Kenny Wallace Enters Lettow Memorial
WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Joining a growing list of all-star drivers competing in the ARCA Midwest Tour Swiss Colony Howie Lettow Memorial 150 presented by RaceTeamGear.com event July 8-9 at The Milwaukee Mile is one of the most affable characters in all of NASCAR, accomplished racer and TV personality Kenny Wallace.
One year ago, his older brother Rusty Wallace came out of driving retirement to compete in the inaugural Howie Lettow 150 and will be listed as Kenny’s car owner. This year, among the stellar field of expected driving talent Kenny will face includes uber-popular NASCAR champion driver and Wisconsin native Matt Kenseth.
“Rusty told me do not take this race lightly because the best are there,” Kenny Wallace emphatically stated in a recent interview. “I studied Rusty’s situation (last year) real close. My number one goal is to make the feature.”
Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., Wallace said it was a big deal in the late 1970’s as an impressionable teenager to come to Milwaukee to work on Rusty’s crew and served as a rear tire changer.
“When I got the chance to drive in a race at Milwaukee in 1986, I ran against the legend Joe Shear in the top five, and it was by far one of my best races in my young career,” he said. “Getting the chance to go from the half-mile tracks back home to race on the Mile – with all the history and being part of races where my brother raced stock cars against A.J. Foyt and Joe Ruttman – man, that was huge.”
Flash foward to this coming July 8-9. Kenny Wallace will have his choice of two new super late models and two brand new motors Rusty has purchased. Last summer, Kenny Wallace finished third at Flamboro Speedway in Canada in a super late model event with short track legend Junior Hanley serving as his crew chief. The pair will be reunited for the Howie Lettow 150.
“I’m taking this race incredibly serious. Junior is really smart and I will do what it takes to be competitive,” Wallace said.