(Posted Fri. May 4th, 2012)
May 4: Tune in Saturday as Kenny Wallace races a special American Ethanol paint out at the Talledega Speedway. As a founding partner of American Ethanol, the National Corn Growers Association urges members (and all race fans!) to watch the race and see the power of ethanol for themselves.
“I have fielded a lot of questions about ethanol through my work with NCGA,” said NCGA NASCAR Advisory Committee Chairman Martin Barbre. “You can understand academically the environmental, economic and national security benefits of this sustainable, domestically produced fuel, but, to gain a more visceral knowledge, you just have to see Sunoco Green E15 in action on the track. Ethanol doesn’t just make sense, it fuels some of the most exciting racing on the planet today.”
In 14 Nationwide Series starts at Talladega Superspeedway, Wallace boasts one top-five and four top-10 finishes. His best showing at the 2.66-mile track is a third-place finish, which he achieved in July 1995. The nine-time Nationwide Series race winner has an average starting position of 23.3 and an average finish of 18.4. Additionally, Wallace has competed in 24 Sprint Cup Series races at the Alabama Superspeedway. His best and most-well-known finish of second came in 2000, when he pushed the late Dale Earnhardt to his final Cup Series victory at Talladega Superspeedway.
"Talladega Superspeedway has been one of the best tracks of my career,” said Wallace. “It is very exciting for me to compete at this track and the fans are always on their feet. Now with my limited schedule, I'm trying to make this race count. I'm going to do everything I can to win."
The special No. 38 Brack Maggard chassis last saw action in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, where Wallace led a lap early and had a strong run going, but an unavoidable multi-car incident on lap 104 eliminated the St. Louis native prematurely, crediting him with a 29th-place finish.
Ethanol reduces America's dependence on foreign oil, is better for our environment and grows our economy by supporting more than 400,000 jobs in the United States. Visit www.americanethanolracing.com for more information.
The race will be televised live beginning at 3 p.m. EDT Saturday on ABC, and broadcast live also on the Motor Racing Network.