Kenny Wallace, NASCAR Driver #28
St. Louis, MO
Kenny Wallace was born in St. Louis Missouri on August 23, 1963, and it is easy to say that auto racing is in his DNA. His father was well known at the local dirt racing tracks where he won over 400 races during his career. The youngest of three brothers, Kenny got involved in racing as a mechanic for his brother Rusty and became a driver in his own right in 1982 when he won his first race. However, he would not enter professional racing until 1986 when he was Rookie of the Year for the American Speed Association.
2009 Stats for Kenny Wallace
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| Best Start: || 16th || Best Finish: || 9th |
| Average Start: || 25th || Average Finish: || 24th |
NASCAR Career through 2000
NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt helped bring Wallace into NASCAR and gave him his first NASCAR start in September of 1988. It was at this time that Wallace raced the #8 GM Goodwrench Chevrolet car at the Martinsville Speedway and finished eleventh. While he may have started competing in 1988, he really came onto the scene the next year, when he moved to his brother Rusty’s racing team and raced the entire Bush Series making his mark as the winner of the 1989 Rookie of the Year award.
The next year, Wallace moved up to the Winston Cup making his debut at the North Wilkesboro Speedway where he raced in the #36 Pontiac. While he was strong for most of the race, a late crash pushed him down to a 26th position finish. His first NASCAR wins came the next year in 1991. This year is also significant because at the Pyroil 500, Kenny raced against his two brothers, Mike and Rusty, in a NASCAR race for the first time.
By the start of the 1993 racing season, many things were going Wallace’s way; Dirt Devil had become his sponsor the year before, and he was a part of the SABCO Racing Team driving the #40 car in the Winston Cup full time. However, this was not to last, and he spent the next few years splitting his time between the Winston Cup and the Busch Series, most of that time with FILMAR Racing. His best year was 1999, when he had six top ten finishes driving with Andy Petree Racing. With only one top ten finish in 2000 at the Winston 500, Wallace came in second to Dale Earnhardt. That race is notable because it was also Earnhardt’s last victory before his death.
NASCAR Career 2001 through Present
Since 2001, Wallace has continued to split his time between the Busch and Winston Cup series while being a member of such teams as Eel River Racing, Innovative Motorsports, Bill Davis Racing, Michael Waltrip Racing, ppc Racing, Furniture Row Racing, Fitz Motorsports, Shark Energy Drink, and Gateway International Racing. He has also worked as a substitute for racers such as Kyle Petty and Ricky Rudd when they were injured.
While Wallace came in eight in the Daytona 500 qualifiers in 2008, he was black flagged during the race for not maintaining the required speed; however, he finished 16th overall for the year having 34 starts. In 2009, he improved his ranking to 13th with only 32 starts.
Kenny Wallace's Car for Montreal NASCAR Race
He is currently the driver for the Jay Robinson Racing Team, driving the #28 United States Border Patrol Car in the Nationwide Series. To date, he has had 450 NASCAR starts, with 9 wins, 64 top five finishes, and 159 top ten finishes. In addition to his brothers, he has a niece and a nephew who are also NASCAR drivers, making it truly a family affair.
Besides his career as a driver in NASCAR, he is also well known for his work as an on-air personality on the Speed Channel cable network, where he has been featured on shows such as NASCAR RaceDay and NASCAR Victory Lane.