Event Preview Fact Sheet
Event/Date: Food City 250 – August 23, 2013
Venue: Bristol Motor Speedway
This Week’s American Ethanol Toyota … Kenny Wallace will pilot RAB Racing Chassis No. 044 in the Food City 250 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Wallace last raced this Toyota Camry at Richmond International Raceway in April where he qualified in the fifth position. This chassis last saw action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when Bowman finished in the 10th position.
Wallace Returns… Bristol Motor Speedway will see a familiar face Saturday for the Food City 250, as Wallace climbs back behind the wheel of the No. 29 RAB Racing American Ethanol Toyota Camry. Wallace, a veteran of the .533-mile oval, has not only won at “Thunder Valley”, but has finished in the top-10 in half of his Nationwide Series starts (18 of 36). Additionally, Wallace has two top-10 finishes and two laps led in Sprint Cup Series competition at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Happy Birthday, Herm … Wallace celebrates his 50th birthday this Friday, August 23rd. He will spend the day racing at one of his favorite tracks on the NASCAR circuit.
RAB Racing at Bristol … In eight NASCAR Nationwide Series starts at Bristol Motor Speedway, RAB Racing entries have earned three top-20 finishes with drivers Bowman, John Wes Townley, and Wallace.
Welcome Aboard … American Ethanol joins RAB Racing this weekend as primary sponsor of the No. 29 Toyota Camry. American Ethanol,launched by Growth Energy and the National Corn Growers Association along with the support of other partners, is a breakthrough brand that seeks to expand consumer awareness of the benefits and availability of ethanol and E15. Since the program launch for the 2011 season, NASCAR drivers have run more than four million miles on renewable, domestic, homegrown Sunoco Green E15.
Man of Many Hats … RAB Racing’s shop foreman Keith Hinkein will climb atop the pit box this weekend for his second stint as crew chief of the No. 29 Toyota Camry. Hinkein spent last season as crew chief in the ARCA Racing Series securing one win with Kevin Swindell and has prior experience in the Hooter’s Pro Cup Series winning 10 races with drivers Trevor Bayne and Joey Logano.
Catch the Action … The Food City 250 from Bristol Motor Speedway will be televised live Friday, August 23rd beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN and broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network.
Get Social … Don’t miss any updates from Wallace and RAB Racing. Follow us on Twitter @Kenny_Wallace and @RAB_Racing.
Kenny Wallace Quotes:
“I’m so excited to be going to Bristol Motor Speedway, the ultimate short track, grassroots racing just like I grew up on. The night race at Bristol is absolutely electrifying and I’m really excited to be a part of it, and looking forward to showing off our new American Ethanol paint scheme. It’s been almost a full year since I’ve raced an American Ethanol Camry and I’m so happy to be debuting a brand new paint scheme for them on a very special day for me, my 50th birthday.”
Keith Hinkein Quotes:
“Bristol Motor Speedway is definitely one of the hardest tracks for a crew chief, with all the strategy and car setup changes we make during practice and the race, it’s very difficult to get the car setup just right. The track temperature will change and it’ll add on more rubber so the car setup we find during practice won’t necessarily work for the race. Having a veteran like Kenny Wallace is a huge benefit because he’s seen this kind of transition before and can adapt to the changes we make to the car throughout the entire race.”