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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Repaving, Regrouping, and Looking Ahead

Kenny Wallace · Thursday October 25, 2012

Kansas went really well. We practiced in second spot, but we were tied with Paul Menard, so they listed us third. We backed it up by qualifying fourth. It’s a pretty special car, you know? People will ask, “well, how come you qualify twelfth to fifteenth then all of a sudden, you qualify so good?” My best qualifying run of the year was third at Phoenix. When I’m in the car, we usually qualify in the top 11, let’s say; I’ve got a couple of eleventh-place qualifying runs. So it was a really solid qualifying effort.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: A Big Trophy and Playoff Time!

Kenny Wallace · Thursday September 20, 2012

In the first race at Chicago, we finished fourth, so I was excited to go back, knowing that we could run competitively. Everything was on total schedule. We qualified eleventh in the first race, came back and qualified eleventh for the second race. We were really consistent and the car was fast. They dropped the green flag, we took off with the lead pack, and I was happy. Then we came in for our first pit stop and when the race went back to green, the motor quit on me. I would fire it up, it would keep going and then quit again. So anyway, what had happened was one of the coil wires broke. So there was nothing we could do; we didn’t know what it was at the time. It was a little bit of a bummer, but we just had a wiring problem. It was a new car. So, that’s the bottom line.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Taking Care of Business On and Off-Track

Kenny Wallace · Friday August 17, 2012

We just got dirt racing this year. The DIRTCar Summer Nationals for the modifieds (is a series of races where the points are for) your ten best races. We had run nine races. I really like the Summer Nationals because they race a lot during the summer-28 races in 32 days. I wasn’t thinking about the championship, but we just got to racing and all of a sudden we started winning. We won like three out of five and all of a sudden I looked and I was only 39 points out of the lead. Well, my competitors had all already run ten or more. So I decided to go for the championship.

It was a crazy story because on Saturday, I had to be at a one hour Speed TV production meeting at Loudon. So, I came to the meeting and the stars aligned perfectly: Tony Stewart was flying to Eldora and the plane was literally going right over Toledo. So Tony just let me ride in his airplane, he didn’t even ask for any money, and they landed and dropped me off. Now, my guys were in Indiana. I told them to turn around, and they turned around and drove five hours the other way. We showed up, ran second in our heat. It was a 25-lap feature and we led like 18 or 19 laps and then my car picked up a big push—I guess we had it adjusted wrong—and we finished sixth and pulled it off.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Bad Luck, Good Racing...and the Wizard

Kenny Wallace · Thursday July 12, 2012

Michigan was really disappointing. We qualified 10th and had a really good car. It gave us no warning whatsoever; I guess the motor broke right as we were coming to get the green flag. As we were coming to the green flag, I went to take off and the motor blew up right then. That’s the second time that’s ever happened in my career. It happened at Phoenix back in like 1993, where my motor blew up on the very first lap. I guess if you race enough like me, those things will happen. So that was a bummer. It was just that quick at Michigan: we qualified 10th, it blew up coming to take the green flag and that’s it, we were out of the race.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Loving Talladega and Advice for the Future

Kenny Wallace · Friday June 8, 2012

The last Nationwide race I ran was Talladega. Talladega is the type of track where you have to be what I call “cautiously aggressive.” In other words, if you try to stay out of the wrecks and lag to the back, you have a chance of losing the draft and going down a lap. We’ve seen that in the Cup race, specifically with Denny Hamlin last year. When you go to a racetrack, you’ve got to love it. So when I go to Daytona and Talladega, I know what I’m in for, so I have just got to love it. I go with a thought process that I love the racetrack, I can’t worry about wrecking. It’s in the back of my mind, but I’ve got to stay consistent and make good moves. The last Talladega race, I made one mistake. I cut down a little quick and me and my brother Mike got together. It’s no different than say, Elliott Sadler in the Daytona 500. Here he is on lap one and he thinks he’s going to help Jimmie Johnson, and boom, they have a big wreck. It’s hard, but I’m just cautiously aggressive, try to make the right moves, try not to make any mistakes.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Getting Dirty and The Hometown Nine

Kenny Wallace · Thursday May 3, 2012

It’s been well-documented where I’m at in my career with RAB Racing. It stung really bad not racing at Texas. You know, I had 143 straight Nationwide starts which was the longest current tenure, and I also have the most starts in the history of the series. I’m not going to lie; I was bitter. It hurt like hell. So now I’ve got some new assignments in my life and we’re going to run what Nationwide races we’re going to run. I’m not going to create drama every week. I have six more Nationwide races scheduled this year.

