Kenny Wallace plans to extend his dirt racing schedule for the 2019 season.PHOTO BY PAUL ARCH
This is the fulfillment of a longtime dream for the 55-year-old
BY: MATT WEAVER
Kenny Wallace has been fortunate enough to live out multiple dreams over his 55 years on Earth.
He’s won NASCAR races, competed for championships, transitioned to a successful television career and sporadically runs his dirt modified car across the country.
But Wallace wants one additional shot to run full time on dirt while he still believes himself to be in peak physical condition and plans to take that opportunity in 2019, even if that means taking a lesser television role with FOX Sports.
On his social media channels, Wallace explained how he reached this conclusion.
“I really liked what Steve Jobs said. He said, ‘You look in the mirror every day and you ask if you’re doing what you want to be doing, and if the answer is no too many times, then change because life is too short,’ and I’m going to do that,” Wallace said. “On Sunday, I said, I think I’m going to go dirt racing full time.
“I’m taking a leap of faith, and I don’t know what’s going to happen with Fox TV. They’re wonderful to me, and I plan on doing things with them. But look, I just turned 55, and I’m only going to get worse as I get older.”
Wallace has always been inspired by his friend Kenny Schrader, but also the drivers he covers via his broadcasting gig.
“I’ve always had this dream of doing what my friends do,” Wallace said. “My day job is Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I’m off Monday through Thursday, which makes it tough to run this dirt car. I have great sponsors like UNOH, KNL Concrete, JEGS and Toyota. They’re going to enable me to do it and we’re going to do it.
“Wish me luck. I fulfilled my dream of running NASCAR. But when I was doing that, I was so uptight because I wanted to do good. But we’re going to have fun. We’re going to bring the grandbabies.”
Wallace made a record 547 NASCAR Xfinity Series starts, with nine victories, 66 top-fives and 173 top-10s. He also made 344 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts with six top-fives and 27 top-10s.