Wallace Brings Martinsville Experience Into Goody's 250 MARTINSVILLE, VA (June 7, 2006) -- While it has been a dozen years since the NASCAR Busch Series visited Martinsville Speedway, Kenny Wallace has had a hard time blocking out...
Wallace Brings Martinsville Experience Into Goody's 250
MARTINSVILLE, VA (June 7, 2006) -- While it has been a dozen years since the NASCAR Busch Series visited Martinsville Speedway, Kenny Wallace has had a hard time blocking out the historic Virginia track. Every time he opens the door to his house he is reminded of his Martinsville success.
"The grandfather clock you get for winning Martinsville is legendary and I have one in the foyer of each of my houses," Wallace said recently. "Martinsville is very significant to me. I won there twice and was leading coming to the white flag another time and ran out of gas. The place has a lot of history for me ... my first Busch start, I won two races there and I got a (NEXTEL) Cup pole there.
"There are a lot of things that make Martinsville special. I think it's the only real short track we race on and it's the oldest track we race on."
When the Busch Series returns to Martinsville Speedway on July 22 for the Goody's 250, Wallace will be the only Busch regular in the field with a Martinsville win under his belt. He won here in 1992 and then again in the last Martinsville Busch race in 1994. The 1994 race remains one of his most memorable victorties.
"That was a pretty wild win," Wallace said of his 1994 victory. "I remember Andy Petree ... he was a Cup crew chief at the time, but he was racing a car in that race. He was a lap down and my brother Mike was leading the race and David Green was following him (Petree) and waiting for him to get out of the way. While they were following, I pased both of them and won the race."
It's also hard for Wallace to forget 1991 at Martinsville. "I was leading the race with one lap to go. When the white flag came out, I ran out of gas. That was a tough one. I was devastated when I ran out of gas."
Wallace has always excelled on Martinsville's tricky layout. In addition to the two Busch wins, he has a couple of top-five finishes in NEXTEL Cup races at Martinsville
"It's the type of track when people think who they should put in the car, they think of me and that's pretty humbling," Wallace said of Martinsville.
Wallace will be one of just a few drivers with any Martinsville Busch experience at all, but he doesn't think that alone will be an advantage.
"You have to remember a guy like Denny Hamlin who ran a lot of big Late Model shows at Martinsville and young guys like Clint Bowyer who have cup experience at Martinsville," said Wallace. "I venture to say out of everybody driving Martinsville in this race (Goody's 250), I have the most laps there. That doesn't mean I'll win, but I do know what I'm in for."
And what does Wallace think is in store on track for the Goody's 250?
"It's been an incredibly long time since we're raced at Martinsville. The setups are completely different and the series has changed," said Wallace.
"I think you'll see an exciting race. You're going to see a lot of young drivers making hard moves. I think you'll see a lot of wrecking because a lot of new drivers have never raced there. That's going to make it interesting."
The Goody's 250 NASCAR Busch Series action kicks off with an open test session on Thursday, July 20 from noon until 7 p.m. The test session will be open to the public at no charge.
On Friday, July 21, there will be a practice from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. followed by a rookie practice from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The final practice will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 21. Friday admission is $5.
Qualifying is set for 12:05 p.m. Saturday, July 22 with the Goody's 250 set to start at 3:30 p.m.
Goody's 250 tickets are on sale and may be purchased by calling 877.RACE.TIX or visiting www.racetickets.com on the web. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 the day of the event.