If anybody wants me to drive their Nationwide car, just call me up. I’ll entertain some ideas if somebody wants me to drive their car while I’m not driving for my RAB Racing team. It’s important for me to be competitive.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Momentum and a World Series Dream

Kenny Wallace · Thursday March 29, 2012

What’s funny is, when you look at it, people know when you’re running good. Then when you run bad, people want to know why you’re running bad, so a lot of people in the media have been talking to me and everybody says, ‘man, you’re really running good this year.’ I think the reason we’ve been so much better is that first of all, last year was our first year in the Nationwide Series with a brand-new car. It was also my crew chief and crew’s first year with a brand-new car and my first year driving a whole new car.

So I think that this year, my whole team completely, with me as a driver and them as the crew, has a better handle on this car. I think my crew chief, Scott Zipadelli, is doing a really good job. My cars are good-as you’ve noticed, we qualified third at Phoenix and sixth at Fontana, eleventh at Bristol. When you look at our stats, we’re really running good. Of course, we’ve had a lot of bad luck, but we’re running really good, and I think that’s why; we’re just better this year.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Driving on Dirt, Daytona, and Dollars

Kenny Wallace · Thursday February 23, 2012

A lot of great drivers started at dirt tracks. To win four big dirt races over great racecar drivers like Kenny Schrader, Bard Hartman, the Dillon boys, Austin and Ty Dillon. To win three out of seven races in the Winter Nationals at Volusia-there were seven possible races and I won three of them-that’s unprecedented for our dirt racing team. I was really grateful. It was a big time for me and my boys and it was a Speedweeks we will never forget! 2012 has already been really special.

Billy Smith is a great racecar driver, and I’m really lucky to have him on my dirt team. He’s also a great fabricator and a great friend. I’ve got one employee and his nickname is “Billy the Kid” Smith, because he started racing at a very young age. Billy’s 36 now. He’s the glue that keeps my whole dirt racing team together. He’s basically become more of a friend than he has an employee. It’s really worked out nice; we’ve become more friends than anything. I told Billy we have to find a way to keep him around when I’m done racing and keep things going so he can always stay here and we can grow old together and hang out.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Goals, Dirt Cars and Social Influence

Kenny Wallace · Thursday September 29, 2011

Richmond is statistically in the top three for me as far as racetracks. Bristol is really good for me, of course; Martinsville is really good for me, but Richmond, that’s my track. We went up there with a lot of confidence from the first race. In the first race we ran in the top three or four only to mess it up on a late-race pit stop. So, here we go back in September with the exact same car, the exact same setup, just with a couple of small adjustments, and we ran in the top 5 all night long. We had a really good qualifying run; we qualified fourth or fifth.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Things Happen in Threes

Kenny Wallace · Friday September 9, 2011

We went to Montreal knowing that we needed to finish that race because we blew the motor at Watkins Glen, and we knew that after blowing the motor at Watkins Glen that we were going to have to stop the bleeding as far as our downfall in the points. You know, we rattled off those five top 10s in six races and then all of a sudden all these odd things started happening to us. So we went to Montreal knowing that we had to finish the race. We qualified somewhere around 20th or something like that. I love that racetrack. Kim and I love Montreal. We went there and I drove as hard as I could, but I had to pace myself. It’s easy to wear your brakes out at that racetrack. I know a handful of cars who were out of brakes at the end.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Hot Streak, Short Tracks

Kenny Wallace · Friday August 19, 2011

One thing I was really focused in on this was making sure that when we go back to a track the second time, that my team would be better. I am happy to report that we are 100% on. We went back to Daytona and we didn’t wreck and finished seventh. We came back to Nashville for the second time and we improved our results and we improved how competitive we were. This Nashville race, we finished tenth and ran real good. I was happy with the results. That was a big race because our sponsor was Federated Auto Parts and the race was the Federated Auto Parts 300. We stayed over until the next day on Sunday with Federated and I gave lots of rides in the racecar. It all went really well.

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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: The Good, the Crazy, and the Capital

Kenny Wallace · Thursday July 14, 2011

I went to Michigan to redeem myself. It’s always been a hard track for me. I like Michigan. It doesn’t bother me at all. But when I’d go there, I’d just never have a good run. It’s kind of like the way Matt Kenseth never has a good time at Martinsville; I’ve never had a good time at Michigan. We were running good, top 15, and I came in to pit and Trevor Bayne was looking down at his tach. He didn’t see me and ran into the back of me and about spun me out. We never did recover after that. The car got really loose on me, and then we ran it out of gas on a pit stop, so nothing turned out good, but that was in the past. I’m looking forward now.

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