NASCAR-WCUP: Square D Racing Review/Preview
6 May 1998
"It was a rough weekend for us," said Wallace. "We missed on our qualifying setup and on our race setup. We're going to test at Michigan (May 11-12), so hopefully we'll be able to make up some ground on these types of tracks. A 19th place finish isn't good, but it isn't bad either."
Just as the Bud Shootout kicks off Daytona's Speedweeks at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway's running of The Winston Open and The Winston readies race fans for the culmination of its speedweeks - the Coca-Cola 600.
For Square D Ford driver Kenny Wallace, competing in The Winston Open means not only racing to earn a grid position for The Winston, but it also means garnering some valuable seat time at the 1.5-mile oval in preparation for the Coca-Cola 600.
"It's good training," said Wallace. "Anyone that doesn't run The Winston Open is giving themselves up for a good run in the Coke 600. Essentially, The Winston Open gives us two test days. We learn to qualify in the late afternoon and race at night - the same things we'll be doing for the 600. It's an exhibition race, so we can try a different chassis setup or I can take a different line going into the corner because there's not as much on the table. In a regular point race, you can't always take those chances. You can't afford to lose points with a bad finish because some of the things you were experimenting with didn't work out."
Kenny Wallace's The Winston Open/The Winston Performance Profile
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Earnings 1997 The Winston Open 23 23 Running/50 $2,200 1996 The Winston Open 13 11 Running/50 $6,100 1993 The Winston Open 17 22 Running/50 $2,300 1991 *The Winston 17 17 Running/69 $18,000 1990 The Winston Open 24 17 Running/133 $3,500
* Wallace's only appearance in The Winston came when he drove a Felix Sabates- owned Pontiac while substituting for an injured Kyle Petty.