CHARLOTTE, N.C., (April 3, 2000) - In a wild race littered with caution flags, Wallace drove the Square D/Cooper Lighting Chevrolet 500 miles without a scratch, posting a 21st place finish in the DirecTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. "We carried...
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (April 3, 2000) - In a wild race littered with caution flags, Wallace drove the Square D/Cooper Lighting Chevrolet 500 miles without a scratch, posting a 21st place finish in the DirecTV 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
"We carried out our game plan and did exactly what we needed to do today," said Wallace. "We're just trying to climb up the NASCAR Winston Cup Series point standings. Our goal is to use 'calculated-aggression,' that means running hard without putting the Square D/Cooper Lighting Chevrolet in a position that would be detrimental to the team's season.
"The Square D Racing Team made some great adjustments," continued Wallace. "We got some great tires out of the pits and the race car began to handle the way I needed it to. We were running 29-second laps, which were very competitive with the entire field. The Texas Motor Speedway demands a lot of throttle, and when the car is handling properly, you can stay wide open and really get around the track."
Wallace captured 100 Winston Cup points, and climbed four spots in the series standings. The Square D/Cooper Lighting driver is currently positioned 30th on the season with 526 total points. This is Wallace's second season with Andy Petree Racing, and the team has seen improvement. After seven races in 1999, the Square D Racing Team was 33rd in the standings with 374 total points. In last year's Primestar 500, Wallace overheated and finished 39th in the race.
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Kenny Wallace, driver of the Square D/Cooper Lighting Chevrolet, is known for his energetic personality. Early on in his Winston Cup career, when Kenny was feeling a little too energetic, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. said to him, "Don't tell me what you're going to do, tell what you've done." Wallace learned a valuable lesson that day, and as he prepares for Sunday's Goody's Body Pain 500, he'll let his accomplishments do the talking.
Wallace has posted six top-10s in the last 10 races at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway, and won the pole position for the 1997 Goody's 500. He has been successful at the .526-mile track with several different teams, but none more than with the Square D Racing Team. In 1999, The Square D/Cooper Lighting pilot posted fifth and sixth-place finishes in his first season with Andy Petree Racing.
"I think the reason that this team has two top-10s in its first two Martinsville races is that our team performs at another level when we compete at tracks that I've been successful at," said Wallace. "I've just had a lot of good things happen at Martinsville through the years, and my team feeds off that. I've won Busch Grand National races and even grabbed the pole for a Winston Cup race. It just seems that Andy Petree Racing has given me the right equipment for Martinsville."
If the cliché that you're only as good as your last breakfast is true, then Wallace just ate at an all-you-can-eat buffet. The Square D/Cooper Lighting driver brings a lot of confidence to Martinsville this weekend, because he has been so successful in the past.
"I have a lot of good memories at Martinsville," continued Wallace. "It put me in an elite group, and it proved that I belong at this level. It gives me a lot of confidence knowing that I can get the job done on the short tracks at the Winston Cup level. I have two grandfather clocks from Busch races, which is what Martinsville gives to winners instead of a trophy. Even with those victories, the one memory I'm most proud of is the Winston Cup pole.
"Martinsville is one of the toughest tracks to qualify at on the Winston Cup circuit. The corners are made of concrete, the straightaways are made of asphalt, and that makes the tires spin out. The transition between the two surfaces is a difficult one. On top of that, the corners at Martinsville are tight because they aren't very wide. So you can see, there are many variables that make Martinsville difficult to get around. Not many drivers can post consistent laps at that track."