JGL Racing Announces Kenny Wallace will Pilot Team's Third Entry at Talladega
"Heart Surgery for Brother Makes Kenny Last Minute Replacement"
MOORESVILLE, NC (April 24, 2015) - JGL Racing officials announced today that NASCAR veteran driver and TV personality Kenny Wallace would pilot the team's No. 26 Toyota next week at Talladega Superspeedway for the NASCAR XFINITY Series race. Wallace will drive the second year team's third entry joining JGL Racing teammates JJ Yeley (No. 28 Toyota) and Eric McClure (No. 24 Toyota) for the running of the Winn Dixie 300 at the famed Superspeedway in Alabama.
"Talladega is where I have some of my best finishes in my NASCAR career," said Kenny. "I think to have success at Talladega you have to enjoy racing there and that style of racing - and I like it. I look forward to teaming up with JGL Racing and especially my longtime friend Gregg Mixon."
Wallace, who has over 900 career starts in NASCAR's top three series, will be making his 545th career start in the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In addition, the veteran racer will be making his 40th career start at Talladega Superspeedway - with 24 of those previous starts coming in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. His best Sprint Cup Series finish at Talladega came in 2000 where he finished second as he pushed the late Dale Earnhardt to the win.
The JGL Racing team planned on Mike Wallace driving the No. 26 Toyota next week in Talladega much like he did for the season opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race in Daytona. However, over last weekend Mike underwent triple bypass heart surgery in the Charlotte area. With a replacement needed, Kenny and his strong success at Talladega was a logical choice to fill in for his brother.
"Well this isn't what the plan was," added Mike. "I felt a little chest pain last week so I went to the doctor and the next thing I know I am going in for surgery. My dad had heart surgery about 35 years ago so I thought I was being proactive and taking all of the necessary precautions. This just goes to show that you never know and there are a lot of people walking around out there in the same situation. No matter how healthy we think we are - no one can be careful enough when it comes to our health so everyone needs to go get checked out. My plan was to go to Talladega next week and climb behind the wheel of a car strong enough to win. If all goes as planned I will be going there to watch my brother do just that and root him and the JGL Racing team on. I am focused on getting back to full strength and returning to the driver's seat in the near future."
The running of the Winn Dixie 300 will be Saturday May 2nd and air LIVE on FOX and can be heard on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM Channel 90.