BUSCH: Phoenix: Kenny Wallace preview

KENNY WALLACE PROVES HIS PRIMARY FOCUS IS RACING People often forget that Kenny Wallace loves to race because of his exposure on television. In fact, Wallace's main passion is to be a competitive driver. Wallace happens to have the...

KENNY WALLACE PROVES HIS PRIMARY FOCUS IS RACING

People often forget that Kenny Wallace loves to race because of his exposure on television. In fact, Wallace's main passion is to be a competitive driver. Wallace happens to have the personality that is needed to excel as a television personality as well, but that is secondary to his racing career. Wallace is proving this now more than ever before. Since joining with ppc Racing, Wallace has posted one top-five, three top-10 and six top-15 finishes in just eight races, a feat that has Wallace fourth in the standings. He is enjoying this success while being a commentator on "NASCAR This Morning," "NASCAR Victory Lane" and select IROC and Truck Series Races. Wallace has also just finished up "NASCAR Drivers 360." He had top-15 finishes in each of the three races the crew filmed.

KENNY WALLACE IN THE POINTS

Wallace is currently fourth in drivers' points, 298 points behind leader Carl Edwards. He is only 132 points from third. This is his highest ranking since April 20, 2002, following the Talladega race. That year Wallace ended the season in seventh place. While competing full time in the NASCAR Busch series, Wallace has never finished outside of the top 10 in points.

KENNY WALLACE AT PHOENIX...

Wallace has enjoyed success at Phoenix International Raceway. In five races he has posted one top-five and three top-10 finishes and has started in the top 10 in three races. He has been running at the end of every race and has completed 99% of the laps. ppc Racing has also enjoyed success at Phoenix. Its drivers have finished in the top-10 six out of nine races and have posted top-fives in two of the races. The upcoming race is the first spring race for Wallace and the entire NASCAR Busch series program at Phoenix.

KENNY WALLACE ON PHOENIX...

"We go to Phoenix like we do a Bristol or a Richmond. I love going out there. We tested in Richmond a couple of weeks ago and that should help us for Phoenix. We know where our short track program is so that should help us a little bit on a one-mile track.

"Night races can be interesting. Nobody knows what is going to happen with the track at night in Phoenix, but it is going to be exciting. I look forward to being the first Busch Series driver to bring his car into victory lane for this race."

On being fourth in points

"I am happy to be fourth, but I remember in 2001 when I was winning poles as well as winning races. It feels right to be here; it is where I belong. I have spent more years running in the top five than I have spent out of the top five."

On the Stacker 2 Ford

"We are just a little bit off on making our front ends turn. Once we nail that, I think we can produce closer finishes. We've got ourselves a good team; we're just working on making the front end turn better."

Crew Chief Wes Ward

"This team is starting to hit on all cylinders. I have been telling the crew and Kenny if we make a mistake we have to salvage a top 10. That is exactly what we were able to do today (Texas). We struggled but still finished in the top 10. That's what we have to do every week to be competitive."

THE STREAK GOES ON...

Wallace currently holds the longest streak for consecutive Busch Series races without posting a DNF. He has been running at the end of the past 23 races. His last DNF was July 10, 2004, at Chicagoland Speedway, where he encountered engine problems. Since the streak started, Wallace has ran 2,832 laps of a possible 2,851 (99%). Wallace still has some work to do before breaking the record of 74 held by Ron Hornaday.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Kenny Wallace , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Carl Edwards