BUSCH: Daytona II: Kenny Wallace preview

WALLACE EXCITED AS MID-POINT OF SEASON APPROACHES Stacker 2 Racing has a lot to be excited about as the 2005 season approaches its mid-point. During the first half of the season, Wallace's return as a championship contender has been ...

WALLACE EXCITED AS MID-POINT OF SEASON APPROACHES

Stacker 2 Racing has a lot to be excited about as the 2005 season approaches its mid-point. During the first half of the season, Wallace's return as a championship contender has been evident. Wallace has been able to accrue three runner-up finishes, as well as eight top-10s during the first part of this season. He hasn't finished out of the top-15 since May 13 and has been running at the end of all but one race. His consistent finishes have allowed him to climb up to fifth in the standings, within reach of the championship trophy that will be awarded the next time the NASCAR Busch Series visits Florida in November. First on Wallace's mind, however, is the upcoming race at Daytona. Restrictor plate races have not been good to Wallace this year due to a blown tire and getting caught up in "the big one." Wallace hopes to change his luck this time and hoist the first of many trophies of the year at the conclusion of Friday night's race. Wallace will also attempt to qualify for Saturday's Pepsi 400 Nextel Cup race.

KENNY WALLACE AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

When Wallace returns to Daytona International Speedway, he hopes to return to the success he once had there. Despite blowing a right front tire and finishing 37th at Daytona earlier this year, the track has predominantly been a good track for Wallace. Wallace scored his first Busch Series pole at Daytona in only his second Busch Series start. Wallace has finished in the top-10 seven of 13 times and his highest finish is fourth. In 15 starts, ppc Racing has scored three top-fives and seven top-10s.

KENNY WALLACE IN THE POINTS

Wallace remains fifth in points for the fourth consecutive week. Wallace has been in the top-10 since finishing 12th at Atlanta on March 19. Wallace was also able to gain points on the second-, third- and fourth-ranked drivers by finishing higher than those drivers in Milwaukee. Wallace is now 187 points behind leader Martin Truex Jr. and 146 points out of third. Owner Greg Pollex moved up one spot to fifth.

QUOTING KENNY WALLACE

On Daytona...

"We're going to Daytona as a group, and I am going to approach the race like I always have, and that is race to win. We will make a group decision come race time on what the crew wants me to do as far as racing strategy.

"We blew a right front tire in Daytona and got involved in the wreck at Talladega so I can't change my strategy but we are less than 190 points out of the championship lead. I will let my crew chief and car owner make the decision. If it is up to me I am going to try to race hard up front, and if we wreck that is how it is. I don't think hanging around the back of the field helps any.

"One reason this team hired me is because when the green flag is dropped, I go, and that is what I plan on doing in Daytona."

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kenny Wallace , Martin Truex Jr.