The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Breaking News

Other Sports

May 17, 2013

Jacksons say fans, drivers excited for Wallace's return

BECKLEY — Kenny Wallace has sent word.

The NASCAR driver and commentator is coming back today to Beckley Motorsports Park, ready for all comers.

“We’ve given Kenny a tough time about how our local drivers will beat him, and he said, ‘Good luck to them!’” track co-manager Joe Jackson said. “He’s looking forward to it.”

Wallace had a blast last year at BMP, greeting fans before the races and then dominating the field with his Modified class car.

He’ll race again today, beginning at 7 p.m. at the 3/8th-mile oval dirt track in Prosperity.

Wallace is bringing his hauler with two cars. He stopped overnight in Illinois to race at a local dirt track, and was to head on this morning to Beckley.

He’ll have a private lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings with track staff and fans who won a special drawing. He’ll then sign autographs for other fans when gates open at 4 p.m. at BMP.

“The fans are excited, and the drivers are looking forward to it. They want a shot at him again,” Jackson said. “We’ve got a couple of guys coming up from Charlotte who have raced here before.

“It’s 3 1/2 hours, and they don’t come up unless it’s a big show. But they want to try to (beat) Kenny Wallace on dirt.”

All six classes will run tonight at the track, starting with Wallace and the Modifieds class. Following the feature race, he’ll head for an airplane and fly to Concord, N.C. for his commentary work on The Speed Channel. Next week he’ll drive a NASCAR Nationwide car at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Wallace is known for his lively, friendly personality. He constantly lights up the Twitter message board.

“We’re thrilled to death to have Kenny because people love him,” said Billie Joe Jackson, the other track co-manager. “He’s a wonderful guy. Down to earth. He’s not what you’d think, being a star.

“He’s just a personable guy.”

— E-mail:

dstillwell@register-herald.com

1
Text Only
Other Sports
Saints Training Camp

AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide