Dallenbach notches season-best finish Brett Borden BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 1998) Some drivers take top-10 finishes for granted. Wally Dallenbach, however, is not one of them. Dallenbach was having such a good time in the Miller Lite...
Dallenbach notches season-best finish Brett Borden
BROOKLYN, Mich. (June 14, 1998) Some drivers take top-10 finishes for granted. Wally Dallenbach, however, is not one of them.
Dallenbach was having such a good time in the Miller Lite 400 at Michigan Speedway Sunday, you'd have thought the Basalt, Col., native was winging around one of those road courses he's so strong on.
"This is fun," Dallenbach said. "I knew it would be. I just had to feel it for myself. The guys did a great job. It was a great race car, the best I've ever had, especially here. It was really hooked up."
Dallenbach made his first start in the No. 50 Budweiser Chevrolet a good one, starting eighth (his best start of the year) and finishing 10th (his best finish of the year).
Dallenbach will be keeping the seat warm until Ricky Craven returns. Craven's target date to get back in the seat is July 4 for the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
"I know I can do it if I get with the right equipment and the right team," Dallenbach said. "I think I owe it to myself to hold out for something like that. These guys gave me a great opportunity even if it's just for a couple of races. It's been a real pleasure working for these guys. My confidence didn't need boosting. I believed in myself."
Everyone believed in Dallenbach on the road courses, where the four-time winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona has earned all five of his NASCAR Winston Cup top-five finishes in only 13 starts. He also has eight of his 14 top-10s on tracks with right turns. There were no right turns in this Sunday's race, but plenty of right moves by the No. 50 Budweiser Chevrolet driver.
"The car was good in traffic," Dallenbach said. "I just couldn't seem to get up on some of those guys who were there eight or nine car lengths ahead of me. I ran every line I could and I just couldn't get it through the corners that little bit better, but we were close, really close."
It all added up to a nice Sunday drive for Dallenbach, who was used to driving a different type of machine recently.
"We just needed a little bit more and that was probably because the driver was sitting home mowing his grass the last two or three weeks," he said.
It added up to a nice change of pace for Dallenbach, whose NASCAR Winston Cup career may have taken a right turn once again.
Source: NASCAR Online