KENNY WALLACE WILL DRIVE ...
KENNY WALLACE WILL DRIVE #88 SNICKERS® FORD AT NEW HAMPSHIRE
CHARLOTTE, NC (September 11, 2007) -- The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series travels New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend for the Sylvania 300. Kenny Wallace will pilot the Snickers Ford for the second week in a row while Ricky Rudd, who normally drives the #88, will not race this weekend as a result of a separated left shoulder injury he sustained at California Speedway. Wallace also went to Talladega Superspeedway this week to test the #88 Snickers Ford for a two day test session with the new Car of Tomorrow chassis which will make its superspeedway debut in October.
You spent Monday and Tuesday of this week testing the #88 at Talladega, how did that session go?
"Testing went quite well this week with Robert Yates Racing and the #88 Ford. Testing with this team was actually a lot of fun because they test their motors a lot and the focus on the engines and motors. Their focus on the motor is different than other teams I have tested with in the past so it was interesting to see the difference in the testing process. It was a very smooth test session with a lot of cars participating. From what I've seen on the track, the new Car of Tomorrow doesn't look much different from the car handling of the past. I think that NASCAR has done a pretty great job of keeping these cars very similar to the old cars and keeping the drivers safe on the track."
What are the keys to success at New Hampshire?
"Well every start that I'm in the #88 Snickers car is very exciting for me. It's far and few between that I get to drive for a professional team and besides that, if you look at my stats, they're very good at Loudon. One of my second-place finishes of my career came at New Hampshire in 1999 for Andy Petree. I just really like the atmosphere at Loudon and I just always have a lot of fun going to that track. I'm really looking forward to returning to New Hampshire this weekend and we'll see how our Snickers Ford handles, my main focus there is how the car handles in the corners. The straightaways are long, the corners are tight, and braking is at a premium so the car does an a lot when it enters the turns. I'm always looking for a car that gets into the corners well, and if I have a car that enters the turns well at Loudon, I can usually do pretty well."