Highlights of media Q&A's with pole-sitter, Kenny Wallace, driver of the No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo and crew chief, Paul Andrews: Kenny Wallace: How special is this day to win your third career pole? "This sport is about timing. ...
Highlights of media Q&A's with pole-sitter, Kenny Wallace, driver of the No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo and crew chief, Paul Andrews:
How special is this day to win your third career pole?
"This sport is about timing. You can get in right, and teams might not have their act together when you get with them. Somebody else can get with them a year later, and the timing is right and that team is better. I think the timing is right with this whole situation. It couldn't come at a better time for me."
Did you expect your time to hold-up?
"Rusty (Wallace) always said to hope for the best but to prepare for the worst. So, I knew that was a good time but I was prepared to be beat. My job always is to try to get a little bit more out of it."
On his relationship with Paul Andrews:
"Paul is very quiet and he doesn't do a lot of Hollywood profiling. I've always liked the way he carries himself. Paul sits back and diagnoses everything. My uncle owned a janitorial business repairing street cleaners and delivering chemicals and that's where Rusty worked and that's where we met Paul (around 1976). Rusty would have Paul come help him work on racecars. Paul helped Rusty win his first ASA championship in '82 when he was the crew chief."
Did you pick Kenny Wallace to drive for Steve Park while he recovers?
"After Steve's accident, I was walking back to the garage area and Ty (Norris) went to the hospital, I took out my Busch rundown out of my pocket and started going down the list. He first name that popped out was Kenny Wallace. We obviously had a good relationship, but that really didn't have a whole lot to do with it. I felt like he was a qualified driver who could run with us. He could run Winston Cup and could run with us for the rest of the year if we needed that."
On his relationship with his brothers, Rusty and Mike
"Rusty is the leader of the pack. I know better than to look down at him. He's the king of the family and as long as everything's that way, everything is fine. But things have been a little bit different here the last seven weeks. I think he's only outrun me at Richmond and Kansas City. I love my brothers to death and we have no sibling rivalry. But sometimes when drivers get in good positions early in their careers, they think it's all them. Just get in the No. 27 and let's see how great you are, you know? Sometimes it's fun to upset the cherry cart like I've done. Rusty is one hell of a racer and the same thing with Mike. A guy can not win two or three hundred races in the Midwest, plus a handful of Busch races and a handful of truck races and not be able to drive."
-Team Monte Carlo-