Shepard to Replace Dallenbach

NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Wally Dallenbach, who has driven the No. 46 First Union/Team SABCO Chevrolet Monte Carlo during the past two seasons, and Team SABCO owner Felix Sabates today agreed to sever ties Monday. Veteran...

NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Wally Dallenbach, who has driven the No. 46 First Union/Team SABCO Chevrolet Monte Carlo during the past two seasons, and Team SABCO owner Felix Sabates today agreed to sever ties Monday. Veteran drivers Morgan Shepherd and Tommy Kendall were named to replace him in upcoming NASCAR Winston Cup Series events.

Dallenbach was granted a full release from his driving duties and other contractual obligations after the mutual decision was reached by both parties.

Shepherd, a NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran who has been without a full-time ride this year, will serve as interim driver of the No. 46 First Union Monte Carlo beginning with Sunday's California 500 Presented by NAPA at California Speedway in Fontana. Shepherd's immediate availability and familiarity with the team were pivotal in his selection according to SABCO officials.

Shepherd had most recently been serving in a relief role in the No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet, subbing for injured driver Mike Skinner. He performed in a fill-in role for an ailing Dallenbach during the March 27-29 NASCAR Winston Cup event at Bristol, Tenn. Shepherd qualified 12th for that race, and finished 24th. He failed to make several early-season races in his own car with patchwork sponsorship.

In an effort to assemble the most competitive racing package available for upcoming road course races, including the June 28 Save Mart/Kragen 300 at Sears Point Raceway and the Aug. 9 Bud at the Glen at Watkins Glen International, Team SABCO has also hired former four-time SCCA Trans-Am Series champion Kendall to drive the No. 46.

Kendall's racing accomplishments on road courses include nine driver's championships, including four Trans-Am (1990 and 1995-97) and the 1991 IMSA GTP Triple Crown championship. Kendall won an impressive 11 consecutive SCCA Trans-Am events in 1997.

"Team SABCO and I have some unfinished business to settle on a road course -- especially at Sears Point," Kendall said. "I was filling in for (SABCO driver) Kyle (Petty) in 1991 after he'd broken his leg at Talladega. We qualified fifth and ran in the top-five for most of the race. Then I cut a tire while leading the final lap. It was a total heartbreaker. I'm literally counting the days when I get to go back (to Sears Point) in a Felix Sabates-owned car again. That place definitely owes us one."

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Wally Dallenbach , Mike Skinner , Morgan Shepherd , Felix Sabates , Tommy Kendall