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Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Drive the Hell Out of the Car – But Don’t Wreck It!

My Jay Robinson Racing team continues to find our way. This is a new situation for me to try to make our team better. We went to Nashville and we were competitive to where we were able to finish 16th, on the lead lap which was a feather in our cap. We’re pointed in the right direction. That was a good run for us. Our team was happy–I didn’t think I would ever be happy with a 16th-place finish, but I thought it was good for our team.

After Nashville, we went to Kentucky and had a fuel pump break at the drop of the green flag-the very first lap. That was disappointing because the goal on our team is to finish every race in the top 20. When I do that–finish in the top 20–that really makes us feel like we’re headed in the right direction. But life goes on there and you move on.

Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Racing, Making Gains & Oh, Hail!

Richmond was a big disappointment for me. We went there with high hopes. We had leased a Hendrick motor and we had qualified the best we qualified this year, in 21st. I think that was a big improvement for our Jay Robinson Racing team. When we started the race we were way, way too tight. I have no idea how the car got so tight. It was tight in practice; I just don’t think we got it quite as good as we needed to. Then we had a drive shaft that broke. I don’t know what happened, but the weights flew off it. We had to go behind the wall because it was vibrating so badly. We got back out and actually got the car freed up and running a lot better. Still, it was a huge disappointment because we had a lot of high hopes.

Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: A New Team (Again) & Take Me Out to the Ballgame

You know, at times I don’t know if I’m being picked on or if I’m lucky. I feel as if I’m lucky now, because I could be like a lot of my good friends. I could be on the sidelines watching the race. So I’m really grateful to Jay Robinson Racing. Jay had called me even before Daytona. He was still working on the U.S. Border Patrol sponsorship. I just really feel like I’m lucky. I’m young, I’m a good racecar driver, and it would be a total downer if I was not racing right now. But I also cannot believe all this happened six races into the year. It’s just unbelievable.

Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: Making it in Under the Wire

As I was getting in my car for the Gatorade Duels, I said to myself, “Okay, Herman. You can do this. You’ve done it before.” Except I knew there was more on the line than just making it into the 50th 500. This was a chance for me to prove myself for once and all, on the biggest stage in auto racing. This team was giving me an opportunity to show my ability. As the race went on, it wasn’t looking very good. They dropped the green flag and the ignition went out. We had to pit and restart last. The whole race was like a dream. I was so focused inside the racecar on what I had to do; the drafting, all my moves.

Kenny Wallace Driver Diary: A Whole New Year

Personally, it was a great offseason for me. We started off with Thanksgiving and we had me, my wife Kim, our three girls and the whole family over for dinner. I gave my family a speech. I stood up before dinner and told everybody that I hope I have to no longer invite anybody for Thanksgiving. We love having Thanksgiving and my wife is a great cook. We would always have this funny thing that would go on with my family where my brothers would say “Well, nobody called us. We weren’t invited.” So I gave them a little speech and I said that Thanksgiving is sacred to us because my Grandma always had dinner and we always went there. So we got that out of the way and said that Thanksgiving would always be at Kenny and Kim’s and that nobody needs to be invited ever again!