BUSCH: Phoenix II: Phoenix: 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, 77 points behind 5th place Denny Hamlin, entering this weekend's race at Phoenix International Raceway

. Phoenix marks the eleventh 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 Phoenix; best start (8th), best finish (5th)

Wallace's thoughts on Phoenix International Raceway . . .

"Phoenix has such a great atmosphere and I always get a good feeling when we go there to race. There are some tracks that you really look forward to going to because of the city and the things you can do there, and Phoenix is definitely one of those tracks that I look forward to. Phoenix International Raceway has such a great history. I remember watching Alan Kulwicki get his first win there. moments like that you remember forever. Hopefully we can put the #22 AutoZone Ford in victory lane this weekend and make a moment of our own by getting AutoZone their first win. We definitely didn't run as well as we wanted to earlier this year in Phoenix, but the AutoZone team is going to take what we learned from the first race and try to improve on our twelfth place finish. Phoenix can be a tough track if you're not running up front, and a good run could really help us make up some ground on fifth place in the point's standings."


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Drivers Kenny Wallace , Denny Hamlin , Alan Kulwicki