Kenny Wallace to Drive No. 1 Aaron's Chevrolet at Talladega MOORESVILLE, NC (Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004) -- Dale Earnhardt, Inc. has asked a reliable friend to get into a familiar seat as Kenny Wallace will drive the team's No. 1 Aaron's ...
Kenny Wallace to Drive No. 1 Aaron's Chevrolet at Talladega
MOORESVILLE, NC (Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2004) -- Dale Earnhardt, Inc. has asked a reliable friend to get into a familiar seat as Kenny Wallace will drive the team's No. 1 Aaron's Chevrolet in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.
Wallace, who has made three NASCAR Nextel Cup Series starts this season, drove the No. 1 Chevrolet on an interim basis for DEI in 2001 and 2002. During that time, he posted two top-10 finishes and earned a Bud Pole Award in 16 starts.
Since making his Nextel Cup Series debut in 1990, Wallace has made 304 starts and earned six top-five and 27 top-10 finishes along with three Bud Pole Awards. This will be his first start with DEI since the Atlanta spring race in 2002.
"I am very honored that DEI asked me to drive the car at Talladega," Wallace said. "It's great to be back in the No. 1 Chevrolet again; it was probably the best time of my career when I drove the car before and I hated to leave.
"I know I am going to have a big part in Talladega. The same crew that helped get Ron Fellows to a second place finish at Watkins Glen is going to be helping me. Richie Gilmore, DEI and Michael Waltrip have been great through all this and I can't wait to get there."
The decision to put Wallace in the car wasn't a tough one for the team. Richie Gilmore, Director of Motorsports, said he turned to the two people who will be dealing with Wallace most during the race.
"We talked to Dale Jr. and Michael Waltrip about who they felt could help them out with drafting at Talladega - they both said Kenny Wallace," Gilmore said. "He already has a relationship with Aaron's and Michael Waltrip Racing having made three starts for that team this year. So, we just put the deal together to bring Kenny to the No. 1 car for this race and Aaron's and Michael were behind it, too.
"We're looking forward to having Kenny in the car and he's an exciting person to have around our teams. We know he'll be a great teammate to both Michael and Dale Jr."
Wallace will have two proven winners as teammates at Talladega, as well. Earnhardt, Jr. won four consecutive races, finished first or second in the last six races and Waltrip is the defending race winner.