BUSCH: Bristol II: Kenny Wallace preview

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About the #22 AutoZone Ford Taurus Driver, Kenny Wallace . . .

- Currently fifth in NASCAR Busch Series driver points standings entering Bristol Motor Speedway (BMS)

- BMS marks fourth race with sponsorship from AutoZone; announcement came Saturday, the day of The Wallace Family Tribute 250 presented by Shop 'n Save at Gateway International Raceway (GIR), outside of Wallace's hometown of St. Louis

- Wallace has earned 10 top-10 finishes in 2005, including three, second- place finishes: two at Nashville Superspeedway and one at Darlington Raceway

- Wallace has 24 career NBS starts at BMS; including 1 pole (1992), 1 win (1994), 8 top-5's, and 17 top-10's

- Wallace earned ppc Racing's 200th top-10 finish earlier this season at Pikes Peak International Raceway where he finished third

Wallace's thoughts on Bristol Motor Speedway . . .
"I've loved Bristol from the first time that I ever went there. It is the most exciting atmosphere that creates a happening, not just a race. From the people that line the streets for the parade, to the people camping as far as you can see, all the way up until the time they wave the green flag. it is truly a happening. The night race at Bristol is definitely the best race in NASCAR competition."

Wallace's thoughts on racing at Bristol Motor Speedway . . .
"I haven't run the way that I've wanted to the past few races at Bristol, but I keep reminding myself that I hold the record for the most top-10's in NASCAR Busch Series competition. Our goal this weekend is to take what we've learned from the last few times that we've raced at Bristol and improve on that. We definitely want to get a win for our new sponsor, AutoZone, soon."

Wallace's thoughts on the advantage of having a sponsor like AutoZone. . .
"For the AutoZone team, it all starts now. I feel like we are finally going to have a chance to be on a level playing field with the other teams that we are competing against for the championship. We are looking to put together a year end surge by testing and working even harder than we did at the start of the season. Because of the support that we now have from AutoZone, we now have tests scheduled at Richmond and Kansas. By the time we get to Richmond to race, I feel like we will be on more of a level ground to compete with the top teams. We have only used two tests so far this season, and there are a lot of the top teams that have used all of theirs already. I am really inspired by what the remainder of the season has in store for the #22 AutoZone team."


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