Kenny Wallace comments on
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Kenny Wallace sits in his racecar at Iowa Speedway in 2011. Wallace will attempt to make his first Xfinity Series race Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, subbing for his brother Mike Wallace.
Kenny Wallace’s first attempt at a race this season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series will come as a substitute driver—a fill-in role for brother Mike Wallace—in Saturday’s Winn Dixie 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Wallace, originally only scheduled to compete in the two Xfinity Series races at Iowa Speedway this season, is scheduled to make his 545th career start in the series Saturday.
The start will come under special circumstances. Wallace will be fielded in a third JGL Racing entry, replacing a recovering Mike Wallace. When the brother’s mom, Judy, informed Kenny of his elder brother’s emergency triple-bypass heart surgery, Wallace recalled being caught “off-guard” by the news.
“I called him up; I was very worried about him,” Wallace said of his brother. “That’s how it happened. He went in for emergency triple-bypass and his car owner called me not soon after that, and asked me if I’d drive the car.
“I’m doing this for Mike. I’m going to give him the money the car makes; I love my brother a lot.”
Wallace said his brother will try to be on hand for the event Saturday.
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Ryan Reed leads the 2014 Aaron's 312 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Wallace has finished inside the top-five at Talladega in both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series, with his most recent start coming at the track in May 2012. While Wallace has never won at Talladega Superspeedway, he says he has had good history at the track.
“This has been a good track for me, it always has been,” Wallace said. “There’s absolutely no pressure. I’m going down there to run really well. I’m going to drive as hard as I can and not cause any problems, and put myself in position for a really good run.”
Wallace currently has three races scheduled for 2015, but the youngest Wallace brother said he is focused and excited about his television career. He wouldn’t say 2015 would be his final season behind the wheel—because he isn’t sure if it will be.
“I really don’t know,” he said. “I’m 51-years-old, I’m not trying to prolong my career; I don’t know, I really don’t.
“People keep calling me, wanting me to drive their cars. As long as I’m having fun, then that’s what I’m looking for, is to just keep having fun. ”