About the ...
About the #22 AutoZone Ford Taurus Driver, Kenny Wallace . . .
. Currently sixth in the NASCAR Busch Series driver points standings, 99 points behind 5th place Denny Hamlin, entering the final race at Homestead-Miami Speedway
. Homestead-Miami marks the twelfth race with sponsorship from AutoZone; the announcement came the day of The Wallace Family Tribute 250 presented by Shop 'n Save at Gateway International Raceway, just outside of Wallace's hometown of St. Louis
. Wallace has earned 11 top-10 finishes in 2005, including three, second- place finishes: two at Nashville Superspeedway and one at Darlington Raceway
. Wallace has 6 career NBS starts at Homestead-Miami; best start (3rd), best finish (14th)
. Wallace will be driving the same #22 AutoZone Ford that he finished 2nd in at Darlington
. The #22 AutoZone Ford will be carrying the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital logo on the lower rear quarter panel in conjunction with the special "Racing to Save Lives" paint scheme on the #10 ppc Racing Ford, driven by John Andretti this weekend.
Wallace's thoughts on Homestead-Miami Speedway . . .
"We had a really positive test at Homestead last week. I feel like my #22 AutoZone Ford Taurus is going to be really competitive, and we are still going to try a few changes to gain even more speed. The AutoZone team is going down there expecting our hard work to pay off and expecting to run well. We probably aren't going to catch #20 Denny Hamlin for fifth in the point's standings, so we are definitely protecting our sixth place spot in the standings. The #22 AutoZone team has had a good year, but we've had some trying past few months. We really feel like we turned the corner last week at Phoenix, so we want to finish off the season strong and give ourselves something to build on over the winter. Homestead is a relatively new track, so we haven't run that many races on it. I am looking forward to finishing off the year with a fun weekend, and hopefully we can get the win that we've been so close to a few times this year. I really appreciate all of the hard work that my AutoZone guys have put in, and that's what I am going to tell them when I thank them on Saturday right before the start of the race."