Kenny Wallace, No. 09 Family Farmers Toyota Camry, Chicago Preview

Kenny Wallace

No. 99 Family Farmers Toyota Camry

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Event/Date: STP 300 – July 22, 2012

Venue: Chicagoland Speedway

News & Notes:

This Week’s Family Farmers Toyota … Kenny Wallace will pilot RAB Racing with Brack Maggard chassis No. 42 in Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway. This Toyota Camry made its 2012 debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March, where Kenny Wallace started 18th and finished 11th. Wallace then raced it at Auto Club Speedway, where he started sixth and finished seventh. In May, Travis Pastrana piloted this chassis to a 24th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Most recently, Wallace drove this chassis from a 26th-place starting position to an 11th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway.

Doubling Up … For the first time in their brief NASCAR Nationwide Series history, RAB Racing with Brack Maggard will be fielding two NASCAR Nationwide Series cars this weekend at Chicago. Driver of the No. 99 Boost Mobile Toyota Camry, Travis Pastrana, will serve as teammate this weekend to Wallace as the two help make history for the Concord, N.C.-based team.

Wallace at Chicago … In 10 Nationwide Series starts at Chicagoland Speedway, Wallace has garnered one top-10 and three top-20 finishes. His best showing at the 1.5-mile track is seventh, which the St. Louis-native posted in this event one year ago. Additionally, the nine-time Nationwide Series race winner has an average starting position of 23.4 and an average finish of 24.3 at the 1.5 mile tri-oval.

RAB at Chicago … RAB Racing with Brack Maggard has fielded Nationwide Series entries at Kentucky Speedway four times since 2009, with drivers Landon Cassill, John Wes Townley, and Wallace. The team’s best showing at the Joliet tri-oval is a seventh-place finish, which was posted by Wallace in 2011’s running of the STP 300.

Zipadelli at Chicago … Crew chief Scott Zipadelli has sat atop the pit box at Chicagoland Speedway five times boasting one top-five and two top-10 finishes. He posted his highest finish of fourth with driver Jason Leffler in 2009’s Dollar General 300.

Get to the Points … As we head into the 18th race of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, RAB Racing currently occupies the 23rd position in the owner’s points standings, only 18 points out of the Top 20.

Catch the Action …

Sunday’s Nationwide Series race at Chicagoland Speedway will be televised live Sunday, July 22 beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN and broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network. NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying will be televised live Sunday, July 22 beginning at11:30 a.m. EDT on ESPN 2.

Kenny Wallace Quotes:

“Chicagoland Speedway is a great track for me. We finished seventh in this race last year with our Family Farmers Toyota Camry. Since they closed Gateway International Raceway in 2010, Chicago has become sort of like a home track for me since it is only about four hours away from my hometown of St. Louis. Not only that, but it is the home of Family Farmers and American Ethanol, so I want to run well for them and I feel confident that we will run well.”

Scott Zipadelli Quotes:

“I’m excited for Kenny to be back in the car this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway; he brings so much excitement to the team. We’ll need it, because Chicago is a difficult track. We practice in the late afternoon and race during the day so there is always a temperature difference. It gets tighter as you practice and you get off your setup, so you have to pay close attention to your changes in practice. It’s a very aero-sensitive track. Qualifying and track position is very important so we’re looking to qualify on the pole and lead every lap.”

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