Kenny Wallace makes 800th start

Kenny Wallace to Make 800th Career Start This Weekend in Richmond Charlotte, N.C. (September 7, 2009) - Kenny Wallace will add another highlight to his resume by making his 800th career NASCAR start in Friday night's event under the lights at ...

Kenny Wallace to Make 800th Career Start This Weekend in Richmond

Charlotte, N.C. (September 7, 2009) - Kenny Wallace will add another highlight to his resume by making his 800th career NASCAR start in Friday night's event under the lights at Richmond International Raceway in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250.

Coming at the site of three of his wins in the Nationwide Series, Wallace takes note of the location of his next milestone. "I like Richmond. Always have. I've had a lot of success in the past there so it's a little ironic that I'll be making my 800th career start there too."

Entering the NASCAR ranks for the first time in 1988 driving for Dale Earnhardt Sr. in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (then Busch) Advance Auto 150 at Martinsville Speedway, Wallace went on to win the 1989 Rookie of the Year Award following his first full season driving a car for his brother, Rusty Wallace.

Amassing 190 top 10's and 13 poles in NASCAR's top three national-touring series, including the only driver to be voted Nationwide Series' Most Popular Driver three times ('91,'94,'06), Wallace's career has been a storied one, including 444 starts in the Nationwide Series, 344 in the Cup Series as well as 11 starts in what is now known as the Camping World Truck Series.

"I just celebrated my 46th birthday, so sometimes it does seem like a long time ago I stopped being a crew chief for my brother's team and became a full-time NASCAR driver. I'm humbled by the fact that I've been in a position to be able to do something like this for over 20 years.

"Mark Martin just made his 1,000th career start and that's next for me hopefully. I plan on driving in NASCAR as long as I can. Hopefully with a few more wins along the way," quipped Wallace, punctuated by his iconic laugh. "I've had a job for my entire career in racing so I'm glad I made the right career choice. I want to thank all the car owners, sponsors and fans that have been along for the ride so far."

Wallace will be piloting his No. 28 Border Patrol Chevrolet Impala SS out of the Jay Robinson Racing stable in this weekend's event.

-credit: kwPR

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Rusty Wallace , Kenny Wallace , Mark Martin