BUSCH: Kansas: Kenny Wallace preview

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

. Currently sixth in the NASCAR Busch Series driver points standings, 13 points behind 5th place Denny Hamlin, entering this weekend's race at Kansas Speedway

. Kansas marks the seventh race with sponsorship from AutoZone; the announcement came Saturday, the day of The Wallace Family Tribute 250 presented by Shop 'n Save at Gateway International Raceway, 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 3 career NBS starts at Kansas, with his best start (12th) and best finish (15th) coming in 2004

. Kenny will be racing his St. Louis Cardinals dirt car this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS

. Kenny and his wife, Kim, will be attending the St. Louis Cardinals playoff game in St. Louis on Tuesday before traveling to Kansas City

Wallace's thoughts on Kansas Speedway . . . "The AutoZone team tested at Kansas last week and I am really looking forward to racing there this weekend because our car is strong on the long runs. It takes the #22 AutoZone Ford about five laps to really come in and get to where I can compete with the leaders. The weather is usually really hot in Kansas this time of year, which makes the track slick, and it really works to my advantage because it puts more emphasis on the driver. Each time that I have raced at Kansas I've been able to improve my finish. I finished twelfth last year, so hopefully we can run in the top-five or ten all day and be around to challenge for the win at the end. Right now, we are in a heated battle for fifth place in the driver points standings. Currently we are thirteen points out of fifth and hopefully we will have a strong run this weekend to move us back into the top-five. The two main goals for the #22 AutoZone Racing team for the rest of the season is to win races and finish in the top-five in points."


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Drivers Kenny Wallace , Denny Hamlin