This Week in Ford Racing April 26, 2005 NASCAR Busch Series Kenny Wallace, driver of the No. 22 Ford, has quietly crept his way into fourth place in the NASCAR Busch Series driver point standings following a disappointing 37th-place finish...
This Week in Ford Racing
April 26, 2005
NASCAR Busch Series
Kenny Wallace, driver of the No. 22 Ford, has quietly crept his way into fourth place in the NASCAR Busch Series driver point standings following a disappointing 37th-place finish at the season-opening race in Daytona. Wallace, who has nine Busch Series victories in 15 years of competition, rejoined the series on a full-time basis last year and is attempting to add to his mark of nine career top-10 finishes in the Busch Series standings.
KENNY WALLACE-22-Stacker 2 Ford Taurus
YOU ARE CURRENTLY FOURTH IN THE POINT STANDINGS, BUT DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE FLYING UNDER THE RADAR? "No, I really don't. I think the media might think it's a fluke because they're not talking about it, but I know everybody in the garage area knows it's for real. Basically all I'm doing is picking up from where I left off in my early Busch Series days. I've spent so much time trying to win a Cup race that I kind of stunted my growth in the Busch Series. Last year was my first full-time season in quite a long time and I'm with a real good team with ppc Racing and I feel real good about it. I know that I have to earn the media's reviews, but what makes me feel the best is that everybody in the garage area knows we're for real, and it's really all about where that tractor trailer lines up."
WILL A WIN THIS SEASON ADD VALIDITY TOWARDS A CHAMPIONSHIP RUN? "We haven't won since 2001, but between 2001 and now I've only run one year of Busch. I'm confident in my ability; I always have been. I've had people tell me that I'm too cocky, too brash, but that's just me. When it gets down to the bottom line, I love everybody."
IS THERE CONFUSION WITH THE BUSCH SERIES POINT STANDINGS BECAUSE THERE IS A DISCREPANCY IN THE TOP 10 BETWEEN DRIVER AND OWNER POINTS? "I would say what we're up against now, everybody used to call the Cup drivers Buschwhackers. I don't think they're Buschwhackers any more, what I think it is is the reality of the NASCAR Busch Series. It's only made our series that much more popular. Now when you win in the Busch Series it's a really big deal because it's all Cup drivers. I like that because now when I win in the Busch Series it's almost as gratifying as winning a Cup race. You have to not only beat the Cup drivers, but you also have to beat the Cup teams. That's what the Busch Series has become."
DOES THAT PUT GREATER SIGNIFICANCE ON THE OWNER STANDINGS? "I know that after a race that all of the teams look at the owner standings. I don't. I look at the driver standings because at the end of the year that's what pays the money, bottom line."
ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH THE RESTRICTOR-PLATE RULES PACKAGE IN THE BUSCH SERIES? "I'm real comfortable with the rules package. Going into Talladega I'm really looking forward to the new cylinder head for Ford. At Daytona we didn't have the new cylinder head and then we blew a right-front tire running in the top 10. I think I'm more excited about 20 to 25 more horsepower out of the Ford engines than anything else."
SPECIFICALLY, WHAT WILL THE ADDED HORSEPOWER ALLOW YOU TO DO THIS WEEKEND THAT YOU COULDN'T DO AT DAYTONA? "Stay up front easier. If you don't have the horsepower you're always begging to get in and stay in line, and you're getting beat in the rear end and bump drafting harder. The more power you have and the better the car that you have, it's a little easier to stay up front, but we'll work it out no matter what."