CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Sept. 22, 1999) - For Square D Chevrolet driver Kenny Wallace, his return trip to New Hampshire International Speedway didn't go anywhere near as planned. His provisional starting spot and 34th place finish in last Sunday's Dura...
CHARLOTTE, N.C., (Sept. 22, 1999) - For Square D Chevrolet driver Kenny Wallace, his return trip to New Hampshire International Speedway didn't go anywhere near as planned. His provisional starting spot and 34th place finish in last Sunday's Dura Lube/Kmart 300 were far cries from his sixth place qualifying effort and career-best second place finish in the July event.
"It wasn't a good day, wasn't a good week," said Wallace. "We qualified bad and never recovered. We just need to go on."
* * * To Square D Chevrolet driver Kenny Wallace, racing at Dover (Del.) Downs International Speedway must be like hanging out with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Case in point, this spring's NASCAR Winston Cup Series race weekend at Dover.
For that race, Wallace qualified fourth and ran in the top-five until lap 289. It was then when Dr. Jekyll vanished and Mr. Hyde appeared. Coming off of turn two, Wallace slid high, slapped the wall and ricocheted into the path of Jeremy Mayfield. With a car too damaged to continue, Wallace's day was over.
"The last time I went to Dover was the best time I ever had there," said Wallace. "I ran really strong in my Busch car - didn't finish well because of a bad pit stop, but ran well. And my Winston Cup car was just awesome. Qualifying fourth and running in the top-five proved to me that I really did know what I was doing there. This time I just need to make sure I don't get too high coming off turn two trying to keep up with guys on new tires, while I have about 15-20 laps on my tires. Let's just say I learned my lesson."
To hear Wallace say "best time I ever had" and "Dover" in the same sentence seems odd. It was just last year, when from a total of 800 laps run at Dover, Wallace completed just 34 of them. A cut right front tire on lap 32 of the spring event sent the Square D pilot hard into the turn three wall, while an engine failure on just the second lap of the fall event prompted Wallace to say, "I think I just ran the shortest race in the history of motorsports." Reflecting on his history at Dover, Wallace said, "It used to be that I hated going to Dover. Then about four years ago, I said, 'I've got to get this track conquered.' It's kind of been a love/hate relationship. But APR (Andy Petree Racing) has played a big role in making me better at Dover. It's hard to put your finger on it, but when you're with a team for so long, and for whatever reason, you just can't seem to get things going, you switch teams and then you get going. Since I've been at APR, I've been like, 'Wow, this team has taught me some things.'" Kenny Wallace's Dover Performance Profile -------------------------------- Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Earnings 1999 MBNA Platinum 400 4 39 Accident/289 $31,275 1998 MBNA Platinum 400 31 40 Accident/32 $17,500 MBNA Gold 400 34 43 Engine/2 $16,355 1997 Miller 500 41 27 Running/485 $26,090 MBNA 400 19 38 Running/363 $20,305 1996 Miller 500 9 20 Running/495 $19,315 MBNA 500 18 20 Running/498 $15,965 1994 Splitfire 500 7 20 Running/494 $20,965 1993 Budweiser 500 35 13 Running/490 $12,950 Splitfire 500 36 16 Running/489 $11,630 1991 Budweiser 500 15 26 Running/478 $11,200