Kenny Wallace News 98-10-19

HARRISBURG, N.C., (Oct. 19, 1998) - Baseball legend Yogi Berra once said, "It's déjà vu all over again." Square D Ford driver Kenny Wallace was probably thinking the same thing when he yelled over the radio, "I blew up!" on lap 113 of the...

HARRISBURG, N.C., (Oct. 19, 1998) - Baseball legend Yogi Berra once said, "It's déjà vu all over again." Square D Ford driver Kenny Wallace was probably thinking the same thing when he yelled over the radio, "I blew up!" on lap 113 of the Pepsi 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. A dropped valve dropped Wallace out of the race, the very same problem that forced Wallace to the garage area on lap 107 in last week's Winston 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

"It's the same old story, same old song and dance," said Wallace, quoting a tune from his favorite band - Aerosmith. "We were running well and something happened to the motor. The crew told me it dropped another valve. All I can do is come here every week and put the car up front. I can't control what happens to the race car."

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With an eye on Sunday's Dura-Lube/Kmart 500 at Phoenix International Raceway and another on the 1999 season, Square D Ford driver Kenny Wallace heads west with plans for a good run and with plans to build a strong relationship with Jimmy Elledge - his crew chief next year at Andy Petree Racing.

Due to a prior family commitment this weekend, interim crew chief David Ifft won't be joining the FILMAR Racing crew when they board their flight from Charlotte, N.C., to Phoenix. As a result, the 28-year-old Elledge will be Wallace's head wrench this Friday and Saturday. However, Elledge still has a commitment with Jack Roush to change tires for Mark Martin on Sunday. Therefore, Barry Dodson, who is Mike Bliss' crew chief in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, will be staying an extra day in Phoenix to fill the role of crew chief on race day.

"It kind of reminds me of Rusty's (Wallace) championship run back in '89," said Wallace. "Barry was the crew chief while Jimmy Makar and Rusty got the chassis going. This time, Jimmy (Elledge) and I are going to get the chassis going, while Barry will come in and call our pit strategy for the race. I've got plenty of faith in both of them. Plus, we're taking a car that's finished no worse than 11th."

The car that's going to Phoenix is chassis FM14. It has only three races on it's record, but it's an impressive record. It debuted at New Hampshire in the CMT 300 with a season-best sixth place finish, followed by 10th and 11th place efforts at Darlington and Richmond, respectively. "It's the best flat track car we have," said Jason Shapiro, car boss for the No. 81 Taurus.

Sunday's race will not be the first time that Dodson and Wallace have worked together. In 1991 at Team III Racing, Dodson and Wallace teamed for three races on the Winston Cup circuit. During that year, Dodson worked with four other drivers at Team III Racing. They were Mickey Gibbs, Dick Trickle, Dorsey Schroeder and Jimmy Hensley. Kenny Wallace's Phoenix Performance Profile --------------------

Year              Event        Start Finish  Status/Laps   Earnings
1997  Dura-Lube 500     21        35  Running/308   $18,520 
1996  Dura-Lube 500     7         37  Engine/254    $9,525 
1995  Dura-Lube 500     27        26  Running/309   $9,185 
1994  Slick 50 500      11        18  Running/310   $19,195
1993  Slick 50 500      32        17  Running/310   $9,920 
1991    Pyroil 500      41        43  Steering/1    $3,000 

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dick Trickle , Kenny Wallace , Jimmy Hensley , Dorsey Schroeder , Andy Petree , Mike Bliss , Jack Roush , Mark Martin