driver to date to be eligible for the Feb. 10 Budweiser Shootout. If all 23 drivers choose to participate in the Budweiser Shootout, it would set a record for most starters in the field since the inception of the event back in 1979. The previous mark was 18 drivers, set in last year's Budweiser Shootout.

"This is really a great opportunity for all of us," said Wallace, who joins his brother Rusty and DEI teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the Budweiser Shootout field. "Being in the Shootout with a legitimate chance to win is exciting. The Pennzoil team did a great job setting up the car. With Steve winning at Rockingham and me earning the pole, you have to agree that most of that was car. (Crew chief) Paul Andrews has done a great job in preparing these cars and we've had some really good qualifying runs in the past couple of races. It was only a matter of time before we earned that pole."

Tickets for the Budweiser Shootout At Daytona and other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223. <pre>

A Look At The Current 2002 Budweiser Shootout At Daytona Field

2001 Bud Pole Award Winners Bill Elliott No. 9 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T Dale Jarrett No. 88 UPS Ford Jeff Gordon No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Chevrolet Mark Martin No. 6 Viagra Ford Dale Earnhardt Jr. No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet Stacy Compton No. 92 Kodiak Dodge Intrepid R/T Bobby Labonte No. 18 Interstate Batteries Pontiac Ryan Newman No. 02 Alltel Ford Ricky Rudd No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Ford Sterling Marlin No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid R/T Todd Bodine No. 66 Kmart Blue Light Special Ford Jimmy Spencer No. 26 Kmart Ford Ricky Craven No. 32 Tide Ford Jeff Green No. 30 AOL Chevrolet Kurt Busch No. 97 Sharpie/Rubbermaid Ford Jason Leffler No. 01 Cingular Dodge Intrepid R/T Casey Atwood No. 19 Dodge Dealers Intrepid R/T Kenny Wallace No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet

Former Budweiser Shootout winners that are also eligible for the 2002 Budweiser Shootout Tony Stewart (2001) Rusty Wallace (1998) Geoffrey Bodine (1992) Ken Schrader (1990) Terry Labonte (1985) </pre>

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bill Elliott , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Tony Stewart , Rusty Wallace , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Jason Leffler , Geoffrey Bodine , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Kenny Wallace , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Casey Atwood , Stacy Compton , Ricky Craven , Mark Martin