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Dallenbach won't act like a typical Texan Wally Dallenbach says he won't behave like a typical Texan. He doesn't plan to wear a cowboy hat and rope, ride or 'rassle steers, but the 35-year-old New Jersey native hopes to settle down in...

Dallenbach won't act like a typical Texan

Wally Dallenbach says he won't behave like a typical Texan. He doesn't plan to wear a cowboy hat and rope, ride or 'rassle steers, but the 35-year-old New Jersey native hopes to settle down in the Lonestar State one day. Dallenbach, driver of the No. 25 Budweiser Chevrolet, owns a 500-acre ranch near San Antonio, and he plans to spend some time there prior to Sunday's Texas 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

"I've got some deer I'm raising, and it's just kind of a getaway place for us," Dallenbach said. "It's really nice. It's in the Texas hill country. It's got a lot of water and a lot of trees on it. Eventually we'll build a place on it and move down there. Some day I'll be a Texan. "I've got the best of both worlds. I've got a building spot on my dad's place in Colorado. He's got the ranch out there near Aspen, and then we've got this place in Texas. Hopefully we can go back and forth and enjoy both places." With his wife, Robin, and three children, Jacob, Wyatt and Katie, Dallenbach hopes to establish some Texas roots. However, he'll continue to rely on the horsepower under the hood of his Budweiser Chevrolet for transportation. "I don't ride horses," Dallenbach said. "I don't like horses, but I've got a pond that's got some bass in it, and I do a lot of hunting on it. It's got turkey and good deer on it. One of these days it's going to be really neat to have the kids live there. "When I was growing up, we had a lot of land that had that same type of thing growing up with the same environment. I'd really like to get my family down there before they're too old and think I'm not cool enough to hang out with." Dallenbach finished 19th in last year's race at Texas, but this will be his first start in the Budweiser Chevy at the state-of-the-art 1.5-mile oval near Fort Worth. Although Dallenbach says Texas is a fast, fun track, he can't compare it to any other track on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. "It's not wide enough to be like Las Vegas or Michigan," Dallenbach said. "It's not banked enough to be like Atlanta. It's like Texas. It's unique. We've had some good cars there but not very good pit stops. I think this year we may be able to really show what we can do there." The Budweiser team has dropped from ninth to 25th in the series standings the past two races, but Dallenbach isn't hanging his head. In fact, he thinks Texas might be just the place to bounce back. "If we could keep the stupid things from happening, we'd be right up there in the points," Dallenbach said. "We can't keep having those things happen. I think the guys are working together well. The cars are a lot better than last year, and the pit stops are a lot better. If everybody keeps their heads on straight, we're going to be OK and halfway through the season people are going to be wondering where we came from. "I've always liked the Texas track. I haven't seen it since they made improvements, but I'm looking forward to going there. We missed the wreck there last year. If we can just get through turn one for a few laps, I think we'll be pretty good. "It's a great place for us to be. Naturally, with me having somproperty in Texas, I think it's cool because I get to spend a little time down there. If they made improvements to the track, it's going to make for a better show. That's what they're hurting for right now. We don't need single-file racing. "These guys who have built these new race tracks ought to make them wide enough and fast enough like they did at Las Vegas. That's what the fans want to see, and that's what we want as drivers. We want to be able to race two or three abreast and have plenty of room." And a nearby home on the range wouldn't hurt, either.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Wally Dallenbach Sr.