Kenny Wallace ...
#1 Pennzoil Chevrolet
Pop Secret 400
North Carolina Speedway (1.017-mile oval)
* In his ninth start for the Pennzoil team, Kenny Wallace tries to accomplish the same feat that Steve Park conquered during the last outing at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. In the Dale Earnhardt, Inc.-owned #1 Pennzoil Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Park took the same car Wallace will drive this Sunday to victory lane in an emotional win during the second race of the season.
* The Pennzoil Chevrolet competing in the Pop Secret 400 this weekend is the same Monte Carlo Wallace raced in Darlington and Dover. Park also drove the car, not only to the win at Rockingham, but also to a second-place finish at both Darlington and Dover and a ninth-place posting at the first Bristol event.
* In last year's event, Pennzoil driver Steve Park started the race in the 17th position but quickly found his way into the top 10 and had moved into sixth by the 46th circuit. After a series of cautions, Park moved from the 10th position to his final spot in sixth in the final 38 laps, which was he best finish on the 1.017-mile track at that point. Following the event last year, Park had posted seven top-10 races in the previous 11 races, going back to his victory at Watkins Glen.
* Last weekend at Phoenix, Kenny Wallace, who started the Checker Auto Parts 500 presented by Pennzoil in the seventh position as the best Chevrolet of the field, suffered from two flat right front tires throughout the 3-hour race but rallied to finish 11th after falling a lap down and running in the 36th position. Without warning on lap 70, the front tire on the Monte Carlo blew out as he head into the first turn but Wallace held on and avoided going into the wall. Coming into the pits when the caution came out for debris on lap 72, the Pennzoil team changed the right side tires only to stay on the lead lap. Returning to the pits on the next circuit for left tires, Wallace came back in one more time to repair the deck lid before returning to competition. When the green flag dropped at lap 77, Wallace was posted in the 36th position. Surging toward the front, Wallace picked off positions and worked his way into the 13th spot on lap 195. His rally though would once again be cut short when the Pennzoil car suffered another flat front right tire. Without a caution, Wallace fell a lap down when he entered the pits for new tires. A caution at lap 203 allowed Wallace to make up ground and get on the tail end of the lead lap for the restart. Not able to stay ahead of the leaders, Wallace fell back slightly but got a break when the yellow flag fell again. This time on the restart, Wallace forged ahead of the leaders and was pulling away from the field when the #97 car crashed along with several other cars. Getting back on the lead lap and around the track, Wallace was posted in the 23rd position on the restart and steadily picked off spots as he made his way back toward the front. Posted in the 18th position with 38 laps remaining, Wallace continued his climb and made it to the 11th spot with four laps to go.
"The only thing I have concerns about is that Steve Park won that race on bump stops," said Wallace, regarding Park's win in Rockingham earlier this year. "But I'm hoping we can go back and duplicate it. I'm sure Paul Andrews (crew chief) will figure it all out. I can't imagine the car not being fast. It's been fast every time I get behind the wheel."
"Really ready to put the car on the track at Rockingham," said crew chief Paul Andrews. "Tested there early in the year with and without bumps so, even though we won with them, we are prepared to race without. Ran well without them in Darlington when Kenny first took over for us, moving from the back to 12th before overheating.
"Driving at Rockingham is similar to the style needed for Dover and Darlington," added Andrews. "Kenny did very well for us at both of those races so feel confident he'll continue to run strong. He really has stepped in and done a wonderful job for us. It's a difficult situation to be in but he's handled it very well. We appreciate all his help."
<pre> Kenny Wallace North Carolina Speedway Winston Cup Performance Record
Year Race St Fin Laps Status 2001 Dura-Lube 400 30 42 118/393 Accident 2000 Dura-Lube 400 19 24 389/393 Running Pop Secret 400 10 43 14/393 Engine 1999 Dura-Lube 400 14 13 392/393 Running Pop Secret 400 26 16 391/393 Running 1998 Goodwrench 400 2 38 27/2393 Accident AC Delco 400 34 16 392/393 Running 1997 Goodwrench 400 13 41 180/393 Engine AC Delco 400 25 37 379/393 Engine 1996 Goodwrench 400 8 7 393/393 Running AC Delco 400 8 19 391/393 Running 1995 Goodwrench 500 29 20 477/492 Running 1994 AC Delco 500 23 15 488/492 Running 1993 Goodwrench 500 32 23 481/492 Running AC Delco 500 41 37 181/492 Mechanical
Pennzoil Team North Carolina Speedway Performance Record
Year Race St Fin Laps Status Winnings 2001 Dura-Lube 400 2 1 393/393 Running $144,593 2000 Dura-Lube 400 18 9 392/393 Running 42,010 Pop Secret 400 17 6 393/393 Running 47,050 1999 Dura-Lube 400 38 26 390/393 Running 33,475 Pop Secret 400 39 15 392/393 Running 38,850 1998 Goodwrench 400 19 31 374/393 Running 14,765 AC Delco 400 38 35 386/393 Running 17,250 1997 AC Delco 400 32 33 387/393 Running 11,